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BMW Championships: Scott free of distractions among 3 best bets

| 03.09.2014

All talk of the Ryder Cup must be put to one side while the FedExCup rolls on in the USA, with the third leg of the ludicrously lucrative play-off series set for Cherry Hills Country Club, Colorado.

That’s easier said than done though, which is why the first of our tips has little else to think about but the $10m prize at the end of this golfing rainbow.

Adam Scott @ 12/1 to win

The second favourite at Cherry Hills, behind 4/1 market leader Rory McIlroy, is the only man among the top ten in the betting who won’t have Gleneagles on his mind, by virtue of his Australian nationality.

Scott took the Barclays leg of the FedExCup play-offs at the end of August last year, which suggests there’s a big performance left in the 34-year-old as the season draws to a close.

Nine top-ten finishes in the last 16 majors showed that Scott pretty much has the beating of everyone in this 70-strong field, so expect last year’s Masters champion to be well in the mix come the final round.

Phil Mickelson @ 33/1 to win

‘Lefty’ is the sole golfer in the field to have won a sanctioned tournament at Cherry Hills, albeit the 1990 US Amateur.

Mickelson claimed outright second behind McIlroy at the US PGA Championship last month and finished tied for 28th or better in the previous two majors, so the 44-year-old is clearly in with a live shout on a course he surely knows better than most.

Zach Johnson @ 3/1 to make the top ten

Since finishing second at the John Deere classic in mid-July, Johnson has tied for 47th, 23rd, 69th and 22nd, in his next four tournaments, before logging a share of 16th at the Deutsche Bank.

That’s serious consistency, and in a small field Ladbrokes are taking something of a chance on the defending champion putting on a show here.

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

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Alex Fortune