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TWO PICKS FOR THIS WEEK’S PGA TOUR EVENT

The Fox & Higgo pairing set us back right this season as they logged a T4 finish at the Zurich Classic. Our other selection, Garnett & Straka, fell only a couple of shots short of the bet requirement too, so we’re buoyed by the picks form going into this week!

A fairly open event stands in front of us. A hot-and-cold Jordan Spieth heads the outright odds at +1400 for the tournament at TPC Craig Ranch. There’s a talented bunch behind him though for this lesser event and we’re prepared to take on a winner bet alongside a safer top finish play.

OUTRIGHT WINNER: WILL ZALATORIS (+2200, DraftKings)

Here we are again, betting Willy Z. Different to previous though, the level of competition Zalatoris has against him here is significantly weaker and yet his odds offer great value.

Zalatoris returns home for this as a Texas resident and there’s no doubt that after his major back surgery he will be plotting his events carefully this year, so this must have been long in the thoughts. As to be expected with a local native, he’s on record confirming his familiarity with the course having played it regularly in his youth.

T2 at the Genesis, T4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T9 at the Masters – all against the best that the PGA TOUR (and LIV) has to offer – is clearly the best form in this field. Zalatoris has been a bit all-or-nothing though given finishes in lesser competitions around those. If he can find the motivation, these odds will look far too big very quickly.

Statistically and somewhat expected given the form of the aforementioned events, Zalatoris has his game together in all the right departments for this. And in 2021, when he finished T17, he led the field in GIR and that elite iron play could carry him to victory.

TOP 10 FINISH: K.H. LEE (+500, DraftKings)

After winning this in 2021 and 2022, it looked like the three-peat potential was weighing heavy last season when Lee opened with a 70. Some six shots worse than his effort 12 months earlier. The South Korean went on to record a pair of 68s and a 67 to prove his comfort levels around TPC Craig Ranch. In three appearances, Lee is an unbelievable 62 under par around here.

Two years ago Lee arrived here with form figures of MC-MC-MC-T25 and a yearly best of T26 up to that point. There was little remarkable in his form leading up to his first victory either and only flashes of elite level golf in the build up last year too. All of that could be considered worse than what he carries in this year. Whilst he brings a couple of missed cuts in his last six starts, he does so alongside a T4 at the Cognizant and a T9 at the Valspar.

There is a little added external motivation this year too in that his South Korean based sponsor, and that of many fellow South Koreans in the field, now holds the naming rights to this event. A little national pride is at stake and Lee knows he has the edge around here to make his sponsors proud.

Perhaps he did all his winning here on debut and on that first title defense, but he certainly has the credentials to put up another very good score and register at least a top 10 finish, for which +500 seems hugely overpriced.

All odds listed from DraftKings, as of Tuesday April 30.

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