Jan 25th, 2016
The Return of the Golf Spiv
Here's his take on the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic
Words: Nick Kevern Photography: Getty Images
The LPGA returns this week and Spiv is pretty excited. So he’s dedicating this week’s tips to the wonderful women of the LPGA. The Tour kicks off in the Bahamas for the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.
The event is now it’s in its fouth year so there is not much data to work from in terms of how players have played on this course...but we’ll do our best. Here’s our ones to keep an eye on this week.
Sei Young Kim 12/1 (Ladbrokes)
The South Korean had a pretty impressive rookie season last year. A 3 time LPGA winner, current World Number 7 and enters the Bahamas as the events current champion. 12 top ten finishes including what would eight Each Way payouts. Yes you could go for Inbee, but if you want value...Kim is so much better.
Cristie Kerr 25/1 (Bet365)
The American won the season ending CME Group Tour Championship...pretty impressive but she also won the Kia Classic. 8 top ten finishes and part the the spectacular Solheim Cup winning team (What a comeback!). Didn’t make the cut at this event last year in her first appearance...but that’s the past...what she did after that was awesome.
Brooke Henderson 33/1 (Ladbrokes)
Won the Cambia Portland Classic as an Amateur. That was enough to convince the LPGA to grant her a Professional Card. The Canadian is quite simply...pure class. Currently the World Number 18...after a season as part Amateur and ending the last four tournament as a Professional. Keep an eye on her for the whole season. Soon these odds will shorten week by week.
Brittany Lincicome 40/1 (Bet365)
40/1 for one of last season’s Major winners...I’ll have a piece of that. The Ana Inspirational champion also had five top tens and a Solheim Cup victory to boot. Lincicome has a good record here in the Bahamas. She has played here twice finishing 13th in 2014 and then 4th in 2015...looking good for an Each Way at that price.
Jessica Korda 50/1 (Bet365)
Winner of the Sime Darby in Malaysia and Winner of this very event in 2014, when she’s good she’s very good. Korda, however, does have a tendancy to either blitz it or miss the cut. At 50/1 I’ll take a punt that she’ll blitz it.
Sandra Gal 66/1 (Ladbrokes)
Gal has played here twice in the event’s three year history finishing T-11 and T-7. Not bad for what the bookies consider to be a 66/1 shot. The stats are impressive once she is on the green...3rd best putter on the LPGA. If Sandra can improve hitting greens in regulation...she’ll be a contender that’s for sure.
For the months of Febuary and March the Spiv will be donating all of his profits to charity. One of his Golfing buddies is doing a 140 mile cycle ride to raise money for The Movement Centre. They help children with Cystic Fibrosis. This charity provides specialised physiotherapy for children with cerebral palsy called Targeted Training. It is an amazing cause and Spiv is getting right behind it. For more information please check out this page.