Happy New Year everyone! If you are like me then you’ll be excited for the new season. There is plenty to look forward to and it all begins with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Thursday. An elite competition that brings together all of the PGA winners from last season. The 32 man field may be missing the likes of Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy but still contains the cream of the PGA crop. So without further ado, here are Golfhacker’s one's to keep an eye on.
Jason Day 6/1 (Ladbrokes)
The odds completely justify Day here. 6 titles last season including the PGA Championship and narrowly missing out at the Open in St Andrews. More importantly for us he came T3rd here last year missing out on a play off by one shot. The main difference being that back then he was not a major winner. At 6/1 it may not be a great pay out for small betters so stick on a win only.
Patrick Reed 12/1 (Ladbrokes)
Defending champion at great odds. Reed had a fantastic end to the season on the European Tour and will be keen to kick on from that. A course he likes and a man in form. Expect the defending champion to perform well once again. At 12/1 he is excellent value in a shortened field and well worth a couple of quid.
Zach Johnson 22/1 (Stan James)
The Open Champion and a former winner of this event in 2014. Johnson is possible one of the finest wedge players around and know what it takes to win on this course. He came 7th last year only a couple of shots away from victory. With Each Ways paying up to 4 places he is a strong, high paying Each Way candidate. Spiv took a punt on him to win the Open at higher odds than this.
Russell Knox 40/1 (Bet365)
If form is what you are looking for then look no further than Russell Knox. Spiv fancied him to win the HSBC champions...and he did. Then I fancied him to prove it was no fluke at the OHL...came 2nd. If you like to bet on form alone...then this is the guy for you. 40/1 is the best price you will get on him if his form continues like this.
Jimmy Walker 45/1 (Stan James)
No one likes the start of the season quite like Jimmy Walker. For some reason this is the part of the year when he shines. With the Ryder Cup on the horizon he also has an added incentive for another great new year. Walker usually wins in the first couple of months of the new year. He came 2nd here last year after losing in the play off to Patrick Reed before going on to win the Sony Open one week later. 45/1 for a proven PGA winner in the time of year he loves most...has to be a good shout.
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