Greenbrier Classic 2015

704x422Prize Fund – $6,700,000

Winner’s Share – $1,170,000

Course – The Old White TPC (7,287 yards Par 70)

Our 2014 Picks – Webb Simpson (3rd), Brendon De Jonge (T64), Chris Stroud (T4), Morgan Hoffman (MC), Andres Romero (T45)

Love him or hate him, Bubba Watson is good. He’s now racked up 8 career PGA Tour titles, the last of which came over the weekend, sealing his 2nd Travelers title. And he will have certainly been in contention for ‘Thug-life’ video of the week after pitching one to 4 feet when one patron suggested a punch shot would be better. Have a look:

Paul Casey’s re-emergence overseas continued with his 2nd play-off defeat in 2015. Both tee it up again this week in West Virginia and head the way in the betting.

It’s been a tough few weeks, months even, when it comes to picking winners at DownThe18th. So perhaps a tournament renowned for outsiders doing well is where our luck will change. The last few winners have been thus: Angel Cabrera (100/1), Jonas Blixt (125/1), Ted Potter Jnr (500/1) and Scott Stallings (175/1). Significantly, the last three winners have also been first-timers at the course. All of which suggests nightmare for punters.

What we do know is that the course is a track for all players. The trends are pretty solid though – people with extra distance off the tee thrive. From there, you need to find plenty of birdies (Stuart Appleby banged in a 59 round here in 2010) and be adept and doing so on par 4’s! We always like to follow these roughly but by no means take these trends as gospel.

As ever with flat tracks, putting is essential. Angel Cabrera was dominant tee to green in 2014 but it was much the same on the green – he ranked 3rd in putting for the week. 2013 winner Blixt ranked 1st in putting for the week when he won.

Also worth noting both Cabrera and Blixt had a top 15 finish in one of their three previous events leading up to the Greenbrier.

The Old White TPC Course looking delightful

The Old White TPC Course looking delightful

DON’T FORGET – Our weekly competition with renowned magazine Golf Monthly continues, take a peak at the end of our selections to see how our stakes have been distributed this time.

TwitterYou can follow us throughout the week on Twitter @downthe18th for the latest news, betting + banter. Please get in touch and let us know what you think of our picks and who you fancy as well!

Daniel Berger (70/1 Stan James)

New generation - courtesy of ESPN

New generation – courtesy of ESPN

Every sentence we added to our preview, Daniel Berger’s named just screamed at us. This event is perfect for someone to grab their first PGA win and properly announce themselves on the world stage. We could have made a similarly strong case for Tony Finau but at 40’s we felt it marginally short – not writing him off by no means though.

Berger’s season has been up and down as you would expect for a rookie but 5 top 10’s including a play-off defeat at the Honda shows this guy has a big future. When you think of some of the rookies down the years who have won in their first year, Berger’s potential far outweighs most of them. He deserves a win and this is the perfect course for it.

He’ll be looking to rekindle the form that saw him finish T10 two starts ago at the Byron Nelson. For the season his relevant stats read: 16th driving distance, 22nd GIR, 29th birdie average and 22nd par 4’s.

Kevin Chappell (66/1 Paddy Power)

5 cuts made in a row

5 cuts made in a row

Although it seems any prior form around this course gets written off, two top 20’s here for the American shows he can get it going on this track. We’ve seen a completely different attitude from him of late, becoming a father has matured him no end. With this new-found maturity, he has made the cut in each of his last 5 events.

On his day, he is one of the best ‘total drivers’ around and his length off the tee will help around this course. Naturally after a bleak campaign his stats are nothing to write home about but on his last start he ranked T19 GIR and T16 putting. In other words, things are getting back to where they once were.

Seung-Yul Noh (70/1 Stan James)

We Noh he's got a good chance

We Noh he’s got a good chance

The Korean is definitely one of our less backed players but the more we looked into him the more we like the look of his chances this week.

Firstly, his last 2 starts have seen a vast improvement from a mid-season slump he was enduring. He followed up a 3rd at the St.Jude Classic with a T20 last week. Both events he looked very tasty. The stats back this up – 1st GIR, 13th putting (St.Jude) and T6 GIR, 22nd putting (Travelers). If he can continue these trends this week he is going to make a ton of birdies. Incidentally, he ranks 45th in birdie % on Tour this season.

He also finished a respectable 27th 3 years ago on this track. He started like a train too, with 3 rounds in the 60’s on his first ever look at the course.

Jon Curran (125/1 Coral)

Another young guy staking a claim

Another young guy staking a claim

Another rookie that could use the Greenbrier to catapult himself into world recognition. It’s been a pretty rapid rise for the American who’s jumped up over 1000 places in the world rankings, now #168.

He comes to the Greenbrier in decent form with two top 10’s in his last three starts. He particularly caught our eye when he finished T6 at the Byron Nelson, ranking 2nd in GIR. For the season his relative stats are healthy – 25th in fairways hit, 56th in GIR and 29th in scrambling. Also T6 in proximity to the hole and 16th in bogey avoidance.

It also seems Curran has the taste for winning right now, having won the CVS Health Charity Classic alongside Keegan Bradley on Tuesday, taking home $150,000 each in the process. That has to be a good omen, right?

Danny Lee (150/1 Coral)

Lethal on the greens

Lethal on the greens

We’ll finish with another outsider and definitely the most ‘stat-motivated’ pick of the week.

Has actually been really solid of late with three top 25’s in his last 6 starts, the best of which coming at the Crowne Plaza, T10. Then we delve deeper and find out he’s one of the best putters on tour, 35th strokes gained putting. With quality like that on the greens it’s no wonder he also ranks 36th in birdie %.

To accompany his recent form, the New Zealander, born in Korea, finished 16th in this event last year. Not bad value in this field.

Golf Monthly £10 ChallengeGM_masthead-630x176

Every week we’re running a weekly betting competition on both Tours with esteemed magazine Golf Monthly.  It is a bit of fun between us and them to see who has the better tipsters!  We have £10 to put on each tournament and will write up a weekly post for their site detailing the horrors we are sure to endure throughout the year – so keep an eye out.

It will also (for the first time from us at DownThe18th) show some sort of staking plan we have for out bets.  Obviously, this isn’t the exact stakes we will put on our players, some weeks we won’t even enter a couple of our picks, but at least it can be shown roughly where our thoughts are money wise.

