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4th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The FedEx St Jude Classic is the big focus on the PGA Tour golf betting this week as it is the final competitive action that the players will take on the Tour ahead of the 2014 US Open. There’s a good field out running this week, including the reigning champion Harris English, who frankly isn’t being heavily tipped here after not bringing great form into his title defence. He was in much better form when he arrived at TPC Southwind twelve months ago and carded the victory.
It is big hitting Dustin Johnson who is running at the top of the market as 14/1 favourite with Boylesports this week. Johnson won the title here a couple of years ago and went out in search of back to back Southwind victories last year, putting in a great challenge with a T10 finish. His all round game is solid enough to get him in contention again here and plenty of top 15 finishes around for the season to warrant some value in the Top Ten Finish market at 6/4.
England’s Lee Westwood will be tempting backers to have a shot at him, as he is looking chock-full of value at 6/5 in the top ten finish market. Like Johnson, he has won on this course before (back in 2010) and his overall form on the PGA Tour is more than enough to suggest that he is going to challenge this week. Westwood has posted three top tens in his last five starts on the PGA Tour this season.
Punters probably won’t know what to do about Phil Mickelson. The big lefty was runner up here last year, but there is something about his game which will probably leave punters hanging and assessing his US Open chances instead of going close again here. There’s just an edge, the glue to pull of the components of his game together at the moment which is missing. Hasn’t managed to post a top ten finish this season on the PGA Tour, so assess where he’s at at the end of this ahead of US Open betting.
There is a great promotion running at online betting site Boylesports for your FedEx St Jude Classic golf betting this week. Back a selection in the outright winner market and if your selection happens to finish second (which includes ties) then the bookmaker will refund your lost outright stake as a free bet up to the value of £100. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
FedEx St Jude Classic Outright Winner Odds at Boylesports
Dustin Johnson 14/1, Lee Westwood 16/1, Phil Mickelson 16/1, Ryan Palmer 18/1, Zach Johnson 25/1, Harris English 25/1, Graeme McDowell 30/1, John Senden 30/1, Paul Casey 35/1, Billy Horschel 35/1, Webb Simpson 35/1, bar 45/1
20th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
One of the biggest tournaments on the Euro PGA Tour tees off this week, that being the BMW PGA Championship. This is hosted at Wentworth, England and there is a great crop of players taking favouritism at the head of the market, among them Luke Donald, who has won two of the last three editions.
Online betting site Betfred are running a BMW PGA Championship promotion this week, where if your backed selection in the outright winner market finishes second to an Englishman, then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet. Along with Donald, both Lee Westwood and Justin Rose are trading in the top five of favourites for the title, both of them at 14/1 alongside Donald. Ian Poulter is in there as well, and Simon Khan, a loser in last year’s play off is back for another shot too.
Will Rory McIlroy land his first BMW PGA Championship? The Northern Ireland star has been in ripe form this season over on the PGA Tour and he is trading as 12/1 favourite for his switch back to the Euro PGA this week. McIlroy has certainly nailed consistency this season, but he has found wins to be elusive. He has landed six top ten finishes (four in his last four starts) on the PGA Tour this season, with the closest to a win coming at the Honda Classic where he had to settled for second after a play off.
Online betting site Betfair have an offer running on their sportsbook for your golf betting this week. If Rory McIlroy wins the BMW PGA Championship, then you will get your lost stake back on a selection in the outright winner market, an offer which provides fantastic coverage, up to the value of £25.
The Top Ten Finish market is looking packed with value this week, with Rory McIlroy heading the field as even money favourite. Given his form this season, that looks big value. Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are all around the 6/4 mark to land a top ten finish this week, so well worth dipping into the market for some value.
Boylesports have a promotion running as well for BMW PGA Championship betting. Like the other bookies, they are offering a Money Back Special on the outright winner market. If your player finishes second or third (to anyone) then they will refund your lost stake up to £100 (ties included).
