EUROPEAN TOUR: BMW International Open
Courses used to stage this event rotate. Gut Larchenof in Cologne was used last year but this year it is the turn of Munchen Eichenreid, a course last used in 2015 when Pablo Larrazabal prevailed. This course can be penal for errant drives but generally favours players capable of shooting plenty of birdies.
OUTRIGHT: Thorbjorn Olesen, 0.5 pts win and place 40/1 (1/4 odds 6 places)
After a very poor start to his season Olesen appears to have turned the corner recently, recording two top ten place finishes including a tied fourth place last time out in The Nordea Classic just three weeks ago where his long iron game was particularly impressive. He has no form on this course but did play well last year on a similar course at Gut Larchenof where he finished tied second, three shots behind Henrik Stenson.
OUTRIGHT: Marcel Siem, 0.5 pts win and place 100/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Siem has undergone a radical swing change recently which set his game back somewhat but a recent top ten finish in The Nordea event may herald a return to winning form and where better to do it than in front of home support. Encouragingly he has a top ten place finish here in 2013 and looks good value to mount a challenge.
PGA TOUR: Travelers Championship
The short, par 70 River Highlands track has hosted this event for a number of years so course form is well established. The course can play quite tough when the fairways and greens are firm but if they are holding low scoring is likely.
OUTRIGHT: Brian Harman, 1 pt win and place 40/1 (1/4 odds 6 places)
As a short hitter this course suits his steady and accurate game so his tied third place finish in 2015 came as no surprise. Despite being one of the shorter hitters on Tour he performed admirably on last week’s ultra-long Erin Hills course with an excellent display of putting and laser like iron shots to the pins. Both of these skills are crucial to scoring this week.
OUTRIGHT: Chez Reavie, 0.5 pts win and place 100/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
After a few barren years Reavie’s form has picked up this year to the extent he has recorded four top twenty place finishes including last week’s US Open on a long course hardly suited to his game. The much shorter River Highlands track is much better suited and he has already recorded a tied eleventh finish here in 2012. He may well be ready to add to his only Tour win so far which came in the Canadian Open in 2000.