Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Course Details: Par 72 – 7,341 Yards

Venue: TPC Louisiana

 

Billy Horchel 30/1

After last week’s performance in South Carolina I thought Billy looked threatening especially after the third round. He sadly followed that good third round with a 74 on Sunday however don’t let that minor hiccup discourage you from backing him this week, it certainly hasn’t turned me off that’s for sure. Billy’s last 3 starts are T2 at The Shell Houston Open in which he got me a place alongside Jim Furyk at a juicy 50/1, T3rd at The Texas Open and T9th at The RBC Heritage. Three top 10’s in his last three starts, Horchel is knocking on the door of a win and I believe it’ll be any day now. 4th in Birdie Average, 30th in Driving Accuracy, 26th in Strokes Gained Putting and 17th in Scoring Average it’s not difficult to see why he’s a potential danger man here in New Orleans.

 

John Rollins 70/1

Rollins is a solid player with a consistent season so far for 2013 on The PGA Tour with 6 top 25’s and 2 missed cuts. Steady? Yes I would certainly say steady and respectable. He has a decent record in The Zurich finishing tied 7th last year, T26th in 2011, T21st in 2010 and T13 in 2009. It would appear he likes this event and, despite missing the cut last week in South Carolina I reckon he’ll be fresh and ready going into this week.  13th in GIR, 38th in Driving Distance 14th in Birdie Average, 21st in Total Driving and 7th in the All-Around make Rollins very tempting each way at 70/1.

 

Rickie Fowler 20/1

Rickie really has had a greatyear so far for 2013 with 4 top 10’s so far this season. A T6 finish at The Hyundai back in Jan, T6 in The Farmers,  T13 in The Farmers and a T3 in the Arnold Palmer I reckon Rickie is another guy like Horchel, that’s knocking on the door of a win any day now. A few of his stats read 24th in Driving Accuracy, 22nd in Strokes Gained Putting, 26th in Birdie Average and 9th in Sand Saves which will help around TPC Louisiana with its 71 bunkers! However he tends to struggle in The final round making silly mistakes that seem to be holding him back from finishing well. If Rickie can put 4 good rounds together he will be a huge contender.

 

 Jimmy Walker 50/1

Regular readers of this blog will know I have a bit of a soft spot for Jimmy Walker and, in my defence, it’s a justifiable soft spot given his 2013 season so far. Before I start rabbiting on about how good his year has been, the main reason for choosing Walker this week is his stats. He is 14th in Driving Distance, 23rd in GIR, 9th in Birdie Average and 11th in Scoring Average. With TPC Louisiana being a lengthy 7,341 Driving Distance and GIR will be of key importance on this course. Lately, it would appear Jimmy has slightly come off the boil finishing T31st in Texas and T50th the week before in Houston in his last 2 starts. However, before that, his season has been good with a T4th in The Farmers back in Jan, T3rd in the AT&T and most recently T8th in The Arnold Palmer. He is another guy showing good signs of bagging a win soon. A nice, generous price for a player with great potential to go well here  in New Orleans.

 

Justin Rose 12/1

He’s favourite this week with the bookies and it’s hard to bet against him to be fair. A fabulous 2013 season so far with a T4 at The Honda, T8 at The WGC Cadillac and 2nd in The Arnold Palmer, not to mention having a great start to the year on The European Tour finishing T2nd in Abu Dhabi, his season speaks for itself really. My only concern with Rose this week is his putting. After finishing T25th in The Masters, he did struggle with the putter with and shot a poor 75, 74 finish at the weekend in Augusta. However, if he shakes the putting monkey off his back and performs well on the greens he will be a big danger man here this week.

 

Back all of the above players each way. All prices taken from Bet365 at 2pm on Wednesday the 24th of April 2013.

 

Good Luck,

 

DoubleBogey6

RBC Heritage Betting Preview

Last week’s Masters Drama

Well has everyone recovered from the madness and excitement of last week’s Masters in Augusta? It certainly didn’t disappoint with the super climax of a playoff between Adam Scott and a veteran of the game and the PGA Tour Angel Cabrera. I have to say I did feel sorry for Adam Scott last year at The Open when he blasted a 3 wood into the fairway bunker on 18 and then Ernie holing a super 15 footer which turned out to be enough to snatch the Claret Jug out of Adam Scott’s grasp paying the price for “Playing Safe” on 18 at Lytham. All in all I think the gods smiled down on him last Sunday in Augusta and granted him his all-time dream of winning his first major breaking the Masters Aussie “Curse”. Sadly my week at The Masters wasn’t as profitable as Mr Scott’s getting me 3 top 10’s out of 5 selections. Yep, so close but yet so far. That’s enough whinging out of me and I’ll try to write last week’s wrongs by picking some winners for you this week.

