If you liked the revamped Zurich Classic last week then the GolfSixes – a team format with fireworks – should be right up your street.
Competing in greensomes match play over six holes, in a group and knockout format, 16 teams of pairs go into battle at Centurion over two days.
It’s clearly a boon to the fledgling tournament to get such a prestigious pair but I wonder if 4/1 is a little short – even on so grand a combination.
They teamed up at the World Cup of Golf in 2016 but hardly set it alight – finishing only just in the top half.
The opposition’s a bit lighter here – the likes of Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott turned up down under – but I’d really like a bit more bang for my buck.
Particularly having seen the group they’ve been drawn in.
Denmark, spearheaded by Thorbjorn Olesen, and The Netherlands – with Joost Luiten at the helm – will be no pushovers.
Neither will India, who could really be anything in this tournament.
I like the chances of France at 9/1. Alexander Levy’s coming off a win so confidence couldn’t be higher, while Gregory Bourdy’s a seasoned campaigner with some decent team form and a podium finish in China, just a couple of weeks ago, to draw on.
Thailand, represented by Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, could also enjoy an extended stay.
They’re not in the easiest of groups with Pablo Larrazabal in top form for the Spanish and the Scottish combination of Marc Warren and Richie Ramsay sure to be stubborn.
But Aphibarnat’s handy in match play – he won the Paul Lawrie at Murcar Links in 2015 – and Jaidee’s an absolute stalwart of team events.
With a Presidents Cup and a host of World Cup, EurAsia Cup and Royal Trophy appearances in the locker, this most consistent of players is still performing strongly and should not be under-estimated here.
At the bigger prices, South Africa, if they can sneak out of their group of France, Sweden and Italy, are intriguing.
20/1 seems on the large side for the combination of Brandon Stone and Darren Fichardt, both of whom have celebrated European Tour victories this term.
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