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Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Thursday Feb 11 – Sunday Feb 14, 2010
Dustin Johnson 20/1
This week will be Dustin’s fifth outing of the year. He has three top 20 finishes including tying for third last week at the Northern Trust Open. Add to that the fact that Johnson is the defending AT&T champion and it all makes for a compelling case at 20/1. At six foot four inches, Carolina born Johnson is in the top five longest drivers on the PGA tour, handy for air-mailing the ocean at Pebble Beach.
Mike Weir 22/1
Small and weedy? Not any more. “Iron” Mike Weir has spent the Winter bulking up in the gym. Videos of his punishing training regime are all over the net. You might not have thought it last week though as he slipped to a two round total of four over to miss the cut. The bookies aren’t too worried about that aberration, they’ve retained him at 22/1 most likely after his impressive sixth at the Bob Hope in January. Try as he might Weir has never quite scaled the cliffs at Pebble; notable near misses include 2004, 2005 and 2006 when he was never out of the top four. Those inside the ropes predict a big year for Weir and what better place to start.
Matt Kuchar 25/1
When Matt Kuchar won the US Amateur in 1997 he looked like the best thing since sliced pan. His 2002 Honda Classic win confirmed his potential but his slide into anonymity after was remarkable. It was great to see him rise from the ashes with another win after a weird playoff at Turning Stone last year. He’s continued the form into 2010 with a third at the SBS and a tied second at the Bob Hope (with a brilliant final round 63). A nice final round 66 last week earned another top-20 for the big Floridian and he has all the credentials to contend again this week.
Avantha Masters Betting Preview
Mark Brown 80/1, Shane Lowry 33/1, Gareth Maybin 25/1, Marcus Fraser 40/1
DLF Golf and Country Club
New Delhi, India
11 Feb 2010 - 14 Feb 2010
Mark Brown 80/1
All the talk this week is about the homegrown contingent, but what about the All Black, Mark Brown? This weeks host course, DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi has previously hosted the Johnnie Walker Classic in 2008 where Brown’s stunning final day back nine of 31 helping him romp to a three shot victory. That ended a remarkable seven days for the Kiwi, who seven days previous claimed the SAIL Open presented by Jaypee Greens, also in India. Brown has only made two cuts from five starts this season, but we’ve seen time and again, how players perk up when returning to happier hunting grounds. 80/1 is crazy odds for a past course winner in a depleted field.
Shane Lowry 33/1
I could not believe my ears at the Abu Dhabi Championship when the Colonel on Sky Sports said that Shane Lowry needed a good finish to prove he deserves to be on tour. Not only has Lowry emulated the likes of Harrington, McGinley and McIlroy in the Amateur ranks, he also became only the third amateur to win a European Tour title when capturing the 3 Irish Open at County Louth Golf Club in Baltray. And for the record Sky Sports, Baltray was not Shane’s back yard. As it turned out Shane gave the Colonel what he so desperately craved that week, a fourth placed finish in Abu Dhabi followed by a 24th the following week. Missed the cut in Dubai, but worth a look again this week if the putts start to drop. Now come on Bruce, ease off the lad.
Gareth Maybin 25/1
The rise of Gareth Maybin has been measured, yet highly impressive. From the Hooters Tour in 2005, to the Challenge Tour in 2007 and the main tour last year, Maybin’s stock has been on the up and up. Five top tens on Tour in 2009 included coming second in the South African Open Championship and a share of fourth place at the Madrid Masters. Maybin continued his good form at the start of this season with a tied fourth at the Dunhill Masters and has remained solid since. Tied for 20th last week. Surely a win is around the corner for the Belfast boy.
Marcus Fraser 40/1
The Aussie is the highest placed finisher from last weeks memorable Dubai Desert Classic to make the trip to India this week. His final round 75 saw him slip to a finishing spot of 11th but statistically Fraser was the best putter of the week, topping both the “putts per GIR” and “total putts” categories. In the ultra competitive atmosphere of the European Tour, it looks like being a tough year for Fraser, so he will be keen to strike while his iron his hot.
Monday, February 8, 2010
“The stories stating Tiger will return at the matchplay have no truth to them,” said Stevie out the window of his racing car.
Media reports had earlier suggested that Woods was set to stun the world by returning to the Dove Mountain course where he made his comeback from knee surgery last year. It is also a favourite event for Woods, who has won it in 2003, 2004 and 2008.
The Light Switch In Tiger’s Bedroom
Steve Stricker emerged victorious at the 2010 Northern Trust Open on the PGA tour. With a 6 shot lead going into the final round, Steve was “happier than heck” to fend off Luke Donald and hold on for victory down Hogan’s Alley at the Riveria Country Club.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Miguel Angel Jimenez turned back the clock to claim his 16th european tour title with a playoff victory over Lee Westwood in the 2010 staging of omega dubai desert classic. The highlights of a dramatic final round included two miracle escapes from Jimenez on the first and second playoff holes. What a great tournament; a “classic” in every sense of the word.
Official Scores and Prize Money