Each-way phrases: 1/5 odds, 6 locations
Weather forecast for Kiawah Island: The most notable factor concerning the climate is how constant it is all through the day. Temperatures have already hit 70 levels for the very early starters and so they rapidly rise and keep at 80. As for the winds, they’re locked in round 10mph with gusts somewhat greater. It is likely to be fractionally calmer for a few hours within the morning.
First-round chief historical past:
2012 (Kiawah Island) – 66 Carl Pettersson, 67 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren, Gary Woodland, 68 Joost Luiten, Graeme McDowell, Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Keegan Bradley, John Daly, Scott Piercy
As for earlier editions of this occasion:
2020 – 65 Jason Day, Brendon Todd
2019 – 63 Brooks Koepka
2018 – 64 Gary Woodland
2017 – 67 Kevin Kisner, Thorbjorn Olesen
2016 – 65 Jimmy Walker
2015 – 66 Dustin Johnson
2014 – 65 Ryan Palmer, Kevin Chappell, Lee Westwood
2013 – 65 Jim Furyk, Adam Scott
Strategy: Look at all these Europeans who began quick in 2012! There have been additionally three Aussies tied sixth which is sensible when wind is an element. One of the Americans, Daly, was an Open champ. The climate would not actually assist us however, on the idea that it may very well be barely calmer within the morning, I’ll decide two early and one late. My three picks are a trio of Europeans who have already got type at this degree.
Make It MacIntyre
I need to be with Robert MacIntyre in some capability this week and this appears a great way to do it.
The Scot has made some quick begins within the final six months. He was first-round chief on the Cyprus Showdown, an occasion he went on to win, second after 18 holes of the Golf in Dubai Championship and fifth following Thursday’s play on the Dubai Desert Classic.
He’s additionally burst out of the blocks in a significant earlier than, sitting tied third after day one of many 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush.
The left-hander has charged into the highest 50 of the world rankings after successful his group on the WGC-Match Play (on a Pete Dye course), ending an excellent tied twelfth on his Masters debut and including one other high 10 in final week’s British Masters the place he was main at midway.
Golf did not occur final May as a result of COVID. But the earlier May his R1 chief positions have been 10-6-5. He completed runner-up twice that month so it’s a good time of the 12 months for him.
MacIntyre ought to really feel proper at dwelling on the coast and might shine at 100/1. He’s a morning starter at 07:49 (from tenth).
Pick Pieters for quick begin
MacIntyre has some main pedigree and so too does Thomas Pieters.
The Belgian has a fourth at Augusta and a sixth on this occasion from 2018. You’ll additionally discover a pair of high fives in WGC occasions.
As for quick begins at this degree, Pieters was second after Thursday’s play eventually 12 months’s US Open and fifth after day one within the 2018 US PGA.
He led the sector after the opening lap of the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone whereas he is had a chunk of the first-round lead in three of his final 43 worldwide begins.
With 4 high 15s in his final 5 begins, Pieters is in good nick and his size off the tee may assist him at Kiawah.
All in all he appears a very good wager on this market at 125/1. Pieter tees off at 14:20 from the first.
Wallace can get to work early
I’ll full a trio of Europeans at three-figure costs by including in Matt Wallace at 100/1.
I’ve made the case for the Englishman in my outright preview, noting his sturdy current type and third place on this occasion two years in the past.
So, is he a very good starter too? That would definitely be a ‘sure’.
Just two tournaments in the past, the Englishman was third after spherical one of many RBC Heritage at Pete Dye’s Hilton Head and he was additionally tenth after 18 holes on the Texas Open.
Staying in America he was the first-round chief on the 2020 RSM Classic (by the ocean) and, in Europe, he is additionally had R1 leads in coastal occasions in Scotland (Alfred Dunhill Links) and Portugal (Open de Portugal).
Add in quite a few different low spherical ones and he is very able to touchdown us a pleasant payout at 100s.
Wallace tees off at 08:55 from No.10.