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By Ciaran Meagher
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2021 PGA Championship

Last Week: 

Another good week, and a further step back in the right direction, though how we didn’t collect on Lee Westwood I don’t know! Luke Donald had a 13ft putt for birdie on the 18th hole on Friday evening to just make the cut. At that point Westwood would have been approx 1/14 to top the section. He was still a circa 2/9 shot heading into the weekend, but simply missed too many short putts to topple Donald who produced his best golf in a long long time. Annoying!! 

One has to balance that with the fact that had C.T. Pan not been a late withdrawal, I wouldn’t have added KH Lee, and in that scenario, we would have been approx 150/1 to land the Top Asian bet. Swings and roundabouts one could say, but I still feel hard done by! Lee was superb all week especially under Sunday pressure, and it’s another win that shows the strength in the Tour at the moment. Brandt Snedeker looked like tossing away a certain Top 20 over the closing 6 holes, but a par save on 17 followed by a clutch birdie on his 72nd hole, ensured a full payout there. 

Having been quite pleased, and a shade smug, about all 7 outrights at decent prices making the weekend, it was disappointing no one could muster us a place dividend. Playing at the prices we did though, and speculating just 6.6pts, meant not too much oil was leaked there. 


It’s the second Major Championship of 2021, and with the US PGA Championship returning to The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, we have a real treat in store. Most US links really aren’t anything of the sort, and though not exactly classic British Links, this week’s venue is as close as you will get on that side of the Atlantic. Unlike most links, thankfully, it has defences other than merely the prevailing wind conditions. Shaven banks around small greens will demand accurate approach play. If it plays to it’s full length, it would weigh in at a monster 7876 yards, quite the walk! A Par 72, with the standard 4 Par 5s, this is a beauty. A quick scan at the yardage would lead one to believe that bombers only may apply here, but on closer inspection, I am not so sure. 

This Championship was last held here in 2012, and though Rory McIlroy was a wildly impressive winner, the rest of the leaderboard was made up of some very short hitters. Plotters, rather than bombers. On the flip side of that, it has to be remembered that back in 2012 length hadn’t really got the grip on the OWGR that it does now. Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, G Mac and Steve Stricker took up nearly half the Top 14 of the rankings then. The new breed of big hitter hadn’t really hit the fairways of the PGA Tour at that point, so it’s not wholly surprising that lengthy players didn’t dominate that event. It’s a fairly long winded way of saying that I feel accurate length off the tee will be the obvious advantage that it always is, but I wouldn’t be ruling out shorter hitters on the basis of the length of the track alone. There will be more than one way to get it done around here. 

More critical I feel will be distance control in the notorious windy conditions of Kiawah, and an onsong scrambling game. Also form at other Pete Dye courses is certainly a factor to be considered, and any previous putting prowess on this week’s Paspalum green type is definitely not a negative. It’s a green type that can be a bit of a leveller, with less nuances and easier to read than most, bringing poorer putters closer together to their more prolific counterparts. It certainly has a more European feel to it than most tracks we see week to week stateside, and concentrating on Euros and players who have positive Open experience could very well be the way to go. 

Players of Interest: 

I would suggest that though correct in the belief that scoring would be very low last week at Craig Ranch, I don’t think my assertion that shorter hitters would struggle really bore out. This week I feel any player at the peak of his powers can contend here, and I will concentrate more on those who I feel can excel with approach play and around the greens. 

Championship favourite is Rory McIlroy, and though he did us a nice favour two weeks ago, I don’t feel much urge to reinvest in him here. It was a massive improvement on what he had produced on his previous few outings, and there are various reasons why that may have been so. But for sure a big reason for his success was a hot putter, and a repeat of that isn’t something you want to place much weight in when it comes to Rory. True he was very good on and around the greens here when coasting to success 9 years ago, but at just 12/1 I wasn’t tempted. 2012 also played a lot softer than it will this time around, and that allowed Rory to play the course on his terms. 