Our £10 against Golf Monthly will be as follows  –

£1.50 e/w on Daniel Berger at 70/1 (Stan James)

£1.25 e/w on Kevin Chappell at 66/1 (Paddy Power)

£1.00 e/w on Seung-Yul Noh at 70/1 (Stan James)

£0.75 e/w on Jon Curran 125/1 (Coral)

£0.50 e/w on Danny Lee 150/1 (Coral)

Each way bets ¼ odds for top 5 finish unless stated otherwise.

Find the Golf Monthly Preview here (http://www.golf-monthly.co.uk/news/tour-news)

Current Standings after 24 weeks
Golf Monthly
European Tour:  £55.50
PGA Tour: £-9.00
Total: £46.50
DownThe18th
European Tour: £-90.62
PGA Tour: £-60.95
Total: £-151.57
Golf Monthly leads by: £198.07

Alstom Open De France 2015

833083Prize Fund – €3,000,000

Winner’s Share – €500,000

Course – Le Golf National (Host of the 2018 Ryder Cup) (7,331 yards Par 71)

Our 2014 Picks – Jamie Donaldson (T5), Gregory Bourdy (T12), Anders Hansen (T48), Padraig Harrington (MC)

These are always the best months on the golfing calender, pitching up at one quality European track to the next. From Munich on Sunday to the gorgeous Le Golf National in Paris on Thursday.

It’s never nice seeing someone you seem to put half your mortgage on win when you’re not on them – which was the case when Larrazabal won last week. But we’re happy for him and would love to see him take things to the next level and challenge in one of the big 4.

Having attended the French Open in 2014, we’d like to think we know the track intimately. We spent so much time on the course and the one thing that stands out is the importance of finding fairways. They’re pretty tight and the rough makes finding some of the greens out there impossible. So first and foremost, your pick needs to be finding fairways. Added to this, there are plenty of water hazards and the course is exposed with wind sure to be getting up in spells.

Le Golf National in all its glory - courtesy of Today's Golfer

Le Golf National in all its glory – courtesy of Today’s Golfer

It’s not the longest of yardages and McDowell winning back to back here shows it’s all about positioning off the tee, not how far down the fairway you are.

Inevitably we have to talk about GIR and the shots hit from the fairway – yes, your fairway game needs to be on song but from viewing it up close, we’re putting a lot more importance on the scrambling and putting side of things. McDowell and Jaidee in particular last year were almost dead-certs to get up and down every time they missed a green. Their final positions tell their own story.

Straight off the tee and confidence around and on the green is the order of the week.

DON’T FORGET – Our weekly competition with renowned magazine Golf Monthly continues, take a peak at the end of our selections to see how our stakes have been distributed this time.

TwitterYou can follow us throughout the week on Twitter @downthe18th for the latest news, betting + banter. Please get in touch and let us know what you think of our picks and who you fancy as well!

Brendan Steele (33/1 Bet Victor)

Looking for a Steeley performance

Looking for a Steeley performance

No surprises that we’re all over any PGA Tour star that comes over to Europe and Brendan Steele rightly gets our number 1 spot for the week.

He came over to France in 2011 and again in 2012, both times finishing in 7th place. That in itself is exciting. Since then he’s not set it alight over there but has regularly contended – to do that in America is no mean feat.

Last week at the Travelers Championship, Steele, after a couple of weeks break seemed to be striking the ball as good as when he finished 9th at Quail Hollow a couple of months before. Just in time for his trip to Paris. For the week he ranked T2 GIR, 26th putting, T12 driving accuracy. Feels a bit short in price but he’s going to have a big say this week.

Gregory Bourdy (55/1 BetFred)

French hope - courtesy of the Telegraphy

French hope – courtesy of the Telegraph

We went there last year and we’re doing so again. We’ve seen glimpses of his best stuff in his last few events but has struggled to put it together for all 4 days – who can? Despite his very average finish in Munich last week we found it very interesting that he ranked 1st driving accuracy and 3rd GIR for the week.

Putting was where he let himself down. So that’s a negative coming into the French but he knows these greens well and the local support will be enough to get the confidence flowing and putts dropping.

He has 3 top 20’s here over the years and a best of 6th in 2010. It’s time he stamped his authority on his home Open!

Hennie Otto (150/1 William Hill)

Always calculating everything when it comes to all his shots.

Always calculating everything when it comes to all his shots.

Great bit of value this one. The South African has a tendency to pop up at the top end of leaderboards from time to time. On his day, he’s a machine tee to green. So his T20 last week was made more interesting when you factor in he was 8th driving accuracy and 9th GIR.

In his last 5 finishes in France he has two 7th places and another top 20. That shows he knows the course, knows the greens and has the ability to finish well.

Victor Riu (200/1 BetFred)

Can he find a Riu-te to victory?

Can he find a Riu-te to victory?

Bit more of a vested interest with our final pick as we watched plenty of him last year on the way to his 8th place. One facet of his game that particularly caught our eye throughout was his short game, not to mention the fact he was tied for 2nd going into the final round.

Okay he shot a 76, but to register a top 10 when your only two previous times in Paris where missed cuts is some going. Very much like Otto, he showed glimpses of what he is all about in Germany – shooting a 67 to tie for 5th after round 1 and ranking 9th GIR for all four days.

Golf Monthly £10 ChallengeGM_masthead-630x176

Every week we’re running a weekly betting competition on both Tours with esteemed magazine Golf Monthly.  It is a bit of fun between us and them to see who has the better tipsters!  We have £10 to put on each tournament and will write up a weekly post for their site detailing the horrors we are sure to endure throughout the year – so keep an eye out.

It will also (for the first time from us at DownThe18th) show some sort of staking plan we have for out bets.  Obviously, this isn’t the exact stakes we will put on our players, some weeks we won’t even enter a couple of our picks, but at least it can be shown roughly where our thoughts are money wise.

Our £10 against Golf Monthly will be as follows  –

£2.50 e/w on Brendan Steele at 33/1 (Bet Victor)

£1.25 e/w on Gregory Bourdy at 55/1 (BetFred)

£0.75 e/w on Hennie Otto at 150/1 (William Hill)

£0.50 e/w on Victor Riu 200/1 (BetFred)

Each way bets ¼ odds for top 5 finish unless stated otherwise.

