Johnnie walker Championship Preview
Gleneagles, this years(as every years) venue for the Johnnie Walker Classic is a course loved by many a player. And what makes it better is that this year it is a course that any of them could pick up a win on. There are 2 standout players in the field - Soren Hansen who has a superb record at the Johnnie wlaker Championship and Oliver Wilson who the bookmaker's finally seem to have taken notice of, making these 2 their favourite picks this week, and so as usual I will be staying away as their prices are too short.
Looking elsewhere, it really is anybody's tournament. The next 30 or so players on the picks list are all pretty closely matched in terms of quality so I will be looking towards some pretty nice prices for my Johnnie walker championship picks.
The Gleneagles course itself plays 7,320 yards long and last year the rough was up, especially around the greens, making approach shot accuracy key. So the key here is to keep the ball in play, especially when the wind gets up it can be really difficult. Average fairways but thick rough and seriously errant teeshots will be severly punished. It is a tough test of golf and the par 5's are key to scoring here. The greens are small and slow which means players like Paul mcGinley who are not so good with the short stick, (therefore will be helped this week) could be prominent this week.
FREE expert Value picks - Johnnie Walker championship:
-0.75pts Gareth Maybin E/W @ 45/1 - Maybin has been in fine form of late. His game revolves around keeping the ball in play and he is used to windy conditions.
-0.75pts E/w Paul McGinley @ 66/1 - Paul showed promising signs last week. From tee to green he is a very competent player, the putter is his downfall but this week, with greens small and slow he won't be as troubled as he has shown before by winning here.
-0.75pts E/W Ignacio Garrido @ 55/1 - Garrido is the real form player of my picks and I can't leave him out at odds of 55/1. A top 5 and 10 last 2 outings, could make a run at it leaving a good trading price.
-0.75pts E/W Damien McGrane @ 55/1 - McGrane often flies under the radar due to his non flash personality but he is a serious competitior who knows how to win. He is a streaky player and his last 3 outings read 53rd-32nd-4th. 55/1 is good value.
As mentioned, this could be anybody's tournament,it really is wide open and a couple of guys who have been out of form this year up until last week - Bradley Dredge and Peter Hedblom could be up there contending again, especially Dredge who has a tandout record on this course. Like I said though, the Johnnie Walker championship this year is such an open tournament that I'll be focusing my picks on the bigger odds and there are 3 players who are totally flying under the bookie's radar at BIG prices. Those players are Barry Lane, Jean Baptiste Gonnet and Alistar Forsyth. I'll have a small E/W bet and a top 20 bet on each.
-0.5pts E/W Thomas Aiken 36 hole leader @ 50/1
-1.5pts top 10 finish @ 9/2
1 of the hardest people to predict on the Tour. He can be excellent 1 week and atrocious the next. He can even shoot -8 one DAY and +8 the NEXT! He does seem to like exposed course though and his talent can't be indoubted with 7 top 10's this year and multiple wins on the sunshine tour. Could be prominent this week.
-0.5pts E/W Barry Lane @ 300/1(Betfred)
-2pts Barry Lane Top 20 @ 12/1
Massive prices on a man who contended last week and features prominently on the gleneagles leaderboards
-0.5pts E/W Jean Baptiste Gonnet @ 125/1(sporting bet)
-2.5pts J-B gonnet Top 20 @ 9/2 Gonnet is a self confessed lover of Gleneagles. The Frenchman is a long and straight hitter and could take necessary advantage of the par 5's
-0.5pts E/W Alistar Forsyth @ 100/1
-2.5pts Alistar Forsyth top 20 @ 9/2 Alistar has not been in great form of late although he did have a half decent USPGA barring his last round but being back on home shores, with the crowd behind him, he could turn it on at a big price
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