Harder, much harder, to leave out was Jon Rahm. This time last week, I was pretty much set that I would be backing the Spaniard here to notch his maiden Major success. I thought there were enough positives in a missed cut at Quail Hollow, to suggest that a then rusty Rahm would be ready to contend here. And maybe overpriced because of it. He was 18.5 on the exchanges for this event at that point though, and I don’t really see why he is just 16 now, off what would have to be described as a slightly disappointing week at Craig Ranch. I don’t know why he teed it up there to be honest. It seemed like an odd choice of warm up for him ahead of this week, and I just wonder has a relatively poor week on the greens there, somewhat added to the frustration built up at Quail. A bigger, and more concrete worry, would be that his game around the greens isn’t in the shape you would want it coming here. He could well turn all that on its head this week, and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit where he to win, but the 14/1 he is at now in the shops is about the price I would make him and I just don’t see enough juice in it. You can’t back them all, and in favouring a few others under the 40/1 mark, Big Jon has been shelved from the team sheet. 

Seven days is a long time in the head of a golf punter, and though this time last week I would have made Rahm the favourite here, I believe JORDAN SPIETH should now have that mantle. He doesn’t, and at 16/1 I believe he is must bet material here. 

The media seem to be going on about Jordan’s career Grand Slam more than they did ahead of any PGA’s of the last 5 years, but unlike some, our man just takes that kind of thing in his stride. It’s amazing to think that only a few short months ago, any Spieth win would have been deemed a bit of a pipe dream, never mind talk of Grand Slams. But his play since Phoenix has been superb, the best sustained period of top level golf of anyone on Tour. That he had a few weeks off since Augusta, dealt with Covid in between, yet still seemed to be right near the peak of his powers last week will have been a big confidence boost for him. That period from Scottsdale to The Masters wasn’t just a flash in the pan, he has picked up where he had left off, and he is back. To me the market isn’t quite believing that yet. Yes Rory won at Quail, but so happy a hunting ground is that for him that it can be marked down ever so slightly. And as things stand, that has the potential to be just a flash in the pan. Spieth on the other hand has been delivering week in week out of late, and I feel this week’s venue is pretty much an ideal layout for himThere are no cross winds here, the players will either have the wind with them, or it will be into their faces. That brings distance control very much into the equation as one of the most important parts to get right this week, and Spieth simply stars in this department. Once again his iron play was stellar last week, and with wide open fairways to aim at here, he can relax a bit off the tee. The greens surfaces are pretty small here, and with conditions set to be as firm and fast as this grass type allows, everyone will be missing their fair share. Getting up and down when long or short will be key to winning this Championship, and Jordan is just so good in this area. The green surfaces will take a bit of getting used to, and whoever gets the speed earliest will reap the rewards. When it comes to Majors I think an overlooked advantage Jordan has is his meticulous preparation. He always goes the extra yard in discovering any little nuances about a new venue, and green speed this week will be a big one. I expect him to nail it, quickly. Given how the rest of the course sets up so well for the 3 time major winner, I feel if he putts even average this week he will go very close. If he putts as well as he can, he will take a deal of beating. I questioned the Byron Nelson as the warm up event for Rahm, but feel it was ideal fro Jordan. He is a real confidence player, who builds that confidence from seeing plenty of putts drop. He will have benefited from last week, and often played a similar type of event at the John Deere prior to attacking the Open Championship with much success. The most likely winner for me, arriving in the best form of any at the head of the market, the 16/1 to extended places is a very good bet. 

It’s been a long time since 18/1 was chalked up beside Dustin Johnson for a Major, and that alone affords him a second look. But he is that price for a reason, and missing last week whether truthfully through injury or not, it doesn’t increase hope that he will find his best here. He can be left alone for me. 