BMW PGA Championship Golf Betting Odds
Rory McIlroy 12/1, Lee Westwood 14/1, Just Rose 14/1, Luke Donald 14/1, Sergio Garcia 18/1, Henrik Stenson 20/1, Martin Kaymer 22/1, Francesco Molinari 25/1, Charl Schwartzel 33/1, Miguel Angel Jimenez 33/1, Jamie Donaldson 33/1, Bar 40/1
30th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Online betting site Boylesports have a golf betting promotion running for the Wells Fargo tournament on the PGA Tour this week. There is a good strong European charge at the head of the field for your Wells Fargo Championship golf betting, with Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose all going well at the head of the market at Quail Hollow.
Rory McIlroy is running as outright favourite, as he has fantastic history here. This was the site of his PGA Tour breakthrough win back in 2010 and since has also lost in a play off there, and carded a top ten finish twelve months ago. McIlroy is the current owner of the course record as well and coming off some pretty strong performances at Houston and at the Masters, he is being backed heavily this week
So too is Lee Westwood, and like McIlroy, has good history to back him up here. He has landed top five finishes in the last two starts and some steadily improving results saw him trend all the way to a win in Malaysia recently. Tough to split McIlroy, Westwood and Phil Mickelson for this one, so probably all of them are going to be worth looking at in either the Place Market or the Top Ten Finish market.
Mickelson has actually never won the Wells Fargo, but no-one on the PGA Tour has earned more money than he has done at the event. Was third last year and has posted seven top tens in his last ten outings at Quail Hollow, so he naturally makes a good fit here, again looking great value at 5/4 in the top ten market, the same price at Westwood.
Other big names in the field include Justin Rose who has hit a bit of form heading to Quail Hollow, a place where he has never really made an impact and Jim Furyk, who is back for the first time since 2010 when he posted a top ten finish. Has also been going well with top twenty finishes in each of his last four starts this season.
Take a wager on the outright winner market, and if you’re backed selection finishes second (or tied 2nd), then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet from online betting site Boylesports. THe maximum refund is £100 per customer and new customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
Wells Fargo Golf Betting Odds
Rory McIlroy 7/1, Lee Westwood 16/1, Phil Mickelson 16/1, Justin Rose 20/1, Jim Furyk 28/1, Jimmy Walker 30/1, Rickie Fowler 301/, Zach Johnson 40/1, Ryan Moore 40/1, Webb Simpson 40/1, Hunter Mahan 401, bar 50/1
28th August 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
There is some more big golf betting heading your way this week, with the continuation of the FedExCup Play Offs on the PGA Tour. It is off to the TPC Boston over the Labor Day weekend for Deutsche Bank Championship golf betting in the United States and the field is down to 100 after last week’s thrilling Barclay’s which was won by Australian Adam Scott. Scott had been sat in the clubhouse with the lead for a long time as he saw the challenges from the likes of Justin Rose and Tiger Woods just fall short.
It is Woods and Scott who are leading the way in favouritism for the Deutsche Bank Championship golf betting this week, with defending champion Rory McIlroy trending quite well as well, even after such a difficult season for the Northern Ireland star. There is still a tremendously packed and quality field to look over here for value and never forget the value of top ten betting and especially in-play betting too.
2013 Deutsche Bank Golf Betting Odds at Coral
Tiger Woods 7/1, Adam Scott 10/1, Phil Mickelson 14/1, Rory McIlroy 14/1, Justin Rose 18/1, Henrik STenson 25/1, Jason Day 25/1, Webb Simpson 25/1, Dustin Johnson 28/1, Matt Kuchar 28/1
While the top 100 left in the FedExCup play offs are duking it out over in Boston, on the European Tour there is action from the Wales Open to have a look at. This is at the famous Celtic Manor Course, where some of Europe’s top contenders not involved in the FedExCup play offs, will be vying for the prize and keeping themselves in the hunt for the Race To Dubai.
