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Stricker can topple short-priced Woods in Greenbrier Classic

| 05.07.2012

It is almost like time has been rewound a decade with Tiger Woods a heavy favourite to win a golf tournament, but Steve Stricker can prove a big danger at the Greenbrier Classic at 20/1.

Woods is the only three-time winner on the PGA Tour this year following his success at Congressional last week and it is just 3/1 that he continues his semi-dominance with another triumph at The Old White TPC course.

It is hard to fault Woods at present and the strengths in his game so far this year will be well suited to the course, where putting is likely to prove the difference more so than at other venues.

Woods currently ranks 14th in the PGA Tour statistics in strokes gained through putting and the fact that he is also ranks prominently in areas including total driving and greens in regulation should also aid his prospects.

But it may be worth taking Woods on at the prices, especially with the field including US Open champion Webb Simpson, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Stricker.

Stricker is widely renowned as one of the best putters in golf and he should be able to benefit from a high number of birdie opportunities on a course that remains fairly short, despite being lengthened.

Interestingly, Stricker has triumphed in the last three years on his first start following the US Open and the Greenbrier represents a return to the golf course after a two-week break.

At bigger prices, Jimmy Walker has finished fourth in both of the previous renewals of this event and this track record at the course is hard to ignore.

Walker is 50/1 to win the Greenbrier Classic and must certainly enter each-way calculations with the first five being paid.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.