Transitions Championship Golf Preview & Betting Advice (+47pts for the year)
With Rory McIlroy resting and Tiger Woods injured, the market this week is a little more open than it has been in recent times. Luke Donald heads the betting at 10/1 and despite a slow start to the season, few would argue with the bookmakers over his status as pre-tournament favourite. A sixth place finish in his only start here in 2010 is matched by a sixth place finish last week and he looks like a relatively safe each-way bet.
I, however, shall in the absence of McIlroy and Woods be looking for someone else with a bit of moxy, someone who can step up and take the limelight in the absence of the two biggest names in world golf. Step forward Justin Rose.
Coming off the back of a highly impressive win last week , Rose is looking every bit of the over-hyped teenager that graced our television screens in the 90’s. With four PGA tours under his belt now, Rose can now stop worrying about fulfilling his potential and concentrate on winning. Back to back victories may be somewhat of a rarity on tour, but if Rose plays anywhere near as well as he did last week, he should be very close again come Sunday. The 16/1 going is a fair price and one which I will gladly take.
Next up, I’ll have a go at another 16/1 shot in the shape of Webb Simpson. Runner-up here last year, Simpson showed signs recently that he was returning to his best and if he gets off to a good start he can put his disappointing final round of 77 last week behind him and mount a serious challenge at taking his first title of the new season.
Lastly, I’ll also take the 40/1 going for Zach Johnson. Another player who suffered from a bad final round last week, Johnson has managed three top twenty finished in his last three starts at this price I’m willing to take the chance that he will go that little step further and sneak into a place for us.
Running total for 2012: +47 pts
Bets this week:
1.5 pts e/w Justin Rose to win @ 16/1 win (1/4 odds, 5 places)
1 pt e/w Webb Simpson @ 16/1 (1/4 odds, 5 places)
1pt e/w Zach Johnson @40/1 (1/4 odds, 5 places)