In case you missed my full betting preview for the 2015 Valspar Championship you can click the link but below is my Five To Watch for this week's action as Innisbrook.  Some excellent odds on offer too so pick your favourite, bet responsibly and fingers crossed we'll get a winner.  


Doc’s Five To Watch

Luke Donald 33/1

Not to be written off after a T49 on the Blue Monster last week as the course just wasn’t for him.  Innisbrook by comparison will be a lot more sedate and with seven appearances and some fine memories I think Donald can contend.  Four top six finishes here since 2010 including a big playoff win in 2012.  Says he is returning to his old style of playing (why ever did he change in the first place) and has shown signs at Honda (T7) that a return to the top is coming.

Kevin Na 55/1

Had been coming here for yonks without much luck until finally something clicked last year and Kevin bagged a solo second.  Ground out a T9 at the WGC Cadillac last week with an immense putting performance; something that could again be key this week.  With form, stats and last year’s performance converging, Kevin Na looks a good each way shot. 

Jim Furyk 22/1

An absolute enigma.  Again posted a T12 at the WGC Cadillac on a course he had no right to statistically, thanks to a T1 performance in fairways hit and a few sneaky extra yards off the tee.  That’s Jim’s third top-15 in a row after a T14 at Riviera and T7 at Pebble.  Since winning the then entitled Transitions here in 2010 Jim has never finished outside the top 20 and nearly won again in 2012 when Luke Donald emerged from a four man playoff.

Sang Moon Bae 55/1

Hate tipping Sang Moon Bae because there’s no real rhyme or reason to his form line which drives me insane.  Having said that, he does tend to have his favourite courses and Innisbrook is one.  This week will be his fourth appearance at the event with a best of T2 in 2012 and T14 last year.  Recent best of T8 in Riviera. 

Graham DeLaet 35/1

Must have hated this place the first time he played here in 2012 but a T17 in 2013 and T8 in 2014 might mean it’s growing on him!  Graham’s top 10’s at Riviera and in Phoenix were underpinned by excellent driving performances and if he can again manage to fall somewhere in between the length of a Woodland and accuracy of a Furyk I think he can improve on last year’s performance.  Rested after a poor week at the Honda, which could also be a big factor.


Crazy Long Odds Glory Shots

Retief Goosen  100/1 kind of fell apart in the closing round of the Northern Trust Open (T8) but he still proved he has game.  And I bet he’ll be circling this one in the calendar to try and contend.  Two time champ.

Willy MacKenzie 60/1 played nicely in Puerto Rico last week (T6) while the big guys were away in Doral and he was T4 here last year.


Gary Woodland 50/1 on exchanges is another past champion from 2011 who top 10’d last year.  Showed signs of his early season form at Doral last week.




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