Could this be the week the talented Canadian gets his first victory?
This course usually suits those that are good at Total Driving, Ball Striking, Par 4 Scoring and Birdie Average. However, with this week expected to be rainy, Driving Distance will be crucial to success.
Pick to Win:
Graham DeLaet (30/1): DeLaet has made five cuts in a row, with his last three all top-30s. Last week, DeLaet started with a double bogey on Sunday, but grinded his way back into competition. Ultimately, he fell short and had to settle for a T-4th, but it was nice to see a Sunday in contention all the way to the final hole. I think it is safe to say DeLaet is healthy, and his putting this year is rather impressive. In the past, his putter has been holding him back. The rest of his game is elite, and now that he is looking strong with the putter, his first win is coming soon. DeLaet has played three tournaments here (12 rounds), and has never played a round over par here. He’s a player who can put up birdies at an extremely high rate, which will be crucial this week in what should be a shootout.
Players to Watch:
Bubba Watson (10/1): Usually I don’t like to target guys the tournament after a win, especially when the next tournament is the the week right after. However, Bubba is used to winning, so his focus will be where it should be. In addition, he has a house on the course, so he should know the course pretty well. That is proven in the fact that he has played eight rounds at this tournament, and all have been under par.
J.B. Holmes (28/1): Holmes has played this course four times, getting 23rd in 2014, 27th in 2012, a missed cut in 2011 and 16th in 2010. He’s been playing extremely inconsistently lately, but he is coming in off a T-27th. Because of the expected rain, the course should play longer than usual, which will fit right into Holmes’s game.
Tony Finau (30/1): If you look at the first three players to watch, you’ll notice a common trend: All three of them are bombers. There really isn’t much to say about Finau. He’s a bomber, and he’s had six top-25s in a row. He’s playing unbelievably, and I don’t see that stopping this week.
Carl Pettersson (66/1): He’s 5/5 making the cut at this tournament, and comes in hot, having made his last four cuts, including a T-5th place last week. His distance off the tee is good, ranking 69th on tour.
Robert Streb (66/1): He’s a little bit highly ranked to be a sleeper pick, but his odds are much lower than they should be. He has made his last five cuts, with four of those top-30s, and three of those top-20s. There are 10 stats I am considering this week, and Streb is ranked top-60 in all of them. He is solid throughout the bag, and can put up impressively low numbers as well. He is 2/2 making the cut at this tournament, and while his finishes aren’t impressive, it is good to have experience here. He is an underrated bomber, and I would only be surprised with a result that is outside the top-30.
Edited by Emily Berman.
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