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Phil Mickelson

Greenbrier Classic Betting Info
It is off to the Old White TPC this week for the Greenbrier Classic betting and it is a par 70 challenge. It is a steady challenge for most, not too difficult, not too easy and there isn’t a lot of punishment for anyone getting off line too much from the tee. There should be some low scoring around this week, especially with some great options at the top of the betting list.

Latest Greenbrier Classic Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet Victor
Phil Mickelson 14/1, Webb Simpson 16/1, Bubba Watson 20/1, Bill Haas 221, Graham Delaet 25/1, Billy Horschel 25/1, Louis Oosthuizen 33/1, Jordan Spieth 33/1, Scott Stallings 33/1, Scott Piercy 45/1

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Greenbrier Classic Betting Favourite
Big Phil Mickelson is the leader this week for the golf betting odds on the PGA Tour. Came oh-so close again to getting his hands on that elusive US Open title recently. He has been on a break since then so he should be pretty fresh. That was his second T2 finish in a row, and his third top three finish in his last four outings. Pretty strong form and you can’t argue with it. He has nailed five top ten finished from 13 events this season. Questions marks over his tournament record though, failing to make the cut in his last two appearances there. Phil Mickelson is 14/1 favourite at online betting Bet Victor.

Other Contenders
Bill Haas hit top form last week as he powered his way to the title at the AT&T National while others were struggling. He went under par in all four of his rounds as well. That was his seventh top ten finish of the season and is just looking to be humming along at the moment. Leads the PGA for scoring on par 4’s and around the greens his work has been brilliant lately. Oh, and he finished second at The Greenbrier classic in 2011.

Webb Simpson will be taking a lot of heavy backing this week as well, or at least he should be. Has carded four top ten finishes this season, but it his form at the Old White TPC that is reason to really back him. He has landed top tens in the last two seasons and so should be a good fit, with his form at the Travelers recently. Definitely on the up after a slow start to the season.

Another man hitting top stride at the moment is Graham Delaet. He has taken two top ten finishes in his last two starts and that means he is trending. He also went pretty well here last season, taking a share of 12th and he has never been over par for a tournament at The Old White TPC. He is the current leader on the PGA for Greens in Regulation too, so he should at least be in the mix for a top ten finish.

Two names which are going to attract some interest as well are going to be Bubba Watson and Billy Horschel. Horschel has been hot this season, but did misfire a little bit in his last outing at the AT&T National. He just didn’t get his game going and he hasn’t been inside the top thirty at the Greenbrier either, but the AT&T National result could have just been a blip. Watson is in form after a T4 at the Travelers. People associate just big hitting with Bubba but he is fourth on the PGA for greens in regulation, so he has the iron work to fit here.

Best Outside Bet
Perhaps not so much of an outsider really, but Jordan Spieth could be worth watching, perhaps for a top ten finish. This is his first crack at The Greenbrier, so that will be a disadvantage, but he he goes into it full of confidence after a sixth at Congressional which was hit fifth of the season. Immensely talented youngster and if you throw confidence on top of that, then there could be value in him. Spieth is trading at price of 11/4 with Bet Victor for a top ten finish.

 


3rd July 2013 / 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

Rory McIlroy

PGA The Barclays Golf Betting Info
The first venture into the 2012 FedExCup Play-offs lights up the golf betting markets this week, as the qualified 125 players look for qualification into the Deutsche Bank Championship. Only the top 100 points leaders will progress from The Barclays, and naturally we are looking at a major field here with plenty of strong options to look at backing.

PGA The Barclays Golf Betting Defending Champion
American Dustin Johnson brought home the title here last season, taking a two shot win over Matt Kuchar. The interesting thing about Johnson is that he could just make a strong case for a defence here. He was out of the game for three months this season but has performed pretty solidly on his return. Only his missed cut at the US Open has blotted his copy book, but since his return from injury-enforced lay off, he has won the FedEx St Jude and took a T9 at The Open Championship. That has added up to five top ten finishes for Johnson this season which is a pretty good run considering everything he has gone though. Was in in a great stretch of form through February and he is not looking short of confidence. However, this is a new venue this year, so he won’t have the course-win effect on his side. Other strong markers though for Johnson is that he has won a play off tournament in each of the last two seasons and he has tremendous length off the tee, which could put him in with a shot.  Dustin Johnson is trading at 25/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

