St. Jude Classic 2015: Four plays for day one from Thursday's morning 3-balls

Dan believes Dustin Johnson is worth a lay in his opening round 3-ball
Dan believes Dustin Johnson is worth a lay in his opening round 3-ball

Dan Geraghty remains in excellent form with this season's 2/3-ball selections and here our man warms up for next week's US Opens with a quartet of selections from the St Jude Classic morning three-balls on Thursday...


"Dustin Johnson is undoubtedly on good terms with his golf game but has shown in recent weeks that he has a big miss (and therefore a big number) in him at any given moment."

Lay Dustin Johnson @ 1.910/11

Camilo Villegas left his woeful recent form behind when qualifying for next week's US Open in style with an eight under par return at Brookside Golf & Country Club on Monday. The Columbian has some wonderful form at the St.Jude Classic (including an 11th placed finish last year, and 10th the year before), where he is remarkably one of the most experienced players in the field, having racked up 34 competitive rounds. Scott Brown and Stewart Cink make up the three-ball, both are in decent form without setting the world alight but with his liking for the course, Villegas is a worthy favourite in my book.

Mark Wilson was 18th here in 2013 and despite having missed nine cuts, his season has been far more encouraging than last year's. Two top 10s and four top 25s suggest his outsider price of 4.03/1 against two beatable opponents is one to back. Playing partner Lucas Glover flattered to deceive after a good opening round last week, shooting a round of 82 on Saturday and ending the week 68th. Brian Harman is a worthy three-ball favourite, but looks short enough.

Dustin Johnson is undoubtedly on good terms with his golf game but has shown in recent weeks that he has a big miss (and therefore a big number) in him at any given moment. A quadruple bogey ruined his chances at the Byron Nelson two weeks ago and Johnson double bogeyed a hole in all four rounds last week at the Memorial! With that in mind I'm happy to lay him at odds against in a three-ball with Steven Bowditch and last year's champion Ben Crane, both of whom are more than capable around TPC Southwind.

Tommy 'two gloves' Gainey has been impressing on the Web.com tour this year, and looks to be working his way back to form. Gainey was 32nd last year at the St.Jude Classic and after his eighth place finish last week in Dallas (Web.com) I'm happy to give him a chance back on the big stage, at a nice price. J.J Henry and Jason Bohn are 'two gloves' playing partners, both played well here last year but Gainey's recent form suggests the prices should be closer together.


Recommended Bets

Back Camilo Villegas @ 2.77/4 13:40)
Back Mark Wilson @ 4.03/1 (13:30)
Lay Dustin Johnson @ 1.910/11 (13:40)
Back Tommy Gainey @ 3.412/5 (14:00)


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2015 Two/Three-Ball P&L

+26.63pts

*Based on one point per selection

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