The PGA Tour heads to Aronimink Golf Club this week for the penultimate tournament of the season and a refreshed Francesco Molinari has the perfect game to win his maiden FedEx Cup event.
It is seven years since Aronimink hosted an American event – the 2011 AT&T National – and the course will have a much different look to it after architect Gil Hanse’s two-year project came to a finish a few months ago.
Donald Ross’ original design that dates back 90 years has been brought back to life, meaning there are more bunkers clustered on the edge of fairways, bigger greens and more undulations, making accuracy off the tee and a good putting paramount to success.
Italian maestro to work his magic
If you are looking for a player with a consistent game to back to win, then you don’t have to scour the market too far to find Molinari at a tempting price of 27/1.
The world number six has already picked up three wins this season – his maiden major at the 147th Open the highlight – and he has been bullet-straight when landing that trio of trophies.
Since the win at Carnoustie, the Italian has featured in three tournaments, with a tie for sixth at the US PGA Championship his best result and he heads into this week’s third FedEx Cup event refreshed and ready to go.
Molinari took a deserved break recently, opting to swerve the Dell Technologies Championship, and that period of rest will have recharged the batteries as he aims to seal a spot at the Tour Championship.
The 35-year-old’s PGA Tour statistics speak for themselves ahead of the tournament. He is sixth on strokes gained: off-the-tee, eighth on strokes gained: approach-to-the-green, second on strokes gained: tee-to-green and 17th in strokes gained: total.
Thrown in the fact Molinari is second on approach putt performance, and 16th in GIR, he looks a big price to land all the spoils in Pennsylvania.
Finau to make an early statement
With just one more captain’s pick for the USA’s 2018 Ryder Cup left, Tony Finau will be looking to put down an early marker and he looks a good price at 25/1 to be the first-round leader.
The American heads into the tournament off the back of two top-five finishes – a second-place at The Northern Trust and a tie for fourth at the Dell Technologies Championship – and he remains in the hunt for the FedEx Cup.
Finau is also tied-eighth on first-round scoring average this season and it would be no surprise to see the American, who ranks third in driving distance this year, start off with a bang.
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