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European PGA BMW Italian Open Betting Info
The Italian Open takes centre stage this week in Golf betting as the PGA’s FedExCup play-offs take a break for a week ahead of the Tour Championship. Because of the top players being involved over there, naturally this kind of line up is taking away some of the presence of the big guns, but there is still a good field out in attendance. The BMW Italian Open goes off at Royal Park I Roveri in Turin this week and thee top three home grown talent is attendance for the 69th edition of the event.

European PGA BMW Italian Open Betting Defending Champion
This was held back in June last year, so with the tournament move there does come a bit of a change in conditions. England’s Robert Rock was in blistering form here last season, opening with a magnificent round of 64 and doing enough to hang on to his lead by a single shot at the end of the closing Sunday. Rock is back in the field to defend his title this week but hasn’t looked too threatening of late. He has missed two cuts in his last five starts and he hasn’t hit a round under 70 in 18 rounds of golf since the Irish Open back in July. There was his howler second round of 86 at the US PGA which will stick in many people’s mind. Missed a cut at the Johnnie Walker Championships at Gleneagles recently and not looking a good fit. Rock is trading at 60/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

European PGA BMW Italian Open Betting Favourite
Francesco Molinari is primed as favourite this week in your golf betting. The bookies are sensibly aware of the threat from the home grown talent. This is the home City tournament for Francesco and his brother Eduardo and for Francesco, it will be the last competitive outing before he heads off to the Ryder Cup. Frankly, if either of the Molinari’s are going to win this event, then it is going to be Francesco. He goes off the back of a 6th place finish at the Johnnie Walker Championships and looking in pretty good shape at the moment. He has been very, very solid this season and he has only finished outside of the top fifty in two of his starts this season. He has landed a win, in Spain back in May, but has also posted two second placed finishes since them. There have been three top tens in his last six starts and is looking a good fit here to go and take the honours. Molinari is trading as 8/1 favourite with online bookmaker Bet365.

Other Contenders
There are two other Ryder Cup players in the field this week, in Nicolas Colsaerts and Martin Kaymer. Belgium’s Colsaerts actually looks a good fit this week. He fired in a top ten finish at the KLM Open last week and will be happy enough to carry that kind of momentum forward. He will want a good performance ahead of the Ryder Cup as well. A very solid player and wouldn’t put it past if if he is contention come Sunday Big momentum player and just looks as if he is steadily building to some big again. He has one win under his belt this season at the World Match Play. Martin Kaymer still continues to frustrate. Just as he is looking as if he is getting up a head of steam and momentum, it kind of slips through his fingers. Not a very strong option at the moment.

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen is though. He had a good tournament here last year and he has been one of the hot players on the European Tour lately. Bombed badly at the Omega European Masters at the start of the month in missing the cut, but that has been an exception to his normally excellent form. Prior to the Omega Masters, Olesen hand landed three top twenties in four starts and was building up for a win to add to his Sicilian Open triumph back in April. He’ll probably shake off that missed cut and makes a terrific fit off the tee this week.

Best Outside Bet
It has to be Italian sensation Matteo Manassero. How could it not be. He has been very smart with his build up as he just done about anything he can to be in prime shape for a run at this title. He has geared his recent fixture list around making an appearance here and that kind of desire can’t be ignored at all. The 19 year old has landed five top tens this season and with an eighth place finish here last season, no reason why he can’t improve upon that. He seems to be a good fit with the course. Hasn’t quite been on the boil since a run of terrific form back between March and May, but not going badly at the moment. Should have the consistency to make an impact and at a price of 25/1 with online bookmaker Bet365 he looks a good outside bet.

Latest European PGA BMW Italian Open Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Francesco Molinari 8/1, Nicolas Colsaerts 12/1, Thorbjorn Olesen 20/1, Martin Kaymer 20/1, Anders Hansen 22/1, Matteo Manassero 25/1, Rafa Cabrera-Bello 35/1, Pablo Larrazabal 35/1

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12th September 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Jeff Overton (US)

PGA BMW Championship Golf Betting Info
After a late Monday finish on Labor Day in the USA, the PGA FedExCup play offs pick straight up again this week as we head to the third event of the four. Following this, it will be all down to the Championship Tournament next week. So there is still plenty to play for and plenty of jostling for positions to come for the remaining players left in the tournament It is off to Indiana this week, in Carmel. This is arguably the easiest course on the play offs and we should see some strong scoring this week. It is simple tee to green golf that is needed and anyone who can find just a little extra distance off the tee may put themselves in a stronger position.

PGA BMW Championship Golf Betting Defending Champion
It was Englishman Justin Rose who pulled out a two stroke win here last year for a great finish. That was in Lemont, Illinois. Rose is trading at a price of 40/1 with online bookmaker Bet365 to double on his BMW wins this season. It hasn’t been a strong FedExCup run from Rose this year as he only managed a T46 at The Barclays, before crashing out with a missed cut last week at the Deutsche Bank. That was his second missed cut in five starts, but also in those five starts there were two top five finishes. Confident if he gets into the swing to challenge, but probably not quite there at the moment. Good price though.

