A European winner in the States last week and a Yank winning on the European Tour. Who knew?
The mad scientist Bryson de Chambeau continued his remarkable strike-rate when winning the Dubai Desert Classic while World No. 1 Justin Rose did the business at the Farmers Insurance Open.
And with the first running of the Saudi International taking place on the European Tour and the Phoenix Open on Stateside, Paddy Power’s golf guru Iain McLaughlin and the Racing Post’s Steve Palmer zip through the field with some of their best bets.
The Racing Post’s top tipster continues his ‘man crush’ on Thorbjorn Olesen who finished seventh last week in Dubai. Putts like an angel so should be well suited to the flat track and has proven bottle, being a five-time European Tour winner.
Joost Luiten: A wrist injury forced him off for five months last season and has started well this season. Six time winner who won the Oman Open in February 2018.
Romain Langasque: The talented Frenchman finished 39th in the Masters as an amateur, won on the Challenge Tour in September and finished fourth in the Challenge Tour final in the UAE, runner-up in the South African Open and 20th in Dubai last week.
Marcus Kinehult: Has some good form in the desert and was second in the Egyptian Masters and significantly third in the Qatar Masters last year.
Gaganjeet Bhullar: A prolific Champion on the Asian Tour and has won the Fuji International on the dynasty paspalum grass.
Iain McLaughlin: Eddie Pepperell is slowly returning from injury and this short track with the emphasis on ball control in the wind, should suit his game. Finished 38th in Dubai last week and looks worthy of a small each-way play.
Meanwhile in the States, Steve Palmer has gone for Kevin Tway while Iain is pinning his colours to Adam Hadwin’s mast in the Phoenix Open.