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Find Me a 100 Winner: Big-priced outsider picks for both of this week's events

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Check out Paul Krishnamurty best bets at 99-1 or higher on both of this week's golf events...

"I see Jamie as a great iron player and scrambler - he ranks first for strokes gained: around the green. That may well be precisely the right combination for this tree-lined layout with small greens."

Its a Rolex Series week and, rather like the majors, that probably means it will be hard work for an outsider to come through. Check out the list of winners in the series to date in Steve Rawlings' tournament preview - the cream rises to the top.

However the flipside to that is vastly inflated win only odds on the exchange. My sole selection is available at three times the each-way odds and the two alternatives on my shortlist are more than double their Sportsbook quote.

Is Donaldson on the way back?

Back Jamie Donaldson 1.5u @ [390.0]
Place order to lay 15u @ [20.0]
Place order to lay 25u @ [8.0]

I've been toying with backing Jamie Donaldson for a few weeks. This is a class act, a Ryder Cup hero, who has been in the doledrums, showing the odd hint of resurgence. After top-35 finishes in five of his last seven starts, there is now enough now in his recent form bank to warrant a punt at enormous odds.

At his best, I see Jamie as a great iron player and scrambler - he ranks first for strokes gained: around the green. That may well be precisely the right combination for this tree-lined layout with small greens.

Fabrizio Zanotti is first reserve at [280.0]. The Paraguayan has plenty of previous on similar-looking layouts and last week's 12th might signal a return to his excellent early season form. At the same odds, Aaron Rai also has the right credentials of tee-to-green accuracy and scrambling skills.

Top prospect Wu worth getting onside

The Houston Open is probably more fertile territory for outsiders, although it isn't a strong field by PGA Tour standards. Again I've opted for highly speculative selections.

Back Brandon Wu 2u @ [260.0]
Place order to lay 10u @ [25.0]
Place order to lay 25u @ [8.0]

If there's an angle to master in golf nowadays, it is identifying the next brilliant youngster to break through before the market catches up. The likes of Viktor Hovland, Matthew Wolff and Collin Moriwaka have all proved instantly capable of competing at the highest level.

Could Brandon Wu be next? The Stanford graduate was talked up during and really caught the eye when 35th in the US Open. He also starred in the US Walker Cup win earlier this month so will get plenty of TV coverage if anywhere near the leaderboard. He's worth a punt at these odds as I could see them crashing quite fast.

McNeill could surprise on Bermuda greens

Back George McNeill 1u @ [500.0]
Place order to lay 10u @ [25.0]
Place order to lay 15u @ [10.0]

The profile of my final selection could barely be more different. McNeill is twice Wu's age and very much a journeyman - albeit a two-time winner, last in 2012. He has a decent record in the lesser events and isn't in bad form, finishing sixth at the Sandersons Farms - his third top-20 from 11 PGA Tour starts this year.

Most of McNeill's best form came on Bermuda greens, particularly in Florida. Another positive for this track is that par-four performance - noted by Steve as a good indicator in his comprehensive preview - appears to be his forte. He ranks 22nd for that discipline among these, compared to 67th and 88th for par-threes and par-fives.

Just a couple of alternatives. Brice Garnett ticks a lot of boxes and sneaks into our price range at [110.0]. So too Dominic Bozzelli at [200.0] - he was tied for sixth with McNeill a fortnight ago.


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