Update: Congratulations on a nice 40/1 Winner 🙂
I would like to be the first to welcome everyone to the 2011 edition of the Frys.com Open. This week the best players in the world will travel to San Martin, California to battle a track known as CordeValle Golf Club. This week’s event has been receiving plenty of attention across the golf world because it will mark Tiger Woods return to competitive play.
Tiger is priming for the upcoming Presidents Cup, after team captain Fred Couples selected him. The Frys.com Open would not be a regular stop on Tigers list but he knows he must get competitive reps in before the Presidents Cup. With all eyes this week expected to be on Tiger, lets take a closer look at the course he will be attempting to tame.
CordeValle Golf Club is a Par 71, 7368 yard, Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed gem of a course. In 2010 the course ranked in the middle (23rd out of 52) for overall course difficulty. Players can expect a thinking mans golf course; one where accurate shots will be reward and ones that go astray penalized. With only 2 water hazards located on CordeValle, players will be more focused on avoiding extremely thick rough areas and the plethora of bunkers (63 in total).
The winner this week will most likely be the player who putts the ball better than anyone. CordeValle is home to some of the Tours largest greens, resulting in an above average number of greens hit in regulation. Robert Trent Jones Jr. has done an excellent job at utilizing slight breaks in the greens, forcing players and their caddies to read the greens perfectly.
Lets take a closer look at 6 players I feel will roll in plenty of putts and have a great chance of becoming the 2011 Frys.com Open Champion
Steves Six Pack
Louis Oosthuizen 30/1 – Louis broke on to the golfing world in a huge fashion when he claimed the 2010 British Open championship. In that event he absolutely blew the field away and people began to speak about yet another South African star. Though he has played well in Europe over the past season, he has not enjoyed the same success in the United States. Louis’ best finish this year in the United Sates was a T9 at the US Open. I look for him to better that this week. He will ride the high of last weeks T5 at the Dunhill Links and be in contention on Sunday.
Bryce Molder 40/1 – Bryce is my favorite selection this week. He is playing extremely well right now and should have confidence at CordeValle. Last week Bryce finished T10, a finish I look for him to build on. He will utilize his excellent putting and terrific caddie (Shaun McBride) to dominate the greens this week. Look for him to think his way around CordeVille to a brilliant finish.
Scott Piercy 42/1 – We took Scott last week and he finished T10. Scott played extremely well all week but ran into a tough stretch of holes on Day 3 that took him out of the running. Look for Scott to use his extreme length and excellent putting this week to vault himself atop the leaderboard. This rare combination should work extremely well at CordeValle.
Paul Goydos 60/1 – Goydos is always a threat to win when he tees up the golf ball. He has a rare ability to go on birdie runs that last 5 and 6 holes. This was never more evident then when he shot 59, a round that will go down in the history books as one of the best of all time. I look for Goydos to continue the solid play from last week (T3) and finish inside the top 10 once again. Hopefully he rides one of those magical birdie runs straight to a 60/1 victory for us.
Tim Herron 60/1 – I was surprised to see Tim at 60/1 this week. He has played well in this event before and played exceptionally well last week. Tim finished T5 last week, and up until a final round 69 had a very good shot at the championship. He should have very good vibes going into CordeValle, as he finished T13 here last year. Look for him to improve upon that finish this year.
William McGirt 110/1 – This is a longshot worth looking at. William played very well down the stretch in the Fed Ex Cup, but could not avoid one bad round each tournament. Last week he opened with a blistering 63 but only ended up T16. I look for him to bring his entire game this week for all 4 rounds. At 110/1, we are going with the Wofford College grad William McGirt.
I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s preview and outright winners. Lets go get a big Sunday PayDay.