Golf: Make A Bee-lein For The Bookies
With no PGA Tour event this week, it’s time to concentrate on the Wales Open which has been played on this week’s course, the Twenty-Ten Course at Celtic Manor, since 2008.
There are 5 Ryder Cup players taking part, Donaldson, Westwood, Gallacher, Bjorn and F. Molinari, but I’m inclined to think that they’ll be using this week as a warm up for next week. Therefore it’s time to concentrate the staking plan on five players with something to prove, whilst an outright place for any of them guarantees a profit.
Peter Uhlein 50/1
The young American was being tipped as a future multiple-winner after securing last season’s rookie of the year, but struggled mid-season with injury. However recent form of 19/36/22, around courses he hadn’t previously shown much form on, suggests he may be peaking at a time of year he did very well at last year. He looked the likely winner for much of last year’s Wales Open, until pipped by Gregory Bourdy late on, and may well go one better at what a looks a tasty price. He’s also desperate to break into the top-60 of the Race to Dubai standings, currently only 89th, and he’ll need a big cheque or two over the next few weeks to do so.
Eddie Pepperell 50/1
Another youngster who’s desperate to gatecrash the Race to Dubai and, in his current form, he’s going to be very disappointed if he doesn’t. His 68th in last year’s renewal isn’t that inspiring, however he wasn’t in top-form at the time, unlike this year when he’s posted three top-5 finishes in his last four events.
Bradley Dredge 66/1
Currently 70th in the Race to Dubai, the Welshman also has the motivation, or pressure, of claiming his home open this week. However he was runner-up on both his third-last and second-last starts and might just make a mockery of his odds.
Pablo Larrazabal 50/1
I may have screamed oh Pablo at the TV last week as he lost a 4-shot argument with a bush, an event which certainly cost him and blog followers a lot of money as he carded a third round 5-over 75. To his credit though he fought back on Sunday for a share of 5th place and there was much to like about his game. 2nd in 2011 is one of four top-30 finishes he’s posted here and, if his game is as good as last week, he may contend again.
Emiliano Grillo 100/1
Having put up the young Argentinean a few times this year, only to be disappointed, I can’t resist chancing him again on a track where he’s finished 35/18 the last two years. His inability to put four solid rounds together is currently costing him dearly but, if he ever does, a maiden victory beckons. 25th and 22nd in his last two events shows he’s not too far away from top-form.