There is tremendous golf coverage on offer always at online betting site Coral. This is thanks to their Golf Guarantee. They are the only bookmaker who are offering Top 10, Top 5 and Outright In-Play betting right from the very first tee of every US PGA and European Tour event across all four rounds. So if you are looking at either tournament this week for some golf betting you will find tremendous value here, without doubt.
2013 Wales Open Golf Betting Odds at Coral
Bernd Wiesberger 18/1, Ross Fisher 20/1, Joost Luiten 20/1, Thorbjorn Olesen 22/1, Francesco Molinari 22/1
On top of that, Coral offers some of the best competitive top prices around for golf betting. Dig into their golf betting and you will also be able to find a great deal of extra value as well through selected enhanced specials in their comprehensive range of pre-tournament markets.
So definitely worth checking out online betting site Coral for your golf betting. new customers who sign up and register an account with the bookmaker can also get a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.
20th August 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
PGA Barclays Golf Betting Info
With all of the Majors done and dusted for the season, attention now quickly turns to the lucrative offering that is the FedExCup playoffs. This is the culmination of season long work for the players, with the top 125 of earners over the course of the year making it to the Barclays. This being the four event play off the numbers will gradually be trimmed down to the final thirty who make it to the Tour Championship. Twenty five players will drop after the Barclays, leading the top 100 moving on to the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Latest PGA Barclays Golf Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Tiger Woods 5/1, Adam Scott 16/1, Henrik Stenson 20/1, Rory McIlroy 20/1, Phil Mickelson 20/1, Dustin Johnson 25/1, Jason Day 33/1, Jason Dufner 33/1, Justin Rose 33/1, Matt Kuchar 33/1, Brandt Snedeker 33/1, Lee Westwood 40/1
Online Bookmaker Promotion
So tremendous golf betting around this week, where the best in the world are going to be duking it out. Take Woods’ short odds out of the picture and there is value all around, especially in the Place and Top 10 markets. But if you are looking for an each way bet, then online betting site Paddy Power are running a promotion where they are paying out to six places. The place part will be offered a quarter odds for the top six places. New customers registering an account with online betting site Paddy Power can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus, the bookie matching the value of your first stake with a free bet.
PGA Barclays Golf Betting Favourite
Such a competitive field here, punters will have similarly difficulties picking out a winner as much as they do in a Major. Tiger Woods does head up the offerings for this week’s action though and he is looking for his third FedExCup title. With five PGA Tour titles under his belt across 2013, he is still going to be many people’s backing to go all the way and get the job done. He will be making something of a happy return to Liberty National as well because he was runner up here back in 2009. Scoring so heavily this season that he just can’t be counted out to take the FedExCup in which he heads to playoffs leading. Pretty short odds on Woods to take the win at the Barclays, and the course should play easier than it has done in recent times after changes. Just has to be better value for Place Market bet at 11/10 with Paddy Power.
PGA Barclays Golf Betting Tips:
Nothing easy about making a call for an outright winner this week thanks to the quality of the field. The pressure really is on to perform and to keep racking up the points. Would look for players trending well at the moment and that would naturally lead you to Henrik Stenson who has been in majestic form. In his last four starts, Stenson has fired off top five finishes in each, two second places. He just has the game to perform again and really has his eye him, quite how he hasn’t won is a miracle. Driving accuracy is right up there and work with the irons in sticking it on the greens is pretty much second to none at the moment. Importantly, his scrambling stats should also mean that he goes well at the Barclays. You would wonder why he hasn’t be able to win, and there is fantastic 7/4 value in a Top 10 finish at Paddy Power for him.
It is probably worth thinking who had shown up well in the Majors this year, just to get an indication of where you may want to go with your golf betting here. You can never overlook Adam Scott when it comes to the big occasions like this. After winning the Masters this year, he also took a share of third at The Open. Pile on top of that a share of fifth at the PGA Championship recently and he has to be value as well. Just his all round game is brilliant and usually such a solid bet and contender when it comes to the business side of things. His fellow Australian countryman Jason Day also went well at the PGA Championship, where he took his sixth top ten of the season. Has missed the cut in his last 21 outings now and landed a top fifteen finish at the 2009 Barclays. Both do show up as value for your 2013 Barclays golf betting.
