We’re a week off from the 2018 Ryder Cup showdown in France and while the top players European try to hone their game at the Tour Championship stateside, Sergio Garcia is in a race against time to find his ‘A’ game at the Portugal Masters.
Luckily, we’ve got top golf tipsters Steve Palmer of the Racing Post and Paddy Power’s trading floor ace Iain McLoughlin to sort out the birdies from the bogeys in both tournaments.
Both think Tiger Woods’ time is now as the former world number 1 looks to win his first title since his WGC Bridgestone Invitational triumph in 2013 as the last leg of the FedEx Championship tees off on Thursday, while 16/1 shot Tony Finau is Iain Mc’s player in form.
Iain McLoughlin on Tony Finau: ‘His putting is improving and got a huge boost by getting the captain’s pick in the Ryder Cup. Was seventh here on debut last year and looks primed for a big week’.
Meanwhile at the Portuguese Masters, Garcia and Ryder Cup newbie Thorbjorn Olesen head a cast of Tour regulars who’ll be trying to nick a few more crumbs from the top table before attention switches to the European Tour and Race to Dubai Championship after the Ryder Cup.
Steve Palmer on Lucas Bjerregaard: ‘An emphatic winner for us at 55/1 last year and has form figures of 9-6-2 coming into this week after a play-off loss to Matt Fitzpatrick last time. His confidence will be sky high’.