Thursday Apr 29 – Sunday May 2, 2010
Quail Hollow Club · Charlotte, N.C.
Jim Furyk 20/1
What a line up for the Quail Hollow Championship this week with Tiger, Mickelson, Harrington and Westwood in the field. Our first tip however is the in-form Jim Furyk who is searching for a third win in his last five starts having been successful at The Transitions and The Verizon Heritage. Furyk has course form too with a win here in 2006 when it was the Wachovia Championship. The five weeks starting at Quail Hollow was a Furyk hot streak in 2009 and I expect big things from a rejuvenated Jim over the next month.
Anthony Kim 25/1
Kim’s trip back to his parent’s homeland did quite go as planned last week with the weather affected event being reduced to 54 holes. A 16th place finish was no disgrace and Kim remains one of the hottest players on tour with a win Houston, a second in Houston and a third in Augusta in his last five events. In 2008 Kim blitzed the field at Quail Hollow winning by five shots from Ben Curtis and that coupled with his current form make him an attractive proposition again this week.
Bubba Watson 60/1
Where does Bubba Watson generate that power? Lefty Watson is one of long hitters on tour but is prowess on the greens is what is impressing me of late. Caught my eye at the Transitions where he finished third and his form has continued to be solid since. Watson enjoyed his week at Quail Hollow last year where he shot a second round 65 on the notoriously tricky layout on his way to tying for second. The 16th, 17th and 18th in Quail Hollow are known as the “green mile” and Bubba will be hoping to negotiate them a little better than on Sunday last year to grab his second tour victory.
Lucas Glover 80/1
If you are looking for some long odds value this week, try US Open Champion Lucas Glover. He’s been in terrible form the last few weeks which is reflected in his odds at 80/1. However players tend to perform on their home patch and Carolina man Glover knows this course like the back of his hand. Put on a masterclass with the blade in last year’s staging to finish tied second. In truth he had the tournament all but wrapped up until a bogey on the 17th handed victory to Sean O’Hair. Don’t spend your last euro on him but surely some kind of return to form is due from Glover.
2009 Sean O'Hair United States
2008 Anthony Kim United States
2007 Tiger Woods United States
2006 Jim Furyk United States
2005 Vijay Singh Fiji
2004 Joey Sindelar United States
2003 David Toms United States