BACK to win 10pts unless stated
Jordan Spieth 8.2 (7.8) [2pts]
Speith's price has fallen throughout the week and now only warrants minor interest. His record here reads 7th-14th-2nd-1st-2nd so he warrants interest this week, but putting is always important here and that is the weakest part of his game right now by some distance. His tee-to-green play is as good as it has ever been, so he does warrant interest albeit limited at this price.
Rickie Fowler 20 (14)
Fowler returns to the event after a four-year absence and so satisfies the PGA Tour's 'strength of field' policy. Does this mean that he is just turning up and not committing to the event? That wasn't the case last time when played in the 2017 OHL Classic when many other leading players were enjoying their off-season - he finished 2nd, a shot behind Patton Kizzire. He does have a top-5 finish here (2012) and he come very close to winning this year, being the 36-hole co-leader at the OHL, and 36-hole co-leader and 54-hole leader at the Phoenix Open. This represents a good opportunity for him to win his first title of 2018.
Justin Rose 22 (14.5)
Rose is another who returns after a lengthy absence and so satisfies the PGA Tour rule - he would normally be playing at Wentworth this week. His form is good and he is a good putter - he ranks 15th in strokes gained - putting, plus he is another who is not expected to simply turn up and go through the motions. I would have expected lower odds for the World #5 in this field, so there should be value if, as expected, his is fully committed to this event.
LAY 10pts liability unless stated
Jon Rahm 16.5 (19.0) [5pts]
Rahm's runner-up finish last year is atypical in terms of the Colonial indentikit winner as length off the tee has no particular advantage here. However, it must be remembered that he was in a golden run of form and his 2nd place finish would be his sixth top-5 finish in his last ten starts. That form and confidence is not as high this year with finishes of mc and 63rd in his last two PGA Tour starts, so he is worth opposing on this course.
Jason Dufner 34 (55) [9pts]
It's a mixed bag of results for Dufner at Colonial - he has finished 2nd (2012), 2nd (2014) and 6th (2016), but has failed to finish in the top-40 in any of his other six appearances. He does have two top-5 finishes in his last three starts (one was a team event), but his overall starts are poor and an ill-fit for this course. At these odds, it's easy to oppose a player whose pre-tournament Betfair lay odds have been 170 and 290 in his last two starts.
TIPS, ODDS AND STAKES
Unlike fixed odds markets, liquidity is an issue in exchange
markets - there is little value in providing tips for players at odds for
which there are very small amounts available. So, in order to provide tips
that utilise the maximum amount of liquidity within the Betfair exchange
market, there are two things to note:
Tips will normally be provided within a few hours of the
market going in-play;
Tips will focus only on those players near the top of
There is plenty of value in backing players at very
large odds in the exchange markets, but once that price has gone, the
next-best price can be many ticks lower, so there is little value in
providing tips for these odds.
Odds of 2.0 or higher
All BACK plays
will be to win 10pts and all LAY plays will with a liability of 10pts.
So a BACK play at odds of 9 will mean that the stake is
10/(9-1) = 1.25pts. Similarly, a LAY play at odds of 9 will mean 10pts are
staked to win 1.25pts.
Odds of less than 2.0
All BACK plays will have a liability of 10pts and all LAY
plays will be to win 10pts
The numbers in brackets indicate the minimum advised odds to
take for BACK plays and the maximum advised odds to take for LAY plays.