The European Tour has decided to try something new this week, with the inaugural Saudi International taking place at the Royal Greens Country Club.
This decision has been controversial given the controversy over human rights in Saudi Arabia, but the event has attracted four of the top five world ranked golfers and a number of prominent players on the European Tour.
World no. 1 Justin Rose was very impressive last weekend in winning the Farmers Insurance Open, but he has had to fly in from California and may take time to adjust. Additionally, we don’t think Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka are playing at their peak at the moment.
With all this in mind, we’re going to stick with blog favourite Bryson DeChambeau. He won for us last weekend in Dubai, thus has already acclimatised to the region’s conditions. The American is a shorter price this week, but we’ll stick with him given he was so impressive last week.
The PGA Tour heads to Arizona for the Phoenix Open, held at Scottsdale. Favourite for this event is another blog favourite, Jon Rahm who went to university in this region.
Regular readers of this blog will know we have tipped Rahm a few times already this season, and while he has played well he has just come up short. We’re going to leave him alone this week as we’re worried about fatigue as he has played a number of weeks in a row.
We’re also wary of Phil Michelson, who has won this event three times in the past, but we’re going to side with another American, Xander Schauffele.
The 25-year old has climbed to seventh in the world rankings, largely on his exploits over the last year, but we don’t think the bookies have fully priced this in. He has already won this calendar year, in Hawaii, and we’ll side with him this week.
In addition, we’ll allocate an additional point on a double with the two picks winning. We came close to landing the double last weekend and we’ll try again.
DeChambeau to win the Saudi International, 1 pt, at 13/2, widely available
Schauffele to win the Phoenix Open, 1 pt, at 18/1, widely available
The win double, 1 pt, at approximately 140/1, widely available
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