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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Cook could serve up a weekend treat for his backers

Relentless Rahm dominating the betting

Austin Cook won the RSM Classic in November
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Sky Sports Golf, 9pm

Andrew Landry, who was an ante-post 200-1 chance for the CareerBuilder Challenge, takes a one-shot lead into the weekend, but one of the best players on the planet is breathing right down his neck.

Landry can still be backed at 10-1, chalked up at a big price for three main reasons. The first is that he has Jon Rahm, the world number three, right behind him. The second is that Landry has never won on the US Tour. And the third is that he has played the two easiest courses in this three-course event, so faces the most difficult track in round three.

The 156 CareerBuilder competitors each play a round at the Stadium Course, the Nicklaus Tournament Course and La Quinta over the first three days, with the cut-makers gathering at the Stadium Course for the final round. Landry made hay at the easiest layout – La Quinta – in round one. He must tackle the toughest – the Stadium Course – on Sunday.

Rahm, one shot behind, is in the same boat, with a full weekend ahead on the Stadium Course. The brilliant Spaniard is no bigger than 5-2 to claim a second US Tour title.

And Jason Kokrak, alone in third place, has also made his birdies at the two easiest tracks, so the leaderboard is a little skewed at the halfway stage. Landry, Rahm and Kokrak may struggle to detach themselves from the chasing pack.

The leading player who has got a round at the Stadium Course already under his belt is Martin Piller who shares fourth place, three shots off the pace. Piller has never won on the US Tour, but has six Tour titles to his name.

Outright punters should pay consideration to Nick Watney (33-1), Brian Gay (30-1), Austin Cook (18-1) and Adam Hadwin (22-1), four US Tour champions who are close enough to have title aspirations and have already played 18 holes at the Stadium Course this week.

Third-round twoball punters – the players still go out in groups of four with two amateurs in tow – are pointed towards Austin Cook and Patrick Reed. Cook, one of the rising stars of the circuit, can outclass Mac Hughes (4.40pm), while Reed seems much more likely to perform than Snedeker, who is still getting back in the swing of things after a long injury lay-off (5.50pm).

The action resumes at 4.30pm UK and Ireland time. Another sunny day, with light breezes is forecast.

A Cook
4pts 4-7 bet365, Hills

P Reed
2pts Evens Sky Bet

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The leading player who has got a round at the Stadium Course already under his belt is Martin Piller
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