Doc's Top 5 To Watch

Patrick Reed 12/1

Just too good to ignore at generous odds.  The 2014 winner looked the real deal at the Tournament Of Champions ranking fourth in driving and in putting in the stats on his way to victory. Expect another cricket score to win on the three super easy host courses PGA West's Palmer Private, Nicklaus Private and La Quinta Country Club.

Ryan Palmer 20/1

Four years since his last win but Ryan Palmer hasn’t missed a cut since the 2014 US Open and has finished in the top 25 in his last seven starts.  Averaged over 315 yards off the tee last week, which makes the game a little easier.  A horse for the course too having finished fourth in 2011, T6 in 2013 and solo second last year.

Harris English 40/1

I’m going to give Harris English the nod here because his iron play at the moment is just that good.  If you are a stats junkie like me you’ll know it’s pretty rare to see a player averaging under par for the par-3’s over a tournament but Harris has managed just that in his last two starts at Mayakoba and Sony.  That led to a T3 in Hawaii which will have him brimming with confidence for this week’s turkey shoot.  Just needs a good putting week (like he had at The Shriners).

Zach Johnson 33/1

Zach is back.  Well sort of.  Really impressed me at the TOC where he lead the field in both driving accuracy and putting on his way to solo seventh but seemed to lose interest at the Sony Open last week.  Let’s let that one slide because this tournament represents a rare opportunity for Johnson to really contend.  He returns with happy memories too, with that stunning final round of 62 that propelled him to T3 here last year still fresh in his mind.

Webb Simpson 40/1

Think I also tipped Webb last year because his game is the perfect fit for this format.  Two top-15’s in his last three starts thanks to some good greens in regulation performances.  Inadequacies in the putting department won’t be as obvious this week and I think he’s a decent each way nod at 40/1.  Led after 36 holes last week.

Long Odds Glory Shot

If you are willing to roll the dice this week, keep an eye out for the progress of James Hahn from 125/1.  Misses a bunch of cuts but played better at Sony and very talented.  Shot a 63 and 62 at this event in 2013.

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