PGA The Barclays Golf Betting Favourite
Tiger Woods will tee-ff at Bethpage Black as favourite. He has won here before, taking the US Open title when it was hosted here a couple of years ago. Has three wins under his belt for the new season and just ticking along nicely at the moment. He took a T11 at the PGA Championship, but with two wins and four top tens in his last seven starts, he is the hot ticket at the moment. Pretty strong option to back with his course history and he starts the play-offs as the points leaders. He also tops the PGA in money and scoring average this season. Why not? Woods is trading at a price of 7/1 with online bookmaker Bet365 and goes as joint favourite along with Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy tees off in third place in the FedExCup points standings. He delivered an immaculate performance at Kiawah Island for the PGA Championship. Everything came together and how quickly the talk of his mid-season slump was washed away. McIlroy has to be in with a great chance here, not only is he swinging well with accuracy, but he has the ability to eke out extra distance without compromising that accuracy off the tee. With the distance needed this week for The Barclays, then McIlroy is going to be a big threat. Hitting big and hitting well at the moment. Has played the course before, back at the 2009 US Open where he hit a top ten finish. A question mark may be over his putting but that is really splitting hairs. Should be up there and goes off at the same price of Woods.

Other Contenders
Superbly strong field and therefore you are pretty spoilt for choice. Will be worth looking at Keegan Bradley who is in great form heading into the Play-offs He fired a third place finished at the PGA Championship and that was straight off the back of winning the Bridgestone Invitational. Peaking at the moment and is going to be a danger because of the distance he can pull off the tee as well. Can be streaky but he does lead the PGA in the all-around stat and he goes off at a standing of 8th in the points standings. Well primed for a shot at the FedExCup itself.

Australia’s Adam Scott has the distance with the driver to contend here and his natural game will be a good fit for the course. He does have the short game to have a good crack at this and his caddy (who was with Tiger Woods when he won the 2002 US Open here) has tremendous knowledge of the course. A pretty decent performer in the play-offs and should make good value for money amongst a crop of players hovering around the 25/1 mark to start the tournament off.

Matt Kuchar has to be looked at. He won The Barclays in 2010 and then came close to defending his title last year, finishing a solo second. Kuchar is always pretty dependable and has landed eight top ten finishes this season. Three of those have come in the last five starts. Like Westwood missed the cut at the PGA Championship after a forgettable 82 in the second round. Has one win under his belt at The Players this season. As capable as anyone of pulling off four solid rounds this week. Maybe not the distance off the tee as some of the names above, but not a bad shout at all.

Bubba Watson is the personification of big hitting. Watson if fifth in the FedExCup standings and while he has found a tad more consistency this season, has oddly struggled at Bethpage Black before. However, he is in decent shape as he fired a T11 at the PGA Championship and was looking solid. His distance will help here this week and he leads the PGA in driving distance but also backing that up is him standing in second pace in greens hit.

Best Outside Bet
Lee Westwood may just be something of a big surprise in the field. This will be his first attempt at the FedExCup play-offs and he joined specifically this season with the PGA Tour to have a crack at the high pressure series Westwood ranked 51st in the FedExCup standings heading into the play-offs and that was thanks to a solid season, which as included five top ten finishes. The big man does have the driver for this, but after his missed cut at the PGA Championship, is he going to be in the right frame of mind? Usually a big tournament player and could muscle his way close.

Latest PGA The Barclays Golf Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Rory McIlroy 7/1, Tiger Woods 7/1, Justin Rose 22/1, Luke Donald 22/1, Dustin Johnson 25/1, Bubba Watson 25/1, Keegan Bradley 25/1, Adam Scott 25/1, Steve Sticker 25/1, Sergio Garcia 25/1, Lee Westwood 25/1, Phil Mickelson 30/1, Webb Simpson 30/1, Louis Oosthuizen 33/1, Graeme McDowell 35/1

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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

Steve Striker - USA)

PGA John Deere Classic Golf Betting Info
The par 71 TPC Deere Run is owned by one man, not literally of course, but in golf terms and that is Steve Stricker. There is usually some very strong scores posted at this event, highlighted by a 26 under par record set by Stricker in 2010. There are birdie chances all over the TPC Deere Run and its 7,268 yards and it was the fourth easiest PGA track to score on last year. So that simply adds up to excitement over the weekend, and whoever is going to take this will have to be hotter than hot with the putter, because the chances come easily and someone will have to stand out. Finding the greens really is not much of a problem at all, so who is going to take their chances with the putter? A good field in attendance, but everything really is being dominated by Stricker wherever you look.

