Niall Lyons has two bets for this week's Quicken Loans event at the Congressional CC.
Rickie Fowler tees it up off the back of three missed cuts in prestgious tournaments. The Players, Memorial and US Open have all contributed to Fowler's price drifting to 14/1. Tempting as that may seem and he does play well on these types of test, I'm more than happy to let it slide in favour of a few others. Patrick Reed is playing some great golf but failed to make an impact last week. It was a tough week however and he could easily bounce back but I had hoped for a better price. Jim Furyk bounced right back to the top after his long injury to finish 2nd in last weeks US Open. Congressional should suit the straight hitter but his price is nothing short of scandalous and I wouldn't put anyone off backing the likes of Reed and Leishman in a match against him.
I have talked a fair bit about the potential of Byeong Hun An in the last twelve months and after a somewhat disappointing spell after winning at Wentworth he has bounced back to fine form. He posted a strong of top 5's in big events on the European Tour at the end of last year and has continued that form into the big events in the States that he's now competing in. Top 10 in the Matchplay, 2nd in Zurich Classic, and 11th at the Memorial have shown us that An has displayed his talents across the water very reliably now and for me rates as one of the best bets in the Quicken Loans. On his day he is quite accurate, as you must be to win around Wentworth. He sends the ball out there too and has enough distance to cope with the demands of Congressional. To win around here all components of your game need to be fine tuned and a top 25 finish in last weeks US Open will have done him no harm in preparing for this. While plenty of the golfers from the Far East have taken time on the tour to adjust and eventually contend, An has done it immediately on both tours and I suspect it won't be too long before he notches his first win on the PGA Tour.