I hope everyone has calmed down following the absolutely fantastic four days of golf at the Hero Challenge, how good was it to see Tiger Woods sound after four days of competitive play?
I owe a big thank you to Rickie Fowler for once again getting me out of trouble and making the placings, oh and Happy Birthday for the 13th Rickie, let’s hope your 28th year sees you victorious in a Major.
Anyway moving onto this week’s Franklin Templeton Shootout. This could yield some healthy bounty, with 12 pairs competing and the bookies offering a ¼ of the odds for the placings (1-3).
First Round, Scramble - Each player hits a drive on every hole and the best drive is selected. Each player then plays a second shot from the spot where the selected drive lays, and the best second shot is selected. This process is repeated until the hole is completed.
Second Round, Modified Alternate Shot - Each player hits a drive on every hole and one drive is selected. The player whose drive is NOT selected hits the second shot, and they alternate shots until the ball is holed.
Final Round, Better Ball - Each player plays through every hole using his own ball. The player whose score is the lowest on each hole will be the team score for that hole.
Favourites are the 2013 scorers Harris English and Matt Kuchar at 7/2. This pairing has an impressive record here, finishing runners-up for the last two years. Kuch finished third last weekend but Harris has missed the cut on his last two starts so others may appeal, such as the next pairing in the betting, Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker (4/1).
Sneds played some impressive golf last week and the Dufmeister looks to be putting his marital issues behind him and playing competitively, therefore I am confident they can become the third pairing to successfully reclaim their crown in consecutive years.
The Lads and the value...
After this year’s Masters, where he played in the final pairing in the last round with some guy called Jordan Spieth, Smylie Kaufman reached my radar, then he was part of #SK2k16 and became a complete legend! He plays with best pal Justin Thomas this week. What a dream duo. You can back these guys at 5/1, why not?
So I expect the winner to come from those three leading pairs BUT you can still find some great value betting some of the other duos to finish in the top three. Billy Horschel has played in this competition three times previously, with three different partners, but finishing in the top four each time. He pairs up with Charley Hoffman this weekend and can be found at 9/1. A pairing the keep an eye for sure!
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