Tampa Bay Championship Preview

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Tampa Bay Championship | Thursday 14 March -  Sunday 17 March | Copperhead Course at Innisbrook

This week the tour moves to Tampa Bay for the Tampa Bay Championship. This tournament has undergone numerous facelifts over the last few years so you’d be forgiven for not being entirely sure how the course plays, but that’s why we’re here, isn’t it? On that note, the par 71 course measures in at 7300 yards and is lined with trees, placing a premium on driving accuracy. A look at some of the past winners shows that consistency is key, which isn’t really a surprise, but it does mean that it is unlikely that there will be an upset so you’d do well to look at the top of the betting in this one. The last two winners were Gary Woodland and Luke Donald, both of whom will be returning for this instalment, so the question is can they hold it together or will one of the other pretenders steal the crown?

To Win Outright
Sergio Garcia  16/1
Adam Scott  16/1
Luke Donald  16/1
Webb Simpson  18/1
Matt Kuchar  20/1

Sergio Garcia (16/1 a win, 4/1 a place)
Although I generally stay away from backing Garcia, I reckon he has strong claims this week. First off, he has a bit of course form, having come 15th and 16th in his last two appearances here, which certainly never hurts. Next, he comes into this on the back of a solid third last week and it was his performance with the putter there that made me think he has what it takes to win here. Generally a weakness of his, he seems to have sorted that aspect of his game out and will certainly be a serious threat.

Lucas Glover (80/1 a win, 20/1 a place)
Moving away from the favourites, my next tip certainly represents a lot of value at 80/1. Glover made a name for himself after winning the 2009 US Open and since then has had a smattering of solid performances. He seems to be hitting a bit of form which was highlighted by a 4th in the Honda Classic and he enjoys the course, having finished as high as 4th in his years playing here. A win might be a bit out of his reach but a top 5 finish is certainly possible.

Jim Furyk (28/1 a win, 7/1 a place)
One simply cannot ignore Furyk this week. The man loves the course and managed a win in 2010. This was followed by a narrow loss in a playoff last year and there was a T13 thrown in the middle of those two performances. Despite this, there aren’t too many other reasons for backing Furyk this week. He didn’t manage to win anything last year and only finished inside the top 4 six times. For this reason I’ll be staying away from the win bet but the place looks good at 7/1.

TOP BET: Jason Day (33/1 a win, 83/10 a place)
When it comes to form players, few look a better bet than Jason Day this week. So far he’s made 5 cuts from 5 starts and in three of these he’s managed to claim a spot in the top 10. In this day and age form like that is nothing to be ignored , despite the fact that so far he’s only managed one win in his career. If ever there was a time for him to improve on that I reckon it’s now. For these reasons, Day is my best bet for this week.

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