Bradley to blast out of the blocks
Ben Coley provides his best bet for round one of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International in China.
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Keegan Bradley has been well-backed for the WGC-HSBC Champions this week and, to an extent, it's easy to see why.
For starters, the American already has a WGC win to his name - not to mention a major courtesy of his 2011 PGA Championship success - while he showed some very positive signs in Malaysia last week when trading at odds-on with 36 holes to go only to finish 10th.
However, I can't have him at the price despite his game's suitability to a course which favours long, straight drivers of a golf ball.
Instead, I want to back him as the outsider in a three-ball which includes dual-Sheshan International winner Phil Mickelson and returning US Open hero Justin Rose.
Mickelson was damning in his self-criticism last week, claiming he'd never felt less in control of his golf ball, and while he tends to exaggerate somewhat those comments have to go down as somewhat worrying with his prospects here in mind.
Rose, meanwhile, played some decent golf when second to Adam Scott in the Grand Slam of Golf a couple of weeks ago but that Bermuda jolly-up may leave him undercooked for his return to truly competitive golf, and any rust is likely to be exposed in round one.
Bradley is the perfect player to oppose Rose and Mickelson with. A habitual fast-starter, he led after an opening 65 on his sole outing here and shot the same score to lie second after round one in Malaysia last week.
In fact, his round one scoring average in WGC events is a superb 67.57, compared to an overal 68.68 - clearly, he gets up for these events and can fly out of the gates.
With all of this in mind there was of course a temptation to back him in the round one leader market at 30/1, but a (relatively) late tee-time means that avenue is narrowly avoided in favour of a more straightforward bet.
Sky Bet quote a standout 9/4 and that's well worth taking.