The course plays to a par of 71 and measures 7268 yards, though it does not play it’s full yardage due to some holes having elevation drops. This tree lined course is one of the easiest layouts on tour and will produce a low winning score, usually around the 20 under par mark. In 2010, Paul Goydos scored the magical 59 number and it wouldn’t surprise me if a player goes that low again.
Basically this week is all about keeping the ball in play and seeing who has the best short irons and a hot putter.
So who will make some noise in Illinois. Well the standing dish at this event is Steve Stricker who has won this event three times in 2009,2010,2012 and came fifth last year! Truly outstanding stats. Although he odds are very cramped, I believe he has to be in the staking plan this week as the most likely winner.
Another player I have tipped this season, but has struggled on occasion is Keegan Bradley. It’s been a really mixed bag so far, and although he has not played here before I think he could have every chance in a fairly weak field. On his day he is a long driver, has crisp short irons and is a deadly putter. Though on an off day he just looks like a weekend hacker with a bad squint who you wish would get a move on! But at the odds I think he is worth considering to go close.
For my final bet, a small wager on Troy Matteson could reap a reward. He was second last year and tenth in 2010 and had a couple of decent rounds in the 60’s last week. Whilst not a player i would usually consider, this appears to be a course that suits his eye and an event he obviously looks forward to. I’m going to back him in both the outright betting and the top 10 market.
Steve Stricker 8/1 E/W Ladbrokes/Stan James
Keegan Bradley 25/1 E/W Stan James/Coral
Troy Matteson 150/1 E/W Paddy Power/Bet365 + Top ten finish 12/1 Stan James