Find the Golf Monthly Preview here (http://www.golf-monthly.co.uk/news/tour-news)

Current Standings after 24 weeks
Golf Monthly
European Tour:  £55.50
PGA Tour: £-9.00
Total: £46.50
DownThe18th
European Tour: £-90.62
PGA Tour: £-60.95
Total: £-151.57
Golf Monthly leads by: £198.07

Travelers Championship 2015

Travelers

Prize Fund – $6,400,00

Winner’s Share – $1,152,000

Course – TPC River Highlands (6,841 yards Par 70)

Our 2014 Picks – Brendon De Jonge – T42, Freddie Jacobson – T31, Brandt Snedeker – T11

Well what an enthralling final few hours we all witnessed at Chambers Bay. Rory McIlroy going on the charge before faltering, Louis Oosthuizen producing 3 rounds of genuine quality but falling agonizingly short, Branden Grace in contention right till an OOB on the 16th before the ultimate finale when DJ 3-putted to gift Jordan Spieth a 2nd Major in a row. Not forgetting the ‘Cauliflower’ incident. Exhausting stuff.

But onto this week and considering the event just gone, we don’t have the worst field to be fair. Louis will be confident after his US Open antics, whilst the likes of Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Patrick Reed, Keegan Bradley and even Jason Day (although that’s likely to change after his vertigo issues) are all due to tee it up at TPC River Highlands.

Not a bad closing hole Courtesy of PGA Tour

Not a bad closing hole
Courtesy of PGA Tour

This 6,841 yard par 70 is clearly not the lengthiest, but due to it’s tight fairways and abundance of hazards, accuracy will play a huge part come the final putt on Sunday. Getting the ball down the middle and having the ability to attack pins will be crucial, whilst we’ve seen recent winners on fire with their short stick and scrambling around the greens.

As a Pete Dye design, it may be worth looking at some of his other tracks – Harbour Town, TPC Sawgrass and TPC Louisiana – because most winners have had a decent performance at a Dye layout before.

Do take note of various GIR stats, especially 100-125/125-150 because there’ll be so many short wedges for the players and those that are consistently in with birdie chances will undoubtedly be winning by the end of the week.

Francesco Molinari (40/1 various)

Francesco Molinari did not have the greatest year in 2014 but it has been clearly evident how strongly he’s progressed this season. He has mainly been playing on the PGA Tour for starters and accumulated some pretty impressive finishes. A T10 at the Humana Challenge in January, followed by a T17 at the Arnold Palmer and then a T3 at the Memorial. The main thing they all have in common is that you need to get the ball in play to find and attack pins for birdies. The same can be said for his best two finishes in Europe – 5th at the BMW (all be it with a slight struggle on the final day) and a T2 in Spain.

All in all he is looking pretty imperious at the moment tee to green and proved his form hasn’t shown signs of slipping when he found himself inside the top 10 going into the weekend at the US Open last week.

Just look at his stats on the PGA – 1st driving accuracy, 4th in GIR, 25th scoring average, 19th proximity to the hole and most excitingly for this week, 1st in approaches from 100-125 yards.

The Italian is the perfect fit for this track, even though he’s never played here and undoubtedly at very reasonable odds.

Russell Knox (50/1 various)

Russell Knox has become a perennial top 25 finisher in PGA events. He will often be in and around before just doing enough and not truly excelling.

There’s an obvious few exceptions to the rule – 3rd at the Shriners and T3 at the Honda, but all in all he rarely gets you money back.

However he so often has that look and feel of someone on the verge of picking up a title and this could finally be that week. He suits the track perfectly, has finished T13 here before and has actually shown a steady increase in results recently.

He shot a 64 and 66 either side of a couple of rounds in the 70’s last time out and if he can sort out his short stick he’ll definitely be up there come Sunday.

BMW International Open 2015

bmw-logoPrize Fund – €2,000,00

Winner’s Share – €333,330

Course – Golf Club Gut Larchenof (7,228 yards Par 72)

Our 2014 Picks – Franceso Molinari (T12), Pablo Larrazabal (T8), Chris Wood (T33), Fabrizio Zanotti (WIN)

Alright so who enjoyed Chambers Bay last week? Chris Kirk didn’t. Ian Poulter didn’t. But we did. Okay the greens were more unpredictable than the British weather but it sure gave us one hell of a spectacle. As for Jordan Spieth, the guy’s an animal.

But if there’s one thing we’ve learned from golf it’s that there’s no time to rest and here we are in Germany for what is going to be a great 4 days. After a brief change to Cologne last year the Open heads back to Munich where you could say is home. 8 out of the last 10 events have been on this course.

The first thing we feel compelled to note is the US Open and how that will take its toll on those making the journey across the Atlantic this week. Ernie Els, off the back of his T4 at Merion in 2013, is the only person in recent times to have carried anything over from the major to Germany. To expect players to come straight from Chambers Bay, given how tough it was, to the flat fairways of Munich is a tough ask. Their game and setup for last week would have been completely different to the norm, fair play to anyone who makes that transition a smooth one. We’re staying clear.

Fairway_18th2Last time the event was held on this course we talked about driving accuracy being important and although it’s nice, it’s not a must around here. Fairways are generous. What we can’t ignore is the GIR trend around the Munich track. 2011 winner Pablo Larrazabal ranked 2nd for the week in GIR. Joost Luiten, T3, ranked 3rd GIR. And the last time it was held here in 2013, Ernie Els ranked 1st GIR – Martin Kaymer finished 4th, ranking 2nd GIR.

This all make sense when you take into account what the course is like. Plenty of trees, plenty of water and plenty of reasons to be finding the fairway. As has been proven in the past, when you find the short stuff there are plenty of birdies out there. Nick Dougherty got it to -22 in 2009 while David Howell got to -23, the highest score in the last 10 years. The winning average is up there at nearly -18.

All this said means the event will be won and lost from the fairway – iron players will thrive. Take a look at some of the winners around here: Els, Larrazabal, Howell, Horsey, Kaymer, Stenson. Getting it close and bringing your ‘A’ game around the greens is what’s going to get it done here.

If there’s one thing we like, it’s a good iron player.

DON’T FORGET – Our weekly competition with renowned magazine Golf Monthly continues, take a peak at the end of our selections to see how our stakes have been distributed this time.

TwitterYou can follow us throughout the week on Twitter @downthe18th for the latest news, betting + banter. Please get in touch and let us know what you think of our picks and who you fancy as well!

Thomas Bjørn (40/1 Stan James)

We want plenty of smiles this week

We want plenty of smiles this week

We’ve systematically eliminated a lot of the top guys this week, mainly due to participation at Chambers Bay. But one man we can’t get off our list is Bjørn.

