Another good win last week with Bill Haas taking down Congressional. Bill was advised first on the members email at 40s on Monday and makes it 10 o/r winners from 50 events covered this year at average odds of over 40/1. Phase 2 is now finished and as some of you know I'll be taking a little time off the blog in the next while. The plan is to do a couple of short previews of the Alstom Open De France and the Greenbrier - two nice little events, and get an Open championship antepost preview up by next week to tide you over while I'm away!!
Tough test of golf this week at a lengthy 7,350 yards par 71 track where solid ball striking is essential. Scoring is generally high with single figures under par good enough for the last two victors at Le Golf Nacional - venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup. Keeping the ball in play is vital to scoring and water trouble lurks throughout
Bet Vic are already up with Alstom Open De France prices, going 6 places, and two 66/1 picks jump off the page: (prices subject to change)
The first of those picks is Richard Sterne who I followed on Thursday last week at the Irish Open for a bit. A slow enough start for Sterne - eventually finishing in a tie for 22nd - but it looked like his game was just simmering again after an explosive start to 2013 in which he's regained top form after injury. Sterne has plenty of course experience and excels in all departments of the game which the Alstom Open De France track at Le Golf Nacional will test.
The second pick is a player with eye catching Alstom Open de France form and who showed signs of his best last week in Ireland. Anders Hansen has five top 11s including three top 6s here in his last eleven starts and obviously loves the place as he hasn't failed to tee it up since the turn of the century. T22 with Sterne here in Ireland, he's been in the mix this season with a third place in Malaysia and is another equipped with the attributes to tackle Le Golf Nacional.
2013 Alstom Open de France picks (updated 17.45pm Monday)
All books are up now and two more players nearer the top of the market get my attention at the prices. Both are guys who I also followed for a spell last week. The brief at Le Golf Nacional is fairways and greens and two of the best drivers of the ball on tour are Francesco Molinari, who comes in at 30/1 6 places with Stanjames and Ross Fisher.
Molinari was up and down in the Irish Open and two poor rounds meant he was never in contention but signs are his game is nearly there. Francesco closed out at the Alstom Open De France last year with a fabulous 64 to finish runner up so we know what he can do around here. Ross Fisher is simply too big a price for me; he was half that quote of 50/1 for the Irish Open last week where he just couldn't get the putter going and worth a bet at double those odds IMO.
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Pick #1: 1pt ew Richard sterne @ 66/1 (BetVic 1-6)
Pick #2: 1pt ew Anders Hansen @ 66/1 (BetVic 1-6)
Pick #3: 1.25pts ew Fran Molinari @ 30/1 (Stanjames places 1-6)
Pick #4: 0.75pts ew Ross Fisher @ 50/1 (Coral)
First round leader: 0.5pts ew James Morrison @ 150/1 (Paddypower)
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