The season's carefully constructed profit was obliterated during a wind affected USPGA Championship but, undeterred, Dan Geraghty goes leaping back in with six picks from Thursday's Wyndham three-balls
"Tim Clark goes out with the enigmatic Matt Bettencourt and veteran Jerry Kelly on the first two days and I fancy him to get the better of the pair."
Who'd be a first round three-balls tipster eh? Some appalling luck last week and a terrible month has obliterated a healthy profit. The Majors are done with, but the challenge of ending the season in profit drives me on.
Last week, Gary Woodland's performance was full of promise, the big-hitting American offered hope that his season is not a right off just yet, although his Ryder Cup dream certainly looks over for the year. This young American is paired with big John Daly and YE Yang on day one and while that pair have endured long seasons thus far, Woodland is fresh and raring to go having finally regained full fitness following injuries.
Talented though he may be, Jamie Donaldson lacks experience on the PGA Tour and at the prices I was going to reccomend laying the Welshman! However, he's drawn himself a real stinker of a three ball here - Kyle Thompson and Stephen Gangluff have made six cuts between them from 36 tournaments this year and look way out of their depth. Donaldson can continue his Ryder Cup charge by making the cut this week, beating his American three-ball partners in the process.
Tim Clark is another who has struggled with injury, but the talented South African showed up for a long way at last week's USPGA Championship and looks to be coming back to form. Clark goes out with the enigmatic Matt Bettencourt and veteran Jerry Kelly on the first two days and I fancy him to get the better of the pair.
Willliam McGirt has impressed many in recent months and it might be wise to forgive his disappointing effort last week. McGirt was born in North Carolina and made his first PGA Tour appearance in this tournament. He's out in the very first three-ball of the day with David Hearn and Martin Flores.
Robert Allenby has been in horrible form for a little while now and finds himself paired with two of last year's top five at the Wyndham (Charles Howell III and George McNeill). I'll risk laying the Australian with plenty of good vibes around for the Americans.
I took a while about deciding whether to include a lay of defending champion Webb Simpson this week but in the end he's made it in. Many people liked Simpson's chances at last week's USPGA, but the Lord was not smiling on our American friend; Simpson trailed in at the wrong end of the field, missing the cut by a stroke. Having missed the recent Open Championship to be at the birth of his second child, perhaps Simpson has taken his eye off his golf game over recent weeks. Former Champion (and Ryder Cup captain) Davis Love III is in opposition this week, along with PGA Championship nearly man Carl Petterson who finished tied for fourth here last year.
2pts Back Gary Woodland @ 2.68/5
2pts Back Jamie Donaldson @ 1.68/13
2pts Back Tim Clark @ 2.111/10
2pts Back William McGirt @ 2.915/8
1pt Lay Robert Allenby @ 3.55/2
1pt Lay Webb Simpson @ 2.56/4
Season Profit/Loss: -1.09pts
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