PGA John Deere Classic Golf Betting Defending Champion and Outright Favourite
Steve Stricker is the man at the John Deere. He has won the title here three consecutive times in a row, and he could join an exclusive list of players who have won the same tournament four times in a row. But that is what the American is lined up to do, and he usually plays well after the US Open. Steve Stricker has just dominated this course over the previous years, and with an average of around 65 over the last twelve rounds at TPC Deere Run, he is going to be the man to beat without question. Things were narrow last year for Stricker, who won by one stroke over Kyle Stanley, but it was confident, strong finish that got him there in the end. He is in good enough form to get the job done, with four ten tens this year. Has posted six sub seventy round in the last eight, including going under on each of his four rounds at the Greenbrier Classic. Steve Stricker is 7/1 favourite with online bookmaker Bet365.

Other Contenders
Not a man in any great kind of form particularly, but has good history at the TPC Deere Run nonetheless. In two of his last outings at the John Deere, he has posted top three finishes, so he is a good fit with the course. Good enough with the putter to contend, that’s why and he is sitting fifth on the Tour for strokes gained putting. He had a hot stretch from mid April to the end of May, collecting two top two finishes and a win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational Has fell well away since then in this last three outings, but if he rediscovers his confidence on a track that he likes and is familiar with, then it should be game on.

Jonathan Byrd is on a bit of a hot streak at the moment and could be worth riding. He also has prior at the TPC Deere Run as well, because was a winner back in 2007. He has made the cut in each of his last seven starts on the Tour this season, and was hot at the Greenbrier Classic in taking birdies chances. If he carries this momentum over here this week then he is going to be a serious contender. Already has five top ten finishes for the season. A win has eluded him so far, but has been very consistent and solid and one shouldn’t be too far away at all. With all the opportunities to be taken at the Deere Run, he could well shine brightly this weekend.

Jeff Overton is shaping up nicely as well with a bit of consistency behind him. He hasn’t played here for the last three years though, but has hit three top twenty five finishes in a row heading to the Deere Run. Included in that was a top twenty finish at the Greenbrier Classic, and while his approach work does need a bit of sharpening up, he is one of those who takes chances when they come his way. The question is, will he be able to create enough of them along the way amongst a field of other low scorers?

Ryan Palmer is another in great form at the moment, with four top ten finishes in his last six starts. Not bad at all and landed a top fifteen finish at the AT&T National which was his last outing. Strangely enough though, he hasn’t really performed that well at TPC Deere Run before and has missed the cut on four of the seven times he has played here. However, he is just scoring so well at the moment and working well with the putter to ignore.

Best Outside Bet
For a man of Nick Watney’s calibre, it hasn’t been too much of a productive season, with three top tens out of 16 events this season He fired in a tenth spot finish at the AT&T National at the start of July when his all round game looked much better. He looked a bit more comfortable with what he was doing. Hopefully he can build on that, and the price on him to do so in the field offers decent value to. Nick Watney is 22/1 at Bet365.

Latest PGA John Deere Classic Golf Betting Prices at Bet365
Steve Stricker 7/1, Zach Johnson 12/1, Nick Watney 22/1, Ryan Palmer 25/, Jonathan Byrd 28/1, Jeff Overton 30/1, Seung-Yu Noh 30/1, Brendon De Jonge 35/1, Tim Clark 35/1

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10th July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Golf PGA 2011 Tiger Woods

Can Tiger Woods respond in Greenbrier Classic golf betting? Coming off the back of a great triumph at the AT&T National, Woods was dominating the golf betting prior to tee off at the event, as his wins keep attracting more and more hype, especially with The Open coming up. Both Woods and Phil Mickelson struggled on the opening day of the Greenbrier Classic, finishing one over par and leaving themselves with a lot of work to do. This is because clubhouse leader Vijay Singh fired in a -7 sunder par, but the biggest problem for Woods is that there is a strong crop of players just a shot or two back of the lead. So there is already a lot of ground to make up, but can Woods respond? Well after starting as outright favourite, Tiger Woods is now trading at 14/1 with online bookmaker SkyBet, which isn’t that bad. He may have three wins under his belt this season, but he looked a little bit off his game here. It was his work on greens which are pretty unfamiliar to him which really let him down. His putting was nowhere near as convincing as it was at Congressional. However, can he be written off yet? Not really, because the times he has won this year have all come following struggles at the start. So there could be more to come from him.

