Golf returns to London (ish) for the 2nd time this season and as well putting on a relatively strong field for the time of year, should see some great crowds. Luke Donald hosts the event at the beautifully manicured Grove.
The course looks to be in great shape and certainly demands creativity and scrambling around its undulating, tricky greens. With so many different agendas (Race to Dubai, Tour Card etc) for the players at this time of year it can be tricky identifying those in the best place to challenge for the title.
Having backed Ross Fisher into 2nd last week we are hoping to go one better to push us through the £2k profit barrier for the season.
Ross Fisher 20/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £270
It’s not déjà vu! Having backed him last week at 40/1, we feel like his hot streak of form deserves another punt and his slashed odds reflect both the quality of the field and his affinity to the style of course. Hailing from nearby Wentworth, he will be no stranger to the style of golf required and the autumnal weather – he may, however, enjoy putting on what look to be pretty decent greens!
Soren Kjeldsen 25/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £332.50
Another man who performed strongly in Scotland last week and has been in good form all summer. There were doubts over the injury that led him to withdraw from the Italian Open but he certainly dismissed them spectacularly. He came close in this event last year, albeit at a different venue, but he has all the attributes (and form) to go well again and hopefully improve on his Race to Dubai ranking of 15th last season.
Tommy Fleetwood 30/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £395
His game was close last week at The Dunhill, and he comes in on a run of 4 consecutive top 15 finishes. We were tossing up between picking him or Beef at this price, but give his recent form and also the pressure of Beef being a local favourite, we are backing Fleetwood to continue his run and give himself a chance of backing up his only win on tour back in 2014.
Alex Levy 50/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £645
He may not have done much in Scotland last week, but he was untouchable in Germany recently when he won the weather-shortened Porsche Open. He was seriously juiced-up at the Hero Challenge last night at The Grove and he looks some comfortable with his game right now. These odds look really generous for a man in such sparkling form and absolutely loving life.
David Horsey 66/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £422.50
It may seem as if we are just looking down the leaderboard of last week’s tournament, but we’ve found another man who is bang in form. He’s performed on a variety of layouts in recent weeks and looks close to his best form again – and remember this is a man who has won four times on tour. He’s no mug, and looks great value.
Gregory Havret 140/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £885
Long odds indeed! Were it not for an opening 76 last week, the big Frenchman would have been up to his back wheels in the tournament. Couple this with encouraging signs of life in Germany and we could be seeing a resurgent Havret. His struggles in recent years have come from the tee, and given the field-like nature of The Grove, he should be comfortable enough to let his resurgent confidence guide his game to another good finish.