Rasmus Hojgaard had a nice tune up last week at the Scottish Open where he played nicely for the first two days before the weather got really, really tough.
He’s probably not used to that, being quite new to the tour, with the wind howling and rain pouring and he ended up in 48th place, but that’s not really a reflection of how well he played.
His form figures in England over the last three months are second, sixth, third and first so he hasn’t finished outside the top six every time he’s played in England.
I think he has the overall game to overpower Wentworth and I think he can win this weekend.
I put Robert MacIntyre up as a selection last week at the Scottish Open and he put up a strong showing after a really slow start.
He started with a round of 74, but came back with 67, 68 and 69 for 14th place. I was really impressed with his long game he made up loads of shots onto the green and off the tee.
He was 28th here last year on debut so he likes the course. I think he’s going to have a really good time here this week.
Sam Horsfield missed the cut last week at the Scottish Open but he did shoot 66 on the Friday which means he could be flying under the radar. His game is probably in better order than what it looks like at the moment.
He’s already won twice on tour this season, one of those, the Hero Open, came not too far down the road from Wentworth. Like MacIntyre he has a real liking for this course and like Hojgaard he can really overpower a golf course and I think he can do that again at Wentworth.
Russell Henley finished the 2020 season really nicely. He was 9th at the Wyndham Championship, but didn’t qualify for the US Open so has had an extended break and this is his first start in the new wrap-around season.
His long game is in good shape and has been since March. When he puts well he finishes highly and he’s got a top-10 finish here in five appearances so he can play the course well. He comes here fresh and I think he can have a really big week.
Maverick MaNealy is one I like at a bigger price. He was 17th place last week at the Sanderson Farms and that that was a really good performance. He now arrives in Las Vegas and this is a home game for him this week at TPC Summerlin.
The score is going to be low, players are going to have to have a hot putter this week and he topped the putting figures last week which is quite encouraging. I think he’s a really, really good price to challenge the big guns this week.
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