A second disappointing week on the spin for the first time since May, I guess you could say I was 'due'. Doubly disappointing having recently restarted the blog.

Entirely understandable if you aren't still reading, but nothing ventured, and we have one of the stats bets of the season this week.
Penned on Monday before bookmakers arrive on the scene

Five events of interest, two wins and a second in his last five events in at least this grade or better (4th here in 2013) means that Jean Hugo is of interest in South Africa. Unlikely to be much of a price but one for multiples, as is Jens Fahrbring e/w in the European Tour challenge event. A 22nd and then two thirds, the latest in a higher class event in Italy, makes him the likely favourite, again, one for multiples only. Jamie Lovemark in the web.com event completes this e/w patent. Wisely he took last week out after a fine fortnight and should be a fair each way price.

The European tour heads to Scotland and a fine field for the Alfred Dunhill links, two rounds at St Andrew's and one each at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Leaderboards get skewed as players play different courses on the same day and the cut doesn't come until the end of round three.

Course specialists do really well in this event and that brings in the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, but he's in worse form than Sunderland. David Howell has spectacular form at the home of golf, including a win a few years ago in this event. But that was his only win in 9 long years and so he is worth a look in top 20 markets.

Martin Kaymer is sure to be dangerous, but the fairly token  e/w vote goes to Jamie Donaldson in a tough to call event, back to form with a tied 5th, a couple of weeks after his return from injury. Finished a reasonable 'mid-div' in the Open here.
Although St Andrew's 'standing dish' Louis Oosthuizen is still entered at time of typing, he withdrew from the PGA finals last week with the back giving him trouble again, so should be treated with caution. I'd anticipate Danny Willett being in the mix, and Brooks Koepka could be considered a class dropper after a solid showing in the PGA tour finals. Might just be tired enough though.

But the curse of the e/w Nap vote has to go to SHINGO KATAYAMA in Japan. I really hope we get a top ten market, as he has had 9 top tens in his last 12 appearances in this event, that run started with an extraordinary seven in a row, and got the elusive win in 2013. He's had a bang average season but 18th, 11th and 7th in his last three events suggest he's, somehow, timed it perfectly again. Anyhow he's worth a decent sized e/w bet with the top 10 as cover. 22/1 with Skybet is respectable.

Katayama followed by FAHRBRING would be my strongest fancies of the week, and worth e/w singles and e/w double. That would pay a fairly likeable 400/1+ with Skybet (a pathetic dearth of bookmakers pricing up early) - for those with greater ambition top it up with one of the others to take it into the thousands!

EDIT. Thanks to @davetindallgolf I've added a small e/w on Kaymer at 16/1. As he pointed out on the excellent William Hill weekly golf podcast 12th and 7th in two St Andrew's Opens, a win and a second in this event and 2nd on his last start.

Keeping back a small percentage of the stakes this week to look for an in play bet around halfway or after round three, which I will tweet and/or add here, if something suitable crops up.

Good luck to anyone who plays any of these this week and as always thanks for reading. I must try harder after the last two weeks!