OHL Classic: Can Patrick Reed regain his form?
Patrick Reed has endeared himself to American golf fans over the past few years.
His performances in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teaming up with Jordan Spieth and going head to head with Rory McIlroy gets him mentioned with some of the best players in the game.
But as far as wins go, we’ve been waiting a while for Reed to put a tournament together. It’s been 14 months since his last victory on tour, but it’s time for Reed to return to his winning ways.
Reed has been in the top 20 in six of his last nine starts, including a couple of top 10s, so there are some signs of solid golf. He’s the second-best player in this field behind Rickie Fowler, so at 20-1, I’m making him my first play of the OHL Classic.
He’s behind Pat Perez and Chesson Hadley in the odds based on recent form and Perez being the defending champ, but Reed is the most talented player in that price range. Given how long it’s been since his last win, I feel we’ll be getting a focused Reed each time on the course until he finds a way back on top.
I’ve targeted another player at that 20-1 number in Gary Woodland as well. Woodland is a bomber, but he tends to do his best work on shorter tracks like the sub-7,000 yard course we’ll be seeing this week. He’s usually forced to club down a bit, which keeps him in play more and allows him to avoid big numbers that can plague him on longer tracks. It played out well for him last year on this course, where he finished runner-up to Perez.
One other player I like near the top of the board is Ryan Moore at 40-1. When Moore contends, it tends to be at easier courses where finding the fairway and dialing in the wedges are important. The OHL Classic tends to be a birdie fest where a number near 20-under usually wins, that also fits the range where the majority of Moore’s victories come.
Joshua has spent the last five years writing about sports and the last 10 years betting them, mostly on golf. He’s one of approximately five people who will watch the PGA over the NFL in November. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaPerry22
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