Dean and Deluca Invitational Betting Preview 2016

Dean and Deluca Invitational Betting Preview 2016Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas  

7,204 Yards Par 70 

The Course 

Colonial Country Club was designed by Perry Maxwell and John Bredemus and has very tight fairways and doglegs throughout the course. The PGA Tour has visited this course every year since 1946 making Colonial the oldest annual stop on tour. Ben Hogan won the first two editions of this event and went on to win it five times in total.

This course suits players that can keep the ball straight and favours good, accurate ball striking and demands good positioning off the tee. This course has just two par 5’s and four par 3’s and requires players to shape the ball. It has always been a shot maker’s course with previous winners such as Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Boo Weekly, Adam Scott and Chris Kirk over the last few years.

Some of the greens are quite small so GIR, good putting and approach stats will be worth looking at.  This course has over 80 bunkers and has 12 par 4’s, so good par 4 scoring and scrambling stats will be worth considering. Good previous form here at Colonial is a big plus with the previous 10 winners all playing the event at least twice before going on to win it.

Looks like we could have even more weather delays this week with all four days expected to be hot and humid with the possibility of thunderstorms. Sunday looks to be the best of the four days with dry weather expected.

 

Charley Hoffman 22/1 Dean and Deluca Invitational Betting Preview 2016Charley Hoffman 22/1

I’ve decided to give Charley another go this week on a course he has good vibes on over the last few years. Hoffman had yet another solid finish last week at the Byron Nelson finishing in a respectable T12 on 11 under for the tournament. He has been playing some great golf so far this season and got a great win at The Texas Open a couple of weeks ago. Charley had a good week at The Valspar finishing T11 and followed that with a T29 at The Masters, T14 at The RBC Heritage, a win in Texas and a T11 in New Orleans.

As I mentioned above Hoffman has played well here over the years finishing T10 last year, T18 in 2013 and T13 in 2012. With superb current form and good memories from Colonial over the last few years Charley could keep his good run of form going here.

 

Kevin Chappell 28/1 Dean nd Deluca Invitational Betting Preview 2016Kevin Chappell 28/1

Chappell has been in great form over the last few weeks with four top 10’s in his last six starts. He had a super week at The Players shooting a final round 69 to finish solo second and followed that with another good performance the week before in Texas with a T4 finish and a T9 at The RBC Heritage. Chappell came close to a winner at Bay Hill but just came up short finishing solo second after shooting superb rounds of 68,68,67,69 to finish 16 under in total.

Chappell has played well here in the past finishing T19 last year and T10 in 2014. He also ticks a lot of boxes statswise ranking 10th in strokes gained tee to green, 33rd in par 4 scoring and 31st in par 5 scoring. After taking last week off he should be fresh and ready to continue his good run of form here this week.

 

Chris Kirk 28/1 Dean and Deluca Invitational Betting Preview 2016Chris Kirk 28/1

After unexpectedly withdrawing from The Players a couple of weeks ago Kirk looked to have some sort of a niggle injury wise but should be in good shape coming to Colonial after taking last week off. He has been in decent form this season finishing T12 at The Arnold Palmer Invitational and followed that with a decent performance at The WGC Matchplay finishing fifth. Most recently he finished T23 at The RBC Heritage, T13 in Texas and a T5 at The Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

His record here in Colonial is excellent over the last few years. He won here last year, T14 in 2014, T5 in 2012 and T16 in 2011. Kirk is playing great golf at the moment and is a real horse for the course here and could have another great week.

 

45/1 Dean and Deluca Invitational Betting Preview 2016Colt Knost 45/1 

Knost has been in tip top form lately and had another impressive top 5 finish at The Byron Nelson last week finishing T4 after shooting 63,69,65 over the weekend which was his second 63 in two weeks. He was very impressive in Sawgrass finishing third and shot a superb 63 in round two to finish 10 under for the week. He has shown glimpses of good from finishing T16 at The Farmers in Torrey Pines back in February, T26 at The Honda and T14 at the TBC Heritage recently.

The Dallas native has played well here last year finishing T10 and shot two 66’s over the last two rounds. He ranks 14th in SGP, second in driving accuracy and 14th in scrambling which are all good stats here. After a great performance last week and good form on this course Knost looks a generous price and could have a good week here.

 

Bryce Molder 70/1 Dean and Deluca Invitational Betting Preview 2016 Bryce Molder 80/1 

The American started well last week shooting 66,65,68 in the first three rounds but finished poorly with a bogey and a double in his last five holes shooting a final round 72 to finish T24. Molder has been in great from recently with three top 12’s in his last five starts. He had a good week in Bay Hill finishing a respectable T27 and followed that with a T6 at the RBC Heritage, T8 at The Zurich Classic of New Orleans and a T12 at The Players Championship.

He has only missed one cut here since 2009 and has played well here on the past. He finished fifth here in 2009 and his next best was T31 in 2012. He ranks 13th in strokes gained putting, fourth in scrambling and 24th in par 3 scoring. Molder comes here in great form this time around and could go well again here at a decent price.

 

Final Selections –

 

Charley Hoffman 22/1 1.5 pts EW

Kevin Chappell 28/1 1.5 pts EW

Chris Kirk 28/1 1 pt EW

Colt Knost 45/1 1pt EW

Bryce Molder 70/1 1 pt EW

 

Total Staked = 12 pts

 

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Crowne Plaza Invitational Betting Preview 2015

Crowne Plaza Invitational Betting Preview 2015

Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas 

7,204 Yards Par 70

The Course

Colonial Country Club is a tight tree-lined course measuring a short 7,204 yards. It was designed by Perry Maxwell and John Bredemus and has very tight fairways and doglegs throughout the course. The PGA Tour has visited this course every year since 1946 making Colonial the oldest annual stop on tour. Ben Hogan won the first two editions of this event and went on to win it five times in total.