Maybe the US Open will see me have more interest in Bryson DeChambeau, but though this is the longest track they have ever played in a Major, it’s a bit too simple a jump to say that it will suit Bryson best. Wide fairways don’t

help him in my opinion. When fairways are tight, and the course is long, that is when his length and strength is more advantageous. When everyone is missing fairways, some are chopping out from 180 yards, whilst he is muscling it onto the green from 130, that is a big benefit. Hitting fairways won’t be the tough part here, controlling approaches will be, and this is where Bryson can struggle. 14/1, no thanks. 

Xander Schauffele is too good to be going so long without a win, but that is a worry for him now at the business end of tournaments, and at 22/1 I don’t really want those negatives attached. His record on Pete Dye courses, one runner up spot at Sawgrass apart, isn’t one to be shouting from the rooftops about, and though he has been the epitome of consistency in majors the last few years I can leave him out here. 

One could argue if I am leaving Xander out at 22/1, well then how am I siding with VIKTOR HOVLAND at just 3 points bigger. Well firstly, Viktor doesn’t have the recent Masters scar tissue that Schauffele has, and secondly he is just the type of player that has been winning recent PGA Championships. Relatively lightly raced in this event, without a previous major win, has been a recipe for success of late and Hovland has every chance of embellishing it this week. When nominating him for Top Continental Euro at the Wells Fargo I mentioned how he doesn’t seem capable of a poor performance at the moment, and a 3rd place showing there added credence to that. Yet to miss the cut in 5 major appearances, including two as leading amateur, Hovland seems ready to take the next big step in his career. One of those leading amateaur accolades came at another coastal venue, Pebble Beach. That 12th place is his best major finish to date, and came a year after winning the US Amatuer at the same venue. 

Is his short game a worry? Well it would be folly to say it isn’t a factor, considering most of my other selections are in there because of their prowess around the greens, but he is getting better, much better. But his approach play is so good at the minute, he will worry less about missing the greens than most. He is consistently dialled in from the fairways, and with his long arrow like irons, he will be one of the few to consistently be going at these lengthy par 5’s in two. Add to that that he has positive strokes gained for his last two appearances, that he was in fact second best in scrambling at Quail, and the game of the Norwegian does seem to be trending towards a big win

Talk of Hovland’s suitability to coastal layouts is backed up by the fact that his two wins to date have come on seaside tracks susceptible to high winds. Not only that, but El Camaleon and Grand Reserve also feature Paspalum greens. I have long since said I view him as a better player than Bryson DeChambeau, I feel it is only a matter of time before he becomes World Number One, and at 25/1 this week I am more than happy to side with him to go a long way to proving that point. 

I have been lukewarm on PATRICK REED’s chances in recent events, and have gone quite a while without backing him. Which is strange in itself, as I view him as one of the most consistently overpriced players on Tour. I just worried that his wayward long game was putting too much pressure on his sublime short game, and couldn’t see how he could win because of it. Indeed when winning at Torrey Pines at the beginning of the year he defied logic, as his long game really wasn’t deserving of that victory. This week though, I am placing extra kudos in that ability to get up and down from anywhere, and as is the case with Spieth I feel Reed will relish the extra space off the tee here. If the wind gets up, and the going gets tough, there won’t be many better equipped to handle the demands of the Ocean Course. Reed has been building up quite the Major record, and really does rise to the big occasion. He has finished in the top 13 on each of last 5 appearances in the ‘big ones’ and not long prior to that in 2017/18 he went 2/1/4 in the PGA/Masters/Open. He may not have the sexy game of Xander Schauffle, he may not have the love of the fans of Tony Finau, but he has a set of balls bigger than both their trophy cabinets and at 35/1 here I don’t want to be leaving him out. 

