Xander Schauffele (USA) 22/1 – £5EW – 888Sport 6 places-25/1 Exch
Harris English (USA) 100/1 – £5EW – SkyBet 8 places – 166/1 Exch
Tony Finau (USA) 33/1 – £5EW – Betfair 8 places – 40/1 Exch
Mark Leishman (AUS) 40/1 – £5EW –SkyBet 8 places – 48/1 Exch
Bay Hill Championship Course
“Your hometown is not where you’re from, it’s who you are”
72-HOLE RECORD: 264, Payne Stewart (1987).
18-HOLE RECORD: 62, Andy Bean (2nd round, 1981), Greg Norman (2nd round, 1984), Adam Scott (1st round, 2014).
Look at the past leader boards at Bay Hill and you will find lots of good British Open and links type players preforming well here.
Also, the recent altitude test in Mexico should also throw up some good contenders for this event.
- 2019 Francesco Molinari 33/1
- 2018 Rory Mcllroy 20/1
- 2017 Marc Leishman 100/1
- 2016 Jason Day 14/1
- 2015 Matt Every 300/1
- 2014 Matt Every 66/1
- 2013 Tiger Woods 3/1
Xander Schauffele (USA) 25/1
Lots to like here when you take a look at the core winning stats history around Bay Hill, strokes gained approach and strokes gained off the tee. Where does he stack up?
9th Off the Tee – 8th Approach to the green – 2nd Tee to green
Impressive reading taken from the PGA Tour stats.
My only real concern is the putter, but on a positive note if you look at his past three events, he lost nearly half a shot a round putting on the field. His last three finishes were 16th 23rd 14th.
The putter should turn up soon and from what the team saw with him putting drills during practice he is looking sharp.
£5 EW Bet here.
Harris English (USA) 100/1
For me he seems to deliver on tougher golf course’s, he should give us a good run here this week. Another player who is solid off the tee and tee to green.
His overall game mirrors that of 2018 coming in here, back then he managed a top twenty-five finish.
Going with a £5 EW again here. 100/1 SkyBet 8 Places. Exch 166/1
Tony Finau (USA) 33/1
I feel this is the right time and place for him to strike. And I like the odds here up to 40/1 on the Exchange is unreal for a player of his pedigree.
He has played five events so far in 2020.
- Hong Kong Open – 5th
- Amercian Express – 14th
- Farmers – 6th
- Waste – 2nd
Not taking too much notice of his result and play at the Genesis after such a great run of form we can allow him a rest. The putter was costly at the Genesis and this is normally a part of his game where he gains shots on the field.
So ready for the challenge here and another player who raises his game to another level on harder golf courses.
Sticking with a £5 each way bet here.
Marc Leishman (AUS) 40/1
Arnold Palmer Record since 2010- 40/3/48/MC/31/MC/17/WIN/7/23
Previous winner here and in a good run of form is something we like. His greens in regulation play was around 70% before the Genesis, we watched a lot of Marc’s play in Mexico and were very impressed with his third round carding a 68.
He is the sort of player that has the perfect game to win a Major. This could be another stepping stone to his sixth PGA Tour title and watch out for him at the US Open 2020 at Winged Foot 80/1. I am betting £5 EW SkyBet 8 Places.
George Coetzee (RSA) 30/1 – £5EW – Coral 7 Places
Connor Syme (SCO) 90/1 – £5EW – Coral 7 Places – Exch 156/1
Alejandro Canizares (SPA) 80/1 – £5EW – Various 7 places – Exch 87/1
Grant Forrest (SCO) 80/1 – £5EW – Coral 7 Places – Exch 136/1
Education City GC Course
Olazábal has purposely led the first few holes of the golf course to an ancient wadi wall, allowing its charm and beauty to set the tone for your whole round. “Along several holes on both the front and back nine, we continue the reoccurring riverbed theme feature – which, on occasion, comes strategically into play”, Olazábal says.
The course length totals 7306 yards, with the longest hole measuring 593 yards from the Championship tees.
- 2019 Justin Harding 55/1
- 2018 Eddie Pepperell 70/1
- 2017 Jeunghun Wang 33/1
- 2016 Branden Grace 8/1
- 2015 Branden Grace 25/1
- 2014 Sergio Garcia 8/1
- 2013 Paul Lawrie 50/1
George Coetzee (RSA) 30/1 – Coral 7 Places
So many South Africains have had a good track record here and this is because a lot of the desert type courses are so similar to what they have grown up playing on.
This course is new for the players having been used to playing this event at Doha GC for many years. We have played and walked it and wow what a place to think it used to be just an empty desert a few years ago.
George’s Previous at Doha since 2012: 35/2/5/12/7/MC/8/2
Not had a win for a couple of years on the European Tour but he is hungry and looks so focused.
Betting £5 EW many places going 7 places – Boyle is paying 8 places at 25/1
Connor Syme (SCO) 90/1 – Coral 7 Places
He covers every box needed around here and more.
- Driving Accuracy – 70.23%
- Greens in Regulation – 76.85%
- Driving Distance – 317.13
- Stroke Average – 69.66
You have to be straight around here; I would say when Olly designed this track, he took a lot of his ideas from Scotland and has tried to build a dune type water feature onto many of the holes front and back.
So, with Connor in such good form coming to a place which even though its miles away, mirrors a lot of visual shots he has grown up with.
Alejandro Canizares (SPA) 80/1 – Various at 7 places.
I have tipped him once a year since 2016:
- 2019 – 200/1 – 40th
- 2018 – 80/1 – 36th
- 2017 – 80/1 – 48th
- 2016 – 66/1 – 24th – Cash Out Win
As you can see, he is a steady seasoned pro who is playing some of his better golf in a very long time.
His last two events have been some good viewing, 15th at the ISPS Handa followed by a 6th at the Oman Open. Another great point the team mentioned this week was the fact that this course and set up is very similar to the Real Club de Golf Sevilla. Of course, that was designed by the great Olazabal as well where he has had two top five finishes.
Not won for six years but anything can happen with him. He could be a great contender for a cash out value this week. Going to bet £3 EW
Grant Forrest (SCO) 80/1 – Coral 7 Places
We followed a lot of his golf on the challenge tour, where in 2018 he finished inside the top 15 and earned his European Tour card. He managed some good results whilst finding his feet in 2019 and kept his card comfortably. This season he has come close to winning the Afrasian Bank closing with a 66 on Sunday only to miss out on a shot to make the play-off.
What I have liked is how impressive he has looked, each week growing with confidence, and no reason why not the way he has started this season.
Oman Open 10th – Dubai Classic 16th – Mauritius Open 4th
Going to keep to £5 EW