So many big names around here. Matt Kuchar has been one of the best on Tour all season, landing seven top tens which includes a couple of wins as well. Many people are thinking that his consistency is going to lead him to take the FedExCup title at the end of the play offs. Also shaping up well should be Webb Simpson who has been getting better and better as the season has worn on. Carded a brilliant 63 at Sedgefield last week, where he just missed out on a top ten finish. At the 2009 Barclays he took a share of eighth after leading at the halfway stage. Won’t be phased by the track here. The confidence with which Jason Dufner, the US PGA Championship winner is playing with at the moment, will mean that he has a lot of backing heading into this one. His win at Oak Hill followed straight on from a share of fourth at Firestone and he is just swinging beautifully at the moment. As long as his bubble didn’t burst in winning that first Major, great Top Ten value in him at 5/2 with Paddy Power.
Another couple of names which have been showing up well in Barclays golf betting are those of Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk. Johnson has been going well lately, taking a share of eighth at Oak Hill just a couple of weeks ago. But the stronger option could be Furyk who took a runner up spot at the PGA Championship to Dufner and that came on the back of top tens at the Canadian Open and WGC Bridgestone. With a top fifteen at the Liberty National back in 2009, makes a good fit and value at 4/1 for a Top Ten Finish.
3rd August 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Rochester, New York will be descended upon by the best golfers in the world from August 8th – 11th, and Tiger Woods, not too surprisingly is looking to be the man of the moment in 2013 USPGA Golf Betting. The antepost markets for the final Major of the year, has been pretty much dominated by that man Woods, given his stellar form this year. Woods has won the USPGA four times before in his illustrious career, but his last title at the Major came back in 2007. Still, with titles flowing his way on the PGA Tour during 2013, will he be able to put the icing on the cake and land another major? With two top ten finishes from the three previous 2013 Majors, he will have more than his fair share of backers.
Last season Woods managed a T11 at the PGA Championship, and he is still waiting to end his long Major-less streak since landing the US Open title back in 2008, which seems liked such a long time ago now. But he could be getting closer and carrying some good form through from the WGC Bridgestone International, he could take some stopping to keep off the top of the pile. 2013 US PGA Championship golf betting at online betting site Bet Victor has had Woods around the 4/1 mark as outright winner, and that has given him very short favouritism compared to the rest of the field.
2013 USPGA Championship Golf Betting Odds at Bet Victor
Tiger Woods 4/1, Phil Mickelson 12/1, Adam Scott 18/1, Justin Rose 20/1, Brandt Snedeker 25/1, Rory McIlroy 25/1, Lee Westwood 28/1, Hunter Mahan 33/1, Matt Kuchar 33/1, Dustin Johnson 33/1, Henrik Stenson 33/1, Luke Donald 33/1, Jason Day 40/1
McIlroy to make good of memories?
We know the usual suspects who should be up there, and still trading as one of the main chasing pack is the out of form Rory McIlroy. He was in stunning form, unbeatable form this time last year and after a fifth place at the WGC Bridgestone in 2012, he powered his way to his second Major title of his career by running riot at the US PGA Championship, where he won by a country mile, taking an eight stroke victory over David Lynn. A tremendous weekend saw McIlroy motor to the title at Kiawah Island Resort. But his form has been lacking so badly, and even he referred to his golf as being ‘brain dead’. The 24 year old missed the cut at the 2013 Open Championship after struggling through the second round and just can’t seem to pull everything together. But can he get it together as a long shot at 25/1 in 2013 US PGA Championship golf betting?
