Shot Clock Masters Tips: Each-way selections for this week's speed test
The team bagged another place pay-out last week courtesy of Dave's Lee Westwood selection, suggesting a win is just around the corner. Will it be in Austria this week where playing quickly is the name of the game...
*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 6 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Laurie Canter @ 66/1
There can't be many in this week's field who can boast form showing six finishes of T36 or better in their last seven starts. Those numbers belong to Laurie Canter, whose last three finishes read: T26 Sicilian Open, T31 Belgian Knockout and, after an opening 63 and a closing 68, T36 in the Italian Open, a tournament for which he'd only gained entry on the Sunday night. Eddie Pepperell's big mate has played Diamond CC twice before, cashing last year. He was down the field but will be better for playing all four rounds and, as this is such a weak field, it's worth noting that he was T8 on his last start on the Challenge Tour - March's Kenya Open. Let's be honest, it's a tricky week but the confident Canter may just be able to solve the puzzle.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Austin Connelly @ 66/1
Although Austin Connelly has yet to string any sort of consistent run together, he remains a tasty prospect and well worth considering among what is essentially the European Tour's second division. His potential was there for all to see when contending for a long way on this first ever attempt at a major in last year's Open and the 21 year-old nearly broke through when runner-up at the KLM Open. Those efforts may be explained by those courses' lack of emphasis on driving distance, where Connelly falls well short. Diamond CC is similarly more about accuracy, which bodes well for a player who ranks 11th and 25th respectively among this field for driving accuracy and greens in regulation over the past three months.
Steve Rawlings: Back Richard McEvoy @ 66/1
Englishman, Richard McEvoy, isn't in the best of form, although he did reach the last 16 of the Belgian Knockout last time out, eventually losing narrowly to Jorge Campillo, but he wasn't in great form in 2016 or 2017 either, when he finished third and fifth here in what was then called the Lyoness Open. And he led with two to play 12 months ago before bogeying 17 and 18. Last year's fifth gave McEvoy a boost and two starts later he won by four on the Challenge Tour so we know he's capable of winning and in the context of this field, that's a huge plus.
Joe Dyer: Back Wade Ormsby @ 66/1
With the greatest of respect to the dedicated and hugely talented pros teeing it up in Austria this week it's a pretty desperate field for a punter to contend with. We do have some clues to go on, however, with the course placing a premium on accuracy despite the par 72 measuring nearly 7,500 yards and boasting a pair of 500 yard par 4s. I will side with one of the tour's most accurate drivers in the form of Wade Ormsby, who sits 13th in the driving accuracy rankings. Never one to contend on the longer courses, the Australian veteran is a far more effective operator on a track where power is not the be all and end all. Though boasting neither course form (33rd his best from two visits) or current form (his best finish in 2018 being 25th at the Hero Indian Open) Ormsby is that rare thing in this field - a European Tour winner, having landed the UBS Hong Kong Open back in November of last year. My man also produced a pair of pleasing rounds at the Italian Open, sitting 12th at the end of the first day, and the joint industry best price of 66/1 is enough to warrant a bet.
Mike Norman: Back Bradley Dredge @ 45/1
The Diamond Country Club course is familiar, 72 holes of strokeplay golf is extremely familiar, but you sense that this week's Shot Clock Masters could be a complete lottery. Some players will take to the format, and perhaps revel in it, some will become very frustrated and completely lose their way. My only theory is that backing a wily old veteran could be an advantage and for that reason I'm happy to play Bradley Dredge. The 44-year-old Welshman hasn't been in spectacular form this season but he was an eye-catching 23rd last week in Italy thanks to four rounds in the 60s, while for the last two seasons he's played his best golf at this time of the year. He hasn't played at this venue for three years but his two previous visits saw him make the cut both times, and my gut feeling is that in this relatively weak field, Dredge's experience will count for a lot come the end of the week.
2018 Season P/L to date: +£162.00
- Italian Open, Lee Westwood @ 45/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- BMW PGA Championship, Kiradech Aphibarnrat @ 45/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- Belgian Knockout, Benjamin Hebert @ 50/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Belgian Knockout, Jorge Campillo @ 28/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Rocco Forte Open, Lucas Herbert @ 125/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Golf Sixes, South Korea @ 16/1 - PLACE (Steve & Paul)
- 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)