5th Feb 2019 | Panama Claro Championship
Panama Championship Tip: Joseph Bramlett
Led the tour in ball-striking last season but putting has stopped him winning. If he is to score it will be on a testing layout like in Panama. Is 4/4 in cuts made at Panama Golf Club.
The Colombia Championship almost went to plan with Tyler McCumber and Charlie Saxon both in contention on Sunday but the Panama Championship needs a change of tactics. The Panama Golf Club is tight and is one of the few events on the Web.com Tour where the short, accurate hitters aren’t at a disadvantage.
Recent winners like Scott Langley and Andrew Putnam are much more your strategic golfers and with the winning score only just getting into double-digits under-par i’m moving away from my usual favourites on tour.
Joseph Bramlett is still winless on tour in what will be his 100th start but if he is to win it is likely to be in this type of event. His best ever finish was second in the Chile Classic whilst he finished T6 at the Mexico Championship last season. The Panama Championship is another event where he has fared well with finishes of 59-13-18-27.
The 30-year-old’s strength is his ball-striking. He led the tour for that metric last season, whilst also ranking second for GIRs and third for scoring average. With those statistics it is a wonder why he didn’t win and that is mainly down to his putting.
If he is to win on ball-striking alone it needs to be on a testing track that doesn’t descend into a birdie shoot-out. This is it.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 17:17 5th Feb, 2019 but subject to change