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Four-putting is normally the domain of the 24-plus handicapper and a few who have been unlucky enough to get on the wrong side of Amen Corner at Augusta. But even the best have their disasters on the putting green, as Rory McIlroy proved in the BMW Championship at Denver last week. McIlroy’s faux pas didn’t cost him the tournament, won by Florida’s Billy Horschel, but shows that the Ulsterman is human after all despite this year’s heroics.

Horschel’s victory in Denver has nicely set up the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta this week, the final round of the FedEx Cup play-offs. Thirty players are qualified for the final of the $10 million competition but Dustin Johnson won’t be taking part. Theoretically, all are still in with a chance of taking the overall prize but, realistically, those outside the top five need snookers with 28th-ranked Hideki Matsuyama, for example, needing to win at East Lake this week (for which he is a general 45/1) and effectively hope that none of the top six in the current rankings finish in the first six place in the final itself.

Chris Kirk is leading the race at present having won the Deutsche Bank Championship last month. But he’s 50/1 with Boylesports in Atlanta having only made the top 20 once in his last nine tournaments apart from that victory in Massachusetts. Horschel tied for second in the Deutsche Bank last before winning the BMW Championship so is obviously targeting the huge bonus. He’s 25/1 with BetVictor, Coral and Paddy Power and that looks quite generous given the form he’s in. McIlroy will fancy his chances at East Lake. A top-two finish would mean one of those just above or just below in the FedEx rankings would probably have to win to deny him the purse. McIlroy thrives on pressure situations like this and is 4/1 with Unibet and 888sport for the Tour Championship but I can’t understand why Hunter Mahan should be a general 33/1.

Winner of the Barclays, the first of the FedEx Cup ranking tournaments, Mahan had arrived at that tournament in good shape having finished fifth in the Bridgestone Invitational and fifth in the PGA Championship in the previous weeks. He’s not been so good since but maybe the very large carrot dangling at the end of this week will help him re-concentrate his efforts and he likes playing among these small, select fields – he’s a previous winner of both the Accenture World Matchplay and the Bridgestone Invitational.

But my top selection this week is Adam Scott at the general 10/1. The Australian is one of those who would need an unlikely set of results to win the FedEx Cup but how can you ignore the world number two given the form he’s been in over the last three months? McIlroy may have stolen a bit of his thunder this year but Scott hasn’t finished out of the top 16 in any tournament since May. Third, first and eighth in the last three invitational events he’s contested, the world number two may not have been suited by the FedEx Cup being decided in a short space of time but can win at East Lake and leave who takes the bonus to the mathematicians.


9th September 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Rickie Fowler

PGA Crowne Plaza Golf Betting Info
We are off to the Par 70 at Colonial Country Club this week for out PGA Golf betting, which is located in Fort Worth, Texas. This is not too difficult of a course for players, because they can really have a go at the greens, and scoring at the event has been consistently high, so we can expect a strong weekend for birdies. The greens are small, but the feature of Colonial is that they are perfectly attack-able without too much risk because scrambling and saving par isn’t too difficult of a challenge. So, keeping the ball on the fairway to line up a drive at the greens is going to be important. Players may have to negotiate the wind again, but other than that, it should be a straight forward challenge for the 120 man field teeing off on Thursday.

PGA Crowne Plaza Golf Betting Defending Champion
David Toms came here last season and simply played simple, straight forward gold and walked away with the title. All that David Toms did was just hit the fairways and greens without doing anything spectacular This is the kind of golf course which Colonial is. Toms was ranked T4 in greens and fairways hit here last season, so pragmatic tee to green golf is all that is required. This is his 15th time at Colonial and is one of the leading money leaders at the event. Didn’t tee off last week so is rested and with his accuracy off the tee, he should be back in contention again here. Is capable of pulling of good rounds, but consistency is a bit of an issue with Toms.  However, his 10th at The Players will have given him a big boost. Toms is trading at 25/1 with Bet365.

PGA Crowne Plaza Golf Betting Favourite
Zach Johnson goes as favourite at Colonial this week. He will be riding in on the form of great course history at the Texas event because he hasn’t fired a round over seventy in his last three outings here. On top of that, Johnson won in 2010 and the other two outings both landed him top ten finishes. So there is a strong chance that he will turn up and perform again. He is carrying 2012 season form as well because he was T2 at The Players and that has left him finishing as runner up in his last three outings. Strong form and holds the course record at Colonial. It’s all adding up for another great Zach Johnson show in Texas. Johnson goes off at 14/1 favourite with Bet365.