His 2nd the last time it was held here showed despite his advancing years he’s still one the best around in Europe. He was tied with South African Els with 6 to play but a poor drive on 14 put pay to any chances he had of lifting the trophy. Despite this, he showed he had to the course nailed, finding plenty of birdies and ranking 15th GIR & 3rd putts per GIR for the week.

Unlike most, the Dane comes to Munich with plenty of rest. He last played 3 weeks ago at the Nordea Masters. And one thing we know about Bjørn is when he putts well he’s dangerous. In Sweden he ranked 1st putts per GIR. Two weeks prior to that, he finished T11 around Wentworth ranking 6th GIR. Now, if he can pull these two facets of his game together and rekindle the sort of play he found around here 2 years ago, we’ll be all over it.

Scott Jamieson (66/1 Various)

Nike don't just sponsor anyone - Courtesy of EveningTimes

Nike don’t just sponsor anyone – Courtesy of EveningTimes

Like the Dane that precedes Jamieson, this is man in good touch with a nice week’s rest under his belt.

The Scot has been playing solid stuff for nearly 2 months now, just not grabbing the high finish he deserves. Albeit in a lesser quality field, his T11 at the Lyoness Open 2 weeks ago finally gave us a glimpse of him mixing it at the top end of the leaderboard.

Before Austria, Scott teed it up at the tough links of Royal County Down. Despite finishing T30, he ranked 7th in both driving accuracy and GIR. So his game is definitely there.

We know on a flat track Jamieson has the ability to go low and find plenty of birdies which is exactly what he did around here in 2011, finishing with a final round 64 on his way to a T3.

We feel he is ready to burst and 66/1 looks like a good price to us.

Retief Goosen (90/1 Coral)

LOVES Germany - courtesy of Golf Channel

LOVES Germany – courtesy of Golf Channel

Okay, the course form of this man is sublime. Have a look: 2011 (3rd), 2009 (3rd), 2008 (13th), 2006 (2nd), 2004 (6th). Goose used to be a legend on the European Tour but lately we’ve not seen a lot of him. At 46, he’s still got a lot to give.

On paper this might look like a bit of an obvious pick given his love for the Munich-based course but it’s not. We’re taking into account the form we’ve seen across the pond. The South African finished T3 at this season’s Frys.com Open while his T8 at the Northern Trust could have been so much better after leading for the first 3 rounds. Now, to be leading on the PGA Tour shows you’re in good touch.

Rarely does he make the journey over to Europe so his love for this course alone is enough for us to jump all over the 90/1 on offer.

Bernd Ritthammer 200/1 (Paddy Power)

Okay..

Okay..

Only right we finish with a German in his home Open.

With all eyes on Kaymer and Kieffer in particular this man could genuinely sneak up on everyone. His T7 at the Nordea Masters 3 weeks ago saw him rank 4th putts per GIR, 10th GIR and 16th driving accuracy. Everything was working well. That finish was the 4th best of his career.

The only time he teed it up at Munich, 2 years ago, he finished T22. He had a lot less European Tour experience and was nearly double the rank he is in the world right now. The German only has 2 career top 10’s on the European Tour, both of which have been in his last 5 events. He’s taking it to a new level at the moment and what better stage to properly announce yourself than the BMW in Munich?

Golf Monthly £10 ChallengeGM_masthead-630x176

Every week we’re running a weekly betting competition on both Tours with esteemed magazine Golf Monthly.  It is a bit of fun between us and them to see who has the better tipsters!  We have £10 to put on each tournament and will write up a weekly post for their site detailing the horrors we are sure to endure throughout the year – so keep an eye out.

It will also (for the first time from us at DownThe18th) show some sort of staking plan we have for out bets.  Obviously, this isn’t the exact stakes we will put on our players, some weeks we won’t even enter a couple of our picks, but at least it can be shown roughly where our thoughts are money wise.

Our £10 against Golf Monthly will be as follows  –

£2.45 e/w on Thomas Bjorn at 40/1 (Stan James)

£1.25 e/w on Scott Jamieson at 66/1 (Paddy Power)

£1.00 e/w on Retief Goosen at 90/1 (Coral)

£0.35 e/w on Bernd Ritthammer 200/1 (Paddy Power)

Each way bets ¼ odds for top 5 finish unless stated otherwise.

Find the Golf Monthly Preview here (http://www.golf-monthly.co.uk/news/tour-news)

Current Standings after 23 weeks

Golf Monthly
European Tour: £1.00
PGA Tour: £1.00
Total: £2.00

DownThe18th
European Tour: £-96.95
PGA Tour: £-50.95
Total: £-146.90

Golf Monthly leads by: £148.90

US Open 2015

2015-US-OPEN_LOGO

Prize Fund – $9,000,00

Winner’s Share – $1,620,000

Course – Chambers Bay (7,585 yards Par 72)

Our 2014 Picks – Jordan Spieth – T17, Luke Donald – MC, Charl Schwartzel – MC, Hideki Matsuyama – T35, Keegan Bradley – T4, Brooks Koepka – T4

The US Open is just a week away now and the excitement is gathering momentum. It’s been a truly remarkable year in golf with big names doing big things and you can only really think that the majors will produce outstanding drama in 2015.

And we can expect drama befitting of the West End or Broadway for this years US Open. The USGA are taking a completely different approach by selecting Chambers Bay and in our eyes, all stats, history and trends can pretty much be flung out the window – in some respects.

Of course, it’s still good to have a look at US Open form however unique the course is, because the correlation of tough, grinding track will certainly cross over.

So, our major preview this year is going to rely on incredibly different aspects to usual and an in-depth look at the track that is causing various degrees of mayhem, controversy and excitement.

#14 Pano

Chambers Bay

Primarily, what do we actually know about the place?

Well it is in Washington, which is a first in itself and has been built and moulded on top of what was an old quarry site. Whilst we’ve seen coastal type golf at Pebble Beach before, never have we witnessed anything like this. It’s a bonafide links track, never really seen in the States, but very common in the UK.

Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Jnr, he pretty much had next-to-no restrictions on how he was able to construct the layout because of it’s history. That’s why there are intriguing holes, tough contours and uneven ground.

We’ve been lucky enough to spend some extended time with one of the guys who helped in the construction, agronomist John Clarkin. He, like many others, was drafted in from a British and Irish background knowledge of Links tracks to help grow and design this unprecedented place.

