Find Me a 100 Winner: Hot-putting Pan a perfect fit for Jackson

Golfer C.T Pan
C.T Pan with his Olympic bronze

The European Tour takes in Scotland and the PGA Tour stops off in Mississippi. Our man has outside fancies at both events here...

"Pan arrives in Mississippi on the back of an impressive sixth in the Fortinet Championship last time out when he ranked sixth for Putting Average and fourth for Strokes Gained Putting."

As highlighted in the preview, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has been a decent event for longshots and we've seen plenty of outsiders win on the European Tour this summer so here's hoping for one more in the shape of either the European Ryder Cup captain, Padraig Harrington, or Italy's Francesco Laporta.

An early start at Carnoustie swings the selections

As also highlighted in the preview, playing Carnoustie on Thursday has been a plus over the years with four of the last seven winners teeing it up there on day one and it could prove pivotal again this time around.

Looking at the weather forecast, the only decent day appears to be Sunday but there is a window on Thursday morning before the wind picks up as the day wares one.

As always, forecasts can't be relied upon implicitly but if it does pan out as predicted, Saturday looks rough, and Friday looks like being the worst day of the week. Playing Carnoustie on Friday could be a huge handicap. Playing there on Thursday morning, before the wind gets up, could be a big break and with that in mind, I'm happy to take a chance on the European Ryder Cup captain, Padraig Harrington, at a monstrous price.

He'll obviously be disappointed by the result last week and he'll also be physically and emotionally tired but teeing it up at the venue at which he won his first Open Championship title on Thursday morning at 09:00 (first off) might just take his mind off it all.

As much as the Ryder Cup is adored by many, golf is essential an individual sport and I can see Harrington proving that he's not quite finished as a player just yet.

Having just turned 50, he has something to prove and having finished fourth at the USPGA Championship in May, he's already gone a long way to showing there's life in the old Pod yet.

He'll grind his socks off when others are crying enough in the foul weather and if he can get off to a decent start with his advantageous draw tomorrow, he may well improve on his seventh place in 2018 and who knows, he may even take the title for a third time having won it in both 2002 and 2006.

Back 1 u Padraig Harrington @ 300.0299/1
Place order to lay 10u @ 10.09/1 & 10u @ 2.01/1

In-form Francesco over-priced given the draw

Exactly 33 minutes after Harrington kicks off the tournament at Carnoustie, the bang-in-form Italian, Francesco Laporta, will begin his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship campaign there, the venue at which his compatriot and namesake, Francesco Molinari, won his Open title three years ago.

If he needs any more inspiration, that could be it, but Francesco should tee it up on Thursday in a very confident mood anyway following a fourth placed finish at the Italian Open and a sixth in the BMW PGA Championship in his last two starts.

Laporta at wentworth.jpg

He doesn't have a wealth of links experience and he missed the cut in this event on his only previous appearance back in 2016 but his seventh at the Sicilian Open in 2018 and his second at the Golf In Dubai Championship last year suggests he's perfectly capable of mastering the conditions. Both of those events are played on links-like tracks.

Back 1 ½ u Francesco Laporta @ 190.0189/1
Place order to lay 10u @ 10.09/1 & 10u @ 2.01/1

Hot-putting Pan a perfect fit for Jackson

As highlighted in the Sanderson Farms Championship preview, form at Sedgefield Country Club - home of the Wyndham Championship - looks well worth considering at Jackson Country Club so C.T Pan's second placed finish there in 2018 reads well. As does his 12th here 12 months ago.

Pan arrives in Mississippi on the back of an impressive sixth in the Fortinet Championship last time out when he ranked sixth for Putting Average and fourth for Strokes Gained Putting.

This is intrinsically a putting contest so if he can repeat those figures and start a bit better than he did at the Fortinet (77th after round one) he could go close.

Pan's form is a little in-and-out but a third at the Olympics last month, a third at the Honda Classic in March and a seventh placed finish in the US Masters less than a year ago, show just what the 2019 Heritage Classic winner is capable of.

I came very close to including Brendon Todd, who appears to be creeping back into form. He really should like the venue and at around 200.0199/1 he looks over-priced, but four missed cuts in four visits suggest he might not like it as much as his form suggest he should.

Back 2 u C.T Pan @ 110.0109/1
Place order to lay 10u @ 10.09/1 & 10u @ 2.01/1

I'll be back on Thursday or Friday with the In-Play Blog.

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