october 22nd 12.41
The PGA tour moves to the East Coast this week for the fifth renewal of the McGladrey Classic from Sea Island. The key to finding the winner here does not lie with the bombers - you want a player who can plot their way around the shortish par 70 course with small Bermuda greens. I have gone for three plys outright plus a round one leader play.
Russel Henley is my headline tip and I for one was rather surprised to see him chalked up at 66/1 early - I expected him to be more like half that price. He could easily follow in the footsteps of fellow Georgia Bulldog Chris Kirk and take the title and the course should really suit. There are a number of similar courses and Henley has form at most including wins at the Sony Open, PGA National and a 6th at Harbour Town. He was in good form in the Fedex playoffs including a 2nd in the Deutsche Bank. He won in his "college state" of Georgia on the University course when an amateur on the Web.com tour and has been 1st and 6th in the SEC Championship around this weeks course before now. We know he can go well fresh after a break as he did when he won in Hawaii so he warrants a decent bet 0.5 ew 66/1
I do have a soft spot for Michael Thompson but feel that you have to pick the right time to bet him and this week is one of those. He has been 10th and 3rd here in two attempts and also won the SEC Championship - albeit on the neighbouring Federica course. Like Henley he has also won at PGA National and has a 6th in Hawaii which just goes to confirm when he is likely to play his best golf. Admittedly he has not had the best of seasons but at the price tag he is worth having onside as in 2012 he was backed in to 28/1 before the off 0.3 ew 125/1
I thought John Huh was worth taking a chance on considering he is a short accurate player who should be at home at Sea Island although this is his debut. With a win at El Cameleon, a 3rd at Harbour Town and 5th at Colonial it is clear short par 70 traditional tracks are where he will play best 0.2 ew 125/1 mORe