Clarkin stated how Links-like it is and that you can draw pretty much no comparisons with any US courses – it’s simply like extracting a British seaside course and plonking it on a Washington coastline.

The rough is full of fescue and overgrown, natural grass that will pretty much mean a drop shot if you’re hacking out of there. However, the fairways are slightly wider than we could expect, which brings to the argument that big hitters will fare well. However, if you are spraying it all over then you are going to have absolutely no chance.

The second cut will not be particularly long either and alongside the fact there are no real fringes around the greens, the whole course just manoeuvres and meanders around itself, flowing into one mammoth challenge.

Iron play is going to be absolutely vital as well – the best player from tee to green will without doubt be in the mix. But obviously we have to factor in the sloping and rapid greens (potentially around 12 on the stimpmetre) that will cause havoc and 3-putts galore.

Just to throw even more of a spanner in the works, there’s a bunker being ingeniously coined ‘Chambers Basement.’  It’s a 10-foot deep pot bunker, slap bang in the middle of the 18th.  Expect to see a few hacking out of there and it could be like Adam Scott at The Open when Ernie Els sneaked in to grab victory…

That looks like a fun bunker doesn't it?

That looks like a fun bunker doesn’t it?

But the main thing to really look out for, as with any Links course we’ve ever bet on, is the weather. Wind being the main source of potential destruction. At the time of writing, the wind will not be particularly horrendous, but simply due to the exposed nature of some of the holes, a slight breeze can still be tough to deal with.

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/forecasts/golf-report/7-day-weather-forecast/united-states/washington/chambers-bay

The last big thing to think about is the fact that whilst the par 72 stands at 7,585 yards – we’ve already been told that the USGA are going to play around with several holes on various days, making each one completely unique.

We could have anything playing rom 7,350 right up to 7,800. That is simply madness for players and caddies, but amazing for us as spectators.

So, all in all, what sort of player should you be looking for?

  • Someone who has Links form is an absolute must for us. If you’ve never performed on a coastal track, you will find it difficult to suddenly come to a US Open and win against the very best
  • A tee to green proficiency and understanding of when to attack and when to defend
  • Ability to manoeuvre the ball and play different when the conditions change and when the USGA alters the layout
  • Obviously putting is ultimately the difference at the majors…
  • Some sort of recent form. We feel you can discount pretty much anyone who has not been playing well in recent outings, because you need to be in good knick before a US Open (even Lucas Glover had a T2 a few weeks before his victory in 09’)
  • When the US Amateur was held here in 2010 (Peter Uihlein won the event) the scoring average was 79.25.  That shows you need a grinding nature when the going gets particularly tough…

Chambers Bay from everyone else’s perspective:

Mike Davis, USGA Executive Director:

“Virtually every hole out there we will be playing from different teeing grounds on different days. In some cases we may end up putting tee markers on slight slopes as opposed to you think, well, you’re always going to have teeing markers on very flat areas. But there may be some where we give the players a little downhill slope, a little uphill slope, a side slope. So that’s interesting.”

Ian Poulter, social media maverick:

“Well several players have played Chambers Bay in prep for US Open. The reports back are its a complete farce. I guess someone has to win.”

Phil Mickelson, Mr.America (and hopeful contender for inclusion in the new Rory McIlroy PGA Tour game):

“I really like it. The first time you play it, it’s like St. Andrews. You don’t know where to go. You don’t know what mounds do what to do the ball.”

Jordan Spieth, everyone’s hopeful successor as Mr.America (speaking after the US Amateur):

“The course was ridiculously difficult”

Tiger Woods, a fan of Miss.America’s:

“We don’t see this even at the British Open because the greens aren’t banked like this.”

Jason Day, husband to a very attractive wife:

“It’s a little funky.  More Links kind of style golf course, I’m excited to see how it shows it’s teeth”

Henrik Stenson, Swedish Meat-ball-playing, tee-to-green guru:

“It’s a tricked-up links course. It’s got some high elevations, some five, six holes that we normally don’t see on a regular links course, and then we’ve got some more severeness, I’d say. It’s going to be different and it’s quite tricky in places. It’s going to be so much down to the weather as well. If the wind blows and if you were to add a bit of rain, you don’t want to stand there on a 240-yard par-three down to a postage stamp. You need to be sharp with your short game there, it’s going to be tested.”

Brooks Koepka, the lady-lover (according to his Instagram):

“If you just hit a bad golf shot, you’re going to be screwed”

And Finally,

Bubba Watson sinking a ridiculous putt during a practice round…

https://twitter.com/bubbawatson/status/609418048106139648/video/1

So if you’re able to work any of that out and have a few players in mind, we’d say go with your hunches.

We have a few lads that we are quietly confident can be up there challenging, but before we showcase the might six, we must stress that Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose all have (obviously!) ridiculous appeal, but are slightly too short for us…

Our Picks

Phil Mickelson (22/1 BetFred)

World Number 19

Phil getting those fists pumping.  Come on! Phot Courtesy of USA Sports Today

Phil getting those fists pumping. Come on!
Phot Courtesy of USA Sports Today

Sometimes you’ve just got to believe things will happen for a reason. 2015 could finally see Phil’s tumultuous affair with the US Open finally come to an end. The guy has 10 top 10’s and 6 runner-ups with Chambers Bay being his 25th start at this major!

After visiting the course for the first time a few weeks back Mickelson said it “resembled a course you would find in Britain” and that he’s “excited” about Chambers Bay. Looking at his Scottish double back in 2013, we know he has exactly what it takes on these sort of tracks.

The fairways being slightly more generous than usual will only go to help him and if the wind picks up we know he’s got a few low stingers in his locker.

As we’ve mentioned, winning a US Open needs recent form. He’s only missed one cut (The Players) in his last 8 events and has a T4 at the Wells Fargo and T2 at the Masters amongst them. Has posted some solid rounds in recent weeks but just hasn’t put 4 rounds together – Chambers Bay and the electric atmosphere of the US Open is where he finally could. Phil produces on the biggest stage.

Open Championship Form since 2003 and European Tour ‘Links’ tracks since 2012:

WIN Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Miss Cut
2 4 4 10 13 2

Plus a T9, T60 and WIN at Pebble Beach since 2012

Last 6 Results:

FedEx St.Jude Classic Memorial Tournament Wells Fargo Champs The PLAYERS The Masters Shell Houston
 T3 T65 T4 MC T2 T17

Rickie Fowler (22/1 Stan James)

World Number 8

Focused - courtesy of golfweek

Focused – courtesy of golfweek

Rickie Fowler showed everyone last year that he has the game to really contend at the Majors.  Followers of DownThe18th will know that we’re big fans of him and have often spoken about his exciting brand of golf.

