Golf fans, we have two exciting events to look at this week and I have put up both singles and some EW shots for you.
On the PGA Tour we have the Butterfield Bermuda Championship where we will definitely have a new champion, as last year’s winner, Seamus Power, isn’t featured in the lineup this year. However, we are 14/1 the field and I have two really strong selections for the event.
Meanwhile, the DP World Tour heads off to Sun City in South Africa for the Nedbank Challenge, where Tommy Fleetwood is bidding to make it three wins in a row. I won't be getting involved at 7/1, but I think I have found some good value elsewhere in the Nedbank and I’m really looking for a big week here and hopefully a profitable one too.
For this week’s golf events I have chosen Betfair. Not only do they have the best prices, you can also snap up a bet £10, get £30 in free bets deal as well. It’s the perfect choice to make the most of my selections for this week.
Port Royal Golf Club plays host to the Butterfield Bermuda Championship this week over 6828 yards and this is a fantastic venue for golf. The scoring is likely to be pretty low this week and we are 14/1 the field, so there is plenty of value on offer.
I only have two selections for the Bermuda but I think they both hold excellent chances and hopefully we can have a strong week on the PGA Tour.
Selection number one is Troy Merritt, a first timer for my squad, but a two-time PGA Tour winner. He actually started this season quite slowly and took a while to find his form, but in recent weeks he has found his swing, looks comfortable on the golf course and he is scoring much more consistently again.
When events are low-scoring you need to start fast and he closed out with a 65 in the World Wide Technology Championship last week. His game suits this track and I think he will come into this event full of confidence, which surely adds to his value this week.
I think Akshay Bhatia is going to be very popular this week, as he ticks all of the boxes for the stat lovers. Also, his game suits this track very well, as his distance control with irons has been absolutely superb, which is something that I noticed in his game recently.
We have had an abundance of young talent come through on the PGA Tour this season and I think Akshay Bhatia is just as impressive as any of them right now.
This week the DP World Tour heads to Sun City in South Africa for the Nedbank Golf Challenge and this is always an exciting event to watch. It takes place at the Gary Player Country Club over 7819 yards, but it doesn’t actually play as long as that if you keep the ball in the fairway off the tee.
Tommy Fleetwood has won the last two events here, in 2019 and 2022, with scores of 12 under and 11 under respectively and I imagine the scoring will be similar again this week. Anyway, I have a five-man squad lined up and I am very bullish that we can get into the winner’s enclosure this week.
This week’s DPWT number one is ‘Polish Power’ Adrian Meronk, who has already won for us this year when he won the Italian Open back in May. He has played really well this season and he impressed me even more by winning right after the disappointment of not being picked for the Ryder Cup team. To me, that shows a supremely tough mentality.
He won the Andalucia in his last start and the course here actually suits his game to a tee. He hits a strong power fade and when he catches the speed slots in these fairways, the course is going to play a lot shorter for Adrian. Not only is he a big hitter off the tee but he has become a very good iron player, and his short game has improved probably more than anyone else on Tour. He is a four-time DP World Tour winner already and I think he can make it five this week.
My next selection is Robert Macintyre. At the beginning of this season I wasn’t really a fan of his game, but as the season has gone on, I’ve really taken a liking to his style of play and his mentality too.
He was desperately unlucky not to win the Scottish Open which would have been massive for him to have on his resume, but he has continued his good form since then and made the Ryder Cup team too. Bobby Mac is a two-time winner on the DP World Tour already and he has a fantastic chance of making it three this week.
Ryan Fox is selection number three and he has similar credentials to Adrian Meronk, in the sense he plays with a really strong controlled fade, so it’s no surprise to see these two regularly at the top of the leaderboard this season.
Ryan won the BMW Championship this year and just two weeks later finished second in the Alfred Dunhill, which was an event he had won the year before. He is now a fully established player on the DP World Tour and I find it hard to see him finishing far away this week.
Ryo Hisatsune owes us nothing this season having won the French Open for us at 100/1 and the 50/1 on offer this week is a little too big to ignore. I thought he would open up much lower, so I can’t leave him out this week.
He has a really good all-round game and actually fits into this squad rather nicely. In my opinion he is going under the radar, especially as his stats have almost all improved since last season. He really is a great bet here at 50/1.
This year on the DP World Tour we have had plenty of first-time winners and Nathan Kimsey has had a good spell on both the PGA and the DP World Tour this season.
He put up a really good performance in the Barbasol, just being edged out by Vincent Norman in the playoff. That edged him up to world number 127 and proved to me that he could certainly mix it with the big boys. I think he is dangerously overlooked at 70/1.
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