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Northern Trust Open 2016 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Charl Schwartzel (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Ladbrokes
Sergio Garcia (ew)Tournament Winner28/1BetfredBetVictor
Freddie Jacobson (ew)Tournament Winner80/1BetVictor, Coral
Ernie ElsTop 10 Finish16/1BetVictor

Venue

The PGA Tour’s West Coast swing continues with the Northern Trust Open, which takes place at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. It’s a superbly designed course and was loved by the legendary Ben Hogan, earning the nickname ‘Hogan’s Alley’. Stay on the fairways and the ball sits up beautifully on the kikuyu grass, but the rough can be punishing. It is renowned also for the par 3 sixth, which has a bunker cut into the centre of the putting surface. James Hahn is the defending champion after a surprise win at last year’s event.

Favourites

It’s a stellar field once again this week, with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy dominating the betting at best odds of 13/2 and 7/1 respectively. Dustin Johnson has gone close here in each of the last two years and will be a popular selection at 18/1 with BetVictor, while Justin Rose and Hideki Matsuyama, winner of the Phoenix Open two weeks ago, are other leading contenders. Paddy Power are offering 7 places for each-way bets on this tournament, but the downside is that you only get 1/5 odds for the place with them, compared to 1/4 odds elsewhere.

Tips

Charl-SchwartzelCHARL SCHWARTZEL should be full of confidence after winning two of his last three events on the European Tour, including an eight-shot victory at the Tshwane Open on Sunday. The South African has not always made the most of his talent outside of his homeland, but he has thrived at the Riviera Club in the past, with top five finishes in both 2013 and 2014. Ladbrokes are offering best odds of 33/1, or take 30/1 with Paddy Power with 7 places.

Sergio-GarciaYou won’t find many more consistent players on the PGA Tour than SERGIO GARCIA, who has missed only three cuts in the last three years in the United States. The talented Spaniard doesn’t win as many tournament as he should, but he always seems to go close here, recording results of 5-13-4 on his last three visits to Pacific Palisades. Betfred and BetVictor both make Garcia a 28/1 chance or take 25/1 and those 7 places with Paddy Power.

Freddie JacobsonIt’s been a good few weeks for Sweden’s FREDDIE JACOBSON, who followed up his top five finish at the Farmers Insurance Open with another top five at Pebble Beach at the weekend. Go a little further back in the season and he has three top fives to his name in his last four appearances. Jacobson was third here in 2013 and has the form and the game to go close again at a big price. He’s an 80/1 shot with both BetVictor and Coral.

Ernie-ElsFinally, 1999 champion ERNIE ELS has been working hard on his game and in particular his putting for which he has switched to a cross-handed grip to overcome well documented yips. After his top 20 finish at the Dubai Desert Classic, the four time major winner said that he was feeling much more comfortable on the greens and he can be backed at best price 200/1 with Betfred to win in California or at 16/1 with BetVictor to place in the top 10.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Charl Schwartzel (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Ladbrokes
Sergio Garcia (ew)Tournament Winner28/1Betfred, BetVictor
Freddie Jacobson (ew)Tournament Winner80/1BetVictor, Coral
Ernie ElsTop 10 Finish16/1BetVictor