Here come the Europeans
The Europeans did well last year at the US PGA Championship, occupying seven of the top nine places in the field. Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Jamie Donaldson and Graeme McDowell all went well, and with Rose in Major winning form this year, taking the US Open, he could be worth looking at for odds of around 20/1. Graeme McDowell has produced some great golf this year, and is a name looking like some great European value in particular. Question will still be asked of Lee Westwood at around 28/1 and his mentality in getting that first career Major under his belt. Has produced some good, consistent golf as well this year, but the Major blows he keeps facing just brings forth hesitation over backing him. The same can be said of Luke Donald, but there are a couple of Europeans who could ride well in Rochester and are worth considering for Top Ten betting. That will be Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter. Stenson recorded two top ten finishes back to back at the PGA Championship in 2008 and 2008, but has missed the last two editions. However, after carding a second at The Open, and top twenty five finishes in the other two Majors this year, he is fantastic value. So too Poulter, who was many people’s dark horse for the Open where he fired in a T3. The Englishman took a T3 at the 2013 PGA Championship.
The rest of the Americans
On the American front, 2005 Champion Phil Mickelson, who had that glorious closing at The Open Championship this year should be considered. Has had seven top ten finished at the US PGA Championship in career besides the victory. Hasn’t been back inside the top ten since 2008, but with a T2 at the US Open and then the victory at The Open, he’s in good shape. There could be some value on 2011 Champion Keegan Bradley too, who came out of the blocks firing at the WGC Bridgestone International at Firestone as a build up. Bradley won the event in his first attempt in 2011, and came close to defending his title with a T3 last year on the back of a win at the Bridgestone. Just looking as if he could be on top of his game again here this time of year. Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar are all worth considering as well for the 2013 USPGA Championship. Dark horse from the Americans could be Harris English, who has been going well since June. He picked up a win and two top fifteen finishes in his last five starts prior to the Bridgestone, and with a strong star at Firestone too, could be in the top ten or top twenty mix.
The market for 2013 USPGA Championship golf betting really runs deep, with the likes of Jason Day, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Jason Dufner and more not even getting a mention. Consider covering yourself with Top Ten betting on this one, and also look for extra places on your each way betting where you can find it.
30th July 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
PGA Bridgestone International Betting Info
Well, this is one of the famous tournaments which has just been dominated for most of its current history by Tiger Woods. The American has won seven of the last 13 editions held at Firestone, and he has won more here than he has done so at any other course around the world. This is the longest par 70 course on the PGA Tour at around 7,400 yards and you will see a lot of aggression off the tee here, as long as it all stays dry. Will Woods make another title run at Firestone?
Latest PGA Bridgestone International Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Tiger Woods 9/2, Phil Mickelson 14/1, Adam Scott 16/1, Brandt Snedeker 22/1, Matt Kuchar 22/1, Justin Rose 22/1, Dustin Johnson 25/1, Lee Westwood 25/1, Rory McIlroy 28/1, Steve Stricker 30/1, Jason Day 30/1
Online Bookmaker Promotion
There is a great Money Back Special available at online betting site Paddy Power for the 2013 WGC Bridgestone International. If Tiger Woods or Phil Mickleson win, then the bookmaker will refund losing outright bets placed on the golfer(s) who finished second to either of them.
This offer applies to bets placed before the start of the tournament, and it covers the event of more than one player tying for second placed. The maximum refund on the Money Back Special is £100. New customers registering an account with online betting site Paddy Power can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus, with the bookie matching the value of your first stake on a new account.
PGA Bridgestone International Betting Favourite
It is Woods who tops the billing here, by quite some distance and it’s easy to see why. Not only has he had those seven wins at Firestone before, this term alone on the PGA Tour he has carded four wins. He hasn’t been out since Muirfield for the Open Championship where he took a top ten finish, and his scoring and all-around ranking should get him close again. Six top tens on the season from ten events and no missed cuts. Has been in pretty ominous form and clearly his game fits the Firestone course. He has converted birdie chances well this season, and has been brilliant on par 5s. While it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him walk to the title again here, there may be better value at Evens in the Place Market for him.
