Despite the US Open being just a week away a good field has been assembled in Memphis for the St Jude Classic, and the Betting.Betfair golf team are desperate to hit a bit of form with their each-way selections ahead of the season's second Major...
Mike Norman: Back Lee Westwood @ 21.020/1
"Westwood should be in a good frame of mind this week too, playing at a venue where he has previously won at in 2010 before recording a very respectable 11th place finish a year later when trying to defend his title."
*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places
Dan Geraghty: Back Robert Garrigus @ 67.066/1
The St Jude course was lengthened in 2004 and big hitters have dominated the finish in recent years, with Harris English, Dustin Johnson and Harrison Frazar taking home the trophy in each of the last three renewals. Four years ago arguably the biggest hitter of them all, Robert Garrigus, had the tournament at his mercy before a staggering triple bogey on his 72nd hole saw him eventually lose out in a play-off. Garrigus overpowered the course that year and looked to be heading to a deserved easy victory before nerves got the better of him. The American couldn't overcome his demons the following year, as he narrowly missed the cut. He fared a little better last time he was here in 2012, when finishing 42nd and I expect another improvement this week, off the back of two top 30 PGA Tour finishes.
Joe Dyer: Back Kevin Stadler @ 51.050/1
Kevin Stadler's form has wobbled since making the cut for 10 consecutive events at the start of the season - a spell that included one tournament victory in February's Phoenix Open. Last week's 28th place finish at the Memorial halted a run of three missed cuts, but the Baby Walrus has some encouraging results at TPC Southwind (11th in 2012, 12th in 2009) to draw on as he attempts to reboot a promising season ahead of next week's US Open. Stadler's long and accurate driving will be an asset at the St Jude Classic and I think he's a decent price to perform on a course he clearly enjoys.
Steve Rawlings: Back David Toms @ 51.050/1
Between 2002 and 2009, David Toms finished inside the top-four at the St Jude Classic an incredible six times, winning the event twice. He hasn't bettered 29th since and he even missed back-to-back cuts in 2011 and 2012 but he's shown signs of late that a return to the frame at least is perfectly possible this year. He finished fifth at the Crowne Plaza Invitational last time out, where he ranked an impressive sixth for putting, and on Monday he comfortably qualified for next week's US Open.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Robert Allenby @ 101.0100/1
If ever an example of how long-term course expertise can trump recent form were needed, Robert Allenby's remarkable Southwind record provides it. On his last nine visits, Allenby has finished below 17th just once and top-13 in all of the last six. Such numbers would have made sense when the Aussie was at the peak of his powers, winning 22 worldwide titles, but his game has been in seemingly terminal decline for at least three years now. Despite virtually no form elsewhere - even in the Australian tournaments he used to dominate - Allenby still found a positive spark around this course. At least this time he arrives having made five out of his last six cuts, hitting plenty of greens in regulation. Similarly classy, yet largely forgotten, older players such as Jeff Maggert and Woody Austin, have won this tournament in recent years.
Mike Norman: Back Lee Westwood @ 21.020/1
Lee Westwood's US Open build-up is certainly looking brighter than his US Masters build-up. His best finish in 2014 prior to Augusta was a tie for 17th, but he would go on to finish seventh in Georgia before returning to the winner's circle on the European Tour. He has since put in another excellent showing at the Players Championship so he ought to be full of confidence ahead of next week's second Major of the season. That means he should be in a good frame of mind this week too, playing at a venue where he has previously won at in 2010 before recording a very respectable 11th place finish a year later when trying to defend his title.
Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)
1. Dan Geraghty: +£523.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£145.00
3. Steve Rawlings: +£43.75
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£86.25
5. Mike Norman: -£160.00