The Sony Open preview with Skeeter McGillicuddy.
So last week…as stated Jordan can’t possibly keep up that level and Jason Day looks too short…mmmm. If Spieth carries on like this he’ll be taking massive chunks out of the book soon enough starting at Woods’ era prices. Woods would start at 6/4 which seemed ridiculous until you thought about laying him.
No need to fret over Jordan this week – although I imagine Rory is spending a lot of time on his short game at the moment.
Off to The Sony then. A contrasting event with a less stellar field for one and a much tighter course. Jimmy Walker is the obvious favourite with his record around here and good recent form and looked to be steaming into a place for us last week before two missed short putts mid round took the wind out of his sails.
Like a lot of tournaments on the PGA Tour this one has deep history…..over 50 years…which begets trends. A Par 70 of what is these days a modestly long touch over 7000 yards with 2 vital scoring holes on the 9th and 18th. You have to shoot a number round here and any round over par would seem to rule a player out of the running.
It’s hardly a surprise that players who teed it up the week before at the Hyundai have done very well in this. One – they are all Tour winners and two – they have got four competitive rounds under their belts.
Another strong trend is course form, or at least experience of the place.
By all accounts the weather isn’t going to be a factor this week.
We will steer clear of Jimmy Walker this week despite his obvious credentials and put our faith in a bigger priced player in Harris English.
A multiple winner on tour English has finished 9th, 4th and 3rd in the last three runnings of this event. He has to come here feeling confident and that – confidence – is key in golf. Witness any golf interview and the player will mention the confidence they carried into the (successful) round based on some minor change, a session with coach or simply that they “found” something on the range – and not their car keys or Spieth’s’ wallet.
English doesn’t feature strongly in any statistical category bar one…he leads (guess who?) in strokes gained putting.
He didn’t win last year on Tour but he did post a 2nd and a 3rd and with a career 4 from 114 starts 1,2,3 record combined with those 3 top tens around here he gets my vote at $41, e/w with