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Puerto Rico Open value

| 24.03.2017

McDowell out to prove a point

Coco Beach attracts the attention of value-hunters this week as a competitive field, including Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter, travel to Rio Grande for the renewal of the Puerto Rico Open. Coral offer up a number of markets on the action – click here to place your golf bets now.

Wesley Bryan goes into the week as market leader with Coral, and the talented young American is available at 14/1 with us at the time of writing to get his hands on the prize money. It is little surprise to see him picked by the traders, as he goes into this tournament in the form of his life. There’s no doubt the 26-year-old from South Carolina has a big career ahead of him at the top of the game, but a 14/1 fav – that proves just how wide-open this market is, and we’ll be casting our eye down the rankings in search of value.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland.

Northern Irishman’s experience to shine

We don’t stray too far from the top however, as the man to carry our stake money at Coco Beach is Graeme McDowell. The 37-year-old Northern Irishman is another who arrives with form onside, but he has been doing it for many years now, and will be more than capable of handling the pressures of being fancied to win before the off. We aren’t so confident that’s true with Bryan.

This is, perhaps, a weaker field than McDowell has been up against in recent times, and that downgrade in class looks to have given him every chance of taking a morale-boosting win. The challenges of this course should play to his strengths, and he has enough about him off the tee to suggest he will be competitive in the early exchanges.

Big price on GMac to show his worth

The sport’s biggest names are all in action over at the WGC Match Play in Texas, with play getting underway there on Wednesday evening. McDowell didn’t quite make the grade – only the world’s top 64 players are invited – and that will sting a bit for the 2010 US Open champion. We expect the fightback to start here.

Coral are giving out an appealing 20/1 on McDowell, and with his experience, form and eagerness to prove a point and return to winning ways against the game’s lesser known names, I make that real value. We’ll give each-way players 1/5 the odds the best seven home, and that’s an advantage worth having. Many of our competitors don’t get near that.

McDowell has been a consistent top-10 finisher of late, ending in that company six times since winning the OHL Classic in 2015. Another top-10 finish gives backers a bit of a safety net, but they can play with confidence, as Coral are giving 13/8 on more of the same here.

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