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july 29th 22.27
This week both the main betting heats are in the US with the WGC Bridgestone Invitational from its regular venue at the Firestone course in Akron Ohio and a supporting PGA event - the old Reno Tahoe Open now renamed the Barracuda Championship. Both these events have been good for me in the past so whilst the bets are few they are pretty strong.
Kicking off with the WGC event it has been a tournament where Major winners have been at the forefront and you really need to look at the bigger names this week and not really down the field. Strangely enough I could almost write the same preview as I did last year as the picks are exactly the same. I put up Angel Cabrera last year at 66/1 and at the same price this year he has to be the main pick. He is definitely a Major performer with wins at the Masters and US Open and has three top four finishes here as well. He finally won a regular PGA tour event just a few weeks ago and actually had a really solid Open Championship performance if you take out the the first few holes on day one. Basically he ticks an awful lot of boxes this week and is worthy of a decent wager 0.5 ew 66/1.
Last year I put up Bubba Watson as a round one leader bet only but I am happy to go with him in both that and the main outright market this time round - especially as he now has another Major under his belt. His round one finishes at Firestone are much better than his eventual finishing positions as he has been 1/32/3/7 after the opening salvo yet he has only finished with a high of 19th in those four appearances by the end. If you look at his first round finishes in WGC strokeplay events in ten starts he actually has finishes of 1/1/3/3/4 so he can certainly turn it on for the big events. He does seem to have gone off the boil a little at the moment but the mercurial Watson can turn it on at any time and the price is simply too big 0.4 ew 50/1 + 0.2 ew 45/1 FRL.
In Nevada I have gone for three outsiders although I can make a strong case for players like Watney,mORe
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