Peter Uihlein ranks in the top 20 in par 4 performance this year and that could be key to him challenging at Southwind this week. Having gone mighty close at the French Open last Summer I've been looking to support Uihlein on the tougher courses on tour.
This week seems the right time to go in given recent performances and the fact many may not be fully concentrating here. He won on the web.com tour last year and after some inconsistent spells in his career he looks set to bag his maiden PGA Tour victory at some stage this season.
Two top 5s in three events at Muirfield and Quail Hollow is hugely impressive from Uihlein and represents a big step up in his career. Still only 28 years of age Uihlein has a bundle of money to make in the next ten years and I've no doubt there will be a handful of wins. He plays well on the tougher courses and this is one of the toughest par 70 courses on the tour so he must be part of the staking plan.
For the final one of three bigger bets it was a proper toss up between Ben An and Luke List with the latter just favouring selection. An was superb last week at Muirfield and his name would not look out of place on a course that has been known to reward an accurate long game.
He looked to be swinging so sweetly last week that it wouldn't surprise me should he contend again but given his recent run of form and maybe a lot more potential than An, List must be included. Top tens at the PGA National, Arnold Palmer, Harbour Town and Quail Hollow this season demonstrate how List can compete on the tougher and bigger courses on the tour.
A top 20 here last year suggests he is capable of posting scores, having been right in the mix going into day four before falling to a final day 73. This is a different golfer we see this time around and List may just be about to take that leap into the winners enclosure.
Certainly one of the form players from this second string. He is another who has been backed early this week however I still think he is worth backing.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat has been playing very consistent golf all season and the time may just be nigh for a victory on the PGA Tour. He has already won three times this season, granted two of those were in very weak events on the Asian Development Tour.
However, they are wins and his victory in the Perth 6s event was semi miraculous given how many lives he needed both in strokeplay and matchplay that week. He finishes off last season with a runner up finish at the Earth Course in Dubai which represented another step up.
A top 5 at Wentworth was backed up with a top 15 at the Memorial last week and the Barnrat may just be about to get into the winners enclosure in the States.
The hot and humid conditions in Memphis will suit the experienced Thai having excelled in heat many times in his career. His results lately are very impressive and on a weak where many have one eye on next week he may just be the one to side with.
It always pays to keep an eye on the US Open qualifying that took place on Monday and Tuesday and one of those who stood out for me was Matt Jones. Jones did well to keep up with current hot shot Aaron Wise and that must give him confidence coming to a place where he has failed to finish outside the top 30 in his last 3 attempts.
The best of those was 3 years ago when he finished 3rd. After a difficult start to the year he was an eye catching 13th last time out at the Byron Nelson and given how he played in Memphis at the Ridgeway CC he must be considered. The bigger prices of 150/1 have gone up in smoke but at 3 figures I am happy to play.
Finally I'll have a stab with Abraham Ancer. The Mexican co-lead the Memorial after round one last week and may just be in the form to do the same this week. In recent years I've seen plenty of players go on runs of going very well in round one and I think Ancer may be primed to go again on Thursday.
He has gained two first round leads on the tour in the past year and only a few weeks ago opened with a 65 at the Byron Nelson also. A top 20 at the Valspar was significant as similar traits could be labelled at this track also. Top tens at Mayakoba and Houston spell this lad has some game. It wasn't to be last week but I am prepared to take the chance on him for round 1 and outright small bets.