Harris English is the top pick to win The McGladrey Classic on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort in southern Georgia, not far from the border with Florida.
English has winning form on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort having been a member of the victorious University of Georgia team that took out the Southeastern Conference title at the track three years ago. Harris made his first start at the venue as a professional golfer last year and he bounced back from a relatively poor 71 in the first round to rattle off rounds of 66, 66 and 68 to finish 15th. If Harris had started with an average round he would have placed inside the top 10 for sure and maybe snuck into the top five.
Bookmakers have not missed English in their markets on The McGladrey Classic but Unibet are offering odds of 28.00 about the rising star, who proved that can get the job done when winning the FedEx St Jude Classic five months ago, finishing two strokes in front of Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings. With the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort having a links feel, it is a positive that English has made the cut in both of his Open Championship starts, including posting a top-15 finish in this year’s edition.
English, who was seventh in the CIMB Classic two weeks ago before taking a break ahead of The McGladrey Classic, has been paired with Luke Guthrie, Charles Howell III and Zach Johnson in match bets. One’s preference is to back English to beat Guthrie at odds of 1.91 with Sportingbet. Guthrie has been a top-five finisher on each of his last two starts but he does not have the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort knowledge of English, whose recent form is just as good.
Matt Every is an outsider in The McGladrey Classic who is worth considering at odds of 81.00 with Spreadex. Every has a tendency to play well in familiar surroundings, with most of his best performances occurring in the south east of the United States of America. Every lives in Jacksonville and he is a graduate of the University of Florida so that part of the world is special to him. Every has yet to win on the PGA Tour but Tommy Gainey broke through in this event last year and the former’s long odds more than account for that.
There is a lot to like about Every for a golfer whom one can back at odds of 81.00. He has been playing quite well, if not brilliantly, in recent months and he has excellent numbers on tracks that are relatively short and do not require pin-point accuracy off the tee. The McGladrey Classic is played on Bermuda greens and Every’s results on that kind of surface is another reason for optimism.
Every is too far down The McGladrey Classic betting market to feature in a match bet with any bookmaker but if one would like to back the title roughie at shorter odds in an exotic then there are options. Every is available at odds of 8.00 with Bet365 to finish in the top 10, while Paddy Power is offering odds of 3.50 that he places inside the top 20. All of Every’s odds are attractive.
Webb Simpson is The McGladrey Classic favourite at odds of 11.00 with Coral and he is sure to be popular having finished runner-up to Ben Crane two years ago and boasting the lowest average Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort round score of any golfer in the field. Simpson has averaged 67 strokes per round in his two appearances in the tournament and he should be fresh and ready to go after taking a holiday following his win in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
English and Every are more appealing than Simpson at their respective odds but one cannot knock the latter’s chance.
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