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TURNING STONE CHAMPIONSHIP

I really debated whether or not to dabble in the PGA Tour’s fall series. However, I decided that since a) the Turning Stone Championship is, by my count, the only PGA Event held on an Indian Reservation/Casino and B)it is the closest PGA event to Rexford, NY, I would take a shot.

THE EXPERT PICKS:

  • Carl Pettersson
  • Bill Haas
  • Jason Gore
  • Woody Austin
  • Steve Flesch
  • John Rollins
  • Joey Sindelar
  • David Duval
  • Davis Love
  • Charles Warren
  • Robert Allenby*

All picks came from the pgatour.com “expert picks” and “sleeper picks” because ESPN either does not care about this tournament or haven’t put them up yet. I don’t have time to wait for them because I’m not putting this post up on the first day of the MLB playoffs.

*Normally I never take someone that these guys picked, but I may make an exception in this case because Win McMurray? and T.J Auclair? both picked him as a sleeper. Nice sleeper guys, He’s only the top line favorite at 16-1 this week, and has the best scoring average in the field. Some would call him a favorite.

ALL OVER-RATED TEAM:

  • Bo Van Pelt
  • Woody Austin
  • Carl Pettersson
  • Steve Flesch
  • Will Mackenzie
  • Sean O’Hair
  • Troy Matteson

THE LOOKS:

  • Kevin Na: Perfectly inconsistant in his last few starts, alternating decent showings and missed cuts. I like the fact that he finished 8th at the Canadian Open on what I think will be a similiar set up. Overally play this year is pretty good, with 3 top tens.
  • Tommy Armour III: Made it to the BMW Championship this year and was worth a look , but that was all.
  • Briny Baird: leads the tour in GIR’s and is always very enticing at his price range. T-21 and T-11 at Duetsche Bank and Canadian Open on similiar style modern courses.
  • Tom Pernice Jr.: Played very well earlier in the season, but has missed 2 cuts in his last 4 events. I just wasn’t willing to make the leap with Pernice.
  • Jeff Quinney: Had a great start to the season, and I like his game okay but I feel like he may have played over his head for a while this season. Seems to be slowing down.
  • Nick Watney: If Nick Watney improves his short game and putting he will win a tournament. As it stands I’m not taking a chance on him.
  • Nick O’Hern: Not quite a good enough ball striker for this course. Great short game though.
  • Steve Elkington: Last man out. Steve has had a very under-rated season (3 top tens, 7 top 25s), but I just don’t think he can get over the hump and into the money this week.

THE PICKS:
Robert Allenby +1600 (2.5): Very small play, but I can’t pass up this chance to take a man who has made 24 straight cuts, with 7 top 10s this year. I hate taking all this chalk, but he is far and away the best player in this field and has been under-rated all season long.

Steve Marino +4000 (5): Love his game. Played well at Canadian Open earlier this year earning a top-5 finish. Great ball striker, who I hope can putt well enough to get the win this week.

John Merrick +5000(5), John Merrick top-5(2.5):Another good ball striker, and a slightly better than average putter.

John Senden +1000(2.5): It came down to Elkington and Senden for this last Top-5, The difference was i just didn’t want to take another chance on Elkington this year.

MATCHUPS:
ALLENBY -115 over PETTERSSON (.5)
BRETT QUIGLEY -115 over BO VAN PELT (.5)
PAT PEREZ -115 over BO VAN PELT (.5)
BRETT QUIGLEY -110 over TROY MATTESON (.5)

Lets hope they have the Shot-tracker up and running for this AAA event.

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