PGA BMW Championship Golf Betting Favourite
Straight back to a battle between Tiger Woods and last week’s winner Rory McIlroy for favourite. These two, once again are way shorter than the rest of the field but there is still good value in them. McIlroy fired his way brilliantly to the title at the Deutsche Bank last week, not letting a stellar third round from Louis Oosthuizen phase him. McIlroy is well back in his groove and sitting a the top of the FedExCup standings and has taken over the number one spot in the world. Showing his top form at the moment and will be strong. So too is Woods, who is trucking along nicely. Woods fired in a T3 finish last week, a solid performance and he has the driver to work his way around the BMW this week. Still is liable for a bit of a patchy round, however, if he carries over his groove then he is going to be in a confident mood. We have seen some great stuff from him during the FedExCup play-offs. Expect more and a response to McIlroy’s win last week. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are trading at a price of 7/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Other Contenders
Dustin Johnson is taking a lot of interest in the betting market. He has found a sweet spot in his form at the moment, and he has the natural distance to bomb his way around d the course. Johnson, who has won a Play Off tournament in each of the last two seasons, has landed two top five finishes in this season’s two event so far. He is running hot at the moment and always shows up well at this time of the year. One of the longest hitters on the PGA, he should be at home this week. He also has the touch with the irons to hit the greens at the moment. Just his all around game is superb at the moment. A great fit and great value this week.

Lee Westwood is making steady progress through the FedExCup play offs as well. This is the Englishman’s first crack at the post season on the PGA and is handling himself well. Going along under the radar, but he last the PGA in greens in regulation and that should put him up near the top again this week. Landed a T5 at The Barclays, and a T13 last week so is in solid enough form. It’s not going to take much of a step forward for him to get up near a title and the nature of the course this week could well expedite that.

Louis Oosthuizen is look majestically confident at the moment and is going to be worth looking at. That remarkable third round last week at TPC Boston, where he rattled of seven birdies in a row was just the culmination of a very good season. He has earned himself consecutive to five finishes now in the FedExCup play offs and his all round stats just read well. If there is anyone on the bubble of landing a win this week then it is Oosthuizen along with Dustin Johnson. They should both be strong performers here.

Sergio Garcia makes a very interesting punt. The Spaniard decided to rest last week and skip The Duetsche Bank. He will still comfortably make it through to the championship finals and it was a calculated move. He has been busy and simply wanted a rest and he has his eye on the Ryder Cup as well. So he needed a break and took one. However, prior to his break, he recorded a great win at the Wyndham and then carded a T3 at The Barclays. So nothing wrong with his game, nothing wrong with his form and you would expect him to be well rested and fresh.

Best Outside Bet
Jeff Overton will be at home this week, almost literally. The Indiana native knows this course like the back of his hand and showed some of his best form for a while last week with a T7 in Boston. He wanted to have a crack at this course in the FedExCup and he simply made it happen. Overton is trading at a price of 66/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Latest PGA BMW Championship Golf Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Tiger Woods 7/1, Rory McIlroy 7/1, Dustin Johnson 14/1, Adam Scott 18/1, Phil Mickelson 20/1, Luke Donald 22/1, Jason Dufner 25/1, Sergio Garcia 22/1, Louis Oosthuizen 25/1, Lee Westwood 25/1, Keegan Bradley 28/1, Steve Stricker 28/1, Brandt Snedeker 33/1, Bubba Watson 35/1, Nick Watney 35/1, Webb Simpson 35/1, Justin Rose 40/1

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5th September 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Thomas Bjorn (Denmark)

Omega European Masters Golf Betting Info
While the US PGA FedExCup will take a lot of the golf betting attention this week, there is some action on the European Tour to look forward to, as we head to Crans-Sur-Sierre in Switzerland for this great setting.

Omega European Masters Golf Betting Favourite and Defending Champion
Thomas Bjorn enjoyed victory here last year in what was one of his greatest ever triumphs. It was Sunday’s performance last year which elevated him to the top of the leader-board. He needed to deliver something spectacular because there was a tremendous amount of talent challenging for the title, namely Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy. But Bjorn’s spectacular round of 62 on the final day, one of the best of his career, despite a couple of bogeys en route was enough to push him to the top of the pile. Along with his win he has also landed as runner up twice before as well at the course, and fired in a top ten last week at the Johnnie Walker Championship. Bjorn is trading as 14/1 favourite with online bookmaker Bet365.

Omega European Masters Golf Betting Other Contenders
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie should be riding high after delivering four great rounds at the Johnnie Walker last week, fully living up to expectations as one of the favourites. He was just solid and consistent all week, taking the tournament by four shots in the end. That was his second win of the season, having taken the Qatar Masters back at the start of the year as well, and his seventh top ten of the season. Showed great form last week but has never gone particularly well at this event, apart from a second place finish back in 2002.

Alexander Noren hasn’t been in too bad shape of late. Although he only managed 66th at the US PGA Championship, he has two top tens in his last four starts and put in a 26th at Gleneagles last week. The Swede also has two top tens in his last four starts at the Omega European Masters, one of them being a win in 2009. He is on a streak of missed cut, top ten, missed cut, top ten at the event though. Will that continue. Generally a very solid player and sitting 29th in The Race to Dubai. When Noren won this in 2009 it sparked him into life and he went on a brilliant run of form.

Matteo Manassero could be worth a look because he has had patches this season where he has been running pretty hot. The young Italian only just crept inside the top 100 at the US PGA Championship, but has five top ten finishes for the season. He has only turned up at the Omega European Masters three times before, but with all three finishes inside the top 25, one of them a third place finish in 2010, he makes a pretty good candidate here this time around. The field here is usually stronger, but the likes of Westwood and McIlroy are off contesting the FedExCup play offs.

