Dean and Deluca Invitational Betting Preview

The PGA Tour remains in Texas for the Dean and Deluca Invitational (formerly the Crowne Plaza) this week as the players take on a familiar test at Colonial Country Club. Jordan Spieth is the stand-out name as he continues his search for a first win in his home state but the manner in which he again flopped when in contention at the Byron Nelson last weekend, as he did at The Masters before that, must be a concern for the bookmakers' favourite...

26th May - 29th May Odds Won/Lost Bet

Dean And Deluca Invitational
Kevin Chappell (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 28 / 1  
Colt Knost (each way) @ 45 / 1  
Jim Furyk (each way) @ 50 / 1  
Boo Weekley (each way) @ 80 / 1  

The Market Leaders

Spieth is a 7/1 market leader (Betfred) and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him bounce back to win at a tournament where he has finished in the top-fifteen in all three previous appearances (7-14-2), although there are enough doubts to ensure his price doesn't really appeal.

The same can be said of 2014 champion Adam Scott (12/1) and 2013 runner-up Matt Kuchar, who has secured successive third place finishes on the tour but is he really a 14/1 shot in this company?

Zach Johnson is a player with tremendous past form at Colonial as he is the all-time money leader having won the tournament twice and finished in the top-20 on four occasions in the last seven years, albeit his recent woes with the putter ensure he is perhaps a little short at 25/1.

Defending champion Chris Kirk (33/1) is worthy of consideration after he secured the fourth PGA Tour title of his career here twelve months ago and he broke something of a trend by defying a lack of course experience to win the title. Previously, the champions since 2002 had averaged more than eight visits to Colonial before winning and seasoned pros are well worth considering this week.

The Selections

Jim Furyk certainly fits into the bracket and the American continues to be a tempting price following his recent return from injury. A tie for 35th at The Players was a decent effort on only his second start of the year and the fact he ranked 4th for scrambling bodes well as that, along with GIR, is an important statistic on a Colonial course that puts a premium on strategy. Furyk has only missed two cuts in eleven previous visits here, securing four top-tens, and we are happy to back him at 50s on the basis that his price will surely contract as the season progresses.
Tip #1: Jim Furyk (each way) @ 50/1 with Bet 365.

The Best Bet

Our best bet of the week will be Kevin Chappell as the ultra-consistent ball-striker has racked up four top-tens in his last six starts worldwide, including runner-up efforts at the Arnold Palmer and The Players. Chappell is knocking on the door and he seems to be enjoying his time in Texas as he also tied 4th at the Texas Open prior to a sixth visit to Colonial, where he has finished in the top-20 in each of the past two years.
Tip #2: Kevin Chappell (each way) @ 28/1 with Bet Victor.

The Best Of The Rest

Like Chappell, Colt Knost has been going close of late as he followed up his tie for 3rd at The Players with a tie for 4th at the Byron Nelson, where he closed Sunday with a 65. Knost is in rare form right now and he will enjoy a trip to Texas as he has secured three top-tens in his last four starts in the 'Lone Star State', including a tie for 10th at Colonial last year.
Tip #3: Colt Knost (each way) @ 45/1 with Bet 365.

Finally, Boo Weekley tends to enjoy playing at Colonial as this will be his eight appearance there and he has made the last six cuts, including his stunning victory in 2013. Weekley co-led the field with an opening 64 twelve months ago and we fancy he can build on his top-20 at The Players and his tie for 41st at the Byron Nelson, where he ranked 16th for greens in regulation stats en route to producing rounds of 62 and 65.
Tip #4: Boo Weekley (each way) @ 80/1 with Bet Victor.

2016 Dean and Deluca Invitational Odds