Richard Sterne isn’t a top-10 talent in this week’s field, but I like the combination of past tournament form paired with good form in recent weeks.
A third-round 74 spoiled what was an otherwise solid week at the British Masters where he tied for 31st. It marks the 36-year-old South African’s third top-20 in a row that includes a T20 at the Portugal Masters and T9 at the Omega European Masters.
Sterne’s made six of his last seven cuts, all of which resulted in finishes of T31 or higher. He’s done well to steadily ascend the Race to Dubai rankings after a quiet start to 2017. Sterne’s made just 15 starts this year but could approach the top 20 in the standings with a win this week.
He’s in search for his first European Tour win since 2013. He almost broke that spell last year when he tied for second at 19-under, only behind Tyrrell Hatton’s record-setting birdie binge.
Sterne also tied for sixth at the Alfred Dunhill Links in 2003 and 2014 and tied for 15th in 2006.
He’s putted these greens well before and is having a solid year with the putter averaging 1.77 putts per green in regulation in 2017.