But the option of Webb Simpson, sitting just two shots off the lead is hard to overlook and the bookies recognise his threat in the Greenbrier Classic golf betting, as they have drawn him at 6/1 favourite. Simpson, so consistent last year has had his struggles this season, but has still got major things up his sleeve, as he showed in his first at the US Open. He landed a T29 at the Travelers in his last outing, but he looked in good shape, his game was flowing a lot better in the first round of the Greenbrier. This is the kind of man you can put out in front and he will hold his composure well enough to take the win. Hasn’t had the dynamic season which he did last year, but still a very strong option. So too Jonathan Byrd, who starts the second round just one shot back of the lead. Byrd hit a strong patch of form behind heading to the US Open, where he really didn’t quite live up to his game. He is still searching for his first win, but after a solid first round here, his confidence should be up. He has been in strong positions before this season, like at the Wells Fargo, where he crumbled a bit after a strong start.

Is there anyone else out in the field who could make a strong move? Well, Steve Stricker is poised after finishing one under par in the first round. He has the solid enough game to hold things together and start grinding his way into contention. Bill Haas is looking solid on two under par as well, and although the FedExCup champion has been struggling this season, he reached the play-off here last season and knows the course.

Latest Greenbrier Classic Golf Betting Odds at SkyBet
Webb Simpson 6/1, Jonathan Byrd 8/1, Vijay Singh 11/1, Tiger Woods 14/1, Andres Romero 16/1, JB Holmes 20/1, Charley Hoffman 20/1, KJ Choi 20/1, Steve Striker 25/1, Phil Mickelson 33/1, Dustin Johnson 33/1, Keegan Bradley 40/1, Bill Haas 40/1

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

Rory McIlroy

PGA FedEx St Jude Classic Golf Betting Info
Well, no doubt that Euro 2012 betting is going to be interfering with the golf interest on the weekend, but there is a good field to take notice of at TPC Southwind. This is a par 70 course going off over 7,200 yards. This is quite a challenging course for the players as it has historically presented quite a challenge in finding the fairway off the tee. So look for a player with good driving for sure. It is not an easy course to drive on though, so accuracy off the tee is going to pay dividends. But that is only half the battle at TPC Southwind because the greens can be a bit of a nightmare challenge, because they are a long way from flat. The greens are reachable, but getting it near to the pin is another difficult challenge, and so birdie scores are pretty tough to come by. The last eight years the course has played over par, that is how tough it is.

PGA FedEx St Jude Classic Golf Betting Defending Champion
Harrison Frazar. Who? You may well be asking yourself that, but he played the course well last year. That remains the American’s only career victory on the PGA Tour, so don’t be expecting him to make a big splash again this season. He has a second place under his belt this season actually, but that was way back at the start of the year in the Sony Open in Hawaii. Has missed five of the last eight cuts for tournaments this season. Says it all, not worth a punt. Out at 100/1 with Stan James. 

PGA FedEx St Jude Classic Golf Betting Favourite
Really interesting field this week, primarily because Rory McIlroy is out and he is not the favourite. So who is? That is Zach Johnson who is the hot property on the Tour at the moment. He is the man in red hot form, confirmed with his win at Colonial in th Crowne Plaza. That’s not all, he ran in second place at the RBC Heritage and The Players prior to that, so gunning very well at the moment. Played some majestic golf at Colonial recently including a stellar 64 in the first round. Rested up last week so should be strong and excellent in bogey avoidance and has landed two top fifteen finishes at Southwind in three attempts. Zach Johnson is 10/1 at Bet Victor.

