Near miss last week with Jim Furyk looking the man to take home his second US Open trophy but it wasn't to be. Webb Simpson backed into the title and Webb must be one of the most backed players on this blog but not this time. As always, full previews can be found later at bet.unibet.com and follow me on twitter :@Nicspicks for all the latest. Read on for picks:
Moving on, "Go low or go home" is a quote on the official PGA tour website in reference to the Travelers Championship and that is exactly what will be required this week. The winning score at TPC River Highlands is annually in double-digits under par and a quick look down the leaderboards over the years will show you that top putters and birdie makers prevail..
Travelers Championship Picks
Pick #1: Aaron Baddeley e/w @ 80/1(general) had a disaster at the US Open, hence his ridiculously big price but he wasn't the only one. Stark contrast to the week before where Baddeley finished T9 at Memorial. The point here is that the Aussie is a hit or miss player where certain courses suit and others simply don't. This week at the Travelers, where Badds posted a top 25 last year, putting is the premium and you guessed it, Baddeley ranks no. 1 on tour in strokes gained putting. Huge price.
Pick #2: Cameron Tringale e/w @ 100/1 (general) Tringale is not on anyone's radar this week for the Travelers Championship but having tipped him plenty at big prices earlier in the year and with him giving us a run for our money every time, he's ticking all the right boxes again this week: With a top 25 at Memorial, Rickie Fowler's flatmate's stats measure up for this week's event. A solid all round game, ranking 19th in total driving, 31st in strokes gained putting and 13th in total birdies, Cameron is not afraid to go low.
Both players well worth backing in the first round leader market also as is James Driscoll (100), and Patrick Cantlay (80) who shot a 60 here last year.
BMW International Open Picks
A new venue this week for the BMW International Open but plenty of form to go on as the German Masters was held at Gut Larchenhof for many a year. As with Nicklaus designs, scoring is possible if you hit fairways and greens but danger lurks if you stray. Water is prominent all over this course and expect the likes of Alvaro Quiros and other 'bombers' to be found swimming on a few occasions and they may be worth avoiding.
Pick #3: Raphael Jacquelin e/w @ 50/1 (general) Thought Mr. Jacquelin would be backed in quickly this week but all seems quiet so far on that front. 21st at the US Open following qualification in a decent field at Walton Heath, on the back of a top 20 in Wales. Raphael has declared that he is just about to peak formwise and he's posted a 3rd place finish at Gut Larchenhof before (2004).
Pick #4: David Drysdale e/w @ 90/1 (general) Drysdale is my 'under the radar' pick this week for the event but it's strange to say that given he's finished tenth and 11th in two recent big events at the BMW PGA and in Wales. For me, both courses bear similarities to this week's course where driving the ball will be key. David has a very competent all round game and may continue his form here.
A player worth noting in the first round leader market for the BMW International Open is Nicolas Fasth (125/1) ew who has a stellar record around here and has shown recent signs of a return to form of old.
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