Find Me a 100 Winner: Back this big-priced pair at The Barclays

Will you have a bit of Brandt at 130?

Bethpage Black is mighty long but there should be plenty of run in the fairways and that means these two medium-length, accurate players could reward an investment at huge odds

"A stern long-game test is always perfect for Senden, whose name can usually be found near the top of the greens in regulation stats."

Rory McIlroy's USPGA victory may have marked the end of the 2012 majors, but the venues for this year's FedEx Cup play-off series ensures that at least a couple of these four lucrative events will have a majors feel about them. The BMW Championship will be played at sometimes PGA venue Crooked Stick, while this week's opener moves to a course that has hosted two US Opens this century. Bethpage Black was the scene of Tiger Woods and Lucas Glover's wins in 2002 and 2009, yet rather different weather conditions may mean a significant change to the nature of this tough test.

Relentless rain made Bethpage play extremely long on both occasions, effectively ruling out all bar a few power hitters, while soft, receptive greens were anything but the norm for a US Open in mid-June. With considerably less rain on this week's radar, Bethpage's small, fast greens will be much harder to hold, while a little more run on the fairways brings at least medium-hitters into the equation. Length still offers an advantage, but perhaps less so than accuracy, with second-shot control of paramount importance. Good scrambling is also going to be an asset once the greens dry and quicken in the heat. Basically, we are looking for the same skills-set as we would for most majors.

Bethpage's length and small greens suggest parallels can be drawn with Torrey Pines, regular host of the Farmers Insurance Open and in 2008, the US Open. Brandt Snedeker is current champion at the former, finished ninth in the latter and has repeatedly shown he has the game for tough major layouts. Third place in last month's Open Championship represented his joint-best result and tenth top-25 in 19 majors as a professional. Snedeker looks under-estimated at odds of 130.0129/1.

So does the ever-consistent John Senden at 180.0179/1. This Aussie has been in solid form all summer without winning, finishing tenth at the US Open and fourth at the John Deere Classic. He also fared well for a long way when carrying this column's cash at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational before finishing 16th. A stern long-game test is always perfect for Senden, whose name can usually be found near the top of the greens in regulation stats.

Neither of these players are prolific winners or reliable in contention, yet are perfect for the trading purposes of this column. It isn't asking an awful lot for such consistent types to hang around in contention long enough to shorten to their unambitious first lay target of 15.014/1. If either does so, we'll nearly triple our initial outlay, whilst retaining the prospect of a further substantial profit.

Recommended Bets
2u Brandt Snedeker @ 130.0129/1
1.5u John Senden @ 180.0179/1

Place order to lay both players 10u @ 15.014/1
Place order to lay both players 20u @ 3.02/1

Updated 2012 Stats: +35.5 units

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