 

 RBC Heritage Betting Preview:

 

Brandt Snedeker 14/1

A winner here in 2011, Sneds played solid golf last week at Augusta and proved he’s sniffing around a major. His first 3 rounds were excellent shooting 70,70,69 then sadly finished with a final round 75 which surprised me I have to say. Going into Sunday in Augusta in the final group would have to be in my top 5 brown trouser moments! It’s only a matter of time for him before he wins a major in my opinion so keep your eye on him this year especially in Muirfield come July. He has had a super year winning The AT&T in Pebble Beach back in Feb. Before that he was 3rd at The Hyundai, Tied 2nd in The Farmers and 2nd in The Pheonix Open. He has 2 Missed Cuts before The Masters but he has been coming back after injury. He’s having a super year and I expect another good week for him here.

 

Boo Weekly 33/1

Weekly is a two time winner around Harbour Town in 2007 and 2008. He proves the point that some guys just suit some courses and I think that’s the case for weekly here. He came close to pipping Kevin Streelman at the post in Tampa Bay back in March shooting a superb final round 63. The week before he was tied 8th in Puerto Rico. Weekly is 9th in Greens in Regulation, 42nd in Driving Accuracy and 7th in Total driving for his PGA Tour season so far so Don’t be surprised if you hear “Boooooooooo” this week!

 

Jason Day 25/1

Finishing in Tied 9th here in 2011, He was very nearly the “Other Aussie” last week if he didn’t have a Bogey, Bogey finish at The Masters. Another phenomenal Masters for Jason day last week finishing 3rd. That will be his 2nd top 3 finish in The Masters after finishing tied 2nd in 2011. Hasn’t missed a cut this year so far and has 4 top 10’s under his belt including 2 top 3’s. He ranks 20th in Driving Distance, 32nd in Scoring Average, 3rd in Sand Saves and 20th in the All round. The only fear for Day here is he might be exhausted from last week it looked like it took alot out of him. Although if he is rested he will be a huge threat.

 

Jim Furyk 18/1

I got a place on Jim in The Texas Open 2 weeks ago finishing in a tie for 3rd with my other big selection of that week Billy Horchel. Furyk is another guy like Boo that likes it in Harbour Town and has a good previous record here winning in 2010, Tied 8th in 2012 and 4th in 2008. He had a super opening two rounds last week in Augusta with a 69,71 start finishing with a not so good 74,76. However he was tied 3rd in Texas and a tied 7th in Tampa bay, Furyk is playing well at the moment and is well worth backing at 18/1.

 

Stewart Cink 50/1

I’m going for another past winner here in Stewart Cink. Winning here in 2004, Tied 14th in 2010, Tied 7th in 2008, Tied 10th in 2003 is yet another player that seems to like this golf course. Cink is showing some form at the moment finishing tied 25th last week at The Masters, Tied 6th in Houston a couple of weeks back and finishing tied 14th in The Tampa Bay Championship recently. What really gets me here about Cink is his GIR stats in which he is 27th. Reason being is that these greens are very small and tricky to hit in regulation which could give him the advantage here also  Given his past form I wouldn’t be surprised if he got his second top 10 of the season here at Harbour Town.

 

 

Back all of the above players each way and the very best of luck to you all,

 

DoubleBogey6

 

 

The Masters Betting Preview

Tiger Woods 7/2

It’s the first major of the year and in my opinion one of the best, its Masters time! Tiger Won this 4 times before but not since 2005. There’s not a whole pile I can say about the world number 1 that you don’t already know. He’s the guy to beat in Augusta this week even the players are saying it. 3 wins on the PGA Tour so far this year for Tiger, it would appear he is back to his best if not better! He was asked in press conference recently “Do you feel you’re back to your best?” In response he said “No, im better”. His stats are reflecting his form at present, 1st in Strokes Gained Putting, 1st in Scoring Average, 3rd in Birdie Average and 26th in Driving Distance. The only bad stat Tiger has is his Driving Accuracy percentage hitting 55.8% of fairways which hasn’t made much of a difference to his season so far. All in all the guy is having an epic year and is in a good place psychologically, brimming with confidence and back to his unforgettably lethal self. Get your money on the Tiger this week because I’ve a feeling he’ll be the guy wearing the coveted Green Jacket come Sunday night.

 

Charl Schwartzel 22/1

The winner here in 2011, This is the man that could cause another stir in Augusta National. Charl has had a super season on both the PGA Tour and European Tour. With a win at the end of 2012 at the Alfred Dunhill, 2nd place at The Joburg Open in Feb and, Most recently finishing in a tie for 4th in Malaysia that’s just Charl’s European Tour record so far this season! Not to mention the 2 top 10’s at The Northern Trust and The Honda Classic on The PGA Tour in between. Need I say more? If you need some further convincing here’s some key stats, 14th in Driving Distance, 1st in Scoring Average, 32nd in Birdie Average and 60th in GIR. Nicely priced for a guy playing so well.

 

Keegan Bradley 28/1

Keegan bagged a top 30 here in his Masters debut last year finishing tied 27th. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know he’s been my go to guy so far this season. He hasn’t been outside the top 10 in his last 4 starts finishing tied 10th in Houston, Tied 3rd in The Arnold Palmer, 7th in The WGC Cadillac and Tied 4th at The Honda he is on a serious run of form at the moment and could be in with a serious shout in Augusta. 9th in Driving Distance, 7th in Scoring Average, 28th in Birdie Average and 11th in the All Around make him look very threatening.

