Donald Won’t Duck The RBC Heritage
Bubba Watson’s second Masters victory was another feather in the cap for golf’s equivalent of ‘horses for courses’ – and this week’s RBC Heritage field contains lots of players who have previously shined at the Harbour Town Golf Links venue.
One such player is Luke Donald (20/1) who has recorded four top-3 finishes there in his last five attempts, one of which he went off as short as 7/1 favourite.
He may be currently ranked much lower in the world rankings at the moment, but his price appears to be far too big for a player who will be looking to notch a victory or two in the coming months in order to make sure of a spot in Europe’s Ryder Cup team come September. A missed cut in the Masters may not be ideal preparation, but he recovered well after a poor start to only miss the cut by one-shot after posting a second round two-under par 70. He’s also posted a 4th and an 8th placed finish in his last six events to suggest his turn may not be far away.
Another player who looks determined to bag another PGA title this year is Kevin Na (40/1). Three top-4 finishes in his last 10 PGA Tour events marries nicely with three previous top-10s in this event and he looks likely to appear on the leaderboard at some stage, making him a solid back-up to Donald.
Of the others, the marvellously consistent Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar look to have obvious chances but may not be able to raise their competitive juices enough after going close to winning their first Major last week.
Golf – European Tour – Malaysian Open (Thursday – Sunday)
Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuisen, Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero head the market and, though all have outstanding chances, the long-trek from Augusta Georgia to Malaysia will surely have taken something out of them.
Meanwhile, the other Molinari brother, Eduardo Molinari (40/1), finished a good 2nd here last year when struggling for form and he’s playing much better this season.
Back-up comes in the shape of Alejandro Canizares (45/1) who, after a couple of weeks off to really celebrate his second European Tour victory, has real claims of competing again if he has managed to maintain the improvement in his swing that came about after intense sessions with his coach. That victory came at a course where he had no previous form, yet he finished 14th and 9th here in 2010 and 2011.
Football – Premiership – Everton v Crystal Palace – Wednesday
It doesn’t quite trip off the tongue that these two teams are currently the most two in-form teams in the Premiership – but they are. Everton have won their last seven premiership games and the 7/17 on offer to make it eight at first looks a little too big. However, Palace have also won their last three, including when denting Chelsea’s title aspirations. Currently residing in the 12th place, Palace will be keen to collect the few points they need to guarantee premiership survival for next season, whilst Everton may find being in pole position for a Champion’s League spot is a little harder than chasing down Arsenal. In view of all that, the 15/4 the draw may be the answer.
Horse Racing – Cheltenham – Wednesday 3.15pm
We started with horses for courses and we’ll end on the same note. Thomas Crapper has won twice at Cheltenham this season and also posted a quality second at the festival. From the none-too-fashionable stable of Robert Dickin, he may have been treated a little more leniently than if he was stabled with a more high-profile trainer. 5/1 or better looks a solid stab.