Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Hyundai Tournament of Champions 2013

Friday sees the PGA tour kick off the New Year with a 30 man line-up for the Tournament of Champions, where winners only on the 2012 PGA Tour  qualify to play. One of the few par 73 courses to be utilized on tour, and with just three par 3s on the course, the course wont be easy and with an expectant wind and some rain the weekend, we could be in store for a very good tournament. Steve Stricker is defending champion here but I do like the look of Webb Simpson who has played well here in the past also. Dusting off seasonal activities and weeks without competitive action may be something to consider before throwing our cash away, but some players do tend to play better on particular courses and this should be one such course for Webby. On his debut here last year he finished 3rd, so fond memories should help him again this week. At 14/1 he is worth a punt for me.

Second up this year is Scott Piercy @ 25/1. Had an awfully good season last year and he could be the one to watch for an improvement this year. He had 4 straight top 20s to end 2012 and was top 15 here in 2010. The Las Vegas native will be hoping for a winning start to 2013 and has the ability to do just that here.

My final pick this week is Ryan Moore. With just 3 missed cuts from 24 events in 2012, Moore is showing the sort of consistency that is required to succeed on the tour and he may now feel that the time is right to actually start winning "more". He finished his last 4 events in 2012 with 4 Top 10s and was tied 6th here in 2010. 20/1 is about right and worth a flutter.

(Remember this tournament starts on Friday local time with a Monday finish. Thats 10 hours behind BST.)

TIP 1: 1 pt e/w W.Simpson @ 14/1

TIP 2: 1 pt e/w S.Piercy @ 25/1

TIP 3: 1 pt e/w R.Moore @ 20/1