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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Kevin Tway can make hay down Boston way

Jon Rahm should bounce back to form

Kevin Tway should have a good day
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Sky Sports Golf, 1.30pm Friday

The second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs starts at TPC Boston with some glamorous first-round threeballs, the top three in the standings teeing off at 2.03pm UK and Ireland time.

Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas headline the Dell Technologies Championship in their marquee group, but the best threeball value lies elsewhere in a trio of less intense gatherings.

Pick of the prices is the 5-4 about Kevin Tway defeating Troy Merritt and Satoshi Kodaira in the 2.27pm match. Tway has produced some excellent golf from May onwards, finding form just in time to become a playoffs factor.

Ninth place in the Byron Nelson was followed by fifth at Colonial, then sixth in the Travelers Championship and 11th in the Wyndham. Tway, power-packed and aggressive, has made seven cuts in a row and he tackles a long, open course well suited to his talents this week. He closed with a 66 on his TPC Boston debut last year, a score bettered by only two players in the field.

Merritt has been struggling with injury since his Barbasol Championship victory at the end of July. Three outings since have resulted in 50th place in the Canadian Open and missed cuts in the US PGA Championship and Northern Trust. He had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his left arm prior to the PGA.

Kodaira took advantage of a late collapse from Si Woo Kim to sneak the Heritage title in April and claim a maiden US Tour victory. But he has missed eight cuts since, including his last two, and only four players scored worse than him over 36 holes of The Northern Trust.

Charles Howell is a money-making machine who has twice finished runner-up in the Tour Championship, so the playoffs hold no fears for him, and the Augusta man could cause an upset in the 5.52pm threeball.

Henrik Stenson is a short-priced favourite, but the Swede has been struggling for fitness, suffering with an elbow niggle. Getting healthy for the Ryder Cup is his priority and practice has been light, so he may not be at full throttle for TPC Boston.

Howell can keep pace with Stenson and JJ Spaun over the opening 18 holes, while Jon Rahm looks a favourite to trust for his 2.15pm meeting with Patton Kizzire and Kevin Na.

Rahm finished fourth on his TPC Boston debut last year and the course is a fantastic fit for him. The Spaniard came unstuck amid the heavy rough of Ridgewood Country Club last week, missing the cut, but should have no trouble resuming normal service in Boston.

K Tway to win threeball
4pts 5-4 Betfair, Paddy Power
C Howell to win threeball
2pts 5-2 bet365
J Rahm to win threeball
2pts 19-20 general

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Merritt has been struggling with injury since his Barbasol Championship victory at the end of July
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