The Tour heads to Las Vegas, Nevada after a thrilling Fed Ex Cup Playoffs and possibly the greatest Ryder Cup ever. Brandt Snedeker (our 40/1 long shot pick) used a plethora of magical shots to take home just over 11.4 million dollars and the right to call himself the Fed Ex Cup Champion for 2012. Though our clients didn’t take home that much money with their win, I have heard from a few of you it was a very nice payday.
Last week we witnessed golf at its finest when Europe stormed back to claim yet another Ryder Cup. Our clients were up over 22 units on the week, with much of that thanks to a 4-0-0 week by the great Ian Poulter. It was the best performance by a Ryder Cup participant in the past 3 decades and something golf fans will be talking about for a while.
Though many of the big guns will sit out the upcoming weeks, we continue this unbelievable winning season with excellent selections. Lets look a little closer at what you can expect to see in Sin City this week.
TPC Summerlin is the home of this week’s event, and it is one of the easiest courses on Tour. Playing as a Par 71 at only 7223 yards, TPC Summerlin gives the players the opportunity to make plenty of birdies with a few eagles thrown in there as well. Shorter holes combined with massive greens usually accounts for very low scoring on the PGA Tour. The forecast for the week looks absolutely perfect, with no chance of rain for the week. Look for a wining score to be in the neighborhood of 20 under.
One hole I would like everyone to pay attention to this week is the 15th. This immaculate Par 4 stretches out 342 yards, making it drivable by the longer hitters on Tour. With the Nevada desert all down the left hand side, you can expect to see players missing the green to the right. Bunkers surround the almost peanut shaped green and will collect plenty of golf balls this week. Drivable Par 4’s always account for excitement on a golf course, and this one is no different.
The field this week is filled with relative unknowns to the casual follower of the PGA Tour. Nick Watney, Jason Day and Ryan Moore are the three largest names in the tournament, though don’t think a lack of big names will mean a lack of great golf. Six players will be competing this week that have won on Tour in 2012.
Confidence plays a key role in winning a golf tournament and I look to players who have played well in the past here to shine this week. With greens extremely easy to hit at TPC Summerlin, scoring will come down to putting and length. Lets take a look at the guys I feel will read the breaks correctly and bomb the ball this week.
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Here is a sneak peak pick for you…
Chad Campbell 55 to 1– This is one of the only events I would ever have Chad in my 6 pack. The big Texan has struggled this season as he has missed the cut in 10 out of his 23 events. I do however like the way he has played in the past at this event. Over the past 4 seasons Chad has finished T23(2011), T28 (2010), 2nd (2009), T3(2008).
When you go back to what has made Chad successful here it has been his ability to hit a ton of Greens in Regulation. Long and accurate drives have given Chad the ability to attack pins and make plenty of birdies. Though he has not displayed his full potential this season, he did post a T4 just two starts ago at the Wyndham Championship. Chad enters this tournament refreshed and ready to pick up a win.