Padraig Harrington may be the 10/1 favourite for the Reno-Tahoe Open but it may be worth looking a little further down the betting for your punt this week.
After 13-years as a strokeplay tournament the event has now been changed to a modified stableford format – something that rewards aggressive players.
The system works by giving the players zero points for a par, two points for a birdie and five for an eagle. You also get penalised a point for a bogey and three for a double bogey or anything worse.
It rewards players who are able to rack up the birdies and plays into the hands of the more aggressive golfers out there who also pick up a few bogeys (a birdie and a bogey would see a player gain one point, while two pars wouldn’t yield anything).
Because of that, Harrington may be worth avoiding in the betting.
He’s enjoyed a good return to form this season – getting five consecutive top 20 finishes before a 39th place finish at the Open – but this format doesn’t really suit his game.
He’s a steady player whose natural game is rather more conservative than the one needed to triumph here.
By contrast, Seung-Yul Noh has enjoyed an excellent season so far and is on a run of 12 consecutive made cuts.
More importantly for this tournament though, is the fact that of the last 24 rounds he’s played, 19 of them have been sub-70, suggesting a player who is more than happy to attack the pins.
The 20/1 offered for him to win this event looks well worth consideration.