PGA Bridgestone International Betting Tips
Such a strong field here there are options galore. After winning The Masters this year, and following up with a T3 at The Open championship, Adam Scott usually shows up in the big tournaments. He also has a bit of history to look at here as well, having carded three top ten finishes at Firestone before. Fantastic with the driving at the moment and he’ll usually find a way to stick it on the green in regulation as well. Could get up a head of steam after Muirfield, but struggled here last year. Therefore worth coverage at 5/4 with Paddy Power in the Top Ten Finish market.
Given the depth of the field here, a Top Ten Finish bet is probably the best way to go here. It covers positive value in big names such as Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker. Phil Mickelson is probably going to attract a lot of backing after his tremendous win at Muirfield for the Open Champsionship. The links was never his style, but he delivered a win there, and there has been a similar story at Firestone for him, the American never really clicking with the course. However, he has posted four top tens here before in his career, and he is in fantastic form with four top three finishes in his last six outings this season.
Brandt Snedeker is looking more and more likely to land another title soon. Was back to his best at the Canadian Open last week, where he strolled away to a three stroke victory. That was his eighth top ten of the season, his scoring on Par 4s really should mean that he’s in contention here this week. Had a horrible final round here last season and wasn’t in the running. Expect better from him though, and at 9/5 for a Top Ten Finish, he and Mickelson, who is at 6/5 for a Top Ten Finish look as if they will be solid bets.
Big European guns like Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood are in the mix, and all could make a case for themselves. McIlroy has top tens in each of his last three appearances at the tournament, Rose finished with a T5 here last year, and in his last five starts at Firestone, Westwood has recorded three top tens (including a runner up spot in 2008). The latter two have shown great consistency all year and probably worth considering for a top ten market.
One of the best outside shots this week could be Australian Jason Day. He has yet to record a win this season, but is right up there in 10th in the FedExCup points standings. He has posted three top three finishes this season and did take a share of 4th here a couple of years ago. Dry conditions will see him bomb things off the tee. Tempting 11/4 shot for a Top Ten Finish at online bookmaker Paddy Power.
11th July 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It hasn’t happened for a long time, but hopes of an English winner at The Open are high this year again, as expectant crowds will descend on Muirfield to watch the likes of recent US Open winner Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood shoot for glory.
Will an Englishman win the 2013 Open? Online betting site Ladbrokes have a big money back special running for The Open 2013 golf betting. If an Englishman wins the Open Golf Championship, Ladbrokes will refund losing outright bets on the tournament as a free bet. The maximum refund is up to £25 per player. New customers registering an account with online betting site Ladbrokes can get up to £30 worth of free bets.
2013 Open Championship Golf Betting Odds at Ladbrokes
Tiger Woods 7/1, Rory McIlroy 16/1, Justin Rose 20/1, Adam Scott 20/1, Lee Westwood 20/1, Luke Donald 20/1, Graeme McDowell 25/1, Ernie Els 25/1, Phil Mickelson 25/1, Sergio Garcia 28/1, Jason Day 33/1
Nick Faldo was the last Englishman to win The Open, all the way back in 1992, so it has been a long wait. The strongest charges in the field in terms of English players are Justin Rose and Lee Westwood. Justin Rose has produced some tremendously consistent golf all year and had his crowning moment when he took his maiden Major title at the US Open. Rose has carded top five finishes in half of his outings this season and followed up his good form at the US Open with a T13 at the Travelers, with three solid rounds of golf. There was no sign of the bubble bursting, importantly. Rose missed the cut at last year’s Open Championship.
Lee Westwood of course is still waiting to get his hands on a Major and like Rose has been in pretty good shape this season. He has posted five top five finishes as well and in his build up to the US Open he posted four top tens in a row. Consistency is there without question, but that monkey on his back of not being able to make the Major breakthrough has to have a mental effect on his game. A T45 and a missed cut in his last two Open Championships doesn’t instil a lot of confidence, and missed the cut back in the last edition at Muirfield in 2002.
