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Vijay to be Glad all over

Alex Livie October 17, 2012
Hitting form: Vijay Singh is happier with his putting stroke and is primed to strike © Getty Images
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After the Ryder Cup and last week's glorified exhibition in Turkey, there is a feel that the golfing calendar is winding down for the year. That's probably true to an extent and some of the game's big names are taking some time off but that does not mean there is nothing left to play for and the PGA Tour swings into Georgia for the McGladrey Classic.

Given its location at Sea Island, and that USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III is the tournament host, it is an event that has been well supported by the players in the previous couple of years.

Sea Island's Seaside Course is 7,055 yards from the championship tees, meaning those that smash it miles off the tee are not at a huge advantage. There is a school of thought that given its exposed nature on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and likely firm fairways due to the blowing wind, that precision off the tee is vital.

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  • Vijay Singh E/W - 20/1 at bet365
    Russell Knox E/W 70/1

Seaside's greens are extremely tricky. In 2011, they ranked second on the PGA Tour in putting averages (1.707 per round) and putts per round (30.73). With Bermuda grass making it difficult to control the ball out of the rough, hitting the fairways to give yourself a chance of getting on the right side of the pin is a must.

A player cut out for such a challenge is the veteran Vijay Singh. The Fijian has not won since 2008, but he has looked much more like his old self this season and after a top-four finish at last week's Fry's.com Open, he spoke positively about a new putting grip serving him well. Singh led the field in putting last week and with his confidence starting to return, he looks good value at 20/1 to challenge deep into the weekend at Sea Island.

Two members of the beaten US Ryder Cup team in Zach Johnson (11/1) and Jim Furyk (14/1) head the market. Given their respective talents, Johnson's stunning putting and Furyk's accuracy from tee to green, it is understandable why they are so prominent. But they may still be feeling the effects of that Ryder Cup shock and for that reason they are worth opposing.

For those looking for a bigger-priced option, Scotland's Russell Knox could be worth a small investment at 70/1. The 27-year-old had a tough start to the year, missing the cut in six of his first seven tournaments, but he has looked much better in recent weeks with his record - 56-43-37-13-9 - being one of steady improvement. He's not the longest off the tee (127th on the PGA Tour), but as stated earlier that will be no real handicap. And with him being 29th in driving accuracy and 18th in greens in regulation, he could be primed to strike on a track that should suit.

Please note that odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

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