following four consecutive winning weeks we have now had three losing ones. We need to have a profitable week now to get us back on track for 100+ points profit in 2021. So no messing this week. From now as a trial I will be providing email updates after each round of tournaments. If there are any in play selections I will alert you to them.
This week we are in Wales on the European Tour and in Minnesota for the next USPGA tournament on the schedule. Course details and initial selections are set out below.
The Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale
Is staged this week at a course familiar to us, The Celtic Manor Resort, near to Newport in Wales. A new sponsor this year and a new celebrity supporter. I do not know what Gareth’s role is this week but I am presuming that he does not need a used car from the sponsors?
The course is a par 71 and is 7,315 yards in length. This is the third year that the tournament has been played here in recent times. Romain Langasque and Sam Horsfield won here in 2020 in Covid lockdown times but at different events.
The fairways are generous here and you can drive the ball a long way. But water is in play and so you have to hit it straight off the tee. The course is exposed and so whilst it can be a birdiefest in good weather, it becomes harder if there is rain or wind. The weather this week is expected to be generally OK but we may see some wind on Friday and a bit of rain at the weekend.
The 3M Open
Is in its third year at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota, not far from Minneapolis. It is a par 71 and is 7,431 yards in length. It is an original Arnold Palmer design, modified by Tom Lehman.
The course has rolling terrain and has water in play on most holes. It is a standard layout and is getable in regard to low scores. It is tree lined but has wide fairways. It is 900 feet above sea level and so the ball should fly further as a consequence.
The fairways are Bentgrass, as are the greens. The rough is Bluegrass. There was rain here last week but hot weather is expected now. I would presume that the course will be watered this week. Michael Thompson won here in 2020. Matthew Woolf won in 2019, setting a course record of 263 strokes.
This weeks initial selections are detailed below.
Good luck Martin