Best Outside Bet
Thorbjorn Olesen is just looking like he is going to make another breakthrough very soon. He has had three top 15 finishes in his last four starts and fired a 27th at the US PGA Championships as well. He was a winner back at the Sicilian Open in April and is just producing some fine tee to cup golf at the moment. Great value in backing him in what is only his second Omega European Masters. Had a horrid round of 77 on Friday last season, but he is a much stronger player twelve months later. Thorbjorn Olesen is trading at 25/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Latest Omega European Masters Golf Betting Prices at Bet365
Peter Hanson 14/1, Alex Noren 20/1, Paul Lawrie 20/1, Henrick Stenson 20/1, Matteo Manassero 22/1, Thomas Bjorn 22/1, Thorbjorn Olesen 25/1, Jamie Donaldson 28/1, Marcel Siem 30/1, Miguel Angel Jimenez 30/1

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29th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Tiger Woods (USA)

PGA Deutsche Bank Championship Golf Betting Info
It is week two of the 2012 FedExCup Play offs as the remaining 100 players head to TPC Boston. Some big names have dropped like Henrik Stenson, Robert Allenby and Davis Love II, but the big guns are still around. Nick Watney jumped to the top of the FedExCup standings with his win last week at the Barclays. That pushed Tiger Woods down into third, one place above Rory McIlroy and both of these will be looking for a bounce back performance this week. Brandt Snedeker sneaked into second, but there are less than 1,000 points separating the top four. So now it is on to Boston and the challenge of the par 71. This is a pretty easy scoring track so we can expect plenty of excitement this week. The distance is around 7,200 yards so a manageable distance without having to really pull out the stops with the driver, so the main thing to look for this week is greens in regulation because birdie chances should really be put down.

PGA Deutsche Bank Championship Golf Betting Defending Champion
Webb Simpson, who had a remarkable season last year, carded a -15 under par at the Deutsche Bank last season, but needed a play-off to do it. Had a disappointing turn out last week though, as Simpson missed the cut at The Barclays following a 73 in the second round. That was the second missed cut in three tournaments, his fourth in the last eight. It has been a strange season for the US Open winner this season, showing such promise at times and just looking well off his game at others. Consistency is a problem for Simpson at the moment, but the confidence of having won here last year may bring the best out of him. Simpson goes as a 33/1 shot at online bookmaker Bet365 for this one though. Just can’t be backed with total confidence at the moment, a stark contrast to this time last year.

PGA Deutsche Bank Championship Golf Betting Favourite
We have joint favourites this week again for golf betting, as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy duke it out for supremacy. Tiger Woods was looking solid, if not totally comfortable during The Barclays. Woods just struggled to find his rhythm over the weekend and after a 72 on Saturday, he carded a 76 on Sunday which pushed him right back out to a T38 finish which was one over par. He has won the Deutsche Bank before, way back in 2006. So he has history here by the will need to improve his simple tee to green golf from over the weekend. It doesn’t suggest that there is anything really wrong with his game and we have seen his winning form this season often enough. There are going to be plenty of scoring chances coming his way and this will be his seventh appearance at TPC Boston where he has a good track record. He has only finished outside of the top eleven once in his six appearance at the course so far.

Rory McIlroy had a mixed four days at The Barclays, and the thing which was not working for him was his putter. He wasn’t looking comfortable or convincing with the putter, he still had enough of a game to land a T24 finish. The positive aspect of McIlroy’s game was that he was great in hitting the greens and he will probably have an easier time converting birdie chances this week compared to last. He is ranked second in birdie average on the PGA at the moment and he hits the amount of greens in regulation as he did at The Barclays, then he will be up there. Both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy can be taken for a price of 10/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Other Contenders
Another strong field out in attendance this week and we will start with a look at Bubba Watson. Watson put in a T10 performance last week at The Barclays and he is not even playing at his very best. His stats on the PGA this term have been very good, he has been superb with the iron work. Watson is known for his distance off the tee and ball manipulation in the air. He didn’t find accuracy off the tee last week but should be better than that. Has also been brilliant in converting birdie chances this season as well. If he finds accuracy with the driver then he is going to be a good contender.

Brandt Snedeker has to warrant a look as he was the only man in the field of 125 last week to card four rounds all under par. He also has tremendous form at TPC Boston as well to back up a decision of getting a wager down on him. He finished T3 here last season and the season before landed a T5. Not particularly strong with his iron work in getting to the green but once he is there then he knows how to convert. Should be brimming with confidence at the moment and well worth looking at.

Another with good form at TPC Boston is England’s Luke Donald. He put in a solid performance at The Barclays for a T10 finish In pretty good form again this season but with two finishes inside the top three at TPC Boston in his last pair of outings, should put him in good stead. He and Snedeker look strong candidates for a Top Ten Finish bet at the very least. Donald has hit seven top ten finishes this season on the PGA and should be carrying himself well throughout the play-offs The course fits him well and he should be challenging, no reason why he should not be.

Dustin Johnson went well at The Barclays as expected, using his length well. Has won a Play Off tournament in each of the last two season and he picked up a third place last season at TPC Boston. Johnson backed up his accurate distances with superb iron work and he has a best finish of fourth in this event back in 2009. Since coming back from a three month lay off earlier in the season, Johnson has been ticking along very nicely and getting better and better as he goes. Has a win under his belt for the season and could well double it up.

