British Masters: Three to play in the First Round Leader market
Dave Tindall looks at the opening round of the British Masters and has three picks to make a fast start...
"At US Open qualifying here he shot 5-under for his 36 holes but this is where it gets interesting. Waring had actually started his day with a stunning 64 on the Old Course and that's the one being used this week."
Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 6 places
Weather forecast for Walton Heath, Surrey: It's a cloudy start with cool temperatures although the very early tee-times could just have a few holes with lighter winds. Beyond that, it'll blow fairly steadily for the rest of the day at around 12-15mph although the afternoon wave will enjoy warmer conditions pushing towards 70 degrees. There could be a bit of rain too for the p.m. wave. Overall, there doesn't seem any obvious advantage.
Waring can make early waves
After finally winning his first European Tour event - August's Nordea Masters - Paul Waring has understandably gone a little flat.
However, that won't last forever and this could be a good week to expect something positive from him again.
This is a home game for the Englishman and he has happy memories of Walton Heath after coming here for US Open qualifying and winning a nine-man play-off for the final spot.
He shot 5-under for his 36 holes but this is where it gets interesting. Waring had actually started his day with a stunning 64 on the Old Course and that's the one being used this week. He faltered on the South with a 75 but his 8-under on the Old was enough to get him through.
When Waring won in Sweden he was T8 after day one and he was also inside the top 10 following the opening lap of the Czech Masters on his next start.
Go further back and Waring has enjoyed a piece of the first-round lead twice since July 2017 thanks to an opening 64 at last year's Open de France and a 65 at the 2018 Oman Open.
The Englishman, who heads out from the 1st tee at 12.55, is worth a play at 100/1.
Side with Slattery
English players have a good record in this event so I'm happy to get another on board in the form of Lee Slattery.
The 40-year-old from Southport also has the US Open qualifying angle as he came through the 36-hole test here in 2016 to punch his ticket to Oakmont.
Notably, that was one of the tougher qualifiers with his 6-under enough to secure solo third so with wind in the forecast on this exposed layout, it certainly doesn't hurt that Slattery has proven himself in such conditions.
Slattery shot 69 at both courses when he qualified and breaking 70 on the Old was no mean feat. He'd also made it through in 2012 to reach Olympic Club and play in his first US Open.
After a T10 at the Nordea Masters and a top four in the Czech Masters in August, Slattery posted T20 in last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, a result which looks better when you consider he'd missed his last five cuts there.
He started the Nordea with a 64 to lie second at close of play on Thursday and was also in the top five following Thursday's action at the Czech Masters so strong starts have been a part of his recent good performances too.
Have a whirl at 100/1 on the 08.30 starter.
Kjeldsen has good claims for FRL
Soren Kjeldsen came through qualifying at Walton Heath in 2012 to make it to Olympic Club but shot 85-75 to miss the cut by a mile.
He's not bothered to try and qualify since but that's more a reflection of not enjoying the U.S. Open rather than a dislike for Walton Heath.
The Dane has the neat and tidy game that makes him a good fit and he's a proven player in the wind which helps given the forecast.
Obviously for this market we want evidence of fast starts and there are some good recent examples.
Kjeldsen was second after an opening 65 at the European Open while he was also in the top three through 18 holes of the KLM Open thanks to a 66.
In fact, he's been in the top 25 after round one in seven of his last 10 starts so he definitely gets into the action quickly.
Finally, in this event a 65 put him second after day one at Woburn in 2015.
Take the industry-best 75/1 about the 09.00 starter.
Dave's 2018 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)
(After the Safeway Open)