At last, we've found a 100 winner! In the two and a half years since this column changed to a multi-selection trading system, we've consistently recorded a profit from getting selections into contention and laying back, but until last week, none of them had actually won. Thank you, Jonas Blixt!
Moving on, this week's trades are at the Scottish Open. I'm very wary of reading anything into the two previous renewals at Castle Stuart, both of which were played on rain-soaked layouts. A wet links course is almost unrecognisable from a dry one, completely altering the required skills-set and turning the event into a target golf putting contest. There will again be plenty of birdies because conditions are forecast to be calm, but a firm, fast course should make this much more of a proper links test.
There's always something to be said for backing a player who finished the previous week well and, as regular readers know, Victor Dubuisson is very much on my players to follow list. The young Frenchman's 66 was Sunday's best at Le Golf National so he should be in good spirits, and he's already shown some links prowess when finishing fifth at last year's Dunhill Links. In my view, that birdie-fest links event represents a superior form guide than those previous two Castle Stuart renewals.
Next, Robert Rock may lack consistency but is exactly the sort to pop up at big odds. Indeed it's surprising to see him trading at 150.0149/1 just a fortnight after finishing second in the high-class Irish Open. Robert's record on links courses is mixed, but it is notable that by far his best two Opens came in dry, easy scoring conditions when finishing 16th at Hoylake in 2006 and seventh at St Andrews four years later.
Finally, Paul Waring is an absolutely crazy price at 270.0269/1 on recent form. Waring registered top-tens in Spain, Austria and most recently Germany, where he gave us a good run for our money, contending throughout without hitting the lay target because of the quality around him. He is no stranger to links golf and given the fact he ranks ninth for putting average over the past three months, should relish this birdie-fest.
The trading advice is to stake five units in total on our trio, then place two lay orders at 10.09/1 and 3.02/1 on each. If just one of them hits the first target, we'll at least triple our initial outlay.
Back Victor Dubuisson 2u @ 130.0129/1
Back Robert Rock 2u @ 150.0149/1
Back Paul Waring 1u @ 270.0269/1
Place order to lay each player 15u @ 10.09/1
Place order to lay each player 20u @ 3.02/1
Updated 2013 Stats: +35.5 units