Author: Paul Atkin
Published: 08:27 12/02/2014
The Tour returns to the wonderful Riviera Country Club in California. This old fashioned course only measures about 7,300 yards, but it always poses plenty of problems for the players. It's a real ball striker's course and the design of the holes leads to plenty of long irons to these fairly small greens. Scrambling around the greens is an attribute that is needed also, as even the best are going to miss these greens occasionally. Putting whilst important, is not such a massive factor as on other courses, as the players who can repeatedly find the greens and not drop shots to Par will be the ones who come to the fore. Americans have a decent record here, and have won five times in the last six years, whilst the Europeans have had a dreadful record; with only Sir Nick Faldo winning in recent history. The weather forecast should be fine for all four days.
Ryan Moore is a player who I picked to do well a few weeks ago at the Phoenix, and he was just out of the place money. I'm expecting him to close again, as he's a terrific long iron player and is starting to fulfil the potential he possesses. He has a fourth place to his name here in 2011 and has shown other solid form in past years.
Bill Haas is a player who doesn't really do anything tremendously well, but conversely he doesn't do anything badly either. In short, he's a player who plots his way round and his solid game is ideally suited to this course. With a win and a third place, he is very hard to leave out of the betting guide.
For my last pick I'm going to put up Brian Davis in the Top Twenty market. His tied 13th place last week would of given him great confidence coming into this week. A decent iron player, who has come fourth in the past, he is sure to give you a run for your money.
A special mention to Paddy Power, who are paying six places this week. The bookies have been paying five places mostly this year, and whilst the prices may be slightly shorter from Power this week, it's still a good concession to consider.
Ryan Moore - 30/1 E/W Betfred
Bill Haas - 28/1 E/W Paddy Power 6 Places
Brian Davis - 6/1 Top Twenty Market Paddy Power