EUROPEAN TOUR: Portugal Masters
The Victoria Club De Golfe at Vilamoura is resort style course and on the basis of recent events it looks like it favours longer hitters who can shoot plenty of birdies.
OUTRIGHT: Nicolas Colsearts, 1pt win and place 28/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Colsaerts has played some very consistent golf in recent weeks without ever threatening to get into contention. That may change this week in Portugal on a course just made for this long hitting birdie machine who has already taken this course apart in scoring a first round of 60 in 2014 en route to finishing second to Alex Levy. An opening round of 64 last year further serves to underline his credentials.
OUTRIGHT: Peter Hanson, 0.5 pts win and place 33/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Hanson has been blighted by injury in recent times, but now looks more like his old self again. At 63rd in the Race to Dubai he arrives here with strong incentive to do well on the back of a top five place finish last in last week’s British Masters. His recent course form of 3T in 07, 4T in 09 and 11T in 11 suggests he can contend strongly and make that top 60 place he needs to qualify.
OUTRIGHT: Adrian Otaegui, 0.5 pts win and place 100/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Standing at 71st place in the rankings Otaegui, like Hanson, has strong incentive to achieve a Race to Dubai place. He managed an opening round 63 here in the rain reduced 2014 event and recently finished inside the top twenty recently in the Italian Open, so look to him to mount a strong challenge this week.
PGA TOUR: CIMB Classic
Though it has changed name the event returns to the same TPC Kuala Lumpur venue used over the past three years. A select field of 78 invitees tee it up in an event where scoring has traditionally been low, so a hot putter is an essential requirement this week.
OUTRIGHT: Kevin Na, 1 pt win and place 18/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Na endured a relatively quiet 2016 season but, having finished a solid seventh place last week in California, may be set to make amends in the wraparound season. Certainly his course form of 2T in 14 and 3T in 15 adds weight to that theory and he looks good to at least place in what is a relatively weak field.
OUTRIGHT: Scott Piercy, 0.5 pts win and place 40/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Piercy exploded out the traps last week in Napa threatening to break 60 in the first round before his putter went cold. He has recently adopted a new putting routine and this has clearly served him well, at least over the first three rounds. If he can overcome a degree of mental let down from last week he can be expected to improve on last year’s excellent performance here when he finished tied seventh after an opening round 62.
OUTRIGHT: Tony Finau, 0.5 pts win and place 50/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Finau has all the makings of one of the best players on tour yet to record a maiden win. He hits it miles and is a good putter, so can do well again on this Kuala Lumpur track where he finished ninth last year. He looks good value to place at the very least.