There are other major options in the field, like Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney, Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott. So the choices are plenty and therefore it will be worth tracking the action with live in play betting as well as seriously looking at narrower options in Top Ten Finish betting.

Best Outside Bet
England’s Lee Westwood is going to be a bit of a dark horse throughout the play offs. Westwood hit a T5 last week at Bethpage on the back of some big short game improvements. However, he still missed his fair share of greens in regulation but there was more of a composed look about his game. This is his first venture into the FedExCup play-offs and this is also his first time at TPC Boston. Therefore not going to attract strong wagers, but has the game to break through the field.

Latest PGA Deutsche Bank Championship Golf Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Rory McIlroy 10/1, Tiger Woods 10/1, Luke Donald 14/1, Dustin Johnson 18/1, Jason Dufner 20/1, Bubba Watson 22/1, Adam Scott 25/1, Brandt Snedeker 25/1, Steve Stricker 28/1, Lee Westwood 28/1, Louis Oosthuizen 30/1, Justin Rose 30/1, Webb Simpson 33/1, Keegan Bradley 40/1, Nick Watney 40/1

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28th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Paul Lawrie (Scotland)

Euro PGA Johnnie Walker Championship Betting Info
While most of the golf betting focus will be on The Barclays, the first of the FedExCup play off tournaments, there is some Euro PGA golf betting to have a look at as well. This is the Johnnie Walker Championship which is held at the historic Gleneagles course up in Scotland. There is importance on the this event beyond winning the title, because valuable points in the place to secure an automatic Ryder Cup spot will be on the line.

Euro PGA Johnnie Walker Championship Betting Defending Champion
Thomas Bjorn took the Johnnie Walker title last season, coming through a mammoth five man play-off. He is back to defend his title this season. Sitting 23rd on the European Tour, his purple patch of the season, seems to be over. Usually a pretty solid performer though and this is not a particularly difficult field to conquer. He landed a 48th at the US PGA championship and has only had two rounds under seventy in his last 16 rounds of golf. Nothing too much wrong with his game apart from finishing chances. Going as defending champion may well give him a boost of confidence to step up a gear which he has just been missing lately. Bjorn is trading at 28/1 with online bookmaker Bet365 as favourite.

Euro PGA Johnnie Walker Championship Betting Favourite and Contenders
Italy’s Francesco Molinari goes as favourite in the Euro PGA betting this week. He has a win under his belt for the season and is standing 6th in the Race to Dubai. Was pretty hot through July, but has just slipped off his gear recently. Still, he was good enough for a 40th at the WGC Bridgestone and then a 54 at the US PGA Championship. No reason why he can’t be near the top of the pecking order this week if he starts off strongly. His brother Edoardo won this event a couple of years ago incidentally. Francesco Molinari is trading at a price of 10/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Scotsman Paul Lawrie is going to be well backed this week and has pretty similar form to Francesco Molinari. Sitting twelfth on the European Tour and has churned out some pretty decent results this season. He looked ready to burst through for a win back in May but it just never quite happened for him. So he hasn’t been able to follow up on his win at the Qatar Masters back in February. However, he is a good fit for the course, very good and he has already qualified for the Ryder Cup team. Not going to a problem for motivation in Scotland and has a third pace finish at Gleneagles, coming back in 2009. He has also won in Scotland twice before.

Nicolas Colsearts should be a man on a mission and if he handles the pressures well in Scotland this week, he should perform. He has a lot at stake. If he wins or finishes second, then he will nudge Germany’s Martin Kaymer out of the automatic selection spot for the Ryder Cup. That will be a tremendous achievement and is should motivate the Belgian this week at Gleneagles. Of course, because he is in a position to do that shows what a steady game he has. Hasn’t managed to get a win this term, but has eight top ten finishes this season. Didn’t fit the conditions at the US PGA where he missed the cut, but should be stronger this week.

Simon Dyson has everything in place really to mount a challenge in Scotland last week. Dyson didn’t perform at the US PGA Championship either, but like Lawire and Colsearts, it wasn’t a track for him. However, he has been pretty solid again this season has the Englishman. Take away his US PGA Championship result and a missed cut at the Alstom Open de France and Dyson is running hot. Deserves a win this season and has gotten better the longer the season has worn on. 

Latest Euro PGA Johnnie Walker Championship Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Francesco Molinari 10/1, Nicolas Colsaerts 11/1, Thorbjorn Olesen 20/1, Ross Fisher 22/1, Simon Dyson 25/1, Thomas Bjorn 28/1, Paul Lawrie 30/1, Alex Noren 30/1, Rafa Cabrera-Bello 40/1

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23rd August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

PGA Wyndham Championship Golf Betting Info
Following on after the difficult challenges of the U.S. Open, and with all of the majors being wrapped up now for 2012 season, focus will now turn back towards the race for the FedExCup. This week the golf betting is at the Sedgefield Country Club for the Wyndham Championship. There are some new greens which have been installed at the course but Sedgefield has a history of being a pretty easy course for the PGA stars to tame. Putting has usually been an afternoon stroll for players in the past but the new greens are expected to play quicker and therefore a little bit more challenging than usual. We’re looking at a competitive field if not one full of the greatest leading stars, but there is a tremendous value around this week for your golf betting and this par 70 course should present more of a straightforward challenge for the players involved.

