Golf: Dredge Can Do Crans Double
Get in!!! Last week’s golf bets produced a whopping 128 points profit for a 16 point stake as 80/1 each-way selection Hennie Otto claimed the Italian Open and Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden and Kevin Stadler landed a plethora of top-10 and top-20 bets in the Deutsche Bank.
But enough of last week, as this week’s action heads to the beautiful Crans Sur Sierre Golf Club, Switzerland for the Omega Masters and Cherry Hills Country Club plays host to the BMW Championship, the penultimate leg of the Fedex Cup.
Stunning Swiss scenery provides a brilliant backdrop to a course on which, where power has its uses, the emphasis is usually on quality approach shots and short-game magic. It’s also a bit of a marmite course with many familiar names appearing annually on the leaderboard, whilst other players never seem to get to grips with it.
Bradley Dredge each-way 40/1
The Welshman took this event by an impressive 8-shots in 2006, a victory that came during a run of very impressive tournament figures of 4/20/15/1/3/55/2. Three missed cuts followed in 2010 – 2012 but he was woefully out of form at the time after repeatedly suffering from injuries and a loss of confidence. He missed the event completely in 2013 but, after two successive second places in his last two events, he’s showing signs of returning to his best with some stunning approaches and a solid short game, and he looks the each-way bet of the week returning to one of his favourite courses.
Brooks Koepka each-way 35/1
It often takes players a few attempts to master the idiosyncrasies of this unique venue, but the big-hitting American really took a shine to it on his way to 7th spot on his debut last year. He’s also got the power to really take advantage of the par-5s as well as making plenty of birdies on the par-4s. Add in the fact that he’s made further giant strides this year in finishing 4th in the US Open and 15th in the US PGA, and it’s not hard to see him contending this time around.
Richie Ramsay each-way 40/1
Event figures of MC/MC/34/1/MC show just how hot and cold the Scotsman can be. However, it’s eye-catching that he finished 6th the week prior to winning this event in 2012 and finishing 4th last week in the Italian Open bodes well for this accurate operator.
Tommy Fleetwood each-way 45/1
Often plays well at this time of year and tournament figures of 19/9 means he’s already took a shine to the course and could easily take another step up the leaderboard after playing well the last couple of weeks.
We’ll finish the staking plan with Soren Kjeldson (15/2) and Max Kiefer (11/1) who have shown good course form in the past and look to be peaking at the right time to register top-10 finishes at rewarding odds.
The third leg of the Fedex Cup is hosted by a Cherry Hills Country Club which has previously hosted three US Opens and two US PGA Championships, but no PGA Tour events since 1985. Since then it has been lengthened to around 7,500 yards and has some seriously hard holes on it including some monstrous par-3s, one of which can play a ridiculous 266 yards. It may be a low-scoring week where patience is the most important club in the bag.
Justin Rose each-way 20/1
If it does prove a low-scoring and difficult 72 holes there can be no better man to have on your side than Justin Rose. He loves to grind it out and, at four times the price of favourite McIlroy, he looks the value at the head of the market. He was also one of the few players who opted to miss the Deutche Bank and may be fresher than most during the current hectic Stateside schedule.
Ernie Els top-10 finish
I was tempted to tip the Big-Easy each-way, as he’ll love this old-style course, but a top-10 finish is perhaps the better value play. Finished top-10 in two of his last four events, including the US PGA, and 8/1 is a great price in a field of 70 players.