Winning the Players Championship a few weeks ago (and saving our pretty poor betting season) really cemented his place amongst the big boys, dispelling the ridiculous myth that he’s an overrated player.

He was absolutely superb on the back nine stretch which included 4 birdies and an eagle, then keeping his bottle to win in a playoff.

So, whilst he missed the cut last time out at the Memorial, his form this season is still more than good enough to warrant huge Major appeal.  But one of the biggest reasons we really fancy him for his maiden victory is because of the perfect fit with the track.

He has proven his ability on Links courses and actually has a decent track record.  He’s not been scared to come over to the UK for European Tour events in the past – a T8 at the Scottish Open last year and T30 in Ireland in 2015.  That T30 was pretty much ruined in one hole though, when he was very much contending going into the last day.

He is one of the best drivers of a ball – T23 total driving and his irons can be devastating.  But his scrambling and never-say-die attitude is simply perfect for a course like this, when there will be times you’re hacking out of rough and struggling for a tough up and down from a bunker.

This could be the ultimate message to everyone in golf that we are going to have a 4-pronged future with McIlroy, Spieth, Rose and Fowler.

Open Championship Form since 2003 and European Tour ‘Links’ tracks since 2012:

WIN Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Miss Cut
0 2 3 4 6 1

Plus a T6 at the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Last 6 Results:

Memorial Tournament Irish Open The PLAYERS WGC Cadillac Match Play Zurich Classic The Masters
MC T30 WON T9 MC T12

Jim Furyk (40/1 Paddy Power)

World Number 3

 

Jimbo Courtesy of Daily Mail

Jimbo
Courtesy of Daily Mail

We all know about how many near-misses Jimbo had before he won the RBC Heritage back in April. But that win could give him the extra confidence in his mid-forties to find himself another major win.

In 2003, Furyk won the the US Open at Olympia Fields making light work of the field winning by 3 shots. 10 top 10’s since and he still hasn’t won another major. But 2014 was arguably one of his most consistent ever years in the majors (T14 Masters, T12 US Open, 4th Open, T5 PGA). And it’s that sort of form that has seen him rise to 3rd in the world golf rankings. In any sport, 40/1 for the guy ranked 3rd in the world is value.

So what’s going to endear the American to Chambers Bay? Well not only is he brimming with confidence after his RBC win, combined with a 4th in the WGC Match Play and T5 at the Memorial, but his style of play is perfect for this course. Jim finds fairways. He puts the ball where he wants and hits plenty of greens. And when he doesn’t find the dance floor, he’s one of the best at getting up and down (23rd in scrambling on Tour).

It’s hard to see Jim not contending with the way he’s striking the ball at the moment – he’ll know the majors are running out where he can compete with the likes of McIlroy and Spieth so he’s going to be giving 110% this week to win US Open #2.

Open Championship Form since 2003 and European Tour ‘Links’ tracks since 2012:

WIN Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Miss Cut
0 3 3 4 7 5

PGA Tour ‘Coastal’ tracks:

WIN Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Miss Cut
1 1 3 3 6 0

Last 6 Results:

Memorial Tournament Wells Fargo Champs The PLAYERS WGC Cadillac Match Play RBC Heritage The Masters
T5 MC T56 4th WON MC

Ian Poulter (80/1 Paddy Power)

World Number 25

Sir Ian.

Sir Ian.

Okay, so we might not be getting the best feeling out of the Poulter camp regarding his views on Chambers Bay having claimed he will let everyone know his thoughts on the course after “holing his last putt”. If his Wentworth views are anything to go by, Chambers Bay isn’t likely to be making his bucket list.

But quite frankly this is a major, the ultimate in golf and Poults will be buzzing for it. Time and time again we talk about his Ryder Cup exploits but they really do show that the Englishman has it in his locker when needed.

2015 has seen him play arguably as good as he ever has in America, T6 HSBC WGC, T3 Honda Classic, T6 Masters (his best performance at Augusta) and T5 in his last appearance at the Crowne Plaza. The swing is looking immaculate and there can’t be any complaints about the way he’s playing.

Chambers Bay will have a British Open feel to it and Poults is more than capable on these sort of tracks. He’s finished T3 and T9 in 2 of his last 3 Opens and has his best ever major finish at the Open, 2nd to Padraig Harrington in 2008.

A few concerns have surrounded his bottle of late (as much as he won’t like us saying it) given the disastrous 4th round at the Honda but he’s confident in his own ability and we think this week is as good a chance as he will ever get at a major.

Open Championship Form since 2003 and European Tour ‘Links’ tracks since 2012:

WIN Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Miss Cut
0 2 3 5 8 5

Last 6 Results:

Crowne Plaza Invitational The PLAYERS WGC Cadillac Match Play RBC Heritage The Masters Arnold Palmer Invitational
T5 T30 T34 T18 T6 T21

Danny Willett (150/1 BetVictor)

World Number 36

Has everything in his locker for this sort of track

Has everything in his locker for this sort of track

The Englishman was spoken about in the same breath as fellow lads from the UK Donaldson and Lowry but we’ve plumped for Danny and we’ll tell you why.

Firstly, 2015 has seen the birth of Willett on the world stage. Not many American’s will have cared about who he was 6th months ago but they do now. He finished T12 in only his 4th WGC event at the Cadillac back in March which for us, was such a big result for him. But then came the WGC Match-Play. He looked unbelievable winning 6 out of his 7 matches, only losing to Gary Woodland in the semis. He defeated the likes of Reed, Moore, Westwood and Furyk on the way to his 3rd place and 2nd biggest pay cheque of his career. It also catapulted him into the top 40 in the world. All of that means Willett, now with temporary status on the PGA Tour, has to be taken very seriously for this event.

Tee-to-green is where the Englishman earns his bread and his game will be a perfect fit for the British feel of Chambers Bay. His career best major finish was a T15 at the 2013 Open, in what was only his 3rd major start.

The US Open more than any other major seems allow players with no previous major form to come in and contend and Danny is the perfect mould for that.

