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Nic Ladds 26th May 2009 - 8:19

Go nuts for KP at Colonial

Colonial Country Club hosts the Crowne Plaza Invitational for the 62nd time this week where Paul Casey and Jim Furyk are William Hill's outright market leaders at 14/1.

Casey is very much a man in form having lifted last week's BMW Championship at Wentworth and the recent Shell Houston Open but a massive aspect of successful golf punting revolves around horses-for-courses, and the Fort Knox track isn't one that plays to his strengths.

The par 70, 7204 yard venue is an old-fashioned, traditional lay-out that past history shows us favours the strategists over the sluggers.

Defending champ Phil Mickelson will not be here, he's got more important matters to attend to after the distressing news that his wife Amy has breast cancer.

2007 Colonial winner Rory Sabbatini (25/1) is clearly back in the groove given his Byron Nelson win last week, but I think there are better options than gunning for the fiery South African to go back-to-back this week.

Kenny Perry (20/1) has won twice here - 2003 and 2005 - on both occasions with an outrageous 261 blows and on a course he dearly appreciates has to be our first selection.

He's already won at Phoenix in February and that, allied to a host of other top finishes have banked him $2.7 million already this term. Take the 20/1.

Colonial is a venue that clearly rewards solid iron players, Nick Price (2002 winner), Tim Herron (150/1) (2006 winner), with Furyk, Bernhard Langer and Tim Clark (28/1) all making the runners-up berths in recent years.

With its cleverly doglegged holes, it certainly isn't a track you can overpower with brute force off the tee.

With that in mind the second man for our punting portfolio is 33/1 David Toms who has some sound previous here - his best effort being a runner-up in 2002.

The Louisiana man has already banked $1.4 million this season - his highest grade efforts being 2nd at the Sony in Hawaii, 4th at Phoenix, 6th in Cancún, 5th in New Orleans and 9th at the recent Players Championship. (He's a 14/5 shot to get another top 10 finish here)

After three years without a win the 2001 PGA champion is back on the bridle.

And have a read of his comments about Colonial: "This is my favourite course on Tour. I think it's just the whole experience, from the golf course to the tournament history to the clubhouse, to the fans, being fairly close to where I live. Just the whole experience makes it my favourite".

Help yourself to some of that 33/1 being dangled.

Our final man is a bit "out of left field" as they say Stateside but at 200/1 we think he's worth an each-way tilt.

Heath Slocum has had a low key season save for a tied 3rd in Cancún. However, he has made his last two cuts at Colonial and if he can get the putter going is well capable of going low.

Key to the success of your man this week will be how they negotiate the stretch of three holes named the "Horrible Horseshoe".

It starts at the par-four third hole that measures 467 yards, followed by the monster par-three fourth that measures 252 yards and finishes at the fifth - the toughest hole on the course at 472 yards.

Keep that in mind when betting in-running with Hill's superb in-play markets.

Crowne Plaza Invitational outright

 
 
 

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