Joe Dyer landed a 60/1 winner last week to boost the each-way column coffers back into the black - but they are faced with a very tricky conundrum this week in the form of the World Super 6, a tournament that blends three rounds of strokeplay with a day of matchplay and just four places paid...
"Brett Rumford has done enough in recent times - T12 Australian Open in late November and T37 Dubai (T21 with 18 to play) - to suggest he can put up a big defence of his title at a venue where he's always shone (form of 7-19-6 in the last three co-sanctioned Perth Internationals played there)."
*EW Terms: 1/4 Odds | 4 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Brett Rumford @ 28/1
In an event where we're trying to wac-a-mole away randomness, I'll try and remove as much of it as I can by backing last year's winner Brett Rumford. He dominated the strokeplay section to win by five and showed the power of home advantage (he's a local and knows Lake Karrinyup inside out) by continuing his dominance on matchplay Sunday. He's done enough in recent times - T12 Australian Open in late November and T37 Dubai (T21 with 18 to play) - to suggest he can put up a big defence of his title at a venue where he's always shone (form of 7-19-6 in the last three co-sanctioned Perth Internationals played there).
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Sean Crocker @ 50/1
Top amateurs and emerging youngsters often make a big impression in the biggest Australian events and the inaugural renewal of this event was no exception, with 17-year-old Phachara Khongwatmai reaching the final. One that caught my eye ahead of this year is 21-year-old Sean Crocker. Born in Zimbabwe but raised in California, his junior career on the U.S. college scene reads well and so too recent returns across a range of tours. Crocker was 16th in the Hong Kong Open - a much more competitive event than this, sixth in the Singapore Open and, in between, showed a liking for Aussie conditions with seventh at their PGA. He hits it very long, which could offer a significant advantage on the risk-reward holes at Lake Karrinyup.
Steve Rawlings: Back Jarryd Felton @ 125/1
Last year's winner, Brett Rumford, and last year's beaten semi-finalist, Jason Scrivener, were both locals and six of the eight quarter finalists were all Australian, so with so little to go on in what I feel is as close to a lottery as a golf tournament can get, I'm putting up the 22-year-old 2017 New Zealand PGA Championship winner, and Perth resident, Jarryd Felton. He missed the cut 12 months ago after a poor opening round but he could be a different proposition 12 months on and with a professional winner under his belt.
Joe Dyer: Back Travis Smyth @ 80/1
It's a bit of a lottery this week so I will try to land the big odds with a play on rising Aussie talent Travis Smyth. My man only turned professional at the end of 2017 but has shown his ability to compete with the best on the Australasian PGA Tour, finishing 11th, 10th and 20th in his first three events. That run was stopped by a missed cut at last week's Oates Vic Open but Smyth can be excused that one poor result - it was his return to tournament play after nearly two months out and he was suffering from a recent bout of flu. Back in August Smyth was good enough to reach the quarter-finals of the US Amateur, a tournament that like this is played over stroke play and then match play formats. This is a poor field, and there's this 22-year-old Aussie has a great chance of announcing himself in the professional ranks with a very good week.
Mike Norman: Back Shiv Kapur @ 70/1
In an era of ultra-competitive golf with multiple tournaments played every week all around the world I was quite surprised to see Shiv Kapur still sitting inside the world's top 200 on the Official World Golf Rankings. And believe it or not, that makes the 35-year-old Indian one of the higher ranked players in this week's field. He might just be about to climb higher too if he can gain inspiration from his countryman Shubhankar Sharma's victory - superbly tipped up by Joe - in Malaysia last week, which is something that can always happen. Quite regularly in fact we see a player from a particular nation winning soon after a fellow countryman has won, and Kapur has been in decent enough form recently to suggest he can go close. A winner at the end of last year on the Asian Tour, Kapur has finished T16 and T23 on his two European Tour starts in 2018; a repeat of which would see him through to Matchplay Sunday where we know absolutely anything can happen.
2018 Season P/L to date: +£205.00
- 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
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75
£5 E/W Per Bet