Steve’s 2020 campaign got off to a perfect start when headline selection Justin Thomas obliged at 11/2 at Kapalua, and our PGA Tour tipster didn’t have to wait long for another profitable week with Scottie Scheffler (35/1) and Tom Hoge (200/1) both finding the each-way places at the American Express a fortnight later.
A blank at Torrey Pines was followed by a skinny profit in Phoenix when Bubba Watson finished 3rd at 35/1 to help keep his P&L ticking over for the year. Blanks at Pebble Beach, Riviera and in Puerto Rico followed, however Lee Westwood’s 4th place finish at 80/1 at The Honda Classic got Steve’s season back on track.
Much better was to follow though at the Arnold Palmer Invitational when 50/1 shot Tyrrell Hatton managed to hold off an impressive field to secure his first PGA Tour title and give Steve’s season a massive boost. The PLAYERS Championship was only a day old when it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which in turn threw the remainder of the schedule into disarray.
The restart to PGA Tour golf started slowly with blank weeks at the Charles Schwab Challenge, RBC Heritage and Travelers Championship, however each-way money from both Tyrell Hatton and Adam Hadwin got the momentum flowing in the right direction once again at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Grabbing Collin Morikawa at 35/1 for his maiden Major title was a satisfying end to the US PGA Championship for Steve, with the 23 year-old proving the old adage that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough! An each-way place followed on Harry Higgs at the Safeway Open as a series of 36- and 54-hole leaders fell by the wayside at the business end of tournaments.