PGA Wyndham Championship Golf Betting Favourite and Defending Champion
Webb Simpson, as part of his incredible 2011 took the title winning the Wydnham Championship last season. The American is back to defend his title this week and he needs to get himself on track just a little bit after missing the cut at the U.S. Open last week. His missed cut can be forgiven just a little bit because that was the first time in four weeks that he had played an event, due to the pressing issues of expecting second child. However the missed cut at the PGA Championship was his third missed cut in the last six starts. There were sandwiched in between all that was his win at the U.S. Open, which came straight off the back of a missed cut at the Memorial. So Simpson hasn’t been as consistent as he was last season but he has still managed to get himself inside the top 10 six times this season and three times in the last seven events. Should be good with the putter and goes as favourite because of his win here last year. Webb Simpson is trading at a price of 14/1 with online maker BetFred.

PGA Wyndham Championship Golf Betting Other Contenders
There’s a great evenly matched field and the golf betting options behind Webb Simpson this week at the Wyndham Championship. We’ll start with Jason Dufner who has been having a tremendous season. Just about made it through the cut at the PGA Championship last week when he started putting on a charge to finish in the top 30. Dufner has rocked 17 consecutive cuts now during 2012 and is sitting third in the FedExCup standings. Dufner has recorded two wins on the PGA Tour this season both of those have come within the last eight tournaments that he has entered. He is in tremendous form at the moment one of the hottest tickets on the PGA, taking victory of the Zürich classic in New Orleans and then HP Byron Nelson. He it has also recently ran up a T4 at the U.S. Open, a seventh place finish at the WGC Bridgestone, along with his T27 at the PGA Championship. In stunning form at the moment and he is finding the greens with remarkable consistency and accuracy and looking relatively untroubled with his putter at the moment we should put him in good stead for perhaps a third title in 2012.

Sweden’s Corl Pettersson is a previous winner at Sedgefield Wyndham Championship. His win came back in 2008 but he did land a fourth place finish last season. You can also look back on this form from last week at the U.S. Open where he went very strongly and was leading at the close of the first round. He soldiered along through the weekend to pick up a third-place finish, which was his fourth result in the top three this season. Another thing working in Carl Pettersson’s favour is that he holds, jointly, the course record at Sedgefield with a 61 scored in his successful 2008 outing here. The big Swede has a PGA win under his belt as part of this season, taking victory at the RBC heritage back in April.

David Toms is going along steadily enough to be in with a shot this week at Sedgefield. Despite only take a share of 42nd at the PGA Championship last week, his form prior to that was pretty decent. Toms has four top-10 finishes the season prior to the PGA Championship landed back-to-back top 10 finishes at the U.S. Open and the WGC Bridgestone. But while he hasn’t been able to get close enough to win this season you just kind of been edging closer. His scoring has improved dramatically over the past three tournaments which signals that he is building a little bit of momentum should be an intelligent high on the leader-board this week.

Bill Haas posted a T32 at Kiawah Island last week and let himself down a little bit by not being able to push on in the fourth and final round. Surprisingly has has only two top-10 finishes this season, and both of those came at the start of the season. Haas has been just ticking along nicely lately though with two top 20 finishes coming at the Open Championship and then the WBC Bridgestone. Haas seems to be levelling out at the moment and the question will be whether or not he can find that top gear and consistency to charge upwards for a title. His figures at the PGA Championship which ranged from 75 to 69 shows his inconsistency. Needs to produce for solid rounds of golf which hasn’t happened for quite a while to really hit the heights that he is capable of. At an easy course like Sedgefield, it could be a good confidence booster for him.

Other big names in contention this week should be Charl Schwartzel, Brent Snedeker, Nick Whatley, Nicolas Colsaerts and Spain’s Sergio Garcia. There is plenty of tremendous value around anywhere between the 30/1 and 4o/1 mark this week. This is a pretty wide open field hence a great deal of value. Again don’t forget the value of looking in the top-10 finish market.

Best Outside Bet
For your golf betting this weekend has good to know that there has been an ever-increasing amount of interest going on Tim Clark. The South African hasn’t shown up this season, having only landed one top-10 finish in 15 events and having only made the cut once in eight of those, but his T11 at the PGA Championship last week shows a consistent return to form. Clark landed a T15 in Canada prior to his US Open exploits, and his best finish at Sedgefield was a sixth back in 2008.

Latest PGA Wyndham Championship Golf Betting Prices at online bookmaker BetFred
Webb Simpson 14/1, Jason Dufner 14/1, Carl Pettersson 20/1, Brandt Snedeker 22/1, Charl Schwartzel 28/1, Tim Clark 25/1, David Toms 33/1, Bill Haas 33/1, Sergio Garcia 33/1, Henrik Stenson 40/1, Nick Watney 40/1, Nicolas Colsaerts 40/1

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14th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

PGA WGC Bridgestone Invitational Golf Betting Info
Another massive week of golf betting on the cards this week at the Firestone Country club in Ohio. The south course at the club has the distinction of being the longest Par 70 on the PGA Tour. This course will be so tempting for the big hitters in the field as there is not too much punishment abound for any wayward strokes off the tee. The rough is shallow enough to be playable, but just long enough to hold up balls that are in danger of running away. The greens at the Firestone are quick and not too easily tamed and it is why you should be looking for a player who has enough experience here before to take the title. It is a tough course to get the better of for those who have not undergone its trials before.