Other Contenders
Young Rickie Fowler is really a rising stock in the game at the moment and is in tremendous form. He has notched up three top tens in his last three events, and made his tremendous break though triumph at Quail Hollow recently. What will carry him well at Colonial is his driving accuracy stats which are very good, and he carries great distance off the tee as well. He is really pulling all of his potential together and the moment and on a hot streak. He has put in some great rounds at Colonial before and there is no reason why he can’t continue his good form here this week. Well worth a punt and the improvement in his stats compared to last season are incredible

Jason Dufner is another man on the Tour who is running hot at the moment and has to be considered. He has picked up two titles in his last three starts and you can’t ignore that kind of form. Dufner won in New Orleans and then triumphed in Texas last week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. That is important, because the course in Dallas last week is similar to this one and Dufner, who is the new FedExCup leader, is rock solid in straight forward tee to green gold. Ranked fourth in the all around at the moment on the PGA and his sixth in driving accuracy should carry him a long way. He is running hot on form and therefore should be a strong contender for another title next week. It’s not easy to win back to back titles on the PGA, but the similarity of golf which needs to be played this week, compared to last week, will work in his favour.

Hunter Mahan is going to be worth a look as he has titles and form to be a good fit for Colonial. Mahan has won twice on the PGA Tour this season already and his stats are high in the right departments for this week as well. He is ranked 7th in fairways and 5th in greens hit and that is prime golf betting material for this week. He had his best finish at Colonial last season with a T10, and was finding the greens beautifully. Hasn’t been in tip top form lately though, including a missed cut at Sawgrass, but this is the kind of course at which he can bounce back and his steady handed golf will carry him far.

Best Outside Bet
Spain’s Sergio Garcia goes as our outside bet for Colonial this week. He won here back in 2001 and on his return last season after five years away, landed a top twenty finish. He had a great weekend at the Volvo World Match Play too, where he came home fifth. Garcia is a on a long consecutive cuts streak as well, having made the cut in his last fifteen starts. A great fit and really could challenge here.

Latest PGA Crowne Plaza Golf Betting Prices at Bet365
Zach Johnson 14/1, Matt Kuchar 14/1, Rickie Fowler 16/1, Jason Dufner 18/1, Hunter Mahan 25/1, Bo Van Pelt 25/1, David Toms 25/1, Jim Furyk 33/1, Bill Haas 33/1, Louis Oosthuizen 35/1, Sergio Garcia 35/1, Nick Watney 35/1, Ben Crane 40/1

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22nd May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Rory McIlroy

PGA Wells Fargo Championship Golf Betting Info
Quail Hollow was tamed a little bit last season. The course has been one of the most difficult par 72′s on the PGA for about a decade now, but last year, for the first time, it averaged under par (just). This is one of those immensely tough courses where anything off line is simply going to be punished. That makes accuracy off the tee a premium, because the fairways are very hard to hit, with less than 50% of fairways being found at last year’s event. So players are going to have to be at their accurate best, even if it means a bit of a sacrifice in distance. Other important qualities are going to be scrambling, because invariably, everyone on the course is going to get into trouble at some point, and the final quality is putting distance, as that will come into play. Players can’t afford to take three putts at Quail Hollow and expect to be near the top of the leaderboard, not with all the other challenges going on.

PGA Wells Fargo Championship Golf Betting Defending Champion
There is a big field out of 2012, but it was a relative underdog Lucas Glover who came up big last year. He is trading at a price of 100/1 with Bet365 at the moment, which just about sums up his chances. Really shouldn’t be much of a threat, not looking at his stats. He has only made three cuts of the five events he has started and hasn’t had a top twenty five finish this year. His win at Quail Hollow last year was the third Tour title of his career, but wouldn’t expect him to come too close to a fourth this week. Too big of a quality field, not enough form in his game.
PGA Wells Fargo Championship Golf Betting Favourite
Little surprise that Rory McIlroy goes off as favourite. He does wherever he plays. He saw Luke Donald (who is not here) wrestle back the World Number One spot last week, so extra incentive for McIlroy here this week. The young Northern Ireland star has said that he is trying to avoid burnout for the season, especially with the defence of his US Open title coming up in around six weeks time. Still, is in incredible form this season again, with three top ten finishes out of four starts on the PGA Tour. He picked up a win at the Honda Classic, a second at the WGC Accenture Match Play and a third at the WGC Cadillac. Didn’t deliver at The Masters though, where he landed just his second finish in the last thirteen starts worldwide outside of the top five. McIlroy knows Quail Hollow well, and owns the course record of 62. Expect a good week from him. Rory McIlroy is 8/1 at Bet365.

