The Warwick hills course plays only 7127 yards long (par 72) and has a handful of driveable par 4's as well as big eagle chances on the par 5's. The greens are some of the best on tour and birdies and pin peppering at the Buick Open is the norm. Big hitters don't necessarily have an advantage unless they can keep it straight as the Warwick hills course is a tree lined track, albeit with pretty generous fairways and fair rough. Premium at the Buick open will be on approach shot accuracy and Eagle/birdie making and top golf pick this week - Big hitting Nick watney is 2nd in the Eagle making stats.
Note: I expect Woods to take this 1 down so will be backing the W/O Woods market.
-2.25pts Jim fuyrk to place @ 3/1 (general) This is his course and he wants it badly and in the middle of some tasty form. Definitely the man to beat this week apart from Eldric.
-0.75pts E/W Nick watney W/O woods @ 25/1 (general) Watney can over power this course if his recent good form continues
-0.75 pts E/W Brian Gay W/O Woods @ 22/1(general) Not many players with a better record at the Buick Open than Brian Gay. He thrives on short courses with slick rolling greens and is one of the best putters on tour. More birdies for Gay in store if recent form is anything to go by
-0.5pts E/W Chad Campbell W/O woods @55/1(general) In and out of form Chad Campbell was 15th at The John Deere Classic and enjoys this type of course - overpriced big time
-0.5pts E/W Andres Romero W/O Woods @ 55/1 (general) Powerful Argentinian is another right up there in the birdie/Eagle making department and could do a Nick Watney and also overpower the course if his form from the British open where he tied 13th continues
-1pt Daniel Chopra top 10 finish @ 13/2 (stanjames) has been there or there abouts the last few weeks after swing changes and makes an awful lot of birdies. Was wild off the tee here in 2007 yet still made more birdies than most, loves fast greens.
-0.5pts E/W Jason Day first round leader @ 80/1 (general) starting to find form again and capable of going VERY low on a course like this. Tends to start fast when on form.
Tournament match betting:
-3.5pts Woody austin win vs KJ Choi @ 5/6(stanjames) The compilers have been more on the ball in the last few weeks TMN wise but this is a standout matchup. It's weighted heavily in Austin's favour with Choi having a dreadful year. Austin is -50 on this course for the last few years and from what I hear is "ready for revenge" after last years narrow miss
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