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PGA Crowne Plaze Invitiational Golf Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions

Will Rickie Fowler ride his red hot form?

22nd May 2012 / Lee A Jackson
Rickie Fowler

PGA Crowne Plaza Golf Betting Info
We are off to the Par 70 at Colonial Country Club this week for out PGA Golf betting, which is located in Fort Worth, Texas. This is not too difficult of a course for players, because they can really have a go at the greens, and scoring at the event has been consistently high, so we can expect a strong weekend for birdies. The greens are small, but the feature of Colonial is that they are perfectly attack-able without too much risk because scrambling and saving par isn’t too difficult of a challenge. So, keeping the ball on the fairway to line up a drive at the greens is going to be important. Players may have to negotiate the wind again, but other than that, it should be a straight forward challenge for the 120 man field teeing off on Thursday.

PGA Crowne Plaza Golf Betting Defending Champion
David Toms came here last season and simply played simple, straight forward gold and walked away with the title. All that David Toms did was just hit the fairways and greens without doing anything spectacular This is the kind of golf course which Colonial is. Toms was ranked T4 in greens and fairways hit here last season, so pragmatic tee to green golf is all that is required. This is his 15th time at Colonial and is one of the leading money leaders at the event. Didn’t tee off last week so is rested and with his accuracy off the tee, he should be back in contention again here. Is capable of pulling of good rounds, but consistency is a bit of an issue with Toms.  However, his 10th at The Players will have given him a big boost. Toms is trading at 25/1 with Bet365.

PGA Crowne Plaza Golf Betting Favourite
Zach Johnson goes as favourite at Colonial this week. He will be riding in on the form of great course history at the Texas event because he hasn’t fired a round over seventy in his last three outings here. On top of that, Johnson won in 2010 and the other two outings both landed him top ten finishes. So there is a strong chance that he will turn up and perform again. He is carrying 2012 season form as well because he was T2 at The Players and that has left him finishing as runner up in his last three outings. Strong form and holds the course record at Colonial. It’s all adding up for another great Zach Johnson show in Texas. Johnson goes off at 14/1 favourite with Bet365.

Other Contenders
Young Rickie Fowler is really a rising stock in the game at the moment and is in tremendous form. He has notched up three top tens in his last three events, and made his tremendous break though triumph at Quail Hollow recently. What will carry him well at Colonial is his driving accuracy stats which are very good, and he carries great distance off the tee as well. He is really pulling all of his potential together and the moment and on a hot streak. He has put in some great rounds at Colonial before and there is no reason why he can’t continue his good form here this week. Well worth a punt and the improvement in his stats compared to last season are incredible

Jason Dufner is another man on the Tour who is running hot at the moment and has to be considered. He has picked up two titles in his last three starts and you can’t ignore that kind of form. Dufner won in New Orleans and then triumphed in Texas last week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. That is important, because the course in Dallas last week is similar to this one and Dufner, who is the new FedExCup leader, is rock solid in straight forward tee to green gold. Ranked fourth in the all around at the moment on the PGA and his sixth in driving accuracy should carry him a long way. He is running hot on form and therefore should be a strong contender for another title next week. It’s not easy to win back to back titles on the PGA, but the similarity of golf which needs to be played this week, compared to last week, will work in his favour.

Hunter Mahan is going to be worth a look as he has titles and form to be a good fit for Colonial. Mahan has won twice on the PGA Tour this season already and his stats are high in the right departments for this week as well. He is ranked 7th in fairways and 5th in greens hit and that is prime golf betting material for this week. He had his best finish at Colonial last season with a T10, and was finding the greens beautifully. Hasn’t been in tip top form lately though, including a missed cut at Sawgrass, but this is the kind of course at which he can bounce back and his steady handed golf will carry him far.

Best Outside Bet
Spain’s Sergio Garcia goes as our outside bet for Colonial this week. He won here back in 2001 and on his return last season after five years away, landed a top twenty finish. He had a great weekend at the Volvo World Match Play too, where he came home fifth. Garcia is a on a long consecutive cuts streak as well, having made the cut in his last fifteen starts. A great fit and really could challenge here.

Latest PGA Crowne Plaza Golf Betting Prices at Bet365
Zach Johnson 14/1, Matt Kuchar 14/1, Rickie Fowler 16/1, Jason Dufner 18/1, Hunter Mahan 25/1, Bo Van Pelt 25/1, David Toms 25/1, Jim Furyk 33/1, Bill Haas 33/1, Louis Oosthuizen 35/1, Sergio Garcia 35/1, Nick Watney 35/1, Ben Crane 40/1

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