PGA Tour McGladrey Classic

Mcgladrey Classic

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Published: 22/10/2014

The McGladrey Classic commences on Thursday at the Seaside Course, Saint Simmons Island, Georgia. This is the final PGA Tour event in America for 2014 and it has been hosted at the Seaside Course on the previous four occasions. On each of those four occasions, the winner has been an American but that is where the consistency seems to end, with the four different winners not really showing any kind of previous form on the course prior to their victory.

A good example of this is 2012 winner Tommy Gainey, who missed the cut in his only other appearance in the event before his win and he is 200/1 with ladbrokes to enjoy his second success in this tournament.

Having said that, there are players out there with previous good form at the McGladrey Classic and this should not be ignored. For example, current favourite Matt Kuchar, 14/1 with SkyBet, has three top 25 finishes to his name and one of those was a tie for 7th last year, which makes him difficult to ignore.

However, what is interesting is how well the previous four winners at the Seaside Course have performed at other, similar courses in the past. The Heritage, which is played at the Harbour Town Golf Links, shows very similar form to that of the Seaside Course, Georgia. Looking at two previous winners of the McGladrey Classic, Heath Slocum and Ben Crane, both players finished in the top 10 in the Heritage before going on to succeed at the Seaside Course. Also, last years winner, Chris Kirk, picked up a top 5 finish at the crowne Plaza Invitational prior to winning the McGladrey Classic, an event hosted at the Colonial Country Club, which is another course grouped in the same bracket as the Seaside Course.

Jerry Kelly is priced at 125/1 for this tournament with BetVictor and despite not showing good form, he is a player who has performed well at the above mentioned courses and as previous results have shown, form is not always a good indicator for this event.

Having said that, previous course form can not be simply overlooked and for good each way value, American Scott Brown can not be ignored, having performed well in this event in previous years. In Brown`s two previous appearances at the McGladrey Classic, he has finished tied 20th and most recently tied 4th and therefore represents a good each way bet at 40/1 with bet365. Another player who has shown promise in previous years is Charles Howell III, having tied 6th and 7th over the last three years. Finishing 18th at last weeks Shriners Open, Howell is also priced at 40/1 to walk away with the McGladrey Classic title this week.

Other good each way bets include George McNeill, who was top of the leaderboard after the first round at Sea Island last year and is available at 80/1 with SkyBet. McNeill also shot a 63 in the second round of the Shriners Open last week, which shows he has got a low score in his locker. Another player coming in to the McGladrey Classic with confidence is Robert Strebb, who tied for 10th at the Shriners Open last week and also ended last season strongly with a number of strong finishes and offers good each way value at 75/1 with bet365.

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