Both the Lyoness Open on the European Tour and the St Jude Classic on the PGA Tour are dominated by short-priced favourites in Bernd Wiesberger and Dustin Johnson this week but, as these fall the week before the US Open, you have to wonder whether either of them will be on full-throttle.
If you put a gun to my head, I’d choose Wiesberger of the two but, as he’s already won his home open, you have to wonder whether another title is top of his priorities.
Whilst both Wiesberger and Johnson could win a procession, I’d much sooner look elsewhere for some mid-range value, and I’m going to chance three in Europe and two in America.
My three nominations in the Lyoness Open have all shown decent course form in the last couple of years, and have all shown good recent form, too, or are having an improved season as a whole.
Lee Slattery 0.5 points each-way @ 55/1 (Bet365) and 1 point top-10 @ 5/1 Betfred.
The Englishman has finished 9th and 4th the last two years, and his timely return to form last week in finishing 7th suggests he’s ready to make a bold bid for a tournament he enjoys.
Eduardo De La Riva 0.5 points each-way @ 70/1 (Betfred) and 1 point top-10 @ 11/2 (Betfred)
His two 7th placed finishes in the last two years were the Spaniard’s best finishes of the season, but this year he has been showing better all-round form in finishing 3rd in South Africa and 9th in Spain, and is fancied to be on the leaderboard come Sunday.
Daniel Im 0.5 points each-way @ 80/1 (Betfred) and 1 point top-10 @ 15/2 (Betfred)
Last week’s challenge Tour victory could set the young American’s wheels in motion, and he could well better his 7th placed finish in last season’s renewal.
St Jude Classic
Southwind is a venue at which many players seem to have an affinity to play well at on numerous occasions, and the two players I’m putting up this week have both played well here before.
Matt Every 0.5 points each-way @ 90/1 (Bet365) and 1 point top-10 @ (Betfred)
After winning last year’s Arnold Palmer Invitation, Every’s next decent finish was here when he finished third and, after repeating his Arnold Palmer win this year, there’s a good chance he can play well here again.
Camilo Villegas 0.5 points each-way @ 100/1 (Bet365) and 1 point top-10 @ 8/1 (betfred)
The Columbian has enjoyed 4 top-11 finishes here in the last 5 years, with a best finish of 3rd in 2011. He’s not one of the more consistent players on tour but certainly has enough game if he gets in contention.
That’s my Golf Tips this week, Enjoy!