THURSDAY JULY 9TH
US PGA TOUR GOLF
JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
FIRST ROUND MATCH UP
KENNY PERRY- DAVID TOMS
Perry is defending champion here and is also in great form having won last time out and fresh, coming off a rest week. He ticks all the boxes and is a golfer who can hold his form across several weeks. He is looking or a hat-trick of wins in 2009, something he did in both 03 and 08.
He has been paired by Pinnacle with David Toms in the first round who has no real recent form on this course, however, Toms is a golfer that I feel will win again soon, as regular readers will know. Having said that, tournaments are not won on Thursday and my angle for the match up, is the "pre cut "form of Perry, which is about as good as it gets. He is ranked number three in this category this year, recording an average score of 69.23, last year he was number one, again with a sub 70 average, that's some 114 rounds before the cut with a circa 69.5 average.... incredible. Perry shot very low in the first round here last year and i am almost certain that he will do so again.
6.5 points Perry to beat Toms 1.80 Pinnacle Sports.
ATP TOUR TENNIS
CAMPBELLS HALL OF FAME.... NEWPORT USA
BRENDAN EVANS - ROBBY GINEPRI
Evans was going to be the saviour of US tennis, the new Roddick or maybe even McEnroe, but his career stalled and like so many before him, he appeared to be about to join the massed ranks of "nearly men". However, now, even at 23 years of age, there is a little chink of light and maybe he can still come good. Evans has won two fast court Challenger events this season, including one on grass at Nottingham recently, that has helped him compile a 7-1 record on the surface in 2009, his only loss coming 16-14 in the third set of Wimbledon qualification.
In the first round here, he recorded a fine three set win over Benjamin Becker who was fresh from a win on the surface at Hertogenbosch, so very nice grass formlines.
Ginepri is very talented on occasions, but those periods tend to last for games and not matches nowadays, he is 4-12 for the year and 9-15 on grass in the last five years. H etook three long sets to get past Santiago Ventura (0-6 on grass) in his first round and is not someone you would want to touch at big odds on here, he gives the feeling that he is no longer in love with the game and I give Evans a real chance to record another upset.
5.5 points Evans to beat Ginepri 2.50 + general quote ..... up to 2.62 available.