Open Championship Form since 2003 and European Tour ‘Links’ tracks since 2012:

WIN Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Miss Cut
0 1 2 4 5 4

Last 6 Results:

Irish Open BMW PGA Champs THE PLAYERS WGC Cadillac Match Play The Masters Shell Houston Open
T6 T38 MC 3rd T38 MC

Alex Noren (250/1 Coral)

World Number 70

Red-hot

Red-hot

There are certainly a lot worse bets out there than this one! Last week the Swede won his 4th European Tour title and his first in 4 years. After injury woes put pay to any sort of form in 2014 it seems Noren has come back fitter and better than ever before.

His standout attribute is his ability with irons from the fairway and this week at Chambers Bay, that will help him out tremendously. The putter too in recent weeks has got hot, so no surprises that when he ranked 3rd putts per GIR at the Nordea Masters, he won by 4 shots.

His best major finish to date was a T9 at the Open and has only played in the US Open (2012) twice before. But Noren is a confident character and you have to envisage these players in a potential final pairing with the likes of McIlroy and Spieth – how would they cope? For many of the European Tour stalwarts you’d say not very well, take Wiesberger at the PGA last year for example. But Noren seems like the kind of guy who won’t be phased at all.

At 250/1 and a recent winner, we’re looking for his confidence to continue and put him in contention this week.

Open Championship Form since 2003 and European Tour ‘Links’ tracks since 2012:

WIN Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Miss Cut
0 1 2 4 4 3

Last 6 Results:

Nordea Masters Irish Open BMW PGA Champs Open de España Volvo China Open Shenzhen International
WON T21 T8 T56 T26 T44

FedEx St. Jude Classic 2015

The PGA Tour moves onto Memphis this week as we enter the final few hurdles before the US Open makes its big mark on the season. Do check out our 1st preview when it’s published in a few days!

Basically, the players are now just gearing up for Chambers Bay, using the next couple of weeks as a warm up and for some this will be their last outing before that next major.

The field isn’t particularly mouth-watering, but there’s still enough big names to get the juices flowing – Dustin Johnson (who considering what the course is like, miraculously won here in 2012!), Phil Mickelson (again, decent form considering his wayward tee game), Webb Simpson, Brooks Koepka, Harris English et al are some of the ‘bigger names’ at the event.

TPC Southwind is an unusual track in some ways, because it can certainly cause players difficulty with it’s abundance of lakes, ponds and hazards in general. However, on the surface it doesn’t look like a place that should be too challenging.

The Par 70 stands at 7,239 yards and requires the ball to be kept in play. Looking at the players who have won here in recent history, you can see that they’ve had their iron game in absolute control, as well as being hot with the putter.

Ben Crane, English and DJ all struck the ball beautifully during their wins, whilst found the knack of holing putts. When we look at last years stats, there are correlations with accuracy and putting – barring Matt Every who finished in a tie for 3rd, everyone inside the top 6 were consistent across the board for driving accuracy, GIR and putting.

Interestingly. Only Brian Harman finished outside the top 30 for putting stats from the guys who were inside the top 11…

It’s also worth keeping in mind that scrambling could play a part from around the difficult greens, because obviously you aren’t going to hit the dance floor 100% of the time!

Webb Simpson (18/1 various)

Gunning for another victory on a tough course

Gunning for another victory on a tough course

Webb Simpson is obviously one of the favourites and understandably so considering his recent outing and finish here last year. For those of you that follow us regularly, you will know that we rarely go for the top end of the market, but this time it’s too appealing.

When it comes to requirements for this track, Webb fits the majority of them. He is 11th in total driving and 19th for GIR, which is simply the perfect tee to green combination for Southwind.

We all know how impressive he can be with his irons. Last time out at the Wells Fargo he finished top of the driving accuracy stats for the week and 38th for GIR.

But the big mark against him at the moment is his putting, however this is the main reason we have decided we want to go with him… He finished 11th for total putting at Quail Hollow ending the tournament in a tie for 2nd.

That is much better form and shows he actually started holing some putts. If he can bring that here, he’ll be in a fantastic position to challenge – plus he finished T3 on this track last year…

Luke Donald (40/1 Coral)

Time for some success from the Englishman

Time for some success from the Englishman

Now, considering the 40/1 price, this is a risky bet. However, Luke Donald just has that duel feeling of ‘what if’ and ‘close but no cigar.’

The Englishman has been pretty average for quite a while now and without his absolutely ridiculous short game, he would have missed cuts galore.

And that is the main reason we fancy him this week. At the BMW he was simply awful at time off the tee – but his scrambling, touch and putting saved him on several occasions.

Moving on one week, he looked a bit better tee to green and that got us thinking he might have a say come the end of the tournament.

He finished in a tie for 18th and on the Sunday he was 11th for driving accuracy, 26th GIR and 10th putts per round, whilst on the Saturday he was 18th driving accuracy, 15th GIR and 19th putts per round.

If that doesn’t make you want to go there, nothing ever will.

Scott Pinckney (90/1 Coral) 

Scott Pinckney seems like a very interesting outsider this week. He is only 26 years old and spent some time over in Europe with not a great deal of success, but he is still a promising talent.

He’s supposedly mates with the world number one – not hugely sure how that helps – but we have seen 4 top 12’s since March which is decent form for anyone.

But last time out he shot 2 64’s at the Byron Nelson to finish in a tie for 2nd which is very exciting.

He’s 97th for driving accuracy, 54th for GIR and 42nd strokes gained putting and simply seems like a decent pick considering the field and odds!

Golf Monthly £10 ChallengeGM_masthead-630x176

Every week we’re running a weekly betting competition on both Tours with esteemed magazine Golf Monthly.  It is a bit of fun between us and them to see who has the better tipsters!  We have £10 to put on each tournament and will write up a weekly post for their site detailing the horrors we are sure to endure throughout the year – so keep an eye out.

It will also (for the first time from us at DownThe18th) show some sort of staking plan we have for out bets.  Obviously, this isn’t the exact stakes we will put on our players, some weeks we won’t even enter a couple of our picks, but at least it can be shown roughly where our thoughts are money wise.

Our £10 against Golf Monthly will be as follows  –

£3.50 e/w on Webb Simpson at 18/1 (PaddyPower 6 Places)

£1.00 e/w on Luke Donald at 40/1 (StanJames)

£0.50 e/w on Scott Pinckney at 90/1 (Coral)

Each way bets ¼ odds for top 5 finish unless stated otherwise.