Other Contenders
A class field lining up to try and take down Rory McIlroy. Closest on the list is Tiger Woods, who is back in action for the first time since The Masters. Woods bombed at the Major, it has to be said, so there is that air of unpredictability about him. He has put in some great rounds of golf, but also has put in some less than impressive ones too. Was a winner at Quail Hollow back in 2007, and has a decent standing in his outings here. He has four top eleven finishes in five starts at Quail Hollow. Still, Woods leads the PGA Tour in adjusted scoring and has been pretty good with the putter. If he can get four consistent rounds in, then he could be a contender.

Big Phil Mickelson is also appearing for the first time since The Masters. He went very well at Augusta, earning a T3, which was his fourth top five of the season. By and large, like what we have seen from Mickelson this season and he has been producing the goods. Probably a better option that Woods at the moment, and Mickelson has never missed a cut at Quail Hollow. He has the iron work needed to get on the difficult greens and standing at third in Strokes Gained Putting for the season, and second in bogey avoidance, he has the game to seal the deal here and makes for a very strong option. Just needs his putter to work.

Probably going to be worth a look at veteran Jim Furyk for an option here because he is going very well this season. Maybe just a slight question over whether or not he has the stamina to finish things off, but in good enough form to contend. Furyk has four top eleven finishes in his last four starts no the PGA Tour and he also has course history here, being a winner back in 2006. The one big stat which will keep him in contention at Quail Hollow will be the one which shows that he leads the PGA in fairways hits. A vital aspect of the approach to the game at Quail Hollow. Going well with steady momentum at the moment.

Hunter Mahan has to make for a sensible option as well. Mahan is leading the FedExCup race at the moment after a very solid season. Has been inside the top twenty two at Quail Hollow since 2007 and the thing about Mahan at the moment, is that he is the only multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season. Hasn’t been out since the Masters and makes a good bet here, because he is at his consistent best, with a winning edge to add that extra gloss. Lee Westwood is also playing well at the moment. He has an awful record at Quail Hollow though, so it is a toss of a coin on the Englishman Playing some top gold at the moment, but because of course history is an outside shot.

Best Outside BetThere is a hugely competitive field on display for the Wells Fargo Championship, and we are going to go with Keegan Bradley as the outside shot. His game just fits well with Quail Hollow, but he did miss his first cut of the season last week. But he is the PGA Tour leader in the all-around ranking and prior to his New Orleans slip up last week, had been inside the top thirty in all ten outings this season. Expect him to step up and be competitive

Latest PGA Wells Fargo Championship Golf Betting Prices at Bet365
Rory McIlroy 8/1, Tiger Woods 9/1, Phil Mickelson 11/1, Lee Westwood 14/1, Hunter Mahan 18/1, Jim Furyk 22/1, Zach Johnson 33/1, Webb Simpson 35/1, Keegan Bradley 35/1, Bo Van Pelt 40/1, Bill Haas 40/1, Rickie Fowler 50/1, Jason Day 50/1, Cameron Tringale 50/1, Nick Watney 50/1

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2nd May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Justin Rose

Bookmakers are setting up the 76th US Masters as a straight fight between Tiger Woods and young pretender Rory McIlroy. But can you honestly describe their current best odds of 6/1 (BetVictor and Stan James) and 71/10 (Blue Square and 888sport) respectively as value?

Tiger, for example, has only won once at Augusta since 2002 and, regardless of a recent success at Bay Hill, still isn’t the Tiger of old, while McIlroy has never finished in the top 10 in three previous visits to the Augusta National. You could, of course, argue that the young Irishman should have won last year but for a horror show over the final nine holes of the final round. Would that collapse would play on the mind if he found himself in the same position again? Who knows!

Golfing coaches don’t often grab the headlines but Sean Foley has bucked that trend this year. He’s apparently been responsible for Tiger‘s rehabilitation on the course  and Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose have also done him proud. Mahan, a general 33/1 for the Masters, is finally starting to fulfill his potential on the US PGA Tour having already won the Accenture Match Play and last week’s Houston Open this year. Always a strong putter, he’s worked hard on his short game over the last two seasons and is beginning to look the real deal. Rose has been another slow-burner but he, as well, has blossomed under the tutelage of Foley recently. Like Mahan, I picked out Rose as a likely contender in last week’s brief preview but most bookmakers will still lay you 30/1 against him winning his first Major at Augusta, which has to be worth a bet giving he’s already shown a liking for the course and was winning for the fourth time in two years on the US PGA Tour when successful in the Cadillac Championship in Miami last month.

