Golf betting tips: Crowne Plaza Invitational

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Expert picks ahead of the golfing action at Colonial

The Crowne Plaza Invitational is this week’s PGA tour event and it is always nice to see an old classical thinking man’s course on the agenda rather than a rip it find it chip it putt it course!

Colonial is short and rewards the steady accurate golfer with most winners being in the older age bracket. Having said that, my first pick is someone who is very much on the young side but has more experience around Colonial than any other golfer on show this week.

John Peterson has played an estimated four to five hundred rounds here as a member – his grandfather first became a member in 1948 and his parents continued that association so that a young Peterson could hone his game.

He has played here only once as a pro back in 2013 where an opening 64 left him tied 3rd at the end of the first round. He has often got off to flying starts – he has already been 2nd at Bay Hill and the Humana this season. 

His current form is a steady stream of made cuts and he caught my eye last week with all four rounds under par on a course he has always struggled on. His accuracy tee to green has been solid which will stand him in good stead this week £30 ew 80/1 + £25 ew 66/1 first round leader.

With that extra inspiration he may well play better than most expect this week" My only other pick this week is a player who seems to thrive in Texas – Marc Leishman says that the state reminds him of playing conditions back home in Australia.

Admittedly his best results have been at the Byron Nelson where he has a pair of third place finishes but his price will be cut accordingly. On closer inspection his form here isn’t that bad with all four cuts made and last year he was one shot off the lead heading into Sunday before fading.

Fantasy Golf: PGA Championship & Crowne Plaza Invitational

It is a well documented fact that his wife nearly lost her life just a month ago and Leishman says that has given him a different perspective on his golf. Since then he was rusty in his first round in Louisiana but then nearly shot a course record in round two.

He played well in the matchplay and was solid at Sawgrass. Back in a State he loves playing in and with that extra inspiration he may well play better than most expect this week £30 ew 80/1.

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