Find the Golf Monthly Preview here (http://www.golf-monthly.co.uk/news/tour-news)

Current Standings after 19 weeks

DownThe18th                                 Golf Monthly

European Tour: £-71.95                  European Tour:  £-50.62

PGA Tour: £-25.94                           PGA Tour: £23.75

Total: £-97.89                                   Total: £-26.87

Golf Monthly leads by: £70.02

 

Lyoness Open 2015

LyonessPrize Fund – €1,000,00

Winner’s Share – €166,660

Course – Diamond Country Club (7,417 yards Par 72)

Our 2014 Picks – Craig Lee – MC, Eduardo De La Riva – T7, Michael Hoey – T48, Keith Horne – MC, Phillip Archer – T62

Another week on the European Tour is behind us and we now move on to one of those events that never (in all honesty) captures the imagination with a strong field.

We head to mainland Europe for the Lyoness Open in Austria – headlined by local boy Bernd Wiesberger. His record here is pretty incredible and with the sort of form he’s in at the moment, he is understandably the runaway favourite.

So whilst you are not going to be used to seeing (and wanting to back!) some of the players at the sort of odds they are, there is still plenty of value to be had. The Diamond Country Club is playing host for the 6th consecutive year and the 7,433 yard par 72 is actually quite an interesting track.

On paper it sounds like a behemoth, but when you look deeper, you realise there’s a lot more to it than sheer, brute force. Previous winners have been accurate, iron gurus who rely on their approach game – Mikael Lundberg, Joost Luiten, Wiesberger, Kennie Ferrie and Jose Manuel Lara.

Now none of them, barring Wiesberger, hit the ball hugely far, which goes to show what’s required here.  Last year everyone inside the top 5 (barring Rhys Davies on day one and Mikkael Lundberg on day 3) were inside the top 20 for GIR stats every day.

There were plenty of accuracy and mid-range distance stats off the tee as well, whilst Lundberg putted out his skin to grab his win. There are a few islands greens with surrounding water which prove you need to be in play off the tee because otherwise it’s a potential drop shot galore.

Overall, it could be a very interesting week’s play.

Just a quick note – We very much wanted to go with Chris Wood as our main pick, but we simply couldn’t warrant 12/1… Low 20’s maybe, but we thought 12 was slightly too far!

Matthew Fitzpatrick (55/1 PaddyPower)

Not bad..

Not bad..

We said that this track requires an iron guru and if you’ve seen Matthew Fitzpatrick playing well, you’ll know that’s exactly what he does.

His season has simply not hit the heights expected of someone so talented, but he is still so, so young. You cannot honestly think he will go out there and dominate because very few do, but we have seen a remarkable improvement in his last 3 outings that make us think he is worth a punt this week.

First of all Mauritius, where he finished in a tie for 20th. During his first round he was 3rd for driving accuracy, followed by 3 straight days in 1st for the same stat.

His GIR stats were inside the top 6 every day barring the Saturday, with which a 73 ended his chances of victory. But VERY encouraging. Then in Spain he recorded a T22 finish and didn’t find himself outside the top 20 for GIR during the final 3 days.

But where we get most excited is at the Irish where he finished T8. Here are his stats for the final 3 days –

Friday – Driving Accuracy – 2nd, GIR – 17th

Saturday – Driving Accuracy – 1st, GIR – 4th

Sunday – Driving Accuracy – 1st, GIR – 1st

Whilst proving how formidable his tee to green game is at the moment, it also shows that he is starting to convert those chances and we cannot help but think he’s a superb fit for this course, even though he’s never played here.

One to definitely watch.

Scott Jamieson (50/1 PaddyPower)

Nike don't just sponsor anyone - Courtesy of EveningTimes

Nike don’t just sponsor anyone – Courtesy of EveningTimes

Scott Jamieson has not had a great season by any means, but his recent outings have been consistent mid-range finishes.

Barring the 1st day of the Irish Open, he didn’t finish outside the top 13 for driving accuracy or GIR throughout, which shows that he’s not far away from getting back to his best.

He ended up finishing in a tie for 30th and that’s enough for us to think he could have a part to play in Austria.  He finished T8 here in 2012 on his only performance at Diamond CC, so very much an interesting pick this week.

Simon Wakefield (125/1 PaddyPower)

It’s been a really difficult season for Simon Wakefield having lost his tour card last year and plying his trade on the Challenge Tour.

He hasn’t particularly lit it up there either, although a few steady performances will hopefully give him a slight boost.  The main reason we are taking a plump on Wakey is because of his efforts in Sweden last week. At the time of writing he is in a tie for 61st because of his final round 76 has dropped him significantly down.

However in round one he shot a marvellous 69 and found himself in 13th and coupled with the fact his usually straight game (1st in accuracy as always) and GIR he could be an interesting outsider this week.

Lee Slattery (60/1 StanJames)

Lee Slattery is another intriguing bet this week after his superb performance out in Sweden.

His tee to green game wasn’t particularly outstanding, but his putting was impressive and usually he is someone that doesn’t hole his putts.

But add into the equation he finished T4 last year and T9 in 2013 on this track, you have to think he’s taken a liking to the place.

If his game is firing on all cylinders, he’ll definitely be up there again.

Golf Monthly £10 ChallengeGM_masthead-630x176

Every week we’re running a weekly betting competition on both Tours with esteemed magazine Golf Monthly.  It is a bit of fun between us and them to see who has the better tipsters!  We have £10 to put on each tournament and will write up a weekly post for their site detailing the horrors we are sure to endure throughout the year – so keep an eye out.

It will also (for the first time from us at DownThe18th) show some sort of staking plan we have for out bets.  Obviously, this isn’t the exact stakes we will put on our players, some weeks we won’t even enter a couple of our picks, but at least it can be shown roughly where our thoughts are money wise.

Our £10 against Golf Monthly will be as follows  –

£2.50 e/w on Matthew Fitzpatrick at 60/1 (BetFred)

£1.00 e/w on Scott Jamieson at 50/1 (PaddyPower)

£0.50 e/w on Simon Wakefield at 150/1 (BetFred)

£1.00 e/w on Lee Slattery at 60/1 (Paddy Power)

Each way bets ¼ odds for top 5 finish unless stated otherwise.

Find the Golf Monthly Preview here (http://www.golf-monthly.co.uk/news/tour-news)

Current Standings after 19 weeks

DownThe18th                                 Golf Monthly

European Tour: £-71.95                  European Tour:  £-50.62

PGA Tour: £-25.94                           PGA Tour: £23.75

Total: £-97.89                                   Total: £-26.87

Golf Monthly leads by: £96.90