Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Humana Challenge - 2013

The PGA tour leaves Hawaii and returns to the "mainland" and onto California for this weeks Humana Challenge. The format for this week sees a pro-am format to be played over 3 different courses so expect the players to be out on the course for a good amount of time. It's not for everyone, but it would have been nice to see David Duval, who shot that 59 all those years ago on the Palmer Private course when the event was known as The Bop Hope Classic. Sadly, the former World Number 1 has not even been invited this year which is a great shame, but that round should never be forgotten on the final day back in 1999. He took to twitter this week to vent his disappointment, so hopefully that passion and frustration will kick start his career again soon and we get to see him more often back on the tour.
So who are we backing this week? Its early season for most of these players but I have selected two who played in Hawaii, and therefore should have some edge over the rusty ones out there.
My top pick is Webb Simpson at 22/1 with Betpack or Stanjames. The US Open champion played at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, so will be fresh and warmed up for this week where the format should suit his slow style of play. Simpson at this price always has me interested and if he gets the putter going he could go well for us.
My second pick is last weeks winner, Russell Henley @ 50/1. The rookie looked the real deal last week and if he is to continue to impress, we wont be getting 50s for much longer. Last year Johnson Wagner won the Sony Open and followed it up with a runners up placing here at the Humana Challenge so hopefully that trend goes one better agin this time round. Henley could be the star this year on the PGA, time will tell. Hopefully he hasn't been partying too hard this week either. Well worth backing again a player who has won 3 times in 5 starts (twice on web.com tour).
My third pick is a three-figure punt in the shape of Japanese star, Ryo Ishikawa at 100/1 (160.oo on Betfair). Very indifferent form last year but he again will like this format and I am a fan of his swing, his all round game, so much that despite coming in here very fresh for the season its worth a punt at 100/1 e/w.

TIP 1: 1.5 pts e/w W.Simpson @ 22/1

TIP 2: 1 pt e/w R.Henley @ 50/1

TIP 3: 0.5pts e/w R.Ishikawa @ 100/1