Reno-Tahoe Open | US PGA Tour | 2nd - 5th August | 13:00 | Montreux Golf & Country Club
Moving away from the Bridgestone Invitational, the less popular event this weekend is the Reno-Tahoe Open. This one is played at Montreux Golf and Country Club, a par 72 measuring 7,472 yards in length. This year a change in format sees the tournament use a Stableford scoring system, so emphasis is going to be placed on making birdies. Change is always good, so it’s going to be interesting to see who adapts to this type of game. As such birdie making stats are the order of the day and players who sit high in this statistic demand your full attention. Who are those? Let’s have a look.
To Win Outright
Padraig Harrington 8/1
Seung Yoh Noh 20/1
John Rollins 22/1
Pat Perez 25/1
Chris Kirk 25/1
Seung Yoh Noh (20/1 a win, 5/1 a place)
Seeing as though emphasis is going to be placed on birdie making ability, I’m not surprised that the young South Korean finds himself at 2nd in the betting for this one. Since last year he’s stepped up his game immensely and of the 23 events played, he’s made 19 cuts. Of these he’s managed to find himself in the top 10 three times and I reckon this weekend he’ll go one better and find a top 5 finish at least. Watch this guy closely; pretty soon he’s going to become a huge name in golf.
Josh Teater (40/1 a win, 10/1 a place)
Next up I’m going to tip Josh Teater, again on birdie making ability. His rank of 12th in the birdie making stats for this year makes him tough to ignore and the price of 40/1 looks good. However, the reason for this is that he’s never had a win on tour so bookies obviously aren’t that afraid of him. This season hasn’t been his best as it appears old age is getting the better of him, but if there was ever a tournament for him to earn some money and climb the rankings, this is it. Keep in mind this is an average field and guys like this will be relishing the opportunity to compete without the big guns.
John Daly (125/1 a win, 32/1 a place)
If John Daly manages to pull off a win here I’ll be ecstatic. A different format requires a different kind of player and there are few out there that match up in style and temperament when compared to this big hitter. The way I see it, this one is all about making birdies so a few wayward holes aren’t going to crush chances. If Daly wants to do well here he can. I for one can’t wait to see how he handles the format.
TOP BET: John Rollins (22/1 a win, 11/2 a place)
Looking closer to the top of the leaderboard, my best bet for the weekend is going to be John Rollins. Yes, he does only rank 75th in birdie making ability but keep in mind that a majority of the players above him are either at the Bridgestone or have chosen to sit this one out. The veteran has had a very up and down season but will be licking his lips for a chance to compete in a field that is by no means great. A 3rd at the Farmers Insurance showed he can mix it up with the big boys; it’ll be interesting to see how he goes while they’re away.