PGA WGC Bridgestone Invitational Golf Betting Defending Champion
Australian Adam Scott, who has been in the news recently, is the defending champion at the Firestone CC. Scott was in command of the British Open heading into the final four holes, but blew his lines big time with a poor run of bogeys. How much that will have hurt him will be in question as this is his first appearance after that crushing blow of throwing away his first Major title. Still, you look back at his form and he is in great shape, coming off a 3rd at the AT&T Nationals and then the second at The Open. He may need to repeat his stellar opening round of last year at Firestone where he fired an 8-under. That would be the confidence boosting fillip that he needs. Scott is trading at 18/1 with online bookmaker Bet365 because of his good form.

PGA WGC Bridgestone Invitational Golf Betting Favourite
Tiger Woods is a seven time winner of Firestone, but hasn’t delivered at the course in the past couple of years. But because of his tremendous track record at the course, he goes as favourite. Three wins on the Tour this year suggest that he is back at the top of his came and has two wins in his last five outings. A T3 at the British Open was a great finish, but really it could have been a lot better for him. Just needs to get his driver working a little bit better than it was at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s and he will shape up well here. Woods finished T37 one over par here last year and his driving accuracy was well below his normal standards. Correct that and he should be in contention. Tiger Woods is trading at a price of 9/2 favourite with online bookmaker Bet365. 

Other Contenders
Deep field in action in Ohio and we turn our attention to Luke Donald. No-one seemed to pay too much attention to the world number one as he landed a T5 at the British Open. Has good course history as well at Firestone, as he finished runner up to Adam Scott here last year. He has been very good with the putter this season, although strangely, the game which he is know for, his accuracy in green approaches has not quite been up to his own his standards this season. Still, another steady week here and with a hot putter, Donald can easily play his way to the top of the leader-board. Donald has three top ten top finishes in his last five Tour starts, four top twenties in his last five Tour starts. Going well at the moment and surely time to deliver another win soon.

England’s Lee Westwood also has a good enough history at Firestone to suggest that he will be a strong contender on Sunday. Westwood has finished in the top ten in three of his last four starts at the event and his stats suggests that a title won’t be long coming. He 13th for total driving this season on the PGA Tour and more importantly, second in greens in regulation. You really can’t argue with that form. Still looking for his first PGA Tour win of the season, but has five top tens in nine events during 2012. Didn’t fulfil potential at The Open, but better than that and could drive his way to success this week.

Zach Johnson can’t be ignored for your golf betting this week, as he is one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour are the moment. Johnson is a double winner on the PGA Tour this season, including a recent triumph at the John Deere Classic. He has landed six top tens in 18 events this season, missing only one cut along the way. Put in a top ten finish at the British Open and his the PGA leader in Stroke Gained Putting. That will be put to test on the lightning quick greens of Firestone and this will be his ninth attempt at the course, finishing T6 last season. Carrying the kind of form to challenge.

Rickie Fowler took a slice of second place here last season and he led the entire field in putting last year. So he knows his way around the course and he needs a good performance to ensure a Ryder Cup place. Was carrying some red hot form through May but started slipping off the boil a bit. If he can reach back into his experiences here last season and hit the blistering form that was in back in May where he secured a win at the Well Fargo Championship, then he has every chance of making a run for the title. Either way he should make a good top ten finish contender at worst.

A couple of other names of note, whose games are just hovering around the marks which could mean that they will play their way into the top ten, will be Matt Kuchar, who has two top twenties in his last two starts at Firestone, and Bubba Watson who is leading the PGA in green hit and greens in regulation from the fairway.

Best Outside Bet
Rory McIlroy. What? We are talking about Rory McIlroy as an outside chance? Yes. This is because he hasn’t been playing to his high standards for the last couple of months. He looks as if he is still working things out in his head and not playing supremely confidently or smoothly. So he is worth an outside shot here and is a handy price. McIlroy hasn’t been finding greens with any consistency, but has played ever so well at Firestone over the past couple of year. He is now on a run of eight straight rounds of under 70 at Firestone. Can’t ignore that.

Latest PGA WGC Bridgestone Invitational Golf Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Tiger Woods 9/2, Luke Donald 14/1, Adam Scott 18/1, Lee Westwood 18/1, Rory McIlroy 20/1, Hunter Mahan 25/1, Rickie Fowler 28/1, Zach Johnson 28/1, Jason Dufner 28/1, Dustin Johnson 30/1, Bubba Watson 33/1, Justin Rose 33/1, Matt Kuchar 33/1, Phil Mickelson 33/1, Bo Van pelt 40/1, Graeme McDowell 40/1

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31st July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Luke Donald

Scottish Open Golf Betting Info
The natural warm up for next week’s Open is happening at Castle Stuart in Scotland this week for the Scottish Open. There is a great quality field in attendance at this one including the current world number one Luke Donald. Just to add to the occasion over the links course, there will be a strong Scottish contingent including Colin Montgomerie and Sandy Lyle. The top Scottish amateurs will also be in attendance and hopefully we will get four full days of quality play this year, as Saturday’s play last year was totally washed out by awful Highlands rain.

