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JT Shriners Open Tips: Tiny Tim Clark the pick of the three-ball bets

Comeback king Tim Clark can beat fatigued opponents on day one at Summerlin

"Clark is looking forward to finishing the season strongly, perhaps with a little more wind in his sails than some of his peers. Day one opponents Ryan Palmer and Charles Howell III may struggle to live with the pace set by a revitalised Clark, who has a point to prove."

2pts Back Tim Clark @ 2.56/4

Has your golf betting whistle been whetted by the Ryder Cup? Then get stuck in to Dan Geraghty's three-ball bets at this week's PGA Tour event

I think it's fair to say most of the golfing public had their fill of Justin Timberlake at last week's wonderful Ryder Cup, alas he's back this week hosting a tournament with a very worthy cause, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The golfing scrapheap is a tough place to emerge from. Wonderful golfers can find themselves in golfing oblivion quicker than you can say "snowboarding accident", "bad back", or "Webb Simpson shank": where is Michael Sim? Where did John Parry go? Is that Robert Karlsson playing on the challenge tour?

One golfer who was nearly sucked into the black hole is Tim Clark; the South African played just four events in 2011 after surgery on his right elbow and knew it was going to take plenty of time for him to reach the levels required to win on tour. Clark was patient with his game and is looking forward to finishing the season strongly, perhaps with a little more wind in his sails than some of his peers. Day one opponents Ryan Palmer and Charles Howell III may struggle to live with the pace set by a revitalised Clark, who has a point to prove.

Kevin Na has not really progressed as he would have hoped following his win in this tournament last season and has faced well-documented problems with slow play. However, Na can still lay claim to six top 10s this year and may well be reinvigorated by a return to TPC Summerlin. His opponents on day one are Jason Day, who is a vulnerable favourite in the middle of a disappointing season, and Davis Love III, who may struggle to raise his spirits after the crushing disappointment of last week's Ryder Cup.

Before his fine victory at the Barclays, Nick Watney looks to have taken a significant step backwards this season. That piece of form looks out of place in a disappoiting year and was followed by further disappointing playoff results, including 28th at the Tour Championship. By contrast, fellow market leader Ryan Moore finished the playoffs strongly with a third place at East Lake. Despite Watney's recent good form in this tournament I'm more comfortable with a revitalised Moore - who has played well at Summerlin in the past - carrying my money in round one.

Summerlin has not been one of Vijay Singh's usual stops on tour in recent years, but it comes as no surprise to see the keen veteran in the field this week. Singh looks to have found something in his game in recent months and this week's field represents a substantial drop in class from that which he faced when 8th at the BMW Championship last time out. Back the big Fijian to beat out-of-form pair Sean O'Hair and Brian Gay in round one.

Recommended Bets
2pts Back Tim Clark @ 2.56/4
1pt Back Kevin Na @ 2.68/5
2pts Back Ryan Moore @ 2.47/5
2pts Back Vijay Singh @ 2.25n/a

Season Profit/Loss: -10.87pts

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03 October 2012

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