To say that there was a sense of madness in the air would be an understatement. It means for the many the gambling season is over for the 175 to 200 who regularly ply their trade on the PGATour . However for numbers let’s say between 115 and 156 this is the ultimate gambling week, cleverly designed on a $5 million tournament as opposed to an $8.3 million one.
Simple truth if you aren’t “situated” at 125 or better, your season is done. Fedex Cup and its $10,000,000 to the winner and $30 million over all is a very nice cushion. Most of the players see this as “tax paying” time
Take my buddy, Bo. I am sure he wont mind me telling you (as it’s all there in black and white). Not a good season by his standards, he lies 80th, miles away from the drop with a goodly sum of $985,000 plus sponsorship money, he is quite some way away from the poor house and remarkably, sitting at 125 currently, is Greg Chalmers, with $600k stashed away and, assuming he passes the test, he can stay where he is and acquire his sponsorship money, plus extra prize money, that sends him through the million barrier. Such are the comforts for a pro golfer these days
So, let’s cut to the action
Yes, I guess my winning streak had to come to an end but we gave a good shot at it last week, with Henrik coming second.
This week is going to be a nightmare. The whole track for The Wyndham Championship is like a racetrack. It is the single most easiest course on tour and 70% of players are inside the G-I-R stat. Green are luscious, wet and watered and at 6500 sq feet the ball can stick like glue if you can float in any wedge from 130 yards downwards (this applies to some very small golfers who can hit down and under the ball).
We are, as they say in North Carolina, in the foothills of the Appalachians. To be exact most of North Carolina is flat and rolling, very much like Kent but in the western part, in Greensboro we are that bit higher up and so prone to a little moisture that can come in early morning fog and mist, or heavy plonking rain. Either way is very nice after the heavy atmosphere of the dry deserts of Texas, only a few tournaments earlier
Now not unsurprisingly with liquid comes growth and the growth here occurs around the edges of the fairways in the form of quite tough rough and after a little strip of six feet, it can get to be a real gripper, so keep it on the table top, boys!
So, lets get straight into it:
My four major selections:
1 – Tim Clark – Ranked 58 and my personal number 1 bet of the week. Not in form but definitely a horse for a course – 45/1
2 – Carl Petterson – awful year! Ranking not even worth thinking about. However, last 10 rounds here average 67 – value – 60/1
3 – Bill Haas – ranked number 7, like Billy Horschel earlier in the week can’t count him out at the moment – 16/1
4 – Brandt Snedeker – ranked 4 playing well now injuries cleared up but bad price at 14/1
If I “biff it well I can win”:
1 – Chris Kirk – ranked Number 44, playing steady, good price at – 55/1
2 – Jordan Spieth – ranked Number 24, back trying to get his eye in. One of the favs for the Fedex value this week – 35/1
3 – Hidecki Matsuyama – Not qualified in ranking, heads Japanese tour though. Great player, must come through soon – 30/1
1 – Patrick Reed – in at Number 78, long stretch this session six weeks and collecting the cash one more time maybe, Patrick? value at – 70/1
2 – Chez Reavie – oh dear Chez! In a spot of bother are we at number 123 but the best wedge player currently around should save his skin. A winner? Not sure but good each way at 100/1
1 – David Toms – playing golf like a plank. Currently number 129 and several exemptions allow him his playing rights already for 2014. But I espy a sign of life, his absolutely beautiful wife back on tour along with the kids in recent weeks must be a bonus. Watch him and, at only 40/1, bookies must know something too
That’s it folks, could possibly be looking at things quite differently next week!
Talk to you when your older!
Michel-Jean Caule De Marolan