Other Contenders
Rory McIlroy. What has happened the the Northern Irishman, who seemingly couldn’t ever put a foot wrong? Well, he missed the cut for the second time in two PGA tournament (three in a row now worldwide) when he bombed badly at the Memorial Tournament last week. He fired a bizarre 79 in the second round to put himself out of the tournament. Not a great time for him at the moment, he is just starting to battle himself a bit mentally. However, he has game when he is on song and you expect it come back sooner rather than later. TPC Southwind is a tough course on which to make that happen though, but because the playing field is going to be level, he may just be worth a punt to come good. Is second in the PGA in the all-round which will help, but has only played here once before back in 2010 and landed a top 30 place.

Graeme McDowell is going to be worth looking at for your golf betting this week because he is not in too bad of a shape at the moment. Like McIlroy he has only played here once before and that was back in 2009, but he did land a top ten finish on that occasion. What could help McDowell here is that he is leading the PGA Tour in fairways hit and that will be a big factor as mentioned at TPC Southwind. Having a mixed bag kind of season, but seems to be a solid fit for the course.

Robert Karlsson has to be considered simply because of his course history. He isn’t in the greatest form of the season, which is a surprise because the Swede is usually solid as a rock. But dips in form happen to all players and that is all that is. What should put him in good standing for a title challenge here is that he has finished as runner up for the last two seasons at TPC Southwind. So he likes the Memphis course and he has come here not in great shape before and performed.

Best Outside Bet
David Toms looks a great candidate this week, because he is a two times winner of the event, and therefore the money leader of St Jude. He has fired in seven top tens at the event, and this season on the PGA, has two. Missed the cut at Colonial recently though, and has a solid enough game to challenge near the top of the leader-board. Could easily and quietly sneak through the field without much attention and claim his first title of the season. Toms is 20/1 at Bet Victor. 

Latest PGA FedEx St Jude Classic Golf Betting Prices at Bet Victor
Zach Johnson 10/1, Rory McIlroy 11/1, Dustin Johnson 20/1, David Toms 20/1, Graeme McDowell 20/1, Martin Laird 28/1, Ryan Palmer 30/1, Robert Karlsson 30/1, Fredrik Jacobson 33/1, Spencer Levin 30/1

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

Sports Betting

PGA Memorial Tournament Golf Betting Info
A great field in action for our PGA Golf betting this week, as the Muirfied Village Golf Club, Dublin Ohio, takes centre stage. This is a Jack Nicklaus designed course and it goes over a par 72. What are the challenges facing the players this week, well it shouldn’t be driving accuracy too much, because the fairways have historically been easy to nail here, but instead you are looking for approach work in greens in regulation. Muirfield gives up putting chances quite generously, it is just sticking it on the green in the first place. Because of the par fives on the course being big scoring opportunities, a bit of extra length of the tee is going to be a benefit as well. Not too challenging of a course, as long as the putter is going well, and tee shots are sticking to the fairway, then the difference could be in approach shots.

PGA Memorial Tournament Golf Betting Defending Champion
Steve Stricker
stepped up to the plate to land this one last season. That wonderfully prolific and solid golf that we expect from the American, just has not quite been there lately. He had a very quiet month of May, only putting in an appearance at The Players, where he missed the cut. Before that, he landed a sixth at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans following a couple of non-threatening shows at the Shell Houston Open and The Masters. However, he has a good run of form in Dublin at Muirfield Village. Stricker is on a streak of nine sub par rounds on the course at the moment. He is also generally a solid bet when stepping out to defend a title. Stricker is a decent price at 28/1 with SportingBet as he is a great fit for the course.

PGA Memorial Tournament Golf Betting Favourite
England’s Luke Donald tees off as favourite, and that is largely thanks to the return to his best form at the BMW PGA Championship where he defending his title last week. Has been a solid performer a Muirfield Village as well, thanks to his brilliant work with the irons. Has been inside the top fifteen in his last three visits to the course and one big stat here, which may surprise some, is that despite not being a particularly long driver off the tee, he is sixth on the PGA Tour in par five birdies (or better). With the big scoring chances coming on the Par 5′s this week, well, Donald really fits the bill and has to be in a strong, confident mood after the win he nailed last week with consummate ease. Donald is 10/1 favourite at SportingBet.

Other Contenders
Rory McIlroy, has he gone off the boil? He has missed the cut now in his last two outings, at The Players and at Wentworth last week in the BMW PGA Championship. He cut a frustrated figure as well last week, and looks as if he just needs a bit of mental break maybe. He is still one of the greats of the game though, and is he really going to be too far from a win again soon? Surely he is too good to keep out of the winners circle for too long. McIlroy has posted two top ten finishes in only two starts at the Memorial.