Scottish Open Golf Defending Champion and Betting Favourite
England’s Luke Donald took the title at the Scottish Open in 2011, and this week will be the 52nd week (non-consecutive) that Donald has held the world number one ranking. Donald’s big win this season came at the BMW PGA Championship back at the end of May. He did pick up the Transition Championship title as well out in the States after a play off. He missed the cut badly at the US Open but take that one result out of the equation and Donald is striking some very solid form at the moment. He had a little bit of a slow start to the season but is right on top of his game at the moment. Donald goes as heavy favourite, the only man in the field coming in a under double figures, and it is not as if it is a weak field either. There is no Lee Westwood or Rory McIlroy, the challengers to the world number one crown, and as Donald tamed the links course here last season he should be in line to widen the gap between himself with a win at Castle Stuart this week. He shot an amazing 63 on Sunday last year to take the title by four shots. Luke Donald is favourite at 8/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Other Contenders
Big field this week on the European PGA, and Padraig Harrington is going to be worth a look. The Open is coming up soon and this will be great preparation for that. The Irishman has the natural game to excel on the links courses and he sounds pretty pumped up for the Scottish Open. Harrington is in very good form at the moment and could well start challenging Donald for the number one spot. That is the quality that Harrington is playing with at the moment. He finished fourth in the US Open and then followed that up with a seventh at the Irish Open. He really at the top of his game at the moment, and has undergone some big improvements with his game and his confidence. A very good links player and he enjoys the challenge here and wants to continue his heavy momentum forward ahead of The Open where he should be a strong contender. He just looks as if he is fine tuning his game for a big win.

Scotsman Martin Laird will no doubt want to put in a good show this week. He is pretty much the ambassador for the event and while he is in the USA most of the time on the PGA Tour, he is a big fan of the event. This is one of the events that he makes sure that he comes back from, and standing at 31st in the world rankings, he is the highest ranked Scot. Showed up big at The Players one of two second places this season on the Tour. He only has three top tens from sixteen outings this season but has been producing a much tighter, consistent game over the last month or so (with the US Open an exception after missing the cut.

Along with Laird, fellow Scotsman Paul Lawrie is attracting a lot of interest in the Scottish Open golf betting market. Lawrie looked in May that he was just on the bubble of landing something big. He landed a third at the Volvo World Match Play and then followed up with a second in the BMW PGA Championships. He has been pretty consistent and did win out at the Qatar Masters earlier in the season. Out of the two, you would probably lean more towards Lawrie being the one to bring the title back home to a Scotsman, the first to do so since Colin Montgomerie did it back in 1999. The links at Castle Stuart are highly praised and should lead a good strong home charge.

Phil Mickelson is in the field as a late entrant, but something just looks awry with his game at the moment. He put in a T7 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the end of May, but since then things haven’t gone too well for him and he looks as if he is just struggling around the golf course instead of being relaxed. Naturally he is still one of the greatest players in the world, but is going to have to dig for a bit of form. The veteran presence of Ernie Els will also be at Castle Stuart this week and he is a three time winner in Scotland, including a double at the Scottish open in the early 2000′s. Els also went very well here last season, finishing each of the three rounds (as it was cut short because of weather) under 70. He is also carrying some great form with a couple of top tens in the BMW PGA and the US Open. Just about coming into top form again and is a proven contender on the links.

Louis Oosthuizen missed cuts at the Memorial and the US Open in June, and that equates to four missed cuts in the last six on the PGA Tour. Not great at all, but has shown up so well on the European side of things that he can’t be ignored, and there was that agonising play off loss in the Masters as well. The South African has won twice on the European Tour this season and when he is swinging well, it is a wonderful sight. He made his big name on the links of the 139th Open Championship back in 2010 of course. Big addition to the field and while he is hit and miss in form at the moment, has the ability to drive his way to victory.

Best Outside Bet
Martin Kaymer. Although the German certainly isn’t hitting the heights of the form that carried him to world number one, he has history on the links. He is a previous winner of the Scottish Open, back in 2009. He is here as an invite and is looking for his first win of the season. There is not going to be any pressure on him as he isn’t in great form, but a relaxed Kaymer. on the links could go well. Kaymer goes at 25/1 with Bet365.

Latest Scottish Open Golf Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Luke Donald 8/1, Padraig Harrington 14/1, Francesco Molinari 20/1, Ross Fisher 22/1, Nicolas Colsaerts 25/1, Ernie Els 25/1, Martin Kaymer 25/1, Phil Mickelson 28/1, Louis Oosthuizen 28/1, Paul Lawrie 30/1.

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9th July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

England’s Lee Westwood is still looking a viable option in Alstom Open De France golf betting on the European Tour. Westwood finished the first round T21 on a score of -1 under par, five shots back of the lead. But the Englishman is still trading as 6/1 favourite with online bookmaker BetFred. This is because we have seen situations like this many times before, and Westwood is the highest calibre player in the field under par for the first round, and the weekend really should even itself out. This is the oldest national open in Continental Europe and it will be the scene of the 2018 Ryder Cup as well. There was a big strong contingent at the head of golf betting prior to teeing offer here, with Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell all in attendance. But all of the big guns really failed to make a spectacular start, as Sweden’s Cristian Nilsson closed proceedings as the club house leader for the first round with a six under par. Nilsson still remains an outside shot at 28/1 with online bookmaker BetFred.

