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Nic Ladds 6th Aug 2009 - 6:53

Three against the field for the Reno Tahoe

The Reno Tahoe Open may be playing second fiddle to the Bridgestone Invitational but this is a perfect chance for some of the lesser names to make their mark and it could be Harrison Frazar's time to shine at odds of 66/1.

Frazar is a player who comes to the fore on low-scoring courses and when he is hot, he is hot, as he demonstrated in qualifying school when he shot a stunning 59 here when on the way to annihilating the opposition at Q-school.

Three of his last four finishes here have been t4, t11 and t18 so he should have no problem handling the track. Add to this that he sits tenth in the rankings for driving distance and his putting average has improved that much he has moved from 186th up to tenth this year put him in good stead for a big tournament and looks a cracking each way bet at 66/1 in this field.

Of the market leaders (of which there are many) the one to go for could be Charley Hoffman who is one of a host of golfers available at odds of 25/1.

Hoffman is a resident of Nevada so should feel right at home playing at the Montreux Golf and Country Club and before he missed the cut in the Open, he had made it to the weekend on his previous 25 consecutive starts.

His best finish this year was when losing in a play-off to Kenny Perry in Phoenix and there are no players of that kind of quality here which should see Hoffman throw down a big challenge.

The third selection is Scotsman Martin Laird at odds of 50/1 in the betting who has been steadily improving this year.

He finished fourth in this very tournament last year showing that playing at altitude holds no fears for him, most probably because he spent his college years playing in Colorado so should be fully capable of handling conditions.

Before his missed cut last week, Laird had finished an excellent tenth at Loch Lomond then finished 16th in the RBC Canadian Open where he had started with two fantastic rounds of 65 before blowing his chances with a 78 showing his questionable temperament - but in a much weaker field, he could have a much more consistent time of it with conditions he likes and a course he gets on with.

Other contenders that punters will undoubtedly be coming in for are last year's winner Parker McLachlin who is available at 66/1 but is not in the same form as he was coming in to the tournament last year but a course a player gets on with can often bring the happy memories and in turn low scores flooding back.

Amongst the market leaders sits dual winner Vaughn Taylor who scooped this prize in 2004 and 2005 and is 25/1 to do so for a third time.

Taylor like McLachlin is not in the same kind of form as he was back then and while he clearly loves the course, it would take a brave punter to steam in to him at 25/1 and of the front runners, Hoffman is preferred.

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Recommendation:
Harrison Frazar - 66/1

Charley Hoffman - 25/1

Martin Laird - 50/1

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