The PGA Tour continues this week on the second Pete Dye-designed course in a row. This week’s layout at TPC Louisiana is a much longer challenge than Harbour Town at around 7,400 yards off the tournament tees. Like many of the other TPC courses dotted around America, Louisiana is a stadium course meaning that the fans can get up close and personal to the action. Those who turn up this week will be able to get an intimate view of the swings several top, top players, including Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Jason Day. Those three head the betting and have each looked impressive at times this season.
There are other big names who will be competing in this popular tournament but it’s the first time for a number of weeks that Jordan Spieth won’t be in the field. The Masters champion takes a well-earned rest but the man who finished joint runner-up at Augusta, Rose looks to have everything set fair for another good week. Rose had a wrist injury that hampered his progress at the start of the season but that had cleared up by the time he teed off in the Masters. Finishing second to Spieth was nothing to be ashamed about that week so he has plenty of positive momentum to utilise in New Orleans. Rose likes the course – he’s gone tied for 10th, tied for 15th and tied for eighth in his last three starts – due in part to his brilliant approach play. Rose is 10/1 to win with Ladbrokes this week and is our first betting tip.
The next player to consider is Rickie Fowler. After a very encouraging last season where he finished in the top five in every major event, Fowler has failed to really kick on this term. He finished tied 12th at the Masters to hint at a return to the type of form that everybody knows he is capable of. The 26-year-old has enough distance to take advantage of the four par fives on the course and leave himself short irons into the strong par fours. If he does narrowly miss the green he’s 100% when scrambling from the fringe while his general scrambling stats are decent this season. Fowler needs to improve if he is to win this week but he’s due a good result and is interesting for an each way bet at 18/1 with BetVictor.
Lastly, let’s look at the chances of Steve Stricker. The 48-year-old was so good last season that he maintained a strong world ranking and FedEx Cup points tally despite playing relatively few events. He went under the knife to fix a problem shortly before Christmas and only returned a fortnight ago at Augusta. There he finished tied for 28th but has finished in the top 15 in each of his last three trips to TPC Louisiana. Currently on a run of 36 cuts made, the consistent Stricker is sure to be there or thereabouts on Sunday and can be backed at a standout 45/1 with Bet365. Get involved with an each-way bet, with Stricker’s superb putting always giving him a chance.