We made a small profit of 2.6 points this week on all of our bets. We are now combining in play bets with pre tournament bets in our overall profit figures. Our revised profit target for 2020 is now 120 points. We are currently at +109.975 points profit for 2020.
I have not done a video today as I wanted to go into some detail about certain players and it was easier to put my thoughts into words. Here goes…..
The Austrian Open
Connor Syme, our selection, was in prime position going into the final round. He was one stroke off the lead against a golfer who had not won for six years and two challenge tour players. I did identify via my in play bet that Joost Luiten, who was a further stroke back, looked to be the danger. However Connor struggled to make an impact and dropped strokes, but thought back for a par score and a place. Perhaps a step too far for him at present? Luiten played poorly and was three over par for his round. He was the top rated golfer in the field and this was a very disappointing finish from him.
The other big names in the field, Thomas Detry and Nicholas Colsaerts were not that good here. Detry finished well when out of contention, which is always easier. Colsaerts missed the cut. The tournament was won by Marc Warren a steady journeyman on the tour. He saw off the rookies who were in contention with a steady round to get it done. Overall a weak tournament in my book as we expected. It will be interesting to see how the bigger names go this coming week after having played here and got some cobwebs out of their game?
We stay in Austria this coming week but move to a different course.
The Workday Charity Open
This one went to a play off at Muirfield Village, where Colin Morikawa outlasted Justin Thomas (JT). At the first extra hole JT holed a fifty footer but Morikawa responded with a twenty two footer. They played two more holes but Morikawa got it done by sinking a putt to take the title.
Morikawa had a good lead at the half way stage but had a mediocre third round to surrender the lead to JT. However JT had a bad lapse mid final round and allowed Morikawa to make up the three stroke deficit to force a play off. I am concerned that JT choked on this one when going well. My early 2020 prediction that he can become world number one is not so sure now after this lapse. Morikawa’s iron play and putting was great and he is a star for the future.
Back in third was the Norwegian Viktor Hovland, He started the final round well and looked the tournament winner at one stage.However he faded over the final nine holes and looked tired after playing five tournaments in a row. I would swerve Viktor now until he has a rest.
Gary Woodland played well over the weekend and eventually finished tied fifth with Ian Poulter. Woodland, who won the tournament match bet for us, seemed to have got his game going again and is one to be considered for future tournaments. Poulter had another good finish without challenging for honours. ‘The Postman’ looks a solid bet for a top twenty finish at the right odds.
Jason Day found some form again on his home course to finish seventh and may be able to contend again this coming week? Billy Horschel played well to tie Day in seventh as did Patrick Cantlay, in his first tournament since the tour came back. As Cantlay has course form at Muirfield Village he may also be worth a look this coming week.
Back in the pack a few players caught the eye. Sebb Straka from Austria finished fourteenth and is one to watch once he returns to the European Tour. Xander Schauffele, ome of our each way selections, was pretty average during the week and finished fourteenth. His game is not at the level it needs to be at present. Back amongst the also ran’s were Rick Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama (both tied 22nd) and Matt Fitzpatrick and John Rahm (both tied 27th). The only one of those I would be interested in going forward would be Jon Rahm, who finished well on Sunday with a 64 and may be finding his form.
Our other selection here, Matthew Woolf, was very poor and missed the cut. The same can be said for Justin Rose, who had an 80 on Friday and missed the cut again.
Finally Adam Hadwin, who started well in round one, faded to be 35th, which was disappointing.
We stay at Muirfield Village this coming week. The course is expected to be harder as the rough will grow and the greens become more testing. Not for the faint hearted.
See you on Tuesday for this weeks selections.