Next up is a man I am very keen on this week, SHANE LOWRY. As much as Bryson would like it to be, golf isn’t science nor is punting on it, but everything really does look set fair for a title assault from the reigning Open champ. I have long considered Augusta National to be an ideal venue for Shane, with his wizardry around the greens a big asset. Maybe the green speeds, and how quick those downhill 6 footers can be, had been the reasons for his relatively poor showings there. But that ability to get it to within 6ft from wherever the shaven banks of the Ocean Course has lured his ball, will be a massive plus this week. And these greens won’t hold the same fear for Shane, they will play very slow, and poorer putters ranked pretty highly in the 2012 edition here. During that PGA

Championship many players commented how being unfamiliar with Paspalum grass saw them struggle on and around the greens. Victor there Rory McIlroy had stated how he was a member of Bear’s Club golf course had practised plenty on it. Small samples sizes for sure, but third place Keegan Bradley was also a member there. As now is Shane, and that can give him an extra comfortability factor in the one area he struggles this week. From 6ft and in is Lowry’s nemesis, but if he can hole his fair share from that clutch distance this week, I really do see him going very close. 

Recent interviews with the Offaly man have suggested he is now ready to take his game to the next level. Maybe a strange thing to say about a man that has won a Major and a WGC, but he can certainly improve in the department of consistently challenging for these top titles. In that regard I feel his recent display at Augusta, his best yet in finishing 21st wil have really pleased him. He backed that up with a 9th spot at the RBC, before a short break. When reappearing at Quail he stated how it was back to work time ahead of a really important period. He won’t need me to tell him how well suited he is to this week’s course, and this is an opportunity he needs to grab. Though The Masters showing may have pleased him most, it was Harbour Town and Sawgrass which have seen his two best finishes this year, both of course Pete Dye designs. 

Obviously an Open champ and a winner of his National Open in horrendous conditions, and as a former winner of the Portugal Masters and holds 4 Top 20 finishes at Valderama, Lowry has experience of all the right courses ahead of this week’s test. Wind will not faze our man here, and if he gets his putter rolling, he will make odds of 80/1 look very big indeed. 

MARC LEISHMAN is on record as saying he isn’t too keen on the way the US PGA setup it’s courses, and with form figures in this Championship of MC/60/13/71/MC/MC in his 6 most recent starts in it, you wonder if it just maybe isn’t for him. But this time it should be very different. Not only is this week’s course a case of apples and oranges compared to any of those 6 most recent venues, he also arrives here in seriously good form. An excellent showing at Augusta where he banked us the Top Australian money, he then went on to successfully team up with Cameron Smith in the Zurich Classic, prior to a decent run out in 21st last week at Craig Ranch. That display last week was all the more meritorious in my opinion, as a low scoring shoot out wouldn’t be an identikit track for Leish. He can really compete with the best on tougher layouts, such as he will face in the coming days. He also has the, however small, advantage of having competed here in 2012. A respectable 27th, when not the player he is now, soft conditions there wouldn’t have suited him as well as what is forecast this week. I mentioned the shaven banks earlier, and as Marc has displayed at Augusta time and again, he is far more adept at chipping off those tight lies than out of gnarly rough

Standard for an Australian, but he has always been an excellent wind player, and like those selected above him he won’t fear anything the skies throw at him this week. He has that all important Open pedigree too, with 3 top 6 finishes between 2014-17. Missing home and his parents he has formed a real bond with fellow Aussie Cam Smith of late, and has said how having other Australians around helps him. With 7 in the field this week, that is another factor however small which may help him over the line. Leishman himself thinks this is one of the best chances he will have to win a Major, and I for one don’t disagree with him. At 60/1 he certainly warrants inclusion. 

I had toyed with adding one more, but in truth I have found it hard to whittle this week down to a manageable amount of outright selections, and in backing one more I would be leaving aside 3 or 4 others who appeal just as much. 

Tyrrell Hatton was very close to selection. European, two top 6 finishes in his last 4 Opens, a player very much trending towards the top of the game and in search of his first major. He ticks a lot of the right boxes. I wouldn’t worry too much about his frequent absence due to a positive Covid test. Most of his age wouldn’t even know they had it, but for the test. At 50/1, or indeed Betvictor’s 55s, I wouldn’t put anyone off. 

