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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Stanley can put his nightmare hole behind him

Cauley and Streelman can be seen off at Colonial

Kyle Stanley has averaged a third-round score of 69.05 on the PGA Tour this year
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Kyle Stanley has a gloomy record at Colonial - his best finish is the 27th he posted in 2010 and he has missed three cuts at the Texas venue since.

But he can make up for a three-over-par 73 by cementing his place in the weekend field for the Dean & Deluca Invitational with a much-improved Friday performance.

His problems were chiefly caused by a triple-bogey seven on the ninth hole in his opening round, so there should not be much to fix.

The motivation to get his game in gear so that he qualifies for the closing two rounds should be strong and he can get the better of playing partners Kevin Streelman and Bud Cauley (6.22pm).

Stanley's putting proved to be an issue on Thursday and his statistics were not helped by him missing a tiddler on his nightmare hole.

However, he ranked 17th in driving accuracy on the US Tour this season and second in greens-in-regulation, statistics that suggest an improvement should not be ruled out.

Cauley is a shot further in arrears and requires a big effort to make the cut, but it could be that the Texas course does not suit a player who hits just 56.6 per cent of his fairways.

He has performed well to make the top ten in each of his last four tournaments, but it could be that he is going off the boil.

Streelman, who finished with a two-under-par 68, has finished in the top 20 in just one of his last eight tournaments and he could struggle to build on that encouraging start.

It is also worth taking a chance on Wesley Bryan to get the better of Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar (7.06pm).

Like Stanley, Bryan made a mess of the ninth, carding a double-bogey six which meant he finished with an even-par 70.

But he putted well and his chances of beating his illustrious partners should not be dismissed if he can find a few more fairways.

Mickelson ended his round with three successive birdies but Lefty has bettered his opening effort in just one of his 11 Friday rounds this season, so backing him at 13-8 is a bit of a leap of faith.

Plodder Kuchar, meanwhile, struggled with the flat-stick on his way to 70 and is unlikely to produce anything spectacular.

K Stanley to win threeball
1pt 7-4 BoyleSports
W Bryan to win threeball
1pt 3-1 Paddy Power

Streelman, who finished with a two-under-par 68, has finished in the top 20 in just one of his last eight tournaments
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