09:15 – September 17, 2021

The second round of the Dutch Open (previewed here) is underway and it’s a tournament I’m largely happy to swerve at this stage.

Having opened-up with a seven-under-par 65, pre-event 120.0119/1 chance, Niall Kearney, led by a stroke after round one but it’s Belgium’s Thomas Detry that’s making a big move this morning. The pre-event 24.023/1 chance played his first four holes of round two in three-under-par and he’s already been matched at just 4.77/2.

Matt Cooper’s each-way fancy, Martin Hellingkilde, has also began his second round nicley and he’s currently tied for the lead with Max Kieffer – one ahead of Detry.

I’ve had a small wager on the young German, Matthias Schmid, who I considered carefully before the off for the Find Me a 100 Winner column, but other than that, given we’re all still getting to grips with the fabulous new venue, I’m happy to sit on my hands and see what today brings.

Over at the Fortinet Championship, Dave Tindall’s each-way fancy, Chez Reavie, shows the way after the first round following a seven-under-par 65 on day one.

This is the eighth time the tournament has been staged at Silverado and we’ve already seen two first round leaders go on to take the title. Both the 2014 winner, Sang Moon Bae, and the 2017 champ, Brendan Steele, were tied at the top after round one before going on to win.

Reavie is the 12.011/1 favourite this morning ahead of round two so it’s clearly a wide-open event still and you certainly don’t need a super-fast start at Silverado. Of the seven winners of this event here to date, three have trailed by five after round one and last year’s victor, Stewart Cink, was four adrift after day one.

My sole selection, Kevin Na, started OK yesterday with a three-under-par 69 to sit tied for 24th but my three Find Me a 100 Winner selections were underwhelming.

Brendon Todd and Brendan Steele are certainly not out of it yet, but Steele was particularly disappointing given he stood over a seven-foot birdie putt to get to -4 after nine. The two time Fortinet Championship winner was matched at a low of 23.022/1 last night but he ended the round on -2.

I’m going to leave this event alone for now and take another look at halfway.

Dutch Open Pre-Event Selection:
Branden Grace @ 21.020/1

In-Play Pick:
Matthias Schmid @ 70.069/1

Fortinet Championship Pre-Event Selection:
Kevin Na @ 25.024/1

Find Me a 100 Winner Selections:
Back 2 u Brendan Steele @ 120.0119/1
Place order to lay 10u @ 10.09/1 & 10u @ 2.01/1
Back 2 u Brendon Todd @ 130.0129/1
Place order to lay 10u @ 10.09/1 & 10u @ 2.01/1
Back 1 u Joshua Creel @ 430.0429/1
Place order to lay 10u @ 10.09/1 & 10u @ 2.01/1

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