Strangely for me Tommy Fleetwood was very interesting. But strangely for Tommy, he is a backable price this week. Pretty eye catching at Quail Hollow, especially his game around the greens there, I can see him having a very good week here. But he along with Hatton, and also Will Zalatoris all hold relatively equal claims in my mind. Rather than picking one from the 3, I have left all to one side. Maybe to my cost, but again you can’t back them all, and I am very happy with the 5 I have on board. There will be enough Alternative Market bets to keep us interested!

Alternative Markets: 

As was the case for The Masters, plenty of extra bets in these markets, so I will try and keep the waffle to a minimum in each section. 

Top Asian: 

Defending ‘Kiawah’ champ Rory McIlroy has talked about how he once struggled to come to terms with Pete Dye designs, and that is an issue for quite a few players. They are different! One player who has no such issues is SI WOO KIM. The youngest player to win at Sawgrass, he also won the Amex in January this year and has an excellent record in the RBC Heritage held at Harbour Town. All 3 are Dye designs, and Kim will be licking his chops at the prospect of this week. Highly consistent around the greens, the last 4 years have seen him score inside the Top 25 on Tour for strokes in that department. He won’t be found wanting where many will this week. He hasn’t prospered in his major outings so far, but did produce a career best 12th place finish at Augusta last month, and that will have brought him plenty of confidence for the biggest stages. A month off prior to last week’s Byron Nelson, that should have blown away the cobwebs. I expect a good week from the Korean. 

Hideki Matsuyama predictably heads this market. Brilliant winner at Augusta, I just wonder how long it will take him to get back on an even keel. Being a Major champion from Japan brings so much unwanted media obligations, and that is something Hideki has never been massively comfortable with. He will be the prey of many this week, and I am keen to field against him for the time being. KH Lee delivered the goods for us at the Byron Nelson, but surely his tank will run dry this week after that career changing win. Having been nearly 5 times the price of Kim last week, he is now just a point bigger. Sungjae Im deserves obvious respect here, but I would have Si Woo shorter than him and at 5/1 he is definitely the way to go here. 

Top South African: 

I backed CHRISTIAAN BEZUIDENHOUT in this section for Augusta at 11/4, and see absolutely no reason for him being as big as 8/1 here. Over the first two days he seemed likely to land us that loot, but a disappointing weekend saw that expectation nose dive. Like a few others, he hasn’t played since the RBC Heritage but that 33rd place finish kept his run of made cuts intact, which now runs back to September on the PGA Tour. This 4 time European Tour winner has a razor sharp short game, indeed he lies 2nd this season for strokes gained around the green. Not the longest off the tee, I really don’t see that as much of an issue this week, and even on price alone I feel he has to be backed. 

Louis Oosthuizen has been consistent of late himself, and his short game has improved though is still susceptible to tests such as this weeks, and Charl Schawrtzel though in the midst of a commendable comeback seems wholly too short in this market. Garrick Higgo has mopped up some very low grade ET events recently, but this is a whole different ball game this week. At 8/1, or indeed anything from 6/1 upwards, I rate Bezuidenhout a very good bet here. 

Top Former Winner: 

A market we had success with at Augusta in November, it appeals to me now again. Rory McIlroy will be a lot of peoples fancy this week, and rightly so. But hard as it is to crab a winning performance, I did feel he got away with it a bit at Quail, the putter bailing him out more often than it typically will. It will be some feat if after seemingly in the golfing wilderness, he can land back to back wins here. Of course it’s highly unlikely he will need to win to land this section, but I do feel he is a shade short all round. 

