Spieth turns up again and is somewhat backable at 6/1. Whatever happens this week I don't think he will win this years Masters. He is absolutely ruthless and it can not be ruled out but considering how his year has gone thus far and how hot some of the other golfing playboys are then he rates as a poor 7/1 poke. This week's 6/1 is more tempting on a course that suits his game although there are plenty in this field who will contend and he won't find this easy to win. Although I can't put my finger on exactly why, there is a correlation of results between the Phoenix Open and this tournament. Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and JB Holmes have won both these events. Scott Verplank has a 2nd in both tournaments. Mahan and Bubba have both shown form on the two courses. It leads me to consider a number of golfers who have or possibly could perform at Phoenix. This will be in my mind when looking for this weeks winner.
Taking into account that link between the two tournaments and importantly how he swung the club last week, Brooks Koepka rates as our best bet this week. The roll call of winners and placers here down the years have featured plenty of bombers and Koepka is as powerful as they come. He reached the last eight in the Matchplay before being banished by the eventual winner Jason Day. In the 2nd round he also knocked out an in form Matt Kuchar. I believe he may well become a specialist around Phoenix so I'm more than prepared to back him this week on his Houston debut. Brooks is out of the top drawer and he will go into Augusta with a live chance. This place should suit his swash buckling golf. Odds of 33/1 are more than fair.
I'll be back next week with a few previews for the Masters. I'll also be highlighting my best bets outside the outright win market.