Brandt Snedeker is another who could go well at big odds. A winner earlier this year in California, the 32-year-old from Tennessee has three top 10 finishes to his name already in 2012 and has made the cut in all eight tournaments he’s contested. He tied for third in the Masters in 2008 and was 15th last year so has an Augusta pedigree and comes into the event with plenty of confidence. Snedeker makes massive each-way appeal at the general 80/1 as the likes of Boylesports, bodog, Paddy Power and Stan James are offering place terms of a quarter of the odds for the first six. Paddy Power, incidentally, will refund all losing outright singles if Tiger wins the Masters this year.

Snedeker is bigger in the betting than Martin Kaymer (75/1 with BetVictor, Paddy Power and Skybet) who has an appalling record at Augusta and Webb Simpson (70/1 with BetVictor). Simpson is currently in the world’s top 10 but this will be his first Masters and no rookie has won the season’s first major since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. Keegan Bradley (37/1 on Betfair) is also experiencing the challenges of the Georgia course for the first time but I wouldn’t put anyone off backing three-times Masters winner Phil Mickelson. The general 12/1 may look fairly short but the left-hander arrives in good nick and  is guaranteed to hold his nerve if in contention on the last day while those around him panic. Mahan, Rose and Snedeker are my three against the field, however.


4th April 2012 / paul - Category: Bookmaker News

Golf Luke Donald

Bookmakers have taken Tiger Woods‘ victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational as a positive sign that the great man is back and his odds for next month’s US Masters have shortened dramatically. Tiger‘s win at Bay Hill was his first on the US PGA Tour since September 2009 and the five-times Masters winner is now no bigger than 4/1 to be fitted out for the green jacket at Augusta.

Woods is now back in the world’s top six after dropping out of the top 50 at one point last autumn and hopefully his physical and mental problems are now behind him, though it is now four years since Tiger last won a Major. Someone else with a point to prove at this year’s masters is Rory McIlroy, who looked home and hosed after 54 holes 12 months ago only to implode over the final 18 holes. The Irishman did, of course, go on to gain some compensation when landing the US Open but he’ll be keen to prove he does have what it takes to conquer Augusta and can be backed at 5/1 in most places. McIlroy briefly headed the world rankings earlier this year but Luke Donald has since wrested back the number one spot by winning the Transitions Championship in Florida earlier this month, following hot on the heels of McIlroy and Justin Rose who have also won ranking events on the PGA Tour recently. Donald has finished in the top four twice in the last seven years in the Masters but has also missed the cut in two of the last four stagings of the tournament and is still chasing a first Major win after 37 attempts. The Englishman is a best 14/1 in Augusta this year, while Rose can be backed at 33/1 with most layers. The latter is a growing power on the US PGA Tour and generally performs well at the Masters but his fourth place as an amateur in his first Open at Royal Birkdale in 1998 remains his best result in a Major.

We’ll be looking at the Masters in more detail next week but early impressions are that the consistent Hunter Mahan is overpriced at 66/1 on Betfair as he’s finished in the top 10 in two of the last three years at Augusta. With so many of the top players going into the event in top form, 188bet will lay you 5/2 that the 2012 US Masters is decided by a play-off.


27th March 2012 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

PGA AT&T Pebble Beach Golf Betting Info
It is Pro-Am time on the PGA Tour this week, as the event tees off in California. The big news is that Tiger Woods steps into action for the first time this season on the PGA Tour (he did make an appearance on the European Tour in January), and being a former winner here back in 2000, he will of course attract a lot of betting interest. One of the more unique features of the event, is that it is played over three courses and offers its challenges in that way. The tournament goes over the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course and the Spyglass Hill Golf Course. So slightly different challenges will presented to the professionals and the amateurs across the course of the event. However, they are kind of average ranking courses, with the Monterey Peninsula being relatively new (and having the toughest greens), hosting just five Tour events before. The different courses will present different styles of greens, fairways and rough, but it is all in such a beautiful location, with the Pebble Beach Golf Links home to some wonderful ocean water hazards over half of the course. Tiger Woods joins other previous winners, Dustin Johnson (two wins) and Phil Mickelson (three wins) at the top of the betting pile for the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament.

PGA AT&T Pebble Beach Defending Champion
DA Points picked up the honours last year, breaking Dustin Johnson’s two year winning streak at the event. Points was paired up with actor Bill Murray last year, and you just wonder how relaxed his amateur partner made Points feel, and whether that had an effect on the great focus and weekend he had at Pebble Beach. Basically put, DA Points won here last year having fun. Points played well, he did, granted, but the influence of Murray has to be credited as well, and Points admitted that he likes to be chatty on the course as it helps him relax. Really can’t say what he is likely to do this year. He played well last year to take the title, but he hasn’t been out in the 2012 season yet, so we will get the first look at him. Could be a bit rusty therefore. Would have liked a previous tournament this year under his belt first for strength as a betting option.

