By Vince Eager
Another profitable week on the golf last week with two Aussies doing the business for us in Geoff Ogilvy (placed at $201) and John Senden (share of place at $101).
The third week of the playoffs sees the PGA Tour head to the Cherry Hills Country Club, Colorado, a par 71 course with smallish greens which is at altitude.
We have no course form to go on this week so with no Oddy ratings to guide us I’ve had to dig a little deeper to get an idea on what sort of player we are looking for at Cherry Hills.
Former world number one, David Duval, lives at Cherry Hills Village and plays the course regularly. This is what he’s said about the course via his twitter account (@david59duval).
Sure hope the players get to see what Cherry Hills can be when firm and fast. Length isn’t everything.
Cherry Hills is about accuracy. Although the rough isn’t too long yet it is still very difficult to play out of.
It seems pretty clear that driving accuracy is going to be a key stat this week so that’s where we’ll look, combined with the regular solid recent form.
Jim Furyk is clear top rated in driving accuracy in the last six weeks, hitting 79.3% of fairways off the tee. His recent form figures read 3, 11, 9, 11 and 41.
Henrik Stenson, like our first tip Jim Furyk, is a previous FedEx Cup winner so he not only knows what it’s like to win at this time of year he also knows what it’s like to deposit a cheque of over $10,000,000 into his bank account. I don’t know about you but I imagine that feels pretty good and should work as a strong motivating factor.
Stenson is ranked 7th in the last six weeks in driving accuracy and has solid if not spectacular recent form figures of 19, 3, 36 and 28.
Regular readers of this column will know that i’m a fan of Kevin Chappell on tough USOPEN style tracks and Cherry Hills could it the bill.
Chappell is ranked 12th in driving accuracy recently and has been in solid form with recent finishes of 20, 34, 13, 30 and 50.
Russell Henley almost won last week, finishing 2nd to Chris Kirk, and he’s a big price to be in the mix again this week.
He’s ranked 14th in DA in the last 6 weeks hitting 68.3% of fairways.
Cameron Tringale finished 2nd two weeks ago at the Barclays and he has hit an impressive 73.8% of fairways over the last six weeks. At his current odds he’s worth a chance of going one better than at the Barclays and recording his first win on tour.
I’m sticking in Kevin Stadler this week for two reasons. He’s a resident of Colorado so could be at a big advantage at altitude (although his massive gut might mitigate this a little) and his recent form reads a progressive 70, 29, 16. He’s also not too bad off the tee hitting 64.7 % of fairways.