Martin Kaymer won here back here at Le Golf National in 2009, but finished two over par in the first round. Graeme McDowell fired in a score of +1 over par, along with defending champion Thomas Levet, while Just Rose secured a round of even par to open with. But Lee Westwood is still heavy favourite in Alstom Open De France golf betting at the moment and is well primed to make a good run of things over the weekend. Italian Matteo Manassero put in a wonderful first round of 66 for five under par, along with Thongchai Jaidee, but the young Italian looked the more threatening of the two, and could well push on for a big total over the weekend. It is Manassero who is trading as second favourite at a price of 8/1 behind Lee Westwood ahead of the second round at Le Golf National. Probably out of the chasing back and the names mentioned, Justin Rose, who has enjoyed a very solid season, and trading at a price of 22/1 could shape up well to make a move.

Latest Alstom Open De France Golf Betting Odds at BetFred
Lee Westwood 6/1, Matteo Manassero 8/1, Thongchai Jaidee 16/1, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 20/1, Justin Rose 22/1, Henrik Stenson 22/1, Francesco Molinari 22/1, Cristian Nilsson 28/1, Graeme McDowell 40/1, Martin Kaymer 40/1

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6th July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Martin Kaymer

European PGA Tour BMW International Betting Info
There is a pretty good field out of the BMW International Open, and there is an extra challenge this time around, because the event is making its first stop at Cologne’s Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, which is a course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The course has been featured on the European Tour before though, and it is one where scoring has not been too difficult of an affair. This is a par 72 course at just under 7,300 yards and it is a course which can accept a bit of length off the tee. It is a set up which should make up for a very competitive encounter this weekend

European PGA Tour BMW International Betting Defending Champion
This will be Spain’s long hitting Pablo Larrazabal, who fired his way to the title here last year. It was a close call for him, as he went up against fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia in a play-off in Munich, but he prevailed to pick up his second victory on the European Tour. The Spaniards doesn’t feel like the defending champion though, and that is not a positive indicator for backing him. Why? Because the tournament has moved to the Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Cologne. You can add something a little extra to that, and that is the fact that the Spaniard has not won since his triumph at the BMW International last season. He has landed a couple of top tens, one in Spain and one in Morocco this season, He is the defending champion, but not really expecting a defending champion type performance. Nothing to suggest that he is going to challenge strongly. Larrazabal is out at 35/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

European PGA Tour BMW International Betting Favourite
Germany’s own Martin Kaymer goes off as strong favourite here this week in his native land. This is a nostalgic course for Kaymer and therefore he will want to go strongly. He is a former winner of the BMW International Open, lifting the title back in 2008, but since the event has moved, it is almost in his home town back yard where he used to watch golf. Kaymer has played this course many, many times and with the support he will have from family and friends, plus going into the BMW on the back of a solid T15 at the US Open last week, should put him in good standing. When Kaymer is confident and on song, he is still one of the greatest golfers in the world. The former world number one and 2010 US PGA Champion is going to be hungry for this one and going to be worth backing at a price of 7/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Other Contenders
Sergio Garcia can’t be counted out of this. The Spaniard came close last season, just missing out on the play off to Larrazabal. That defeat alone should be enough to drive Garcia, and he is having another fine, solid season. He picked up back to back titles in Spain last season, but hasn’t been able to get on the board with a title yet in 2012. There isn’t really anything wrong with his game at the moment, as has not missed a cut in eight European Tour events this season, landing three top five finishes along the way. This is the kind of tournament and quality of field in which he should be able to shine. He is one of the strongest, most consistent players in the field and he should easily be inside the top ten come Sunday.

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn is one of those players who keeps knocking on the door of titles. His ranked 16th on the European Tour, and while he didn’t perform at the US Open, missing the cut along with a host of other big names, prior to that he landed a second place finish at the Wales Open, following a good weekend. That was the best gold we have seen from him for a while. He hasn’t been at the strongest form which he is capable of reaching, but has the game and the potential to pull things together and Bjorn is well worth a look for some value.

So too England’s Ross Fisher. Is without a win this year, but he does head to the BMW International on the back of two top ten finishes. Fisher finished runner up at the Nordea Masters, and he has been in pretty solid form in patches and has picked up the standard of golf over the past six weeks or so. A strong competitor and could be a big contender here.

Another Spaniard, Alvaro Quiros has the driving game to tame fields and he landed a 10th at the BMW PGA Championship back in May. Totally bombed, like so many at the US Open Championship, and that Spaniard has been a bit below par this season, it has to be said. Still, he is just one of those players who can spring a surprise. Has a lot of winning potential in him. Just needs to settle more quickly and focus.

Best Outside Bet
Why not have a look at Paul Casey. The Englishman is on the comeback trail yet again after missing out on the US Open because of a shoulder injury. It was the same injury which has really disrupted his 12 and he has been limited to just eight outings this season. He believes though that the recovery has been done with and he just wants to get back to his golf. This really is going to be an outside chance here, but he sounds really focused and is even talking about a place on the Ryder Cup team. His best finish was a 25th at the Ballantines, didn’t deal with the BMW PGA Championship at all, but there’s no pressure on him, and may be worth a look for a top ten finish.

Latest European PGA Tour BMW International Betting Prices at Bet365
Martin Kaymer 7/1, Sergio Garcia 11/1, Ross Fisher 18/1, Paul Lawrie 20/1, Retief Goosen 25/1, Thomas Bjorn 30/1, Alvaro Quiros 35/1, Pablo Larrazabal 35/1, Joost Luiten 35/1, Paul Casey 70/1

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20th June 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting










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