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Craig Edwards

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:56 AM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 11:56 AM UTC

Jim Furyk to shine in his what could be his final play off series
<div><h2>Medinah Country Club, Course 3</h2><p><strong>Illinois</strong></p><p>We have the top 70 players in the FedEx play off series teeing it up this week with a chance to book their place in the top 30 and a place in next week's Tour Championship if they have not already done so. The 2006 and 1999 PGA Championship’s were held at Medinah Course 3 with both times Tiger Woods the champion. Both times he was pursued by the Spaniard Sergio Garcia who put up a particularly memorable fight in 1999 as a teenager.</p><p>Medinah is a long unforgiving test of all the golf club’s in a player’s bag and similar to last week we will look for players with length and precision from the tee who can find the correct areas of the Bentgrass greens to keep stress to a minimum.</p><p><a href=";a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%;height:38px" /></a></p><h2><strong>Betting Predictions and Tips</strong></h2><p>A player worth considering in the Top 10 market or Top Rest of the World is Corey Conners a Canadian in his first full season on the PGA Tour. At the beginning of April he travelled from Mexico to take part in Monday Qualifying for the Valero Texas Open. Monday Qualifying normally has four final spots available for the event that starts on a Thursday and consists of an eighteen hole shoot out. Corey Conners was tied fourth after the eighteen holes and needed to qualify from a six player sudden death play off for the final spot. He made it through and as the say “The rest is history” when he became the first Monday Qualifier since the Wyndham Championship of 2010 to win the event which netted him a $1,350,000 first prize and, a place in the Masters the following week where he also performed respectably. Since then his season has gone a little quiet until these last three weeks when he appears to have found form again in this Fedex Play-off series. Last week a poor opening hole start to round two undermined another solid performance. Like last week’s Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf there will be an emphasis on players who are high in the category of Shots Gained Tee to Green on the PGA Tour statistics of which the Canadian has been in the top 10 all season. He is 27th in the FedEx rankings and a place in the Top 30 is the incentive of a good week here qualifying him for next weeks Tour Championship.</p><p>My old favourite Jim Furyk (48th FedEx ranking) the next player I like for a big week in Illinois and to qualify for next weeks Tour Championship. His course experience from 1999 (8th) and 2006 at Medinah will stand one of the PGA Tour’s most consistent players in good stead against many players who will be making their course debut this week. He has a remarkable affinity with this event over the years and has had nine top 10 finishes. This will probably be the veteran's last play off series on the PGA Tour because next season he turns fifty and has the chance to play on the Champions Tour. Like Corey Conners he will need a good solid week to lock up his place at the Tour Championship and I am sure he will be determined to finish his glittering career of seventeen PGA Tour wins (one US Open) in style. He makes appeal in “The Top American” market each way as a small wager and in the Top 30 market which has won twelve times in his last twenty events.</p><p>JB Holmes went into round four of the Open Championship with an opportunity to win but what followed no one could have predicted. He had been in sublime form like Shane Lowry in the opening three rounds but completely lost the plot with a final round of 87. Interestingly enough at the 2006 PGA Championship a poor round of 78 cost him the chance of a top 10 finish but he is a player of high capabilities as winning this season’s Genesis Open proved. He could be worth a small each way bet in the top American market for redemption this week.</p><p>Englishman Ian Poulter is my NAP bet for a place finish this week remembering what a focal point he became for the European Team in their epic Ryder Cup last day comeback in 2012 at Medinah. He also had a top 10 finish here in the 2006 PGA Championship and back to back top 10 finishes in the last two events. I have already tipped him in yesterday's article on the outright market for while the Top 20 market looks a perfect lower variance bet for the pugnacious Englishman also.</p><p><br /><strong>Recommended Bets</strong></p><ul> <li><strong>Corey Conners - Top 10 @ 15.00 (14/1) <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Betway Today!">Betway</a></strong></li> <li><strong>Jim Furyk – Top American – each way @ 71.00 (70/1) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a></strong></li> <li><strong>JB Holmes – Top American - each way @ 151.00 (150/1) <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Unibet Today!">Unibet</a></strong></li> <li><strong>Ian Poulter - Top 20 @ 3.00 (2/1) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Paddy Power</a></strong></li> <li><strong>Jim Furyk – Top 30 @ 2.60 (8/5) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Paddy Power</a></strong></li></ul></div>
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