This course suits players that can keep the ball straight and favours good, accurate ball striking and demands good positioning off the tee. This course has just two par 5’s and four par 3’s and requires players to shape the ball. It has always been a shot maker’s course with previous winners such as Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Boo Weekly over the last few years.

Some of the greens are quite small so GIR, good putting and approach stats will be worth looking at.  This course has over 80 bunkers and has 12 par 4’s, so good par 4 scoring and scrambling stats will have to be considered. Previous form at this event is important so be on the lookout for experienced players with good history here showing some good current form.

 

Zach Johnson Crowne Plaza Invitational 16/1

Zach Johnson 16/1

It’s impossible to leave out Zach Johnson this week given his form here over the years. In his last five appearances, Johnson has two wins, which came in 2013 and 2011. He also finished T3 last year, T4 in 2012 and T9 in 2010. He has also shown some good current form with five top 20’s in his last six starts. He played well at The API in Bay Hill finishing T9, followed that with a T20 at The Texas Open, T9 at The Masters, T17 at The WGC Matchplay and a T13 at The Players.

Statswise, Johnson is another player that suits this course ranking 21st in driving accuracy, 19th in strokes gained tee to green, 15th in approaches from 50-125 yards and 20th in approaches from 150-175, which are good stats for approaches into the par 4’s. He also ranks 29th in par 4 scoring and 28th in par 5 scoring. With such a good record here and decent current form, Johnson could be a big danger here this week.

 

Jimmy Walker 20/1 Crowne Plaza Invitational 2015

Jimmy Walker 20/1

After his victory at The Valero Texas Open back in March, Jimmy Walker is another danger man here this week. He played well here last year shooting a 67 in round one and followed that with a steady 68,69,70 to finish T10 for the tournament. He has had a superb season so far with two wins and two top 10’s in his last 10 starts, missing only one cut. He was beaten in a playoff against Patrick Reed at The Hynudai TOC and followed that with a win at The Sony and a T7 at Torrey Pines.

Since winning at the end of March, Walker has gone a little bit quiet with an MC at The Players, a respectable T38 in Augusta and a T52 at The WGC Matchplay and could rediscover some form here. Walker seems to fit the bill statswise ranking 16th in driving distance, 40th in GIR, 17th in strokes gained tee to green and second in birdie average. He also ranks seventh in approaches from 125-150, 30th in par 3 scoring, 19th in par 4 scoring and seventh in par 5 scoring. After a good performance last year and playing on home turf, Walker could be another one to watch.

 

Kevin Na 28/1 Crowne Plaza Invitational 2015

Kevin Na 28/1

Na has been putting together some decent performances with six top 20 finishes in his last seven starts. His good form began back at The WGC Cadillac in Doral where he finished T9. He followed that with a T10 at The Valspar, T6 at The API in Bay Hill, T20 at The Texas Open and a T12 at The Masters. Most recently, he had a good week at Sawgrass finishing T6 on nine under par for the tournament.

He has played well here at Colonial in the past finishing T13 in 2013, T22 in 2011, T9 in 2010 and T7 in 2008. Statswise this course should suit Na, who ranks 26th in strokes gained tee to green, 22nd in approaches from 100-125 and 18th in scrambling. He also ranks 14th in par 3 scoring and 19th in par 4 scoring.

 

Ryan Palmer 28/1 Crowne Plaza Invitational 2015

Ryan Palmer 28/1                 

Palmer has played well in this event over the last three years finishing with three top 15’s in a row. He played well here last year finishing T5, finished T14 in 2013 and T5 again in 2012. He has shown great form in his home state finishing T6 at The Valero Texas Open back at the end of March. He has also shown good form throughout the season finishing T2 at The Phoenix Open, T10 at The Humana and a T12 at The WGC Cadillac.

Staswise Palmer ranks 13th in driving distance, 36th in GIR, 11th in strokes gained tee to green and second in approaches from 100 yards. He also ranks 30th in par 3 scoring, 41st in par 4 scoring and 28th in par 5 scoring. With a good history at this course and good early season form, Palmer could go well with this week in front of a home crowd.

 

Kevin Kisner 33/1 Crowne Plaza Invitational 2015

Kevin Kisner 33/1

Kisner played here last year and missed the cut, but comes here this week showing much better form this time around. He had a great week a couple of weeks ago at The RBC Heritage shooting a superb final round 64 to get himself into a playoff with Jim Furyk. He was beaten with a birdie on the the second playoff hole, but put in a great performance from start to finish. He followed that with another playoff loss to Rickie Fowler in Sawgrass also losing on the second playoff hole.

Colonial will demand accuracy off the tee and with approaches, which could be right up his street. He ranks 38th in driving accuracy, 11th in approaches from 225-250, 23rd in scrambling, 41st in par 4 scoring and 35th in par 5 scoring. Given these fairways are tight and demand accuracy off the tee and two playoff losses over the last few weeks, it’s only a matter of time before Kisner gets it over the line.

 

Final Selections –

Zach Johnson 2pts EW 16/1

Jimmy Walker 2pts EW 20/1

Kevin Na 1pt EW 28/1

Ryan Palmer 1pt EW 28/1

Kevin Kisner 1pt EW 33/1

Total staked = 14 pts

 

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