PGA AT&T Pebble Beach Betting Favourite
Tiger Woods. Yes, he is the front runner for the Pebble Beach golf betting. Woods fired in a third place finish in Abu Dhabi in his only competitive outing this season (on the European PGA). Not too bad of a finish you would think, but there are some considerations to be taken into account. One of them being Woods is not putting well at the moment. Granted, the conditions and greens in California will suit him better than the desert trails of the Middle East, he isn’t hot with the putter right now. There is also the question of consistency. After three brilliant first days in Abu Dhabi, Woods completely went missing in the fourth round, when it mattered most. Really it was tournament that the old Woods would have taken by the scruff of the neck and not let anyone else get a look in. That is where he is at, but the positives to take from all of that, is that he still, as a whole played pretty well even without the putter firing and so if he gets it working at Pebble Beach, then the rest of his work, his driving and his iron play, should put near the front and he should be in contention on Sunday. We are gradually seeing more and more from Tiger Woods. Confidence is a big factor. Whether he will focus on the positives or the negatives from Abu Dhabi remains to be seen in California this week. Is he good enough to win? Yes. It could be a relaxed enough atmosphere for him to pull all the new aspects of his game together and win his first title in the US since 2009. It is Tiger Woods, so you just never know. Really, it could all be down to how well he putts. He is paired up with NFL player Tony Romo this year, and it will be whether he can back up his driving. He knows the layout, knows the course, can he pull it all together?

Other Contenders
Naturally we can’t just look at one man in the field. Dustin Johnson will probably be grateful that Tiger Woods has turned up, because it will take some pressure of the two times Pebble Beach Champion. Haven’t really seen him at his consistent and explosive best so far this season but is clearly set up to attack the challenge of Pebble Beach. Johnson is superb off the tee, has great length which should always put him in good stead. Still waiting for him to wake up a bit this season, with just one finish under par from this three tournaments this year. Not in the tip top, world beating best shape. Still, he has course history and the bookies are paying attention to that in your golf betting options. Phil Mickelson will naturally be fancied here, as a three times winner of the tournament. It has been a mixed start to the new year for Big Phil. He made a T49 at the Humana Challenge in his first outing and then missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open. That was a bit bewildering, and he followed that up saying his best was very close. He improved drastically to a T26 at the Phoenix Open last week. Still want better from the big man, don’t really know how close that very best is. His strength is all in the iron work approach shots. He gets into the groove and the conditions should be right for him at Pebble Beach. So it is fair to say, the big names aren’t exactly jumping off the page and saying back me! However, let’s turn the corner and look at Hunter Mahan, who fired in a T6 at the Farmers in his first outing of the season. That is exactly what we expect from Mahan and what we want to see. Definitely wroth a good shout to build upon that, super consistent, but does he have the finishing touch? Nick Watney is another huge potential offering, but again, not any consistency to his season yet. A T12 at the Tournament of Champions was followed up by a lowly T60 at the Farmers after struggling all weekend. He’s better than that, could be time for a bounce back performance. Talking of bounce back performances though, will it come from Spencer Levin? Levin lead the Phoenix Open at the final round stage, an eight shot lead which was overhauled by Kyle Stanley to finish in third. It was a miraculous capitulation from Levin. However, if he wants to take heart, Stanley blew a lead at the Farmers a week before with a horrid fourth round. His 75 on Sunday at the Phoenix Open will haunt him. But can he do a Kyle Stanley and bounce right back with a win. Has the potential to do big things this year does the American, and with a fourth here last year, makes great value. Brandt Snedeker has won this year, taking the Farmers Insurance Open and he is in the field. Has posted some great scores this season, fell away a bit at the Phoenix Open last week though.

