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Overton to return from wilderness to claim maiden PGA Tour victory

| 11.10.2012

Jeff Overton was on top of the world in 2010 when a strong season was rewarded with a place on the US team for the Ryder Cup.

But he has almost dropped off the radar in the two years since, managing just a single top-three finish on the PGA Tour.

However, he has shown signs of some better form of late and in a tournament devoid of star names, Overton may be worth a small punt at 25/1 to triumph at the Frys.com Open.

He has finished in the top 15 in two of his last three starts and was 13th in his latest at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open despite being well down the statistics for finding greens in regulation.

If he can find some better accuracy with his irons in California on his first appearance at CordeValle, he must be a challenger.

Of the remainder of the field, Ernie Els and Bud Cauley are players worthy of consideration.

Els is favourite at 14/1 and he has been relatively quiet since winning the Open Championship.

But he did break 70 in all four rounds of this tournament last year to finish in a share of fourth and importantly only registered four bogeys in this outcome.

Cauley is 20/1 and was third 12 months ago when failing to see a single player fire more birdies than him.

Meanwhile, he seems to play better golf generally later in the year based on three top-five finishes since late July.

There is also some European interest, with Ryder Cup winner Nicolas Colsaerts making a somewhat rare venture to the PGA Tour.

He does have two top-tens to his name though this season, including a share of seventh in his most recent PGA Tour appearance at the Wyndham Championship in August.

Colsaerts is 16/1 to win the Frys.com Open.

All odds and markets correct as of publication



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.