Both the PGA Tour and European Tour events look quite tricky to solve this week, and backing two selections in each event looks the best way for us to try and make a profit.
Trophee Hassan, European Tour
Plenty of horses for courses here but many of them frequently post decent finishes without ever looking like winning. Therefore I’m backing two rapidly improving young guns who have the talent to take this by the scruff of the neck if they arrive with something resembling there “A” game.
Emiliano Grillo 1.5 point each-way @ 25/1 (various)
Despite not winning on the European Tour yet, the 22-year-old nearly won two weeks ago on the PGA Tour. The disappointment and effort of that near miss easily excuse the proceeding missed cut – and he finished 11th here on his only visit. Brilliant from tee-to-green, he should be ideally suited to this test providing he has a slightly better than average week with the putter.
Andy Sullivan 1.5 points each-way @ 25/1 (Betfred)
Two missed cuts may not see the ideal preparation for a golf tournament, but Sullivan had won his previous tournament – which was his second win of the season. A week’s break after those two missed cuts should have also refreshed him as he bids to go one place better than last year’s runner-up finish in this event. The added bonus of a place in the Masters could act as a motivation or prove too much pressure – but Sullivan has looked really positive on the course this year and may yet make Golf’s biggest stage in two weeks time.
Valero Texas Open, PGA Tour
Despite the presence of some of the game’s stars, this has fallen to some pretty impossible to pick outsiders in the last few years. I wouldn’t put anyone off having a stab at a few long-shots – but I much prefer picking a couple of consistent course performers who look value prices to post top-10 and top-20 finishes.
Charley Hoffman 2 points top-10 finish @ 5/1 (Betfred)
Hoffman arguably plays this course more consistently than anyone having finished 9/13/2/13/3/11 in his last six appearances. A victory already this season has guaranteed him a place in the Masters and he may well play uninhibited enough to contend once more.
Freddie Jacobson 2 points top-20 finish @ 4/1 (Betfred)
The Swede’s last 6 appearances here have resulted in finishes of 5/2/5/18/15/16 – and the 4/1 about him finishing in the top-20 look very fair. The emphasis the course places on a good short game plays to his strengths and he’s already posted one top20 finish from seven events this season.
A 6-points profit courtesy of Jason Kokrak’s top-10 finish, however it was highly frustrating as he started off in the top-5 in the final round, whilst Sean O’Hair started off in 7th before fading away.