Latest PGA AT&T Pebble Beach Betting Prices
Tiger Woods: 11/2 at Totesport
Dustin Johnson: 22/1 at BetFred
Phil Mickelson: 24/1 at Bwin
Hunter Mahan: 25/1 at Bet Victor
Nick Watney: 25/1 at Ladbrokes
Brandt Snedeker:  25/1 at Bet365
Rickie Fowler: 25/1 at Bet365
Spencer Levin: 33/1 at Bet365

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

Phil Mickelson

It is off to California for PGA Farmers Insurance Open golf betting this week. The South course at Torrey Pines is the longest course used on the Tour, and naturally the benefits will be there for those who can drive longer distances. Bubba Watson exemplified that last season when he was booming the ball over the San Diego course, winning the tournament and leading the field in driving distance. PGA Farmers Insurance Open golf betting is a great experience and one of the best tournaments on the PGA Tour, because not only can the even the won with sheer distance, the course is much, much more complex than that. Players have only small greens to drive at here on the South Course and that is why you will be looking for a player with a great blend of distance and accuracy in approach worth. The event goes over the North and South courses, and while the North one is regarded as being a pretty easy par-72, its southern counterpart is a bit of a monster. The greens just have to be hit there, they really do, because it can be torture for wayward shots. The South Course is 7,698 yards, the longest course on the Tour and so it is Bubba Watson who returns to try and defend his title. However, the American isn’t trading all that well, not after a pretty uninspiring crack at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, his only outing this year. He finished eight under par, but the big problem was his consistency over the four rounds, and it is one of the things which holds him back from more titles. The driving distance is there with him, the manipulation of the ball in the air is there, and he has continuous improved his iron work throughout his career. Trading back at 30/1 with SkyBet to take the title again here. He pulled all of his assets to play brilliantly here last year, he is too hit and miss to back solidly, but the potential is there, especially over the North Course.

First time winners don’t happen very often in PGA Farmers Insurance Open golf betting and you have to back a long way to find the last one. So you have to look for some event experience and that is what should put Nick Watney in good contention again. Like Watson, he is a former winner of the event, taking the title in 2009 and he has landed inside the top ten in four out of seven attempts here. Has been inside the top ten in his last three outings at Torrey Pines, so you can’t ignore him. Superb consistency and accuracy and that is what will keep him near the top of the pile. Has only been out once on Tour this season, and that was at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He had a slow start there, but came back to life on the weekend to land a T12 finish. Huge potential in your PGA Farmers Insurance Open golf betting for 2012. Well worth a look, and great value at 16/1 with BetFred. If you are looking for experience then it doesn’t come in a much bigger package than that of Phil Mickelson. He started off his season at the Humana Challenge last week, where he only just crept inside the top fifty in a competitive field, one where he was expected to be one of the front runners. He scored -10 under for the event, but he just got out of the blocks slowly in the first round which hampered his overall positioning. Mickelson has won the PGA Farmers three times in his career and this is as close to being his home course as it can be. With a solo second place finish here, Mickelson is the favourite with the bookies again, because when he is on song, it is hard to beat his magical approach work to the greens. Yes, he blew a little hot and cold last season, but he is still one of the greats and he loves the course and event. Should be inside the top ten and challenging. He is at home here.

Brandt Snedeker warrants a look at in you PGA Farmers Insurance Open golf betting. The American put in a good top ten finish at the Humana Challenge last week which should put him in good contention at Torrey Pines, especially with his track record at the event. Snedeker was hot with the putter last week, and he has been inside the top ten at the PGA Farmers in his last two outings. The American will be pretty happy with his start to the new season following a hip problem. Looked comfortable enough last week, not as strong an option as Watney or Mickelson, but a great place finish contender. The bookies seem to like his chances though as he is trading around 22/1 with Totesport. We are going to skip down the pecking order a little bit and pick out Charles Howell III for 28/1 at Bet365. His putter wasn’t working at the Humana Challenge last week, but the rest of his game still looked good enough for him to be positive at Torrey Pines. Has always made the cut at the event and has a clutch of top fifteen finished. It’s been a while, but he has finished as runner up in PGA Farmers Insurance Open golf betting  twice before in his career. Could be a good outside shot in your golf betting if he can pull things together just a little tighter this weekend.

There are plenty of other top names to look at in the field for the PGA Farmers Insurance Open golf betting. One of the form men in the early PGA season is Ben Crane, who has landed two top ten finishes in his two outings this year. Was a winner here back in 2010 so will be quietly confident and will probably fly under the radar a little bit, but attracting interest at 28/1 with BetFred. You can look for the season debut for Hunter Mahan at 22/1 with SkyBet to come good with his consistency. Not an easy track to start off your season with though. Keegan Bradley is always a dangerous floater in these kinds of fields at 35/1 with Bet365 while Dustin Johnson has all the length and ability needed to tame the North Course at Torrey Pines. That is the big area of his game which he will rely on, but he withdrew from the Humana Challenge last week in the first round citing back pains as being the problem. That won’t give punters a lot of confidence in backing him, and the bookies have him out at 30/1 with SkyBet. DA Points 40/1 at Stan James, Ernie Els 35/1 at BetVictor and Bill Haas at 40/1 with Totesport are all names which you would expect to be seeing challenging for a top ten position.