I didn’t mention Justin Thomas in the outright section, which was probably a bit remiss of me, as he clearly has an excellent chance. He has a pretty sketchy record in Open Championships so far, and I do wonder if he more than most at the top of the game is more suited to typical PGA layouts over what he will face this week. Collin Morikawa is a bit too much of a ‘hit and miss’ merchant to be getting jiggy about 7/2 quotes on him here, and Brooks Koepka though apparently more comfortable than he was at The Masters, still suggested at Craig Ranch that it will take a bit of time before he is back to full health again. 

KEEGAN BRADLEY has been in super form of late. 10th at the Arnold Palmer kicked off a run which includes 3 successive Top 30’s at The Players, Honda and Texas Open, prior to 4th place in the Zurich team event. Then runner up at The Valspar, he backed that up with yet another Top 20 at the Wells Fargo. He may well have needed a week off after those efforts, and he can now arrive here ready to attack flags again. And at the moment there are few better at hitting their target than Keegan. 8th in strokes gained approach, 5th tee to green and 26th around the green, the game of Bradey just needs an operational putter to bring most courses to their knees. As alluded to earlier, these Paspalum greens can be a leveller on that front, and the positive memories he gained here in 2012 allied to his bank of knowledge from hours of practise at The Bears Club can hopefully see him perform with credit on that score this week. If he does, he will once again contend, and contending could be good enough to win this subsection. 

I had been toying with the idea last night of including Jason Dufner here at 66/1, but even that was probably coming down on the side of leaving him out as I preferred another. 

At 100/1 in a limited field, on a course that really should suit, I feel compelled to have a few shekels on PADRAIG HARRINGTON. It’s speculative for sure, but there are far worse 100/1 shots out there. Pod will relish this test, and when he is in the zone with a test such as this to showcase his talents, he can still compete. With his restricted schedule at the moment, I don’t feel he has really had ideal conditions now for some time, but all reports are that the Ocean Club will play as just that this week, and at a massive price in a section where there are ifs and buts about plenty of the opposition I feel he is worth a small bet. 

Top Australasian/Australian: 

The double barreled name as Coral are top price on my selection, and they are calling it Top Australasian rather than Top Australian. The fields consist of exactly the same competitors. 

It’s into war with MARC LEISHMAN again, who as outlined above, I expect to have an above average week here. Cameron Smith is the big danger in this section, but I would have the two at joint favourites, and with the market preferring the Mullet at 9/4 compared to the 4/1 available on Leishman, I much prefer the latter. Adam Scott is as big a price for a Major as I have seen in quite awhile, but his long game just doesn’t seem anywhere near the level it would need to be at to combat his short game worries. Jason Day will struggle badly with distance control here if his recent efforts from the fairways aren’t vastly improved upon, and it would be more a resurgent Matt Jones that I would be afraid of outside of Smith. 

As it is though, the 4/1 top price on Leishman represents an excellent bet. As indeed just the general 7/2 on offer. 

Top 20 Finish: 

I am quite confident that a resurgent JUSTIN ROSE will once again contend here. In his last 9 PGA’s he has 7 top 30 finishes. Of those 3 were top 10’s and 4 were top 20’s. Of the twice he missed out on the Top 30, he missed one cut, and was 33rd on the other occasion. It is a tournament that Rose has turned up far more often than not. Now turned 40, it is quite possible that Rose is choosing specific targets more so than in his younger days. This will obviously be one of those high on the list. The Englishman was 3rd here in 2012, and that’s not the only happy memories he will have from his time at Kiawah, he was also runner up in the 2003 World Cup here. Considering how well his game looked at Augusta, he is a big old price to win here, and that has filtered down to this market. A confident bet for me at anything from 3/1 upwards. 

