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David Thompson 22nd Jun 2011 - 15:28

Big hitters travel to River Highlands

After the excitement of the US Open Major at Congressional, which saw a master-class in golf from a certain Northern Irishman, the PGA tour roles onto TPC at River Highlands, where the Americans will be looking to dominate on a typical USPGA style course.

Playing 6,844 yards, the Par 70 course has in recent years been suited to the long hitters in the game. Bubba Watson 16/1 won the event last year and he will be hoping that his big power fade can be implemented once more to help kick-start his 2011 season.

Past Champions at this event include: J.J Henry 66/1 (2006) and Kenny Perry 125/1 (2009). Perry carded a course record 22 under back in 2009 and considering that 125/1 appears to be the hands down value as far as former Champions are concerned.

It will be hard to look past the Americans in this event, with many fancying the likes of Hunter Mahan at 10/1, Kevin Chappel, who came tied third at the US Open at 80/1, and Zach Johnson 20/1 who also put in a solid performance.

If you are wanting to stay faithful to the European contingent, the two that stand out and are worth a mention have to be, firstly, Fred Jacobson at 33/1. The 6ft 1 Swede managed a superb tied-14th finish at the US Open which gave him his 7th top 25 finish of the year. The other would have to be Ian Poulter at 33/1 also. The plucky Brit hasn't really fulfilled the promise following the BMW Matchplay victory in Spain defeating the likes of Westwood and Donald, however, a change of scenery in the US could hopefully have a positive result.

In the Tournament Threesomes, it looks like threesome C has left the punters some value with David Toms at 13/8 to beat Webb Simpson and Ryan Moore both at 7/4. Toms may seem a strange pick considering his length, however he is in fantastic form this year, and having shot a superb 19 under in 2009 at River Highlands he knows how to produce at this course and is a cracking 25/1 to win and still good value at 21/10 to place in the Top 10.

Overall we should all look forward to seeing some of the longest drivers in the game flexing their muscles, and I'm sure that the players will all be relieved that Rory has decided to take a three week hiatus back in Northern Ireland.


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