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GOLF: In-form DJ can get into the groove against strugglers; US BANK CHAMPIONSHIP SETANTA GOLF 10.30pm.

Byline: By Jeremy Chapman

PLENTY of run-of-the-mill Americans will be rubbing their hands at getting some easy money out of the US Bank Championship now that all the marquee names bar stay-at-home Kenny Perry are off enjoying the high life in Southport.

One who is slightly better than run of the mill is DJ Trahan, who looks overpriced at 6-4 for today's Brown Deer Park threeball against defending champion Joe Ogilvie and JJ Henry, who played in the last Ryder Cup but has gone rapidly downhill since.

Winner of the Bob Hope Classic at the start of the year, Trahan must have surprised even himself by running fourth in the US Open at Torrey Pines, but he held his nerve well against Tiger and company and it was no fluke as he has since played good golf at the Travelers Championship (19th) and Congressional (22nd).

Ogilvie has not trained on after notching his tour breakthrough in Milwaukee 12 months ago and has managed just the two top-tens this year, while Henry has missed five of his last seven cuts and is yet to finish in the top 25 in any of his 20 starts.

Eric Axley, another who did well in the US Open (ninth), is hardly the most consistent golfer on the planet - he has ten missed cuts this season - but, Perry apart, these are not first-division golfers and you have to realise that when you back them.

Still, Axley produced his best when fourth to Perry at Deere Run on Sunday, and will be feeling in good heart. Back him at 7-5 to see off Jeff Maggert and Joe Durant, who are both having dreadful seasons.

Tim Herron is a big price for Athlete Of The Year, but whenever he goes to Brown Deer Park, old Lumpy is always one to watch.

Runner-up last year to Ogilvie, he looks a bit of a good thing at 10-11 to beat Peter Lonard in Milwaukee match-ups. The Aussie is a curious choice for Bet365's opponent because he has no course form at all, and his golf this year has been pretty poor apart from second place to Andres Romero in New Orleans and a recent 12th at Congressional.

It has to be because he shared 12th spot with Herron that week that he is picked as a rival because the popular American appears to hold most of the aces. He's twice been runner-up in this tournament and third in 2001 - and along with that good showing at the AT&T, he has also posted top-20s at River Highlands and St Jude in his last few outings.

Korea's Charlie Wi could not have had a better warm-up for a tournament in which he finished joint runner-up with Herron last year than he did at Deere Run.

His fourth there was his top showing of the year and must stand him in good stead. Take the 10-11 for the Korean to whip Jonathan Byrd, who disappointed in 41st spot and is having a bad trot since Congressional.

Corey Pavin, champion two years ago, is dynamite on short courses and at just 6,759 yards Brown Deer is as short as they come. As he has shown plenty of form on similar tracks, he could be a snip at Totesport's 4-1 in their Group A, although with Briny Baird, Tommy Armour (second and third on his two latest outings), Tom Pernice and Bob Tway to beat, it won't be easy.

This is the old boys' group on an old boys' layout, with only Baird the right side of 40.

Heath Slocum and Steve Lowery, both quoted in our price chart yesterday, are non-runners.

Recommendations

T Herron to beat P Lonard

5pts 10-11 Bet365

C Wi to beat J Byrd

3pts 10-11 Bet365

C Pavin to win Group A

2pts 4-1 Totesport

DJ Trahan to win threeball

5pts 6-4 Coral

E Axley to win threeball

3pts 7-5 Paddy Power

Already advised outright JP Hayes

1.5pts each-way 80-1 Power, Tote

C Pavin

1pt each-way 50-1 Ladbrokes, Power

T Herron

1pt each-way 50-1 general

DJ Trahan

1pt each-way 40-1 Betdirect, Stan James

K Streelman

0.5pt each-way 80-1 Ladbrokes, Tote

THE LOWDOWN

US Bank Championship

Prize money EUR4m (EUR720,000 to winner) Field 132

The course Brown Deer Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Length 6,759 yards Par 70 Course records - 72 holes 260 Loren Roberts (2000), Ben Crane (2005) 18 holes 61 Steve Lowery (1999), Corey Pavin (2006)

The former Greater Milwaukee Open moved in 1994 to Brown Deer Park. There are five par threes and three fives. Toughest is the par-four fourth which played as a par five until 1993. Quite an easy finish with two birdieable par fives in last four holes. Greens are undulating and Bentgrass.

Last year Joe Ogilvie became the ninth first-time winner with a four-shot victory over Tim Clark, Charlie Wi and Tim Herron.

Other course winners taking part Carlos Franco (2), Kenny Perry, Corey Pavin

When to bet By 1pm today

Where to watch Highlights on Setanta all four days, starting at 10.30pm tonight (not live)

Weather forecast Risk of thunderstorms at least for first two days, otherwise part-sunny and pretty hot in low 80s.

Time difference Milwaukee is six hours behind UK

Last week John Deere Classic - 1st K Perry (8-1), T2nd B Adamonis (200-1), J Williamson (250-1), T4th E Axley (300-1), C Wi (150-1), W MacKenzie (250-1)

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