We’re coming to the end of the golf season quicker than Thierry Henry is coming to the end of his time at Monaco.
Steve Palmer and Iain McLoughlin have been burning it up on the postcast of late and preview the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa & Mayakoba Golf Classic down Mexico way.
Paddy’s chipping in by paying seven and eight places respectively at both so hopefully some of their selections below can hit the frame.
Iain McLaughlin: Joost Luiten had five months off with a wrist injury but has been progressing nicely recently and has solid form in Sun City. His driving accuracy and greens in regulation figures are decent and they’re two key stats around this course. If he continues in this vein, he can put up a very strong show in South Africa at around 25/1.
Steve Palmer: Martin Kaymer has a great chance to stabilise his career as he’s dropped to 150th in the world rankings. The former World No. 1 in 2011 feels a resurgence is imminent and four solid rounds in the Turkish Open saw him finish fifth there last week. As a former Nedbank Challenge winner, 25/1 he looks a good bet to hit the places.
Steve Palmer: It could be a home win for Mexico in the shape of Abraham Ancer who should be inspired by – rather than burdened – by the home support. Last year he finished ninth here, despite being nowhere near the form he’s in now. With a year on the PGA Tour under his belt, he can go deep this weekend.
Iain McLaughlin: Joaquin Niemann finished 10th last week in Las Vegas with a hole-in-one being one of the many highlights of his game. His putting was poor though and if he can get hot with the flat stick this weekend, he could go close in Mexico where he’s won before as an amateur. At 25/1, he offers plenty of each-way appeal.