UG Tips: DELL Championships
It’s been a couple of weeks but we’re rested and ready to get stuck into the Playoffs! With the Friday start, we’ve had the luxury of an extra day to assess the runners and riders. Disappointingly, we’ve not been attracted by anyone among the higher odds for the Dell Championships.
The TPC Boston course provides a varied layout with plenty of options off the tee and some slick greens. It does yield “a bunch of birdies” as has been witnessed in recent years – in which there have been a series of high-class winners. At this time of year, invariably, the cream tends to rise to the top and we are fully expecting another quality winner.
Clearly everyone in the field has had a pretty decent year, given that this is the 2nd Playoff event, but good form through the back end of the summer has been a good indicator for the past champions of this event (though bizarrely not necessarily the week before).
Rickie Fowler 16/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £220
Fowler has been on the cusp of really catching fire all season. Five top 10’s and two top 25’s in his last 7 starts show that he is playing consistently well right now. Having won here back in 2015, he will have a good feeling this week. There really aren’t any weaknesses in his game, so surely he must get a break very soon?
Jason Day 16/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £220
If anyone else tried to hit the ball as hard as JD they’d likely fall apart, but that’s his game. He’s trending nicely, while having not necessarily looked like finishing the job of late. He’s got a fairly decent record in Boston, and we are buoyed by the spirit he showed to grind out T6th last week.
Paul Casey 25/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £332.50
Casey is the most recent of a long line of 3rd round leaders in this tournament to have failed to complete the job. That aside, he’s continued his extended run of fine play for some time now and is worth a couple of quid each time he tees it up. When he does get across the line he will no doubt find time to utter his famous words “the pleasure was all yours!”
Patrick Reed 33/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £432.50
Reed has finished fourth and fifth here in each of the last two years and he was in-contention last week, where he putted really well, until a poor final round saw him slip right down to a tie for 20th. He had very little chance of victory last Sunday and all that the poor round has done is pushed him out in the market. He’s a very fair price at 33/1.
Louis Oosthuizen 35/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £228.75
The sweet-swinging South African has found a sublime putting touch in recent weeks and is firing on all cylinders. He’s had multiple good finishes at TPC Boston and is outstanding at these odds. We’ll be happy to watch Louis in the mix down the stretch on Monday.
Kevin Chappell 40/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £260
Chappelle is super-juiced this week: “I can’t tell you how much I love this golf course. I met my wife behind the 8th green, and have played some of my best golf here.” Having led after 36 holes last year he was struck by the hoodoo, meaning he didn’t get over the line. Mark my words – he loves playing here!