2013 Open Championship Place Market Finish Betting Odds at Ladbrokes
Tiger Woods 6/4, Rory McIlroy 3/1, Justin Rose 15/1, Adam Scott 4/1, Graeme McDowell 3/1, Luke Donald 9/2, Ernie Els 5/1, Lee Westwood 5/1, Phil Mickelson 5/1, Sergio Garcia 6/1, Jason Day 6/1
There will naturally be a flurry of 2013 Open golf bets going on Tiger Woods. The American had a frustrating time of things at the US Open, and while another Major just looks to be eluding him, you can’t argue with his form this season. Four wins on the season from nine starts is pretty phenomenal. Has only posted a T65 and then the T32 at the US Open in his last two outings, so needs to raise his game again. He is a three time winner of The Open, the last title coming in 2006. Woods carded a T3 at least year’s edition and a T28 at the 2002 Open at Muirfield.
There are some names which will also be popular draws for at least a Place Finish or a Top Ten Market finish. Adam Scott is always a threat in Majors, so too fellow Australian Jason Day. Both should represent good value as they always seem to step up to the mark. Graeme McDowell continued his fantastic form this season with a title at the RBC Heritage. McDowell has been fantastic this season and will be looking to make up big time after his first round nightmare at the US Open. He really should be a good fit for your 2013 Open Championship golf betting.
The experience of Phil Mickelson should come into things as well, along with Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia. However, back in 2002 Ernie Els landed The Open title at Muirfield. He is also the defending champion after his victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes last year. The South African also recently posted a win at the BMW International. That followed a T6 at the BMW PGA Championship, and a T4 at the US Open Championship. Riding some pretty hot form at the moment and The Big Easy should be in the mix.
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There is European PGA action at the Scottish Open in Inverness this week and the John Deere Classic takes place in the States but both tournaments are only a pre-cursor to next week’s Open Championship.
Muirfield will stage the season’s third Major this year and the continued good weather has raised hopes that the links course may play a little easier than usual. I, for one, wouldn’t bet against the wind blowing again by the time the first group tee-off, however, and the course is one of the less forgiving if you stray into the rough. It’s also longer this year than in past Opens at 7,192 yards.
There will be 17 former winners in action, including 63-year-old Tom Watson, who almost turned back the clock at Turnberry in 2009 though is combining his participation this year with a fact-finding mission ahead of next year’s Ryder Cup, in which he’ll captain the US team. There are three par-fives at Muirfield, including the massive 575-yard 17th which has four deep bunkers stretched across its breadth just behind a dog-leg left. It can turn a good round into a disaster and there’ll be a few hard-luck stories generated next week.
It’s no surprise that Tiger Woods is the bookies’ choice as favourite (9/1 with BetVictor) but, once again, there is absolutely no value in backing the world number one. Tiger hasn’t picked up a club in anger since his US Open challenge was hampered by an elbow injury three weeks ago so what kind of form he’ll be in is anybody’s guess. Having successfully tipped Adam Scott to win the Masters and Justin Rose to win the US Open, I’m keen to keep the pair on my side at Muirfield. Scott is 22/1 with Boylesports and Rose a general 20/1 but, in a year in which Murray has won a Wimbledon, I’ll stay with sentiment and put forward LEE WESTWOOD.
There’ s little need to repeat the fact that the 40-year-old has never won a Major but, for once, he’ll be playing under little pressure at Muirfield and that may just be the factor that helps him creep over the line this time. Westwood hasn’t won a tournament this year but hasn’t been playing badly. He’s had a bit of break since finishing 15th at the US Open and has been practicing on links courses. At 28/1 on betfair, the Worksop veteran is a general 25/1 for each-way backers (a quarter the odds for seven places at Paddy Power) and would be a hugely popular winner.
