Valero Texas Open Tips: Each-way selections for the Texas treat

Can young Jordan Spieth win in his home state
Can young Jordan Spieth win in his home state?

The team landed a spectacular winner last week when Dan Geraghty's superb 80/1 selection Matt Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a result that puts the column a very impressive £600 in profit for the season. Can the betting.betfair golf contributors continue their fine form at this week's PGA Tour event...

"Given all three winners since Scott have gone off at a triple-figure price, I’m not in the least bit worried about going for an outsider here and at 151.0150/1, Brian Gay looks a fair price."

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places

Dan Geraghty: Back Jordan Spieth @ 19.018/1

Jordan Spieth is yet to win this season, but it's a testimony to his consistency that he sits 13th on the Money List. Spieth is Texas born and bred and, despite his young age, already has two Texas Open appearances to his name. Prior to his debut in the event in 2012 Spieth exclaimed "I feel the course suits my game and I'm confident", adding "I've played it a few times...". That confidence wasn't reflected in the tournaments result; Spieth finished 41st in 2012 and would go on to miss the cut the following year. However, with the young American now a fully fledged star, and indeed a PGA Tour winner, I'm more than willing to chance a significantly improved performance this year.

Joe Dyer: Back Daniel Summerhays @ 81.080/1

Firstly, hearty congratulations to Dan Geraghty for selecting last week's 81.080/1 winner - that makes it three for the column since the turn of the year and we are showing very decent profit for 2014. Onto this week and in my hunt for a winning selection I found a line from The Punter's preview particularly interesting, our golfing betting guru tells us that outsiders (100-1 or bigger) have landed the last three Texas Opens and so it is that I'm taking a flyer on Daniel Summerhays. Yet to win on the PGA Tour, the 30-year-old has nevertheless put up some decent finishes, not least in this tournament last year when occupying seventh place after four rounds at TPC San Antonio. That suggests a maturing golfer who is nearing a 'winning age'. Accurate off both tee and fairway, and a slick operator on the greens, a good week should see this 81.080/1 shot go very close.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Seung-Yul Noh @ 81.080/1

Following a miserable 2013, Seung-Yul Noh is in the process of rebuilding his reputation as one of the game's brightest long-term prospects. Anybody who can win a European Tour event at the age of 18 is clearly a serious player and he may be about to make his first big impression on the States. Since returning to winning ways on the Tour last summer, Noh has only missed one cut at this higher level, with recent top-20s at Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines catching the eye. An excellent scrambler, Noh is well-suited to the demands of San Antonio and challenged for a long way in this event two years ago."

Steve Rawlings: Back Brian Gay @ 151.0150/1

Adam Scott won the first Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio but the course was absolutely sodden that year and it has played quite differently since. It's a tough test that suits level headed and experienced campaigners that are capable of playing it straight off the tee, scrambling really well and handling the usual windy conditions. Brian Gay, already a winner of four PGA Tour titles, ticks all those boxes and he finished fourth here in 2012. Given all three winners since Scott have gone off at a triple-figure price, I'm not in the least bit worried about going for an outsider here and at 151.0150/1, Gay looks a fair price.

Mike Norman: Back Pat Perez @ 51.050/1

Starting Sunday's final round at Bay Hill with a chance of a top-five finish Pat Perez wasn't the only man to endure a torrid time of it. A final round 83 sent Perez tumbling down the leaderboard but the fact that for three rounds he was bang in contention for another big pay cheque suggests his form is holding up nicely. The 38-year-old has three times finished in the top-10 in 2014 (including a runner-up at the high-quality Farmers Insurance Open) and also has an 11th place finish to his name. What's more, Perez has shown a liking for this week's venue having finished in a tie for fifth the last time he played here a few years ago. With current and course form in the book, the man from Arizona looks highly likely to give us a good run for our money in nearby Texas.

Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Dan Geraghty: +£623.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£140.00
3. Paul Krishnamurty: -£32.50
4. Steve Rawlings: -£41.25
5. Mike Norman: -£90.00

Overall: +£600.00

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