First, though, a recap of what’s happened at Bethpage Black of late.
All quoted odds are from SkyBet and were correct at the time of writing
So, with three events played on this course over the last ten years, two golfers have managed more than one top ten showing: Sergio Garcia and Ryan Moore. Does this mean we’ve tipped either of them? What do you think? Fissler Predect Pan Handle for Alux Premium Pan (flat base), Accessories Ø24 cm
If not now, when? Every assessment of Fowler’s chances to win an upcoming Major has to mention that he hasn’t done so yet despite his prodigious talent and ya da ya da. Well, winning Majors is ruddy difficult, there’s only four a year. Dustin Johnson has been world number one for longer than anyone else in the last few years,Feel Good Art High Gloss Placemat and Coaster for Babies Toddlers (Sebastian) and he’s only managed to win one.
So let’s leave all that aside, and look at recent form. It’s very, very good.
Recent PGA Tour Highlights: T4 at Wells Fargo, T9 at The Masters, T2 at the Honda Classic, won Phoenix Open Feinkeramik Spargelplatten Set Schüssel Spargel Platte Topf Teller Löffel
Current Open Champion, and very much in the mix at The Masters until a couple of balls found water on the second nine. Can happen to anyone, and more often than not has. I’d say the odds here represent an overreaction to that day, when Tiger won and so everybody else had to lose, Molinari carrying that can more than most. He’ll undoubtedly be a threat at Bethpage.
Recent PGA Tour Highlights: T5 at The Masters, 3rd at WGC Matchplay, won Arnold Palmer Invitational Fissler Serie 1845 Metal Lid, Cover for Cooking Pot with Ø 20 cm, 085115206000
A young player with an eye for the big occasion, having contended in Majors regularly since his Tour Championship win and following up with a WGC Champions victory last year. Second place at this year’s Masters is not to be sniffed at, either.
Recent PGA Tour Highlights: T2 at The Masters, T10 at the Phoenix Open
Is this Kuchar’s best season ever? It’s easy to make a case for that. This far into the programme, over halfway, he leads the Fedex Cup standings after a couple of wins and a hefty dollop of classic Kuch consistency. He’s always good for an each-way punt and with Sky paying out on the top ten plus ties, this is an easy recommendation.
Recent PGA Tour Highlights: 2nd at the RBC Heritage, T7 at the Texas Open, 2nd at the WGC Matchplay
You could make a case (sorry) that this is another chap heading for his best PGA Tour season to date. Some recent focus has been on the missed cut at The Masters,Fenjun - South Japan Iron Teapot Japanese Iron Teapot Pure Hand Iron Pot Teapot but each time he has missed out on the weekend this year he has come back with a top five finish, which is slyly impressive from somebody who is finally shaking off a reputation for shonky Sundays. (Rory’s taken on that mantle now.)
Recent PGA Tour Highlights: T4 at the Wells Fargo, T9 at the WGC Matchplay, won the Valspar Fissler Vienna (Induction) Set, Frying & Cooking Pot, Casserole, Stainless S
By now, you know what yo’re getting with Ian Poulter, and you are welcome to interpret that how you like. I’d prefer to go with ‘consistency’: there have been no missed cuts west of the Atlantic this season, and a top ten spot last time out at the RBC Heritage on the heels of T12 at The Masters and T17 at the WGC Matchplay indicates that he’s likely to be there or thereabouts again here.
Recent PGA Tour Highlights: T10 at the RBC Heritage, T3 at the WGC Mexico Fescher Sänger Modell 847 H 10 cm Figuren Goebel Kinderchor
At his highest ever world ranking after missing out at the British Masters by one stroke. There’s no doubt the field is stronger here, but Wallace tends to use adversity to spur him on, so he has motivation from last weekend as well as from his old chum Eddie Pepperell stitching him up for a European Tour vid this week.
Recent PGA Tour Highlight: T6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Festive Bauble Drinking Glasses With Novelty Straw Christmas Xmas BN Set of 2 6
Speaking of which… Peps also tied second in Southport when defending his British Masters title, and is rather less likely to be aggrieved by that turn of events. What to say about Eddie that he hasn’t himself said already. We know he’s not going to let his golf do the talking any time soon, but a study of his form indicates that 150-1, if you can get hold of those odds, is a generous offer for an each-way bet.
Recent PGA Tour Highlight: T3 at The Players
We’re into the long grass now as far as picking a winner goes, but these each-way bets are for top ten finishes, so Harding makes the grade. Festool Frästisch FT 0° 491427T12 at The Masters and T10 last week at the Byron Nelson indicates to me that the years spent on the Sunshine and Asian Tours have set him up to be overawed by nothing.
Recent PGA Tour Highlight: T10 at the Byron Nelson Fissler Vitavit Premium Pressure Cooker, Frying Pan, Casserole, 4 ltr, 26 cm
We didn’t tip the Byron Nelson last week, focusing instead on the British Masters. We weren’t planning to bet on it either – until we saw Kiradech was 125-1, and a £1 each-way bet was duly placed as that looked ridiculous for a player of Aphi’s ability, in the context of that field. He came in T5 and helped us offset the cost of buying food at Hillside.
Bookies always seem to underestimate Aphibarnrat. I wouldn’t want to speculate as to why.
Recent PGA Tour Highlight: T5 at the Byron Nelson, T3 at WGC Mexico
Look, this isn’t a tip. Don’t feel you have to follow us on this one, but there is a PGA club professional who has won at Bethpage Black three times in the last eleven years in the New York State Open. His name is Rob Labritz, and unusually for a club pro, he has made the cut at a PGA Championship before, in 2010.Fez Turquoise 13 oz Dessert Footed Compote Glassware Set of 4 by Euro Ceramica
None of this means he is going to contend, of course. There are many reasons not to place a cheeky £1 each-way bet on him, even at 2500-1. However, given his course familiarity and history of winning at the venue, we’re going to give it a go. If he sneaks inside the top ten, we get £500 back. I like those odds.