EUROPEAN TOUR: BMW SA Open
Glendower hosts the event for the fourth time in succession so course form is well established. Rory McIlroy makes a rare appearance here, playing with new clubs for the first time. The course is quite penal to errant tee shots and accuracy with approach shots is key on the small, well guarded greens.
OUTRIGHT: Brandon Stone, 0.5 pts win and place 14/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Defending champion Stone lost form soon after winning here last year but finished the season looking better than ever with an impressive win in The Dunhill Championship in December. Word is he shot a 61 in practice earlier this week so it may pay to take the hint and back him even though the odds are not particularly generous.
OUTRIGHT: Jaco Van Zyl, 0.5 pts win and place 40/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Van Zyl often flatters to deceive but really ought to be noted in a field with as little depth as this one. His game is ideal for this course as his record demonstrates. He followed up a tied twelfth place finish in 2014 with a tied eighteenth place finish last year which might have been a victory had he not shot 78 on day two. He played well in the Nedbank in November 2016 on a track that did not suit his game so looks well worth an interest.
PGA TOUR: Sony Open in Hawaii
The par 70 Waialae course is noted for its tight fairways bounded by Bermuda rough and small greens. Weather conditions are generally windy. Experienced players tend to go well here as do players who have had a good close season. Many of the recent winners here have competed the previous week in The Hyundai event in Kapalua.
OUTRIGHT: Pat Perez, 0.5 pts win and place 40/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Turning 40 years old appears to agree with Perez who may finally have found a way to reign in his suspect temperament and achieve according to his capabilities. Certainly a win in The OHL Classic at the tail end of last year, his first win since the 2009 Bob Hope Classic, endorses that view. Having backed that win up with an impressive tied third place finish in Kapalua last week we can expect a strong challenge from him this week in an event in which he boasts impressive course form of 10T in 07, 4T in 08, 9T in 13, 8T in 14 and 17T in 15.
OUTRIGHT: Chris Kirk, 0.5 pts win and place 50/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Like Perez, Kirk also finished 2016 in some style with two top ten finishes in the wraparound events. That bodes well for this week in an event where his excellent course form reads 5T in 13, 2nd in 14 and 17T in 15.