Frys.com 1st Round 3-Balls: Clark spurred on to make fast start

Tim Clark finished sixth here in 2010
Tim Clark finished sixth here in 2010

Dan Geraghty runs the rule over four first round 3-balls at the Frys.com Open using a mixture of Exchange and Sportsbook prices to come up with a quartet of selections for you to consider...

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Back Patrick Reed @ 1.9520/21

Back Brooks Koepka @ 2.26/5

Back Tim Clark @ 2.56/4

Back Marc Leishman@ 2.56/4

Patrick Reed can start the new season with confidence. The young American enters his second season on Tour as a winner with his playing rights secured for a further two years. Reed can be expected to progress further with that experience behind him and this week encounters the course on which he finished last year's tournament with a 63, securing him an 11th place finish. Playing partners are Tommy Gainey and Charlie Beljan who missed 30 cuts between them on Tour last year; neither have a good record at the Frys.com Open.

The Punter suggests Driving Accuracy is not of huge importance this week and that bodes well for the erratic Brooks Koepka on his first PGA Tour start (although Koepka has played in two Majors). The young American has been plying his trade in Europe, registering four wins on the Challenge Tour prior to a shotgun promotion to the European Tour in June, but the PGA Tour is where he wants to end up and outscoring playing partners Edward Loar and Brice Garnett on day one is a good place to start.

Tim Clark was perhaps a surprise omission from the Internationals Presidents Cup team last week. After a fast start (second in his first 2013 event, the Sony Open) the South African's game had tailed off a bit with disappointing performances in the final two FedEx Cup playoff events of his season. Perhaps Clark's failure to regain his Presidents Cup place will spur him on to a good performance this week, at a venue where - as Mike Norman points out in making him one of his selections - he was sixth at in 2010. Brian Gay and Rory Sabbatini are his playing partners for the first two days. Gay performed with credit last year on his debut here (29th) but Sabbatini has a hat-trick of missed cuts to his name.

Clark might feel hard done by, but Marc Leishman justified his captain's pick at the Presidents Cup, particuarly in holing a fine putt on the 18th green to beat Matt Kuchar 1up in the singles. Leishman can build on that momentum by improving on his 2011 Frys.com performance (36th). The Australian's playing partners are Angel Cabrera and Charles Howell III; the American, Howell, looks the dangers after his 11th placed finish here last year.


Recommended Bets

Back Patrick Reed @ 1.9520/21
Back Brooks Koepka @ 2.26/5
Back Tim Clark @ 2.56/4
Back Marc Leishman@ 2.56/4

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