There's a team event with a funky format on the European Tour this week so the each-way column is flipping the script by pairing up and drafting in occasional contributor Matt Cooper for a very welcome bash at finding the winner of the GolfSixes
"Carlota Ciganda, however, is a tough match player and Mel Reid will be cheered by a loyal group of fans. They'll fancy the Solheim Cup-nature of a clash with the USA in particular and perhaps shouldn't be the wild outsiders at 80/1."
*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 4 Places
Euro girls may be a bit of value
Dave Tindall/Matt Cooper: Back Ciganda/Reid (European Women) @ 80/1
There are reasons to believe that the format and the course give the women's teams an outside chance this week. It is only that, but maybe the outright prices are too big. With forward tees, one short par-3, and another that plays short, there is little to fear in distance and just the six holes gives very little wriggle room for opponents who trail early on. Charley Hull and Georgia Hall have a tough group, while Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Matthew is a combination that has the touch of the ceremonial about it. Carlota Ciganda, however, is a tough match player and Mel Reid will be cheered by a loyal group of fans. They'll fancy the Solheim Cup-nature of a clash with the USA in particular and perhaps shouldn't be the wild outsiders at 80/1.
Korean crew could escape weak group
Paul Krishnamurty/Steve Rawlings: Back Wang/Lee (South Korea) @ 16/1
Paul and I are both keen on the chances of the defending champions, Denmark, but at 11/2, there isn't quite enough juice in their price to get involved, even though having four places up for grabs is a real plus. Any teams progressing from the group only need to win one more match and the place side of the bet is assured. That's very much within the reach of the Danes but it's also perfectly possible for the Koreans and they're much more attractively priced at 16/1. We wanted to target the weakest group and despite the presence of Spain, Group B could be the one. The European Captains team of Thomas Bjørn and Catriona Matthew look readily opposable given how poorly they're both playing, and the Australian pair aren't pulling up any trees either. The Korean duo of Jeunghun Wang and Soomin Lee have both been playing well over the last couple of weeks and they could well be underestimated.
Local boys will feel at home
Joe Dyer/Mike Norman: Back Pepperell/Wallace (England) @ 8/1
There are many reasons to support the England team of Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace this week and we're happy to get them onside at 8/1. Provided they make it out of a relatively tough group made up of South Africa, Sweden and England Women, the combo of Eddie Pepperell and in-form Matt Wallace have every chance of landing at least a place payout. This pair of local(ish) boys will be at home on this week's Hertfordshire layout and both bring tournament-winning form to the event. There's a nice mix of length, accuracy and strong putting to our team and of those near the top of the market they look best priced to us.
2018 Season P/L to date: +£53.00
- Volvo China Open, Lucas Bjerregaard @ 200/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- US Masters, Bubba Watson @ 16/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Hero Indian Open, Andrew Johnston @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- Oman Open, Jorge Campillo @ 40/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Maybank Championship, Shubhankar Sharma @ 60/1 - WIN (Joe)
- Dubai Desert Classic, Alex Levy @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 40/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- UBS Hong Kong Open, Paul Peterson @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
* Total P/L for 2017 Season: -£336.17
* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37