Crowne Plaza Invitational
Colonial CC, Ft. Worth, Texas
Winner Alright: Last week tipped Luke Donald who tied second at the PGA Championship at odds of 28/1. A €10 each way bet wins €80.
Paul Casey 25/1
Paul Casey’s season, though injury hit, has been far from disappointing. The Englishman now based in the States crosses the Atlantic after his trip to Wentworth, having achieved five top-10’s this season. Aside from his final loss to Poulter in the WGC Matchplay, Casey has come close at the Honda Classic and the CA Championship and seems primed for his first win of the season in the coming weeks. Shot four rounds in the 60’s last year on his way to tying fifth, just two shots off the pace. He didn’t fancy Wentworth from the outset but watch out for Casey this week.
Ben Crane 45/1
It has been an excellent season so far for Texas resident Ben Crane. The winner of the Farmer’s Insurance open early in the season is extremely consistent finishing in the top-25 in five of his last six events. Indeed by closing with a blistering 66 at the Byron Nelson, Crane leapfrogged 22 players to tie seventh for his second consecutive top-10 after his tied fourth at the Players Championship. He has also come close at Colonial in the past, finishing in the top five in 2008 and 2006. A win this week would virtually seal Crazy Legs his Ryder Cup berth.
Tim Clark 25/1
The Players Champion has unfinished business at Fort Worth this week. He was positively robbed of victory in this event last year. During regulation play Steve Stricker chipped in from 50 feet for birdie on 17 to post a score, then Clark, needing par on the last for victory, took bogey. Worse was to come on the second playoff hole when, having watched Stricker hit in to three feet for birdie, Clark suffered cruel fate as he watched his ownapproach hit the flagstick and spin back out of range, thus handing Stricker victory. Clark also tied second in 2008 when Phil Mickelson won.
Steve Marino 60/1
Steve Marino returns to the PGA Tour this week having finished in the top-16 in four of his last six events. Renowned as excellent around the greens, Marino lead the scrambling stats at Colonial last year. A stunning third round 62, saw him tear through the field and he ended up also making the three man playoff only to also lose out to Steve Stricker. Certainly a good each way bet on a week where we expect the winner to be double figures under par.
Kenny Perry 50/1
In the mix for the first time in a while last week was one of my favourite players, Kenny Perry. It’s almost a year since his last victory at the Travelers Championship, but with three in 2008 and two last year, the question is can Perry savour victory one more time before he hits 50 on August 10th ? With four of his last five wins coming in June and July, keep an eye on Perry over the next few weeks, starting at Colonial where he won in 2005 and 2003.
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
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