UG Tips: Dell Technologies
The FedEx Cup playoffs are now into their stride and this week visit TPC Boston where the field will be reduced to 70. The focus for most however, will be on the final picks that will be made for the Ryder Cup this weekend. In Europe, The Made in Denmark should be intriguing as the final qualifying place is yet to be secured with three contenders set to duke it out – we fancy Thorbjorn Olesen to get the job done and save Captain Bjorn having to use him up as one of his picks.
In the US it seems that Phil and Tiger are guaranteed wildcard picks, while surely the only thing that can keep Bryson DeChambeau from travelling to Paris is his incompatibility with everyone else in the team. Despite his great form recently, Jim Furyk may well take note of his performance at the Walker Cup and require one final nudge to include him.
For many in the field this week at TPC Boston there will be no such distraction, and the sideshow may even provide the perfect opportunity to sneak a surprising win. In recent years the only anomaly on the winner’s roster is Chris Kirk, who snaffled the title in between the likes of Rory, Henrik Stenson, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.
The course is playing soft this week and the bentgrass greens are certainly popular among a few of our picks. One man I have toyed with including is Rory McIlroy who has won here twice and is perfectly suited to the conditions. While his odds are very generous at 18/1 he’s disappointed on too many occasions to be confident in him. That said, all of Europe will be delighted to see him return to the winner’s circle and take his best game to Paris.
Here are this week’s picks for the Dell Technologies:
Jordan Spieth 20/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £270
On his early season from these odds actually seemed a bit stingy, but since he has contended in two majors and rediscovered his putting touch, we are all over this. This week in Boston gives him the opportunity to find his comfort level as he ranked second in strokes-gained off-the-tee here last year, his second best performance of the campaign in that department.
Spieth was frustrated not to win 12 months ago but given that he was three-over after nine holes of the tournament it was some comeback to force Justin Thomas to pull out all the stops and he’ll be all the more eager to succeed his friend this time.
It was also Spieth’s long-game which powered his earlier top-five at the course and, like McIlroy, he’s proven on bentgrass greens having twice won the John Deere Classic and also taken the Travelers Championship in style last summer.
Tiger Woods 22/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £295
As little as 6 weeks ago, many were questioning whether Tiger would be considered as a pick for the Ryder Cup. If you believe what you read on social media, then he is an absolute lock to be relieved of his vice-captain duties and offered the chance to improve on his distinctly average Ryder Cup record (good news for Europe). He’s certainly been showing more and more throughout the season and will have benefitted form a lighter recent schedule. By my reckoning, these odds are fairly generous for a man who has proven very adept and making significant statements in the past.
Adam Scott 28/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £370
Like a Phoenix from the flames, Scotty has returned to leaderboards of late – back-to-back top 5’s has him all juiced-up on his return to a course where he one way back in 2003. When you also consider that he’s had 6 Top 10 finishes in 12 starts at TPC Boston, all points to another good week for the Aussie as he tries to claim a place in the end of season Tour Championship.
Billy Horschel 50/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £645
His odds have plummeted thanks to his 3rd place finish last week. He’s a man that loves the Playoffs as he proved a couple of years ago when he followed a 2nd place with two victories to claim the FedEx Cup title and a cool $10 million. Nobody has hit more greens in regulation in the last 6 weeks than Horschel and while his chances of a Ryder Cup berth look slim, he’s desperate to get back to East Lake.
Marc Leishman 60/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £385
His winning form at the Travelers and Bay Hill point towards success in this event, and it’s almost a year since he earned a deserved Playoff victory on the bentgrass greens of Conway Farms in the BMW Championship.
The Australian was in control of this tournament with nine holes to play last year to confirm that the course suits, something he hinted at on his 2009 debut when shooting a second-round 62. Twelve months ago, he made the turn on Sunday at 18-under and given that Thomas won in 17-under, it’s pretty clear that Leishman let slip a brilliant opportunity.
He looked to be striking the ball well again last week in his closing 67 and having fond memories here will be determined to right the wrongs of 2017.
Paul Casey 60/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £385
Casey is in danger of missing the Ryder Cup, which is bizarre as he is 16th in the world. However, he has an excellent record at TPC Boston and this week more than any other is the chance to show Thomas Bjorn what he can do. Finished top 5 last two seasons and his course stroke average is under 68 – odds look long. He’s the sort of player who will be a valuable addition to the European team, and while he is not everyone’s cup of tea he’ll hopefully perform well enough this week to convince Thomas Bjorn.