Monday 18 July 2016

Canadian Open (PGA Tour) & The Senior Open Championship (Champions Tour)

Hi All, Well…

Last Week’s Outlay 35 pts Last Week’s Return 27 pts (- 8pts) Year To Date + 459.25

What an incredible week, and one that is sure to live long in golfing history! For us, it will be one of our most frustrating; our IWAC shot Phil Mickelson at 50/1 would not only have won 140 of the last 144 Open’s with his performance, but he also beat the rest of the field into 3rd place by a staggering 11 shots! Only a record breaking and simply incredible performance by Sweden’s Henrik Stenson meaning we had to settle for place money in 2nd place, and a small loss for the week.

A quick word on Henrik; the standard of his play last week, and the injection of confidence and self-belief this performance will give him, now see him in the same category as Dustin Johnson in my mind, as players that will kick on and win many more of the world’s top events over the coming years. 

With the above comments in mind, I am truly of the believe that there is great value to be had in the world of professional golf at the moment, with bookies refusing to budge on their misguided preconceptions about who are the best players in the world, as Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth continue to head the markets. But let me tell you, at the moment, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson are the best two players on the planet! Dustin has age on his side, while Henrik must continue to capitalise in the immediate few years ahead, but both are worth siding with for now. 

On to this week, and one of the oldest events on the PGA Tour, in the form of the RBC Canadian Open, as well selections from The Senior Open Championship at Carnousite: 

Canadian Open (PGA Tour) – 11 pts Outlay

At Glen Abbey Golf Club, 7,253 yards, par 72. The site of Golf Canada headquarters serves as host for the 28th time, the third in a fouryear run unseen since the event began to rotate venues at the start of the century. Jack Nicklaus’ first solo design opened in 1977 to serve as the home of Canadian golf, with 22 consecutive Opens at the site through 2000. The back nine features the “Valley Holes,” starting with a tee shot at No.11 to a fairway some 60 feet below, then following Sixteen Mile Creek for three holes before eventually climbing out at No.16. 

NAP – DUSTIN JOHNSON 6/1 (888sport) 4 pts WIN 

Playing really well this year; with eleven top 10 finishes already in the 2016 season, which puts him top of the FedEx cup rankings. Dustin also leads the way in the scoring averages, averaging 69.1 strokes each time he plays. I could go to town on the statistics behind Dustin’s incredible season to date, but the most important to all of the data on paper is belief in his own game is now sky high, and winning is all that matters. He also has a good record in this event when played at Glen Abbey, finishing 2nd in 2013.

NB – BRANDT SNEDEKER 28/1 (BetFred) 2 pts EW 

The 2013 playing of the RBC Canadian Open was played at Glen Abbey, the same venue as this weeks playing, and a 16 under total, including a round of 63 saw Brandt Snedeker come out on top. This season has seen Brandt, the 2012 FedEx champion, almost back to top form, eight top 10 finishes including a win at the Farmers Insurance Open sees Brandt sitting in 7th spot in this seasons rankings. There were plenty of good signs in last weeks Open Championship at Troon, including one of the best final rounds to give him a good chance back on a course that has seen him achieve previous success.

IWAC – JIM FURYK 30/1 (Bet365) 1.5 pts EW 

It has been an interesting come back from injury from Jim, with the highlight being his runners up finish at the US Open. He returns to here to the Canadian Open as a two-time champion, and his form over the Glen Abbey course has been more than competent too with a 9th place and 4th place finish to his name in the last 2 Canadian Open’s held at this venue. Finally, time is running out for Jim in his efforts to make what could be his last Ryder Cups on home soil, and I am sure he will be super keen to perform well to force way into Davis Love III’s thoughts. 

The Senior Open Championship (Champions Tour) – 11 pts Outlay 

At Carnoustie Golf Links (Championship Course), 7,345 yards, par 72. The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex will return to Carnoustie Golf Links for the first time since 2010 when the famous Scottish course plays host to the Senior Major from July 21-24, 2016. It will be the first time the Championship is held in Scotland since Turnberry in 2012, when Fred Couples claimed a two shot victory. Carnoustie's hosting will also mark the 30th edition of The Senior Open Championship. Carnoustie has hosted The Open Championship on seven occasions, most recently in 2007 when Ireland’s Padraig Harrington claimed his first Claret Jug after defeating Spain’s Sergio Garcia in a play-off. 

NAP – MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ 6/1 (Ladbrokes) 4 pts WIN 

A respectable showing at last week’s Open Championship saw Miguel finish in the top 18, and this showing will of acted as a superb boost to his preparations for another tough challenge at Carnoustie this week. With 3 victories already at seniors level, and a 4th place finish at last years playing of the senior open, Miguel should prove the man to beat this week. Finally, another intersting point of note, is that in 2007 Miguel was able to put together 4 nice rounds at Carnoustie when finishing in a tie for 12th on the main tour’s Open Championship. 

NB – BERNHARD LANGER 9/2 (BetFred) 4 pts WIN 

The last time the Senior’s Open arrived at Carnoustie was in 2010, the winner was indeed Bernhard Langer. Bernhard ones again leads the Champions Tour Money list, with nearly double the amount amassed by his nearest competitor. At 58 years of age the performances Bernhard puts in tournament after tournament continue to amaze, and with anything like the form he has been showing this year, once again he should go very close to securing yet another senior major. 

IWAC – COLIN MONTGOMERIE 9/1 (BetFred, StanJames & BetVictor) 1.5 pts EW 

A few things in Colin’s favour this week. Arriving on top of the European Senior’s Tour order of merit, and after a 3rd place finish in last years Senior Open both signs that Colin should go very close to the title this week. Fresh from a nice warm up, by competing in all four rounds at Royal Troon last week, Colin’s game should be nice and sharp coming into this week, in what is obviously a much weaker field than he faced on the main tour last week. A 15th place finish back in The Open in 1999, all be it a long time ago now, shows that Colin does indeed know how to get his way around one of links golfs toughest tests.

*MULTIPLE* – Dustin Johnson (Canadian Open) & Miguel Angel Jimenez (Senior Open) - 42.25/1 (Bet365) 1.5pts Each Way Double 

This Week’s Outlay – 25 pts Have a nice week, and good luck if following, 

Stu @PriestleyStuart

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