The McGladrey Classic Tips: Each-way selections for the Seaside Course spectacle

Will Scott Brown build on his promising start to the season?
Will Scott Brown build on his promising start to the season?

Another less than high class field is assembled at this week's McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, and that means some unfamiliar names are amongst our golf writers' each-way selections for a wide open event on the PGA Tour...

Joe Dyer: Back Brian Harman @ 51.050/1

"Lack of recent play is a concern but results suggested Harman was tiring towards the end of last season and I'm hopeful a break has served him well at his home event."


*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Blayne Barber @ 151.0150/1

I have been keen to get Blayne Barber onside once more, so The Punter's McGladrey Classic preview made for a good read. "A chance for those who don't hit it miles off the tee", "a neat and tidy game is what's needed to succeed here". This week sounds a perfect fit for the irrepressible Barber who put in a good performance at the Seaside Course while at university and whose sole professional win came in the state of Georgia last year. Ben Martin showed the youngsters what's possible while the big guns are winding down; back Blayne to follow him in.


Joe Dyer: Back Brian Harman @ 51.050/1

I'm siding with one of the locals this week in the shape of Georgia-born, University of Georgia graduate Brian Harman who currently resides at Sea Island, Georgia, where the McGladrey Classic is being staged! Harman has enjoyed a very encouraging start to his career since joining the PGA Tour in 2012, improving each year until finally winning his first event, the John Deere Classic in July. Harman's 2014 season was one of high-level consistency with six top-10s including one at this event as well as tournaments our own Steve Rawlings considers to be strong pointers, the RBC Heritage and St Jude Classic. Lack of recent play is a concern but results suggested Harman was tiring towards the end of last season and I'm hopeful a break has served him well at his home event. 


Steven Rawlings: Back George McNeill @ 81.080/1

George McNeill hit the headlines when he finished second at the Greenbrier Classic in July on the very day, unbeknown to him, that his sister died of cancer. He led here after round one last year, so clearly the course suits and he shot 63 in round two of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open only last week. His form has always been a bit erratic but I thought he looked a fair price at 80/1.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Kevin Kisner @ 81.080/1

Kevin Kisner has struck me as an improver in recent months and, having fared well previously at Sea Island when his career was in a much worse place, is eye-catching at 80/1. Four top-25s from five starts earned him a place in last week's Find Me a 100 Winner column and, at halfway, he looked set to give us a run for our money. Those are much better numbers than before last year's top-20 here, even more so than when 26th on debut in 2011. He also scores notably well over the past three months in the three most important statistical columns for this week's test - driving accuracy, greens in regulation and putting.


Mike Norman: Back Scott Brown @ 34.033/1

I don't know about the McGladrey Classic - more like the McGlad when the year is over as far as I'm concerned. But what can you do when you select a local player, someone who loves the venue, a previous course winner, playing at one of the season's lowest scoring tournaments... and he shoots +5 on day one and is immediately out of the running. Hashtag Charlie Hoffman! So let's keep this week's selection very simple. Scott Brown has started the season well; 12th a fortnight ago, 10th last week, and he finished fourth here last year when recording four rounds in the 60s on the Seaside Course at Sea Island. A reproduction of his form in the last fortnight combined with his apparent liking for the venue should see the talented American go close.


Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Dan Geraghty: +£496.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£40.00
3. Steve Rawlings: +£31.25
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£176.25
5. Mike Norman: -£298.75

Overall: +£93.00

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