With the Ryder Cup in the near distance, golfers from both sides of the pond will be trying to impress in the current tournament, the WGC Invitational, at Firestone. The WGC is a hard place to hide in, because there is no cut, so you play four days no matter how bad your score.
Both Ryder Cup captains, Paul Azinger and Nick Faldo, will be on the look out for head-droppers, crowd-trashers or club-smashers. The pressure will be increased as the field moves on to Oakland Hills, Michigan, for next week's USPGA, the last major of the season.
Traditionally, this is a tournament where the trophy stays "at home", apart from a brief period in the 1990s. Mostly it's been a mixture of Tiger Woods, an unknown "country boy" having 15 minutes of fame or an old lag landing his only major. John Daly, famously, won the USPGA in 1991 after being called up as a reserve and driving overnight to the course.
What you won't find on the winners' list are the great British or European names of the past 30 years – and if Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam or Jose-Maria Olazabal could not win it, why should any of the current crop? My bets will go all-American bar one. Jim Furyk (20-1 Blue Square), Anthony Kim (25-1 Ladbrokes, Paddy Power), Justin Leonard (66-1 generally) get the fiver each-way treatment. The international bet goes on the Aussie Geoff Ogilivy (33-1), same stakes, who has no Ryder Cup distractions.
Last week's wagers
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