List should demolish his first-round partners
Big-hitter is growing in confidence
Tournament starts 1pm Thursday
Live on Sky Sports 4 from 8.30pm
Luke List is a strapping six-footer who averages 312 yards for driving distance on the US Tour, so the enormous track which stages the Texas Open this week holds no fears for him.
List should be licking his lips at the prospect of tackling the 7,435-yard Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio and the Seattle man looks a solid wager for his first-round threeball.
He tees off at 1.30pm UK and Ireland time in the company of Tag Ridings and Andres Gonzales, weak opponents who he should outscore with a degree of comfort.
List has taken his game to a new level over the last six months, fully establishing himself on the US Tour, while Ridings and Gonzales are struggling.
List finished second in the Sanderson Farms Championship at the end of October, the start of five consecutive top-15 finishes. A share of 17th place in the Arnold Palmer Invitational a month ago indicated that he was getting his act together again, then he followed up with third place in the Houston Open, so the future looks bright.
Ridings has not posted a top-30 finish on the US Tour since the Greenbrier Classic of July, 2013, while journeyman Gonzales has never looked good enough to be successful at the highest level. If List performs anything close to the standard he has been producing of late, he should leave his playing partners behind.
Match-bet punters should consider Masters contender Ryan Moore to beat Adam Hadwin. Moore finished ninth at Augusta and has become one of the most consistent performers on the circuit. A successful Ryder Cup debut has provided an extra injection of confidence.
Moore tied for eighth place in his only previous start at TPC San Antonio and can deliver a similar result this week. Hadwin missed the cut by two shots on his only previous Texas Open start and the suspicion remains that the Canadian is a decent player enjoying a purple patch rather than the potential superstar some pundits have suggested.
Another attractive match bet is Ryan Palmer to defeat Luke Donald. Palmer has finished sixth and fourth in the Texas Open the last two years and home-state hero looks set for another strong effort after sharing 11th place in the Heritage on Sunday. Donald made hay on one of his favourite layouts last week, but the Oaks Course will pile pressure on his weak driving.
L List to win threeball
3pts 10-11 bet365
R Moore to beat A Hadwin
2pts 17-20 BoyleSports
R Palmer to beat L Donald
2pts 4-5 bet365