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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Schwartzel can put poor opening Memorial round behind him

Match betting tips for this week's US Tour tournament

South African challenger Charl Schwartzel
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Sky Sports Golf, 5pm Thursday

Charl Schwartzel scuppered any chance of success at the Memorial last week when he carded an opening-round 77, but that spin has been in marked contrast to most of the South African's recent efforts. 

The former Masters champion has shown flashes that he could be back to his best after a top-ten finish at Wells Fargo was followed by joint-second at the Players Championship, albeit four shots behind Webb Simpson.

Last Thursday's round was the only time in his last 15 that he has failed to shoot 72 or under and he looks a decent shout in the top Rest of the World market at TPC Southwind, where he finished second behind Daniel Berger in last season's St Jude Classic.

Young pretenders are bunching up behind Schwartzel in that particular market and their recent performances suggest a bold challenge are not out of the question.

Byeong Hun An fell in a playoff when Bryson DeChambeau captured the Memorial title last week while Chile's Joaquin Niemann has made a blistering start to his professional career, finishing in the top ten in three of his five outings since the Masters.

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat followed an encouraging fifth place at the PGA Championship at Wentworth with 13th at the Memorial, but none of the trio have any course experience, so the South African should have an edge.

Brooks Koepka has had an injury-hit campaign but with his defence of the US Open just a week away, he looks to be heading into battle in fine form.

Koepka missed 17 weeks of the campaign with a wrist problem but he appeared to be at the top of his game when 11th at the Players and he built on that performance with second spot at the Fort Worth Invitational.

He heads to Southwind having finished second at the Tennessee track in 2016 and third the year before and 11-10 is an attractive price that he may get the better of world number two Dustin Johnson.

DJ took glory in the tournament six years ago and has been consistent if not spectacular since winning the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January.

He was eighth at Memorial when a closing 67 could not get him into contention and while seven top-ten finishes in 18 tournaments would be regarded as great form for some players, it is not really satisfactory for a golfer of his ability.

At 4-6 to win this particular duel, Johnson looks to be on the short side.

C Schwartzel top Rest of the World
1pt 9-2 bet365
B Koepka to beat D Johnson
1pt 11-10 Sky Bet

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Brook Koepka has had an injury-hit campaign but with his defence of the US Open just a week away, he looks to be heading into battle in fine form.
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