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P.J. Murray 20th Apr 2011 - 9:23

Boo Weekly: An everyday man

Sunny South Carolina is the venue for this week's PGA tour event, The Heritage.

Jim Furyk claimed the title here last year with a score of -13, but it was Brian Gay in 2009 who set the course record with an impressive -20. Only two weeks ago the players were battling for the prestigious green jacket at Augusta, now the second most prestigious piece of apparel is on offer, the plaid jacket.

Luke Donald heads the betting and is the aiming to become the first European winner of the event since Bernhard Langer back in 1985. The course is ideally setup for style of play, the short holes suit a striker of the ball and Donald has managed a top three finish here in the last two seasons here. At 8/1 the Hertfordshire native has the support of the punters. He is also worth a punt at 5/6 for a top ten finish, his record here is exemplary and there is no reason as to why it wouldn't continue. Not only will he pocket the substantial prize money for a win, but with Martin Kaymer absent and Lee Westwood in Asia the chance to become world number one is there.

Last year's winner Jim Furyk is second in the betting at 16/1 and like Donald he has also registered some fine finishes here. A recent upturn in his putting form has seen the American register much better finishes in his most recent tournaments. The defending champ will be well within his comfort zone here and can afford to relax and drive a lot more cleanly here.

Brian Gay 33/1 is replicating his 2009 season and has been very consistent, not quite outstanding. But there is a lot to be said for consistency and at 11/4 he could be a nice pick for a top ten finish. He torched the course record in 2009, winning by ten strokes.

For a sheer out there pick, Boo Weekly at 66/1 has to be considered if only for his record at the course. At what is thought to be one of his favourite courses he has posted two victories and two top 20 finishes in his four years on the PGA tour.

Bo Van Pelt lasted through the weekend at Augusta and finished a very impressive T8 with KJ Choi and he lost out here in a playoff to Jim Furyk last year. At 40/1 he may be priced a little big to go one step further than last year.

23 year old Jason Day, almost had the day of his life two weeks ago in Augusta when he powered to the lead of the Masters only to finish in T2 with fellow Aussie Adam Scott. Twice in the last six years have Australians have secured victory here. Day is 28/1 to follow both Aaron Badley and Peter Lonard.

Purely for the fact that he is 66/1 I would be backing Boo Weekly each way, his form may not be what it was at the minute, but as with most things golf only requires one good day to turn everything around. Having registered back to back victories in 2007 and 2008 he will know his way round the course and should be in contention come Sunday.

 
 
 

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