International Golf: Side with Van Rooyen and Schauffele…
There are a couple of golf tournaments to study this week as the game’s elite recover from the excesses of Bethpage Black and the US PGA Championship.
In Europe, attention turns to the Made in Denmark tournament, played at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Farso.
Defending champion is Matt Wallace, who won last year in a determined attempt to make the Ryder Cup team. The Englishman returns after playing superbly at the US PGA, eventually finishing joint third. He has a favourite’s chance, but we’ll avoid as we think he may suffer mental tiredness from being in the heat of battle Sunday as well as having the duties associated with being the title holder.
Our focus will be on Erik van Rooyen. The South African has been making a name for himself over the last year or so, and finished tied eighth last weekend in his first US PGA. He never really had a chance of winning but showed his undoubted talent, and like most South Africans can play in the wind. We’ll take a chance.
In America the PGA heads to Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Golf Course near Fort Worth.
Defending champion is Justin Rose, and the Englishman must have a chance. However, we haven’t been that impressed with his play since the Masters and we’ll wait until his form improves.
Another player of note is Jordan Speith. The Texan played well at Bethpage, ending up tied third, and is sure to like playing in front of a home crowd. However, we’re still not convinced he offers value for money given his extended period of loss of form.
Instead we’re going to side with Xander Schauffele. The young American had a disappointing Sunday last weekend, eventually finishing joint 16th, but he has a bright future and is twice the price of Rose.
Van Rooyen to win in Denmark, 1 pt, at 22/1, SkyBet
Schauffele to win in US, 1 pt, at 16/1, widely available
And 1 pt each way double
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