Happy go lucky golf coach turned TV personality Butch Harmon this week tweeted a picture of Gary Woodland working on his short game and noted that his swing was in good shape. I'm a huge fan of Woodland so this small piece of possibly meaningless news from his own coach was all I needed to indulge in a small outright back of the American powerhouse.
Woodland has certainly had a year to forget, but with his coaching issues and injury problems hopefully behind him he can look forward to a stellar 2013. However, I am going to oppose Woodland in his day one three ball with Web.com tour golfer Luke Guthrie who is sitting at number two on that tour's money list having only played a remarkable eight events. Guthrie has finished in the top 10 in six of those eight starts (winning two of them!) and has been top 20 in all three of the PGA tour events he's participated in this year. Angel Cabrera makes up the three ball.
I opposed Davis Love III last week and was surprised to see him striking the ball fantastically as he tied Kevin Na in round one. Sure, he missed a number of short putts, but this week's playing partners Vijay Singh and Camilo Villegas have their own troubles with the flatstick; Love III looks overpriced at [3.9] to come out on top.
Bryce Molder's last three rounds here read 67, 65, 64. I am happy to back last year's Champion to continue that fine form (despite shaky current form) by beating fellow Americans Justin Leonard and Jerry Kelly in round one.
Nicolas Colsaerts is a popular pick this week after he made a big impression at the Ryder Cup, I'm a big fan of the Belgian but think he may struggle to trouble the top of the leaderboard this week on a course that is perhaps more suited to finesse and experience. Chad Campbell has made the cut here in each of the past two years and Englishman Gary Christian has fared better than some might expect on his first season on the PGA Tour.
Bud Cauley is a worthy favourite in his Thursday three ball with Hank Kuehne who has understandably struggled badly this year after coming back from serious injury and Ricky Barnes who continues to flatter to decieve on the PGA Tour. Cauley was third here last year in arguably his finest professional perofrmance to date. Happy punting!
Season Profit/Loss: -7.27pts
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