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25th January 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Golf PGA 2011 Tiger Woods

The unofficial event that is the 2011 Chevron World Challenge golf betting tees off on Thursday in California, with the host Tiger Woods looking to pick up his first title of the year. The tournament is hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation, and is a small field of 18 golfers from around the world. All four of the current Major holders are in attendance as well as the top eleven players from the World Rankings (who are available). The defending champion naturally gets a spot, along with two special exemptions. However, defending Champion Graeme McDowell, who beat Woods in a play off last season, is not back to defend his title because of scheduling issues, so Woods will be in the driving seat with your golf betting this week. We saw Woods go very well at the Australian Open recently, as he looked to fully enact yet another comeback. We did see some of the best of him during the event, but one bad round cost him the title there. Woods will go as favourite naturally at his own event and he has won the event four times before as well (and has had four runners up places out of his nine starts). After coming close last season when he wasn’t playing well, it only makes sense that he is going to be strong in your Chevron World Challenge golf betting. While this is not an official PGA event, it is the season closer for the major tournaments in North America, but because the European Tour is still on going, it is why the actual top eleven ranked players are not in attendance. There are bigger fish to fry that winning the Chevron World Challenge. The Sherwood Country Club is a par 72 at just over 7,000 yards in total, designed by Jack Nicklaus. It is a stunning looking course with a lot of elevation changes just to add to the aesthetics.

There is a strong field, and while Woods is probably going to go well, there are some strong contenders. First of all, it is hard to look past Webb Simpson. It has just been a remarkable season for Simpson and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him cap it all off with a win here. What may count against him though is that it is his first time at the Chevron World Challenge. Still, he just has such remarkable form and control in all aspects of his game that he is going to be worth a shot. So too Keegan Bradley, who is kind of in the same boat as Simpson. Bradley hit a T16 at the WGC HSBC Champions recently, but the PGA Championship and PGA Grand Slam of Golf winner should be in pretty good shape for this one. Great distance off the tee and good enough to land this. You can look at the crop of consistency players like Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar who are in the field. They have, by and large, been touring Australian in one way or another and you wonder about tiredness and motivation for the Chevron. It is more of a relaxed atmosphere and a change to play with a little pressure off here, although there is a large pot of a million dollars up for grabs for the winner. Out of this, would look at Mahan as the best option. The American is very comfortable around the course, and has yet to win, but has landed a couple of top fives there throughout his attempts. Will likely roll out the consistent game which should put him near the top of the main contenders here. While the new order, the likes of Bradley and Simpson looking likely to put in good challenges, weigh up the cases that it is their first attempts at the Chevron World Challenge, while Mahan is very familiar.

With so many first timers here would simply look for experience in your Chevron World Challenge golf betting. Woods is top there, but Jim Furyk, a winner in 2009 is a big part of the event at Sherwood. Knows his way around and is definitely worth a look. So too Paul Casey, who shot a superb third place finish here last year. Likes the event and always turns up when he can, so there is something there to warrant an outside bet on him. But as our main tips for your golf betting at the 2011 Chevron World Challenge this week, we are going to look for Hunter Mahan, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Paul Casey, going for track records over the maverick youth.

2011 Chevron World Challenge Golf Betting Odds
Tiger Woods: 3/1 at Bet365 (Place Market 4/5 at Unibet)
Webb Simpson: 11/1 at SkyBet (Place Market 9/4 at Bet365)
Hunter Mahan: 14/1 at Bet365 (Place Market 11/4 at Bet365)
Jim Furyk: 14/1 at Paddy Power (Place Market 11/4 at SkyBet)
Nick Watney: 15/1 at Boylesports (Place Market 3/1 at Boylesports)
Steve Stricker: 16/1 at SkyBet (Place Market 10/3 at SkyBet)
Jason Day: 16/1 at Totesport (Place Market 3/1 at BetFred)
Matt Kuchar 18/1 at SportingBet (Place Market 7/2 at Totesport)
Paul Casey: 20/1 at 888Sport (Place Market 7/2 at Unibet)

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30th November 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

It’s easy to look at the line up for current golf tournaments and pick Phil Mickelson out as a winner, but this time, you have to go with the big left hander. Mickelson is the pick of the bunch in Southern California this week, as a fair chunk of the world’s top 50 players are out for the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club. This is one of the tough, classically designed courses, and it would take something very special from a first timer at the course to pick up a victory. It hasn’t happened very often here, and so would immediately discount that. Should be a rainy affair, and that will make conditions difficult and will add to the experience needed to pick up the title here. That is why you have to look at Mickelson, who is a two time winner at the course, which is one of the oldest in use on the PGA. Mickelson has the driving range and accuracy to make an impact here, and he is playing well at the moment, in what could be a massive year for him. He is the top money earner at the Northern Trust Open and should therefore be backed to do it again for a third time. He has the class to take this all of the way, and is current firing so very well in accuracy in approaching the greens. He should be able to deal with the conditions and track, and his greens in regulation stats should firmly put him at the top of the leader board.