I had initially planned on backing BRIAN HARMAN in the Top Lefty section again. Two things have set me this route instead. One, last night’s 11/4 has been replaced by a top price 5/2, and secondly I do have a lingering respect for the chances of Bubba Watson. As such, I see the 10/3 on offer here as a better bet. The two time winner on Tour is on a streak of 11 successive made cuts, and has really upped his performance level in recent weeks. Third at the Dye’s Sawgrass, 13th at his Hilton Head design, 12th at Augusta, he has finished Top 20 in all 5 most recent starts. He was runner up to Brooks Koepka at a similar layout in Erin Hills at the 2017 US Open, and should relish the challenge this week in his current form. 11/4 or upwards here will do for me

First Round Leader: 

Given KEEGAN BRADLEY’s recent form, his penchant for going low on Thursdays, and past success on the greens here, it would seem sensible to have a little tickle on him for first round leader here. Bradley is the type that can go low on any course. Whilst some may have a ceiling of expectation on tough courses, they pretty much all come the same to the 2012 3rd. Given his current tee to green prowess, if he putts well, he scores well. Anywhere. And especially on Thursdays. With how well he played here 9 years ago, even in what can be a bit of an opening day lottery, the 66/1 on offer is too big to let go. 

That is all from me this week, plenty of bets as is typical for Major week, and hopefully we can have plenty in contention come Sunday evening. As ever, shop around, and do keep an eye on SBK for alternative market prices. Come Wednesday they can be very competitive, and will take a relatively decent bet. Thanks for reading. 



2.5pts ew Jordan Spieth 16/1 (odds 9 places, WH) **Recommended Monday and still available *14/1+ to 8+ places acceptable 

1.6pts ew Viktor Hovland 25/1 (odds 9 places, WH) **Recommended Monday *Current 22/1 to 9 places with WH acceptable 

1.1pts ew Patrick Reed 35/1 (odds 9 places, WH **Recommended Monday *35/1 to 8 places 365/Betfred or 33/1 to 10 places PP/BFBS acceptable. Keep an eye on the exchange price, currently 50, for those that can’t get on in shops. 

.7pt ew Marc Leishman 60/1 (odds 10 places, Coral/PP/BFSB) **Recommended Monday *Currently 66/1 to 6 places with Betvictor and 55/1 to 11 places with Skybet 

.6pt ew Shane Lowry 80/1 (odds 8 places, 365/MansionBet) **Recommended Monday *66/1+ to 8+ places acceptable 

Top Asian: 

4pts Si Woo Kim 5/1 (Boyles) *4/1 upwards acceptable, currently 9/2 with Coral/Lads/Skybet/Unibet Top South African: 

3pts win Christiaan Bezuidenhout 8/1 (Boyles) *6/1 upwards acceptable, currently 15/2 with 365/PP/BFSB/WH/Betway 

Top Former Winner: 

2.5pts EW Keegan Bradley 17/2 (¼ odds 3 places, PP) **Currently 11/1 with Genting Bet and 9/1 with Betway *8/1 upwards acceptable, currently available with WH/365/BFSB/Vbet) 

.3pt EW Padraig Harrington 100/1 (¼ odds 3 places, PP/BFSB/WH/Betway) *80/1 upwards acceptable

Top **Australasian/*Australian: 

5pts Marc Leishman 4/1 **(Coral/Lads) *3/1 upwards acceptable, 7/2 available with 


Top 20 Finish: 

6pts Justin Rose 16/5 (PP/BFSB) **33/10 with various internet firms who I don’t quote *3/1 upwards acceptable, available with Coral/Lads/WH/888/Betway. Will likely be 4.3 to 4.4 on exchange tomorrow. 

6pts Brian Harman 3/1 (PP/BFSB/WH/365/Betvictor) *11/4 upwards acceptable 

First Round Leader: 

.5pt ew Keegan Bradley 66/1 (odds 8 places, PP/BFSB) *66/1 with everyone, just try to get as many places as possible. Coral/Lads are 7 places. 

Running Totals 2021: 

Staked: 409.9pts 

Returned: 384.95pts 

Best of luck everyone, and enjoy the 4 days. If I have any 3 ball fancies over the week, I will post on Twitter (@CiaranMeagher3)


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