November 21st, 2018

World Cup of Golf: The Luck of The Irish?

By Angus Macartney

 

This week, teams from all over the world will compete in the World Cup of Golf.

If we rewind to the DP World Tour Championship, we narrowly missed out on back to back wins. That said, Reed brought in some each way value for us finishing second.

I’m hoping we can go one better this week!

 

USA: Matt Kuchar & Kyle Stanley 8/1:

Kuch is no stranger to this tournament having won it alongside Gary Woodland in 2011. This year, he has a good replacement with Stanley stepping in.

These two stand out to me as a very strong partnership. In a similar mould, they don’t make many mistakes from tee-to-green – this is a recipe for a successful foursome’s partnership.

In addition, the fact they are both very consistent will be useful for the fourball format. As both players are consistent in all areas of their game, they will have lots of chances for birdie.

In terms of form, Stanley is arguably in the form of his life. He is well and truly established himself as one of the top PGA Tour pros. His driving and ball striking will be a feature this week.

There were question marks over whether Kuchar’s best days were behind him. He silenced the critics with an impressive win in Mexico. Although the conditions are different this week, there is no better way to build confidence than finding the winner’s circle.

I expect the USA pair to challenge this week.

 

Ireland: Shane Lowry & Paul Dunne 16/1 EW:

What interested me most about this pairing was first their price at 16/1, and secondly the fact these two will relish the conditions.

Both players have had some of their best results on what I would classify as “difficult conditions”. Perhaps, spending their youth playing Irish links courses has hardened their games to tough conditions.

Lowry is in a rich vein of form in terms of GIR and will be a good mentor for Dunne. Dunne has had a disappointing 2018 but has the pedigree to win titles having won the British Masters in 2017 fending off Rory Mcilroy.

These two have different strengths and I expect them to bounce off each other over the week bringing the best out of each other.

 

Closing thoughts:

It can be difficult to predict who will perform well in team formats. I have gone for established tour pros who have the attitudes to cope with the windy conditions in Australia.

Although the Australians and English are worthy market leaders, I believe we have found some value and could be onto a winner this week.

 

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