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september 30th 16.22
This week all the Ryder Cup hype has now gone and we are back down to earth with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship being the main event on show. We would all be really guessing by saying how any playing Ryder Cuppers will react although at least it's a relaxing week being a pro-am played over three links courses. Home grown players won the first seven renewals and three of the last six although recently Karlsson and Kaymer have won and the first international winner was South African Grace in 2012. It makes sense to look for decent links players but not necessarily those who thrive in tough links conditions as being a pro-am the courses are set up on the easy side. My three off the tee are as follows -
This week we have a home grown player who has plenty of links experience as an amateur, which wasn't that long ago, who has been in the top five in four of his last tour starts yet is 50/1 - it does beg the question why is Eddie Pepperell such a big price? I guess the answer is fairly straightforward - he hasn't won on tour yet and his links form isn't that obvious - oh and it's a cracking field! However I am prepared to give him a chance based on the obvious current form plus a few other bits and pieces. As stated he isn't long out of the amateur ranks with a best of runner up to Tom Lewis in the boys amateur around Royal St Georges. He has one pro win in France on a course that can only be described as links like as it sits on the North Brittany coast. He has played in this event once before with a fairly decent finish of 26th - he was actually on schedule for a possible top ten until a double bogey, bogey finish dropped him back. When you consider he came into the event last year on the back of a 68th at Celtic Manor and m/c at Kennemer and he has just finished 4th at both of those courses then you can see he's in much better form!! Lots of pundits will say it's all built into the price this week - I think maybe there's a little bit more juice left in the tank 0.5 ew 50/1 6 places
Raphael Jacquelin doesn't normally jump mORe
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