Martin Laird looks the best bet for a ‘home’ win at betfair’s 151/1 while England’s Paul Casey (66/1 on betfair) and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (28/1 with Coral) arrive in good form having won the Irish Open and Open de France respectively in recent weeks. Along with Woods, Phil Mickelson (a general 28/1), Jason Day (a general 33/1) and Brandt Snedeker (40/1 in most places) head the American challenge while South Africa have high hopes of another success in the Open with defending champion Ernie Els (28/1 with Coral), Charles Schwartzel (a general 40/1) and Louis Oosthuizen (available at 50/1). Rory McIlroy (25/1 with BetVictor and Coral) and Luke Donald (28/1 with Paddy Power) are sure to add to the interest but, as at the US Open, don’t expect low scores to dominate.
18th June 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Travelers Championship Betting Info
The action may be a little more sedate this week after the storms that were brewed up at Merion for the US Open last week. Still, the newly crowned champion Justin Rose is straight back in action this week in among a clutch of top names hoping to take the title. This is one of the easier par 70 courses on the PGA Tour and there should be plenty of scoring chances of offer, in stark contrast to what went on last week. Big greens and comfortably sized fairways should all be attacked and it could come down to the battle of the who has the hottest putter.
Latest Travelers Championship Betting Prices at online bookmaker Stan James
Justin Rose 14/1, Hunter Mahan 16/1, Lee Westwood 18/1, Jason Dufner 20/1, Bubba Watson 20/1, Webb Simpson 25/1, Rickie Fowler 28/1, John Rollins 33/1, Keegan Bradley 33/1
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Travelers Championship Betting Favourite
By courtesy of his win at Merion last week, England’s Justin Rose, following his maiden Major win, heads up the field. That was the biggest moment of his career, so how will he follow up on that this week? It sounds a pretty tough ask for a player to come straight off the back of a Major title and follow it up with a win. But Rose has been so consistently strong all season, and has three top ten finishes at TPC River Highlands as well, that he may well be back near the top of the pile. There may be a little drop in performance, as expected after the highs of last week and running around the media circus, so could be worth backing a top ten bet for a price of 11/10 with Stan James as opposed to outright winner.
If there is one name which is going to be hard not to overlook this week, it is going to be that of Hunter Mahan. He is the all time money leader at the Travelers Championship, and not too surprisingly in amongst all that he is a previous winner. Along with his victory he has recorded two T2s as well as a T4 from his eight cuts made in eleven attempts at the tournament. He is also carrying form as well after taking a share of fourth place at the US Open on the weekend. Hasn’t taken a title this year, but really should go close at TPC River Highlands.
John Rollins should be high up the priority of golf betting options this week as he could be a good top ten fit. He makes good value. He has been in contention in the last two Travelers Championship, landing two top five finishes in the last two starts. Rollins has averaged just over 66 strokes per round over the last two years here as well. Has had a couple of serious title challenges this year as well, the most notable being a share of fourth at Colonial. Clear affinity with the course and therefore worth backing for top ten.
Lee Westwood is back in action after a somewhat disappointing US Open challenge. He took a share of fifteenth and that kept a streak of six top 15’s in the last seven starts across the world. Driving very well, scrambling very well and the clear area of his game which needs some improvement is in his putting. He is creating chances well enough for himself and just not converting. This is is his second appearance at the Travelers (the last all the way back in 2005).
No reason why the colourful Rickie Fowler shouldn’t be in the mix of things here really after taking a share of 10th at Merion. He carded a top ten finish in 2010 which was his last appearance that the Travelers Championship. Fowler has been in pretty solid form this season and just capable of pulling out a great round which puts him in contention overall.
Bubba Watson has a special affinity with TPC River Highlands as this was the scene of his first ever win on the PGA Tour. That was one of four top fifteens which he has recorded at the tournament and he went close to a second title when he recorded a second place finish last term. His average scoring is just under 67 going over his last five rounds at the course. Hard to argue with his course record and should be back in contention.
Best Outside Bet
There should be a temptation in backing Charley Hoffman who had to settle for a share of second last year at the Travelers. Could well have won but just bottled it at the very end. Still, he has landed four top ten finishes this year on the PGA Tour and given his run last year and how comfortable he found TPC River Highlands, he could be back for more at value of 4/1 for a Top Ten Finish with online bookmaker Stan James.