WITHOUT BRIAN GAY
Bob Estes is a player I normally discuss once or twice per year, usually making fun of the fact that the guy has won millions and millions of dollars, yet he is barely known even in his own household ! That gets the joke out of the way.
Estes is Mr Consistency and week in week out, is around at the weekend of tournaments picking up yet another cheque. He has won four times on tour, including this event back in 2001, but that is not really his game and he is probably too far back to win this one, but I do expect a high finish today.
He loves it here and in addition to the win, he also has a second and third amongst four top 4 placings. The couse was changed significantly in 2005, but did not make too much difference to Estes, who has a 8th and 13th place finish to his name since then.
He is in a tie for 8th, six strokes behind leader Gay, but only two shots back of 4th spot, which would suit us nicely and land the place part of this speculative wager, but at very rewarding odds. Estes has progressed each day shooting 69-67-66 and has only dropped a shot at one of his last 36 holes, he has been on fire with the putter for the last two days and a similar performance today, could take him very close.
2 points each way Bob Estes 34.0 1/5 123 Stan James..... other companies are likely to quote this market later in the morning.