PGA Tour Golf Betting: DeLaet Well Placed To Clinch Maiden Title in Louisiana


Next stop on the PGA Tour is TPC Louisiana, host of the Zurich Classic, and it's a bit of respite for the players after a gruelling few weeks. Expect birdies to flow at a venue where Billy Horschel - 41.00 - defends a tournament low 20 under par.

It's a relatively weak field as many of the bigger names take a much needed holiday in the aftermath of Augusta, although headlining the field is a man who needs all the competitive play he can get after a few weeks out with injury: Justin Rose - 13.00 - has a decent record here and leads the market while a resurgent Rickie Fowler - 19.00 - will be many people's favourite this week off a top five at Augusta.

 

The course - TPC Louisiana

One of the easier stops on Tour, TPC Louisiana plays 7,425 yards to a par of 72. Featuring generous fairways and decent sized undulating surfaces, deep pot bunkers surround some of the green complexes, placing premium on GIR%. Proximity to the hole will be key on what is a second shot course, with rough down this year. Bombers tend to feature and low scoring will be required for the win.

 

Three from the pack

Graham DeLaet - 23.00 - is regarded by many as one of the best non-winners on tour. I think his first victory will come on a particular type of course and TPC Louisiana fits the bill. The Canadian ranks 16th in total driving and 3rd in greens in reg, and a 4th place here in 2012 backs up this theory. Similarities with the attributes needed in Phoenix where DeLaet secured a T2 for his second runner up finish of 2014, a season during which the 31 year old has recorded five top 10s. Delaet trades at 5.50 for the place.

A man completely flying at the moment is Aussie John Senden at 46.00 or 10.00 the top 5. The PGA Tour stalwart recorded a long awaited 2nd tour win at the Valspar a few weeks ago and fed off that confidence to produce a top 10 at Augusta. Senden has what I call 'simmering' form at TPC Louisiana, averaging around 30th spot, and is fresh and ready to go again after a week off. A renowned tee to green specialist, Senden has vastly improved his putting this year, ranking 21st in SGP and he also comes in at 18th in the all round.

Cameron Tringale trades at 56.00 or 12.00 which looks a little on the large side given progressive course form of 28-18-7 at TPC Louisiana before a missed cut last year. Current form follows a similar trend reading 56-45-4 before a missed cut at the Heritage. This missed cut has enhanced Cameron's price but I'm prepared to overlook that as Harbour Town is not a fit for Tringale's shape. The 26 year old winner in waiting ranks 41st in GIR and 9th in total birdies.

 

Sleeper watch 

Another man who may be suited to the TPC Louisiana track is Aussie Geoff Ogilvy at 101.00 or 19.00 the top five. I always have one eye on Geoff Ogilvy as I rate him as one of the most naturally gifted golfers around. He's said before that golf is not always his priority, but when he focuses he's always one to watch - especially at a price - and signs are there with a T29 at Harbour Town and a T11 at the Valero that he's rededicating himself to the game.