The week after any major is always pretty tough to call, and especially after an Open Championship. With the PGA coming just next week it must have been a tough call for the bigger names like Jason Day and Dustin Johnson to play in Canada.
I guess the one bonus is that the soft conditions at Royal Troon won’t have been too much of a step from these players comfort zones and returning to their familiar style of golf shouldn’t take any time for acclimatisation.
Recent years have seen a trend of the big name favourites landing the title, as Day did last year. The Glen Abbey Course isn’t overly long and has thrown up an interesting mix of results. The bombers do tend to dominate the leaderboard, but given the length, the more strategic players should feel confident of contending. We’ve certainly picked the more strategic players from the favourites:
Matt Kuchar 16/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £220
Kuch is having another very profitable summer and doesn’t appear capable of having a rotten week. His last 5 regular tour finishes have all been in the top 6 and include three 3rd place finishes. Historically in Kuchar’s career a run like this usually culminates in at least 1 win. He’ll certainly have plenty of confidence to go better than his last 2 starts at Glen Abbey when he finished 3rd and 7th.
Jim Furyk 28/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £370
Furyk got straight back into the swing of things after his lengthy injury lay-off and certainly impressed for a long while last week in The Open despite the course not setting up great for him. Shortly before his lay-off, Jim shot all four rounds in the 60’s here to record a 4th place finish. He’ll certainly feel confident of returning to winning ways here.
Emiliano Grillo 33/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £432.50
Already won once this season and is showing a real taste for the upper echelons of the leaderboard. He shot 64 in the opening round here last year and having been burned by him earlier in the season are lured in by his enigmatic ways and cheery outlook on life!
Tony Finau 50/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £645
It may have been Euan Murray going on about him “having everything …. Even the movie star looks” last week on Sky’s coverage, but he’s very much in our consciousness right now. We’re astonished to see him at 50/1 given how well he played last week, he’s won this season and, well ….. he’s got everything hasn’t he?
William McGirt 50/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £322.50
Billy is another surprise to see at the 50/1 mark given how well he won at The Memorial recently against a high class field. The fact that he’s now established some confidence and also finished 2nd here in 2013 to Brandt Snedeker is enough to lure us in for some each way action.
Kevin Streelman 66/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £422.50
We’ve been doing our reading on this tournament in our post-Open haze and noted a lot of talk of a correlation between Torrey Pines form and Glen Abbey. With 3 solid top 15’s in his last 3 starts AND a 3rd place at Torrey Pines earlier in the campaign, we’re picking Streelman as our outsider.
LAST WEEK: We only went and backed Henrik Stenson at 33/1! It really was one of the most incredible performances that we have seen. What a great win for the big Swede. We even had Sergio coming in 5th to pour the gravy on our profitable week!