European Tour: Trophee Hassan II
The event reverts back to the 7,400 yards long, par 73 Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course last used for this event in 2010 when the winner was Rhys Davies so course form is very sparse. However the results of the 2010 event suggest that, despite the length of the course, accurate players can readily compete with the more powerful hitters.
OUTRIGHT: Michael Loronzo Verda, 0.5 pts win and place 80/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
The short but accurate hitting Frenchman has yet to win on Tour and indeed struggled badly losing his card just a few years ago. However recent results, most notably his tied sixth place finish in The Spanish Open at Valderrama three weeks ago, suggest he is gradually getting back on track. On form he can comfortably compete in what is a very weak field this week.
PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship
The 7,400 yard long, par 72 Quail Hollow course, presents a tough challenge to the pros this week. This tight, tree-lined course demands long, straight hitting off the tee. The course was refitted with 18 brand new Bermuda greens two years ago.
OUTRIGHT: Adam Scott, 0.5 pts win and place 20/1 (1/4 odds 6 places)
Despite Scott’s relatively average record at Quail Hollow he looks worth noting this week. He is not in the habit of playing here so his decision to tee it up this week must have a purpose. No doubt he’s still smarting after an indifferent performance at The Masters 4 weeks ago, so a win here would go some way to making amends.
OUTRIGHT: Chesson Hadley, 0.5 pts win and place 200/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Local boy Hadley has flattered to deceive since joining the Tour a few years ago, but may be on the brink of changing all that in his own back yard this week. Last year he managed a tied twentieth place finish despite a horrendous second round score of 77, so he looks worthy of note on the back of a solid top twenty finish last week in The Zurich Classic
PLACE: Harold Varner, 1pt Top Ten Finish only 16/1
Another local boy Varner attended East Carolina University just down the road from Charlotte and has impressed in his rookie season on Tour. He is in good form right now with top ten finishes in his last two outings and may well maintain a tradition here of strong finishes from local players. As he’s probably not ready to win just yet this looks like the best market to back him in.