I would like to start this week by congratulating everyone on another big win. We hit Bryce Molder at 40/1 last week to improve our season total to 6 outright winners. It was a wild finish to the Frys.com Open and the outcome went in our favor. We are now up 86 units on outright bets and 13.1 units on our head to head bets for the year.
I would also like to thank everyone for their very kind and encouraging emails, as I appreciate them immensely. I put forth a lot of effort into these selections and love seeing everyone win. Continue to tell your friends and colleagues about the excellent thing we have going here at GolfPicks.net. Now onto the 2011 McGladrey Open…
This week the players will be teeing the ball up in Georgia for the 2011 edition of the McGladrey Classic. A very strong field has gathered this week to try and obtain one of the final trophies of the year. Headlining the field will be Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and local star Zach Johnson. Look for the elite players to be near the top of the leaderboard this week, as there appears to be two classes of players in the field.
Sea Island Golf and Country Club will be the host venue, and should pose a difficult task for some players. Many previews and discussion leading into this week are speaking of how easy this golf course is. I do not agree. The Par 70 is only 7055 yard in length, so distance will not be an issue. What I feel the players will struggle with this week is finding the greens in regulation from the rough.
With rain project early in the week in Georgia the course should be in excellent shape come Thursday. I feel however the players will be dealing with plenty of difficult lies in the rough. Players will also be dealing with Bermuda greens this week, a style that takes some getting used to for most players. Look for the winning score to be in the minus 13 to 16 range.
I am going to dive right into this weeks six pack as I feel the biggest tip is to favor the top end talent. Here are the picks.
Steve’s Six Pack System Picks
Webb Simpson 12/1 – Webb has played out of this world golf this season. He looks to continue his excellent play this week in Georgia, possibly overtaking Luke Donald for top spot as this year’s money leader on the PGA Tour. Webb played well here last year, finishing in a tie for 15th. Look for Simpson to build on last years result and be atop the leaderboard on Sunday. I rarely take favorites to golf tournaments but this is a no brainer.
Brandt Snedeker 23/1 – Brandt loves putting on Bermuda greens. He is one of the best putters in the world and will display it this week in Georgia. Sea Island sets up perfectly for Brandt’s game and I look for him to pick up his 2nd win of the year this week. Roll em’ in all week long Brandt!
Charles Howell III 24/1 – The owner of Sea Islands course record, Charles should return to a place he finished T6 at last year with plenty of confidence. Charles shot a blistering 8 under 62 in last years final round to vault himself up the leaderboard. Look for him to post a solid number out of the gate this week and not need another course record to get in contention. It also doesn’t hurt that he is coming of a T6 at East Lake.
Bo Van Pelt 30/1 – Bo is the type of player who plays well in streaks. Luckily for us he is currently on one of those. With 2 Top 10’s in his last 3 starts, Bo enters on a high. He also managed to finish in a Tie for 6th last year, posting a pair of weekend 66’s. Bo will be accurate of the tee this week and should utilize some course knowledge to a strong finish.
John Rollins 48/1 – One of my favorite picks this week and for good reason. Rollins is a terrific driver of the golf ball, something essential at Sea Island. He displayed this last year when he fired an open round 63 and closed with a great score of 65. I look for him to better his 71-72 2nd and 3rd round scores this year and put himself in contention once again.
Jerry Kelly 48/1 – I even smiled when I put Jerry Kelly on my six-pack this week. Jerry is not the flashiest golfer, and he probably won’t have as many followers as Rickie Fowler this week. What he will do is play this golf course the way it is designed. Jerry is the type of player who maneuvers in a calculated manor around a course. Look for one of the older players in the field to be battling for the title on Sunday.
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