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Zach’s winning form to pay off

Frank Monkhouse | 28 May 2017

Johnson trusted at a big price

As the golfing calendar continues to gather pace towards another important summer season, followers turn their attentions towards Fort Worth, Texas for the Dean & Deluca Invitational, which gets underway on Thursday.

As armchair fans have come to expect, Sky Sports beam every swing live, while Coral cater for the needs of punters, laying on a range of betting markets, including outright champion, group betting and match betting. The winners are just a click away!

Spieth looking to defend

Sticking with the tournament betting, and we have John Rahm lining up as the shortest price player going into the Colonial Country Club spectacle, with our odds compilers marking up a 10/1 opening offer. That makes him fav, but there’s not an awful lot in it at the minute, Jordan Spieth leading the chasing pack at 12/1 before a club has been swung in anger.

The latter is sure to catch the eye of backers, with Spieth jetting in as defending champion, having claimed the prize money last year with a winning score of 17 under-par. That tally would’ve been enough to see him come home ahead in most of the recent renewals of this competition. With that in mind, 12/1 looks a very generous call indeed. Worth a go?

Zach has done it all before

We certainly wouldn’t put anyone off a play on Jordan Spieth, but are happy to take a chance and bypass the local lad this week. As usual, we cast our eye down the pecking order in search of a value pick, capable of giving us a run for our money at tastier odds, and with that in mind we try our luck on Zach Johnson.

The 41-year-old American is another former winner of this tournament, doing the business back in 2012, and there’s reason to believe he can repeat the feat this time. Zach has, in fact, picked up this title twice before, that effort in 2012 following on from a previous win in 2010. Two titles in three years, he’s surely worth keeping close again here.

Granted, he hasn’t got near doing the same for a while now, but the two-time major winner, Masters in 2007 and Open in 2015, has been edging towards a return to form, and should show again just why he loves playing this course.

Accuracy the key in Texas

Bombing out of the starting blocks isn’t a big deal here, the set-up at Fort Worth plays into the hands of those taking a more sensible approach, and we’ll see Zach’s accuracy come into play. He will pick out those greens when it matters, while many of his competitors struggle to work out the best approach with the irons in hand. A course like this is a perfect chance to back an experienced player, and Johnson’s past wins will see him better many of the betting’s major names as the week progresses.

Coral are giving a stunning 33/1 on our selection doing as expected. Fancy following us in at that big price, but would prefer a bit of a cushion? Why not play the each-way market, where we’ll give you 1/5 the odds the top-seven players home. That’s a couple of places better than most of our competitors.

Click now to check the results of our previous golf previews