Open Tips: Five each-way selections for the PGA Tour wrap-around season opener

Is Lee Westwood a value play at 40-1? Mike Norman thinks so

The 2015 PGA Tour season swings into action with a decent field assembled in northern California for the Open. This has been a good tournament for maidens in recent years so will the BB golf team plump for juicy prices on outsiders or take a chance on those a the top of the betting? 

"Jason Gore is back in his home state this week and if transferring his stats - low-scoring, accurate approaches and strong putting - has the chance to pull off an upset win, or at the very least a high finish.

Joe Dyer: Back Jason Gore @ 100.099/1

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places

Dan Geraghty: Back Blayne Barber  @ 151.0150/1

Given that this week's title has been won by tour maidens in recent years - and the fact that a number of big names have put their clubs away for a well earned break - I'm keen to look at some of the hungry whippersnappers from the tour. My favourite youngster in recent times has been the infamous Blayne Barber and it looks like the course could suit his accurate iron play and majestic short game. I'm more excited than I should be to finally follow him on Shot Tracker.

Joe Dyer: Back Jason Gore @ 100.099/1

The opening event of the PGA Tour's 2015 season looks a decent opportunity for an unheralded golfer to make his mark and Jason Gore certainly fits the bill here. A PGA Tour winner back in 2005 at the 84 Lumber Classic, Gore slowly dropped down the rankings and eventually lost his exemptions on the main Tour. The Tour has been his salvation, however, and Gore enters the in terrific form with three top-10s in his last five events, a run that includes a runners-up spot and third place at Tour Championship. The 40-year-old Californian is back in his home state this week and if transferring his stats - low-scoring, accurate approaches and strong putting - has the chance to pull off an upset win, or at the very least a high finish.  

Steven Rawlings: Back Scott Langley @ 81.080/1

It's never easy to gauge what sort of test lies ahead when a new course is used and that's what we're faced with at this week's Open, with the North Course at Silverado seeing PGA Tour action for the first time since 1980. Given the set-up will be new to everyone, the younger pros on Tour will be on a level playing field with the grizzled old vets and given this title has been won by someone in search of their first PGA Tour title in each of the last three years, I'm happy to take a look at the maidens in the field. And the one I quite like is Scott Langley. The 25-year-old left-hander burst onto the scene last year when he went toe-to-toe with eventual winner and good friend Russell Henley at the Sony Open, the first full field event of the 2013 season and his first as a PGA Tour member. The birth of his first child last month, a daughter, could be the extra inspiration needed to see him claim his first win and at 80/1 he looks worth chancing in an open event.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Jason Kokrak @ 67.066/1

In two years since graduating as a multiple winner, Kokrak has appeared capable of breaking through at this higher level on several occasions, nowhere more so than when second in this event two years ago. He fared pretty well again last year, challenging for three rounds before a poor Sunday, and this new par-72, resort venue should ideally suit his big-hitting style. A promising 2014 season was curtailed by injury and he only returned to action just in time for the FedEx Cup play-offs, but an improved top-20 on his final start bodes well for the new campaign.

Mike Norman: Back Lee Westwood @ 41.040/1

In a relatively weak looking Open I'm going to take a chance on an old favourite of mine in the shape of Lee Westwood. None of the market leaders make any appeal whatsoever (Brandt Snedeker just one top-five finish in the whole of last season, Graham Delaet yet to win on the PGA Tour for example) so I believe the 40/1 about Westwood is more than a fair price. The Englishman, despite winning on the European Tour and recording top-seven finishes at the Masters and the Players, had a poor season by his standards but I just sensed that being picked for the Ryder Cup, and then playing well as part of a successful European team, gave him the lift he needs. He has spoken positively in recent weeks about making a good start to his PGA Tour season, and this field, on a virgin course to all, presents an excellent opportunity for him to do exactly that.

Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Dan Geraghty: +£516.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£60.00
3. Steve Rawlings: +£51.25
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£156.25
5. Mike Norman: -£278.75

Overall: +£193.00

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