Crowne Plaza Invitational preview and first round leader

Going to do a quick run down of my picks so far as well as looking at the first round leader market for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. First off, the Open qualifying finished Monday night in the US and it threw up a handful of players I was interested in for this week.

I sent the members email out late last (Monday) night and Brian Davis, Camillo Villegas and Luke Guthrie were all part of the staking plan at triple figure odds. Villegas has been showing signs of a return to the old golfer he once was rather than the cyclist and two fine rounds from the Colombian had him looking twice the price or more than he should be, at 150s

These players were all added to John Huh and Harris English who I put forward at 40s going the extra place with BetVic. Both players enjoy tree lined tracks and arguably only Hilton head plays narrower on the PGA Tour than Colonial. This time last year the Twitter 'train' got going on Harris English who was actually triple figures for the 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational and in the middle of going low in Open qualifying. He was backed in to 40s in some places before the off and he finished tied for fifth. What's more, Colonial is only 30 odd miles from TPC Four Seasons and both players could easily continue their form from the Byron Nelson. I'm also hoping Villegas can be this year's Harris!

Currently I'm looking at all the above triple figure shots in the Crowne Plaza Invitational first round leader market too but I'm waiting for the draw and will target those out earlier in the day. Jonas Blixt and Kevin stadler are others on the radar here; Blixt is beginning to get my attention again and played well around this time last year too while Stadler is capable of going low and well worth a small first round leader bet. He finished alongside Blixt at -2 in the qualifying.

Scott Brown qualified for the Open last night and you may remember a superb run of form from him across the main and Tour earlier in the year. Patrick Cantlay opened with a 67 and then managed to hit three doubles in a row in round 2 to slip back but he could be a horses for courses type for Colonial. Both these two are available at 20/1 for a top 10 on Betfair fixed odds.

This is largely shortlist of outsider notables that are worth making up your own mind on so make sure to check my spreadsheet for the final breakdown of official bets and staking plan tomorrow from both the BMW PGA and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

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