The PGA has had some surprise winners so far this year, so the law of averages would kind of suggest that someone like Mickelson, one of the game’s top performers, is going to hit the mark sooner rather than later. This is the ideal course for a master to step up and lead the way, and Mickelson has done that twice before, and why he makes the strongest bet here. Well worth looking at for your betting. Mickelson has two top ten finishes this year already, and is surely building up stream for a big win. There really is not much room for outsiders here. Steve Stricker is another previous winner here and should be expected to go well again. Stricker starts the tournament as the defending champion, breaking Mickelson’s stranglehold on the competition. He actually represents much better value in terms of golf betting odds than what Mickelson does, but Striker is also a runner up in the tournament, and therefore makes for a great bet. But the list of opportunities doesn’t end there for the Northern Trust Open, as England’s Luke Donald has the right type of game to excel again here. The Southern Californian course is not one of the longest in terms of average to the green, so there is a prerequisite for a player to have a fantastic short game. That is what Luke Donald has in spades, and why he has been a consistently good performer that the tournament. Should be well within the top six when it comes to the end of the tournament, and has the short skill game set to beat the weather as well. Finished as runner up here last year, and he has one of the strongest records at the tournament. Hasn’t played since December though, but such a solid and consistent performer, he has to be in the running.

But, with the rain on the way, it could help the big hitters. That swings some advantage to some obvious names on the PGA at the moment. Mickelson is finally driving as well as his short game is going, but there are still better players off the tee than him. First name when thinking of distance, is recent Tour winner Bubba Watson, who has phenomenal length on him, and has shown good form early in 2011. Bubba Watson really should be a contender here, as there is a massive opportunity to attack the prestigious old course, and not get punished so much because of softer fairways. Has done pretty well around the course before, and will draw a lot of attention to follow up his amazing controlled success at Torrey Pines over Phil Mickelson. Watson is one of the best drivers around, and that should put him in contention. Is ranked third in greens hit on the Tour this year, top stats at the moment, top form and has to be in with a chance. Watson is fourth in the FedExCup standings at the moment, while Mickelson is down in 8th. Fellow American Dustin Johnson, an ever popular pick at PGA Tour events (and drawing a lot of interest here in the betting), is another of the strong big hitters. Is a decent price to look at, and has a best finish of third at the tournament during the past couple of years. More of an outsider than Watson, as Johnson can’t match the current form. The other name in the mix has to be Matt Kuchar, who has had an incredibly solid start to the new year. Kuchar, known for his consistency, has had three starts this year, and hasn’t finished outside of the top seven in any them. Hasn’t really shown up at the Riviera before in his previous five attempts, but he is a much better equipped prospect this time around. Certainly has the tools to get the job done here, and makes for a pretty strong pack to chase down Mickelson.

However, Mickelson looks to be the strongest bet, but if you want more value, don’t be afraid to look at Luke Donald or Bubba Watson. There is a tightly packed field of class acts and the PGA Tour tournaments have been wide open affairs so far this year. A big name should win the Northern Trust Open though, and that should dictate your golf betting. If someone comes to the fore outside of the main pack here, then it will be something of a surprise. In that field you would be looking at the young maverick Rickie Fowler to explode, or either the more steadying hand of Paul Casey, or perhaps the slightly wayward driving of Anthony Kim, who will be a popular figure around the course this week. Expect a wet and wild weekend in South California for your golf betting this week. Remember, experience on this course will count for a lot and all of these players have what is needed to make an impact. For a total outside bet though, look at Rory Sabbatini, another massive hitter, who won the tournament back in 2006 when Mickelson threw it away.

Phil Mickelson: 8/1 at Totesport
Steve Stricker:
14/1 at BetFred
Dustin Johnson:
22/1 at Bet365
Luke Donald:
22/1 at Boylesports
Hunter Mahan:
25/1 at Extrabet
Matt Kuchar:
25/1 at SportingBet
JB Holmes:
29/1 at Unibet
Paul Casey:
29/1 at Unibet
Rickie Fowler:
35/1 at Bet365
Bubba Watson:
40/1 at Bet365

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16th February 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting










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