 

Justin Rose 20/1

The steady man of The European Tour and PGA Tour this year so far. Justin Rose started of 2013 with a bang finishing T2nd in Abu Dhabi in January and followed that up with another 2nd place finish at The DP World Tour Championship in Dubai the following week. But more recently his finishes on the PGA Tour have been just as impressive finishing Tied 4th at The Honda, Tied 8th at The WGC Cadillac and 2nd in The Arnold Palmer Invitational. 1st in Scoring Average, 1st in Sand Saves and 8th in Driving Distance makes Rose a worthy  4th favourite 20/1 shot here this week.

 

Matt Kuchar 35/1

Another very steady player coming to Augusta this week who could be a big threat come Sunday. With a win already under his belt this year beating Hunter Mahan (Who I had backed!) in the final of The WGC Accenture Machplay. Kuch had a good start to the season with 2 top 10’s at The Hyundai and another one the following week at The Sony in Hawaii. 22nd in Strokes Gained Putting, 15th in Scoring Average and 3rd in Sand Saves are just some of his stats so far this year. Finished in tie for 22nd last week in Texas and T14 the week before in Tampa he is clearly maintaining his steady form. He had a good Masters last year finished in Tied 3rd he could very well threaten here at a nice price.

 

Sergio Garcia 40/1

Another favourite of mine this year and is having a good year so far on tour with 2 top 10’s at The WGC Cadillac and Tampa bay, Sergio is going to be another danger man here at Augusta this week. My only concern is that he has a shoulder injury which made him withdraw from The Arnold Palmer Invitational after the Third Round and he hasn’t played since then. However if he thought he wasn’t match fit he would’ve withdrawn by now so he seems to be ok. Finished in a tie for 12th here at The Masters last year, Sergio could certainly better that this week if his shoulder doesn’t play up. Generously priced at 40/1.

 

 

The very best of luck to you all and above all else, enjoy The 2013 Masters.

 

DoubleBogey6

Valero Texas Open Betting Preview

Billy Horchel 50/1

Billy is my biggest value selection this week in Texas at a juicy 50/1. He played well in Houston finishing in a tie for 2nd Carding 4 good rounds 68,72,67 and a 66 in the final round. He had a good start to the season with a T10 at The Humana in Jaunuary and T11 at The Pheonix Open in Feb. 8th in Birdie Average, 35th in Driving Accuracy and 45th in GIR combined with Billy’s performance last week make him a good each way shout at The TPC San Antonio. 

 

Jimmy Walker 35/1

I’ve decided to go for Jimmy again this week as he is a native of San Antonio and is in decent form at the moment despite his poor week last week. He was going well in Houston up to round 2 when the wheels very much came off and he carded a disappointing 78 which is his worst round this season. However I’m not going to let that minor setback discourage me this week because, as I explained in last week’s write up, Jimmy has 3 top 10’s so far this season with 5 top 25’s and hasn’t missed one cut yet. Home advantage, finished tied for 3rd in 2010 and a good season so far could spell victory here for Walker at a nice price.

 

Freddie Jacobson 22/1

Freddie has a great record around TPC San Antonio finishing in a tie for 18th last year, Tied 5th in 2011 and 2nd in 2010. Another man having a great season so far with the exception of one MC in Pheonix, he has 3 top 10 finishes including a T3 at The Northern Trust Open and T9 at The WGC Matchplay. His last event was the WGC Cadillac and finished in a tie for 16th.  4th in Strokes Gained Putting, 2nd in Scoring Average and 44th in Birdie Average are some of his key stats so far on tour this season. Likes and knows his way around here and would be a wise investment at 22/1.

 

Cameron Tringale 28/1

Finished in a tie for 8th here last year and 5th in 2011 Cameron Tringale could be a worthy contender here coming off the back of a T16 finish In Houston his 4th top 25 finish of the season so far. He had a great week in Tampa a couple of weeks ago finishing 3rd on -7. Tringale’s stats are none too shabby either with 18th in GIR, 55th in Driving Accuracy and 22nd in Scoring Average. Coming off an encouraging finish in Houston and likes TPC San Antonio given his impressive record. Another danger man to watch at a good price.

 

Jim Furyk 30/1

A generous price from the PGA Tour veteran this week in San Antonio. Furyk has had a decent season on tour so far this year making every single cut. Most recently he had a good week in Tampa finishing in a tie for 7th. A Tied 13 finish at Northern Trust Open back in Feb and followed that with a T17 at WGC Matchplay. The Weather Forecast is set to be windy and there’s no better man than Furyk to deal with it. Accuracy off the tee will be crucial (8th in Driving Accuracy)especially with the wind blowing. Generously priced at 30/1 and is capable of winning here especially with a lot of the big guns (Bar McIlroy) resting up for The Masters this week.

 

Good Luck,

 

Doublebogey6