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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Snedeker and Thomas can flourish

Day Two twoball tips for the 2017 PGA Tour opener

Brandt Snedeker has a decent record at the Tournament of Champions
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Round two
Sky Sports 4, 11pm Friday

USPGA champion Jimmy Walker marched to the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the Tournament of Champions with an eight-under-par 65.

He is 4-5 to get the better of Jim Herman in the final twoball of the second round, but there are better bets to be had among the chasing pack.

Brandt Snedeker should have too much for William McGirt and is worth backing at 5-6 with Coral (9.40pm GMT).

Snedeker's putting was perhaps not up to its usual high standards in his opening 70 but his round was solid enough and 36-year-old from Nashville has previously demonstrated that the Kapalua course is to his liking.

He tied for third last year and in 2013, so an improvement on that showing can be anticipated.

McGirt is playing in this tournament for last year's PGA Tour champions for the first time and two bogeys in his 70 on one of the easiest courses the game's elite play on all season suggests he may still be learning a course where debutants tend to struggle.

Rising star Justin Thomas hit his third successive Kapalua score in the 60s to be two shots behind the first-round leader and he can build on that start against Ryan Moore (10.40pm GMT).

The wide layout and fast greens work to Thomas's strengths, while Moore may have more work to do with a driving distance on average 40 yards shorter than his opponent.

Moore holed a wedge shot for an eagle on the third on Thursday and a player who has never finished better than sixth in the tournament in five attempts may struggle to last the pace.

Recommendations
B Snedeker to win twoball
2pts 5-6 Coral
J Thomas to win twoball
1pt 21-20 Betfred

McGirt is playing in this tournament for last year's PGA Tour champions for the first time and two bogeys in his 70 on one of the easiest courses the game's elite play on all season suggests he is still learning a course where debutants can struggle
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