PGA Tour: The Barclays
The par 71 Ridgewood CC hosts this event for the first time since 2010 when Matt Kuchar triumphed. Prior to that it hosted in 2008 and the tough tree-lined, Tillinghast designed course is an amalgam of three courses in the complex and is notable for its relatively small greens which slope from back to front. The course suits long, straight drivers and scoring tends to be relatively high.
OUTRIGHT: Bill Haas, 0.5 pts win and place 66/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Haas starts his FedEx campaign as a previous winner and a repeat of that feat will be an enormous challenge. However he can win here as this track may well suit his game showing as it does some similarities with last week’s Sedgefield course - where he finished tied second - and with East Lake where he won last time.
OUTRIGHT: Graham DeLaet, 0.5 pts win and place 70/1
Delaet is consistently one of the Tour’s most consistent ball strikers and as he gains experience it appears only a matter of time until he breaks his Tour duck with a win. His ball striking ought to be a huge asset here and he comes here in good form after a top fifteen finish in the USPGA two weeks ago. Although his odds look very fair in this class of field a place is much more likely than a win.
OUTRIGHT: Kevin Streelman, 0.5pts win and place 100/1
Streelman has strong positive mental associations with the Ridgewood area as his grandparents are buried adjacent to the course. Straight hitter as he is the course certainly has suited his game as he has finished inside the top four on both his previous outings here. Bearing in mind he has already recorded a Tour win this season two months ago he looks excellent value and worthy of an enhanced stake.
European Tour: D+D REAL Czech Masters
The Albatross course hosts this brand new Tour event so little is known about the playing characteristics of the course. However it is a long, par 72 at 7,400 yards with long par 3s and par 5s so long hitters may prevail. Water hazards come into play at seven holes.
OUTRIGHT: Bernd Wiesberger, 0.5 pts win and place 16/1 (1/4 Odds 5 places)
Somewhat surprisingly Wiesberger has failed to add to his previous Tour wins this season, but on the evidence of his first three rounds at Valhalla two weeks ago he may well be ready to pounce this week. His power off the tee and excellent long iron game could be rewarded here.
OUTRIGHT: Eddie Pepperell, 0.5 pts win and place 50/1
Sweet swinging Pepperell has shown enough this season to suggest that he is one of the more promising youngsters on Tour. Although he is not particularly long off the tee, two of his best efforts this season have come on longer courses including last week’s top five place in Denmark. For that reason he may be worth a speculative play this week.