WGC Accenture Match Play Golf Betting Info
The WGC Accenture Match Play is the first match play event of the calendar on the PGA Tour and it is really is an exciting format, which attracts a lot of attention. There are four brackets for the event, which is a straight knockout tournament with players going one on one for the right to progress through too the next round. There are four rounds of knockout in each of the brackets and that naturally sets up a semi final round and then the final (there is also a third place play off). It is an exciting and unpredictable format and we are out in Arizona at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Dove Mountain. There are 64 of the world’s best golfers in attendance here, including the defending champion Luke Donald and Tiger Woods who is having a crack at the title. One thing to take into consideration for your WGC Accenture Match Play golf betting is the option of picking out bracket winners, which provides some great value. Because it is a straight knockout with no second chances, there are superb odds on picking out an overall winner, but so too in the bracket winners.
WGC Accenture Match Play Outright Winner Money Back Special
Online bookmaker BetFred are running a gold special for WGC Accenture Match Play betting. Back a player in the outright winner market for the event, and if your selection ends up finishing second to one of the top four ranked players in the world at the WGC Matchplay, then bookie BetFred will refund your lost stake on the outright winner with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £500. Those top four in the world from the OWG rankings are Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet up to the maximum value of £50.
WGC Accenture Match Play Golf Betting Defending Champion
England’s Luke Donald is the defending champion and he is back to try and retain his title. Donald played some sublime golf throughout last year’s WGC Accenture Match Play betting, and he defeated Martin Kaymer in the final 3&2. Donald was just in devastating and confident mood and his game is just built for this format, and it is why he is trading so well again in this year’s WGC Accenture Match Play outright winner betting market. This is one of those tournaments where past winners, because of experience generally produce good performances time and time again. World Number One Donald stepped out on the PGA Tour for the first time this season last week at the Northern Trust Open. He didn’t card a round under seventy which was surprising, and a horrible 78 on Sunday left him T56 and seven over par. Naturally better than that, his concentration and iron work around the games, should mean that he goes well again this year in the competition. As the number one seed in his bracket, he starts off against Ernie Els. For a man of his calibre and performances in match play, it should be a comfortable ride to the fourth round for him.
WGC Accenture Match Play Golf Betting Contenders
There are many strong challengers in the hit and miss field, but let’s concentrate on the ones the bookies are most concerned about in WGC Accenture Match Play golf betting. Donald is right up there as one of the favourites, but the outright favourite is Rory McIlroy, who has already shown some brilliant form this season. McIlroy has been out twice on the European Tour this season, landing a second in the tough Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and then a fifth at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He has been tweaking his swing, but he seems happy enough. Looking in great form and he seems to be favourite wherever he goes. McIlroy got thumped 8 & 7 in the second round last year by Ben Crane after being tipped as one of the favourites. Lee Westwood also didn’t go as far as expected, but he has looked in good touch during the early season as well on the European PGA. He has decent match play history, but not really at the front of the radar when picking out winners. Westwood showed up great with a second place finish at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. You can’t of course totally dismiss the presence of Tiger Woods, although he is recovering from a cold apparently, and has been a bit under the weather. Woods is a three times winner of this event, most recently in 2008 when he destroyed Stewart Cink in the final. He did show up at last year’s tournament, not that many people noticed because he crashed in the first round against Thomas Bjorn. Woods, quite excitingly, could run into Lee Westwood in the third round. Sergio Garcia has been enjoying something of a career revival and is in great shape and the Spaniard could well make a strong appearance in Arizona for your WGC Accenture Match Play golf betting. Wouldn’t totally dismiss his chances at the moment, because he looks in supreme control of his game right now and is oozing confidence, and he was fourth in 2010 at the event. Garcia does have a tough draw with Keegan Bradley and Rory McIlroy in his path to the quarter finals. American Keegan Bradley could well be worth a look as well as an outside bet here. He won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf last year against the other three 2011 Major Winners and the PGA Championship holder could have a decent crack at this. Has landed a second place on Tour this year already and has landed five top fives from five outings, so in good form. There is last year’s runner up Martin Kaymer, who is a great match play golfer. Would expect him to stand up and be counted as well this season again. There are just so many strong names in the field from the likes of Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney, Steve Stricker, Bill Haas and so on and so on, all who can stand up and make good cases for themselves. This is the excitement of WGC Accenture Match Play golf betting, because it is such a quality field which is wide open because of the straight knockout format. No second chances. So we will take a quick look at the bracket favourites.
WGC Accenture Match Play Match Winner Money Back Special
A great golf betting insurance for your match play matches can be taken at online bookmaker Boylesports. Back a match winner, and if your selection gets beaten in extra holes (after a tie in the match) then Boylesports will refund your lost stake as a free bet. This applies to all rounds throughout the tournament so is great insurance for your individual match betting out in Arizona. A lot of value to take there with that golf special. Boylesports offer a free £20 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie matches the value of your first stake with a free bet, up to the value of £20.
Latest WGC Accenture Match Play Golf Betting Bracket Winner Prices
Martin Kaymer 6/1, Steve Stricker 8/1, Bubba Watson 10/1, Hunter Mahan 10/1 at Totesport
Luke Donald 5/1, Adam Scott 7/1, Dustin Johnson 7/1, Brandt Snedeker 12/1 at BetFred
Rory McIlroy 4/1, Sergio Garcia 6/1, Jason Day 17/2, Ian Poulter 7/1 at Bet365
Tiger Woods 9/2, Lee Westwood 11/2, Webb Simpson 6/1, Bill Haas 8/1 at BetFred
Latest WGC Accenture Match Play Golf Betting Prices
Rory McIlroy: 13/1 at Stan James
Tiger Woods: 14/1 at Bet365
Luke Donald: 18/1 at Totesport
Sergio Garcia: 20/1 at BetFred
Lee Westwood: 20/1 at SportingBet
Martin Kaymer: 25/1 at Totesport
Webb Simpson: 30/1 at SkyBet
Jason Day: 33/1 at Bet365
Adam Scott: 33/1 at Ladbrokes