It really wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see Justin Rose pick up another title before too long. He had a great showing at the BMW PGA Championship last week and has a great record at the Memorial as well. He picked up the title here in 2010 and has had two other top five at the event. Rose has nailed six top ten finishes this season alone, and his approach work to the greens has been very good. He has been superbly consistent and accurate with the irons to get on the greens. So he should go well again here this week. A very good option to land another win for the season.

Phil Mickelson also has the game to do well here as he is so strong with the irons. The big leftie is having a wonderful season, very, very solid and landed a T7 at the HP Byron Nelson, but took a week off last week, so should be fresh and recharged. Mickelson has hit six finishes inside the top twenty in his last seven attempts at the course, and is therefore naturally a great fit. He really should be one of the front runners on the leader-board here. His all round game is just wonderful at the moment and could shape up for his first title at Muirfield Village.

Tiger Woods has fallen back a little bit into the outsider role after his big win at the Arnold Palmer in March. That win was the culmination of some good momentum on the season, but he just hasn’t delivered since, looking a bit out of sorts, with two T40′s and a missed cut in his three events since. He does have strong course history at Muirfield Village though, with four titles under his belt. So he definitely enjoys the course and has proven himself here before. What frame of mind is Tiger going to be in? Who knows.

Best Outside Bet
Rickie Fowler shouldn’t be an outsider to be honest, but he is going up against a strong crop of players at the head of the golf betting. So that means that the young American is presented at some great value. Fowler has hit four top ten finishes in a row in his last four outings, and has made at least par or better in each round of those last four starts. He is the big momentum man of the PGA and has been tanking along this season. He is in the groove at the moment, and he has a runner up spot at Muirfield Village under his belt from 2009. Fowler is 16/1 at Bet365

Latest PGA Memorial Tournament Golf Betting Prices
Luke Donald 10/1, Rory McIlroy 14/1, Tiger Woods 16/1, Justin Rose 16/1, Phil Mickelson 16/1, Rickie Fowler 16/1, Jim Furyk 25/1, Steve Stricker 28/1, Webb Simpson 30/1, Bubba Watson 35/1, Adam Scott 35/1

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30th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Lee Westwood (UK)

The Players 2012 Golf Betting Info
We are at the famous TPC Sawgrass for The Players 2012 and what another fantastic field we have lined up. This is one of golf’s great events, one of golf’s great courses and it is the deepest field of the year with 144 players teeing off on Thursday at the event. The big guns are naturally out in force and it is a tremendously talented field, which should provide an amazing contest again. There is the notorious 17th hole to look for, a par 3 which can destroy a round. Players should be able to find the greens consistently, that’s not the problem. Going wayward off the track is, because Sawgrass is notoriously hard to recover from through scrambling.

The Players 2012 Golf Betting Defending Champion
KJ Choi is the defending Players champion after holding on for the win last season. Choi put in a lot of hard work here last season, and surprisingly didn’t have the course form to really suggest that he was going to pull something special out of the bag. It was a close race at the start of the fourth round, as he was one shot back of Graeme McDowell and he was tied up with David Toms. We haven’t seen the best of Choi this season though for some reason, he seems to just be struggling to reach the peak of his game. He has landed only one top ten finish this season, and that was in his first start of the year. He missed cuts at the Masters and in Texas recently. There will be a bit of an aura around his as defending champion, but not really making any waves in the betting market which will suggest that he is going to defend his title. Choi is out at 90/1 with Bet365.

The Players 2012 Golf Betting Favourite
Rory McIlroy yet again here. McIlroy came so very close to another title last week at the Wells Fargo, when he lost out to Ricky Fowler in a three way play off. But, the result marked yet another high quality tournament of golf from the young Northern Irishman. Interestingly though he hasn’t performed at TPC Sawgrass before where has missed two cuts from two appearances. He didn’t show up last year. However, he is simply prolific and this is one of those cases where you can probably throw course history out of the window. He has four top three finishes out of his five PGA starts this season and that is some record to be carrying around with you. He has found extra distance of the tee as well this season after a little tweak, and his all round game is likely to throw history, and even the record books out of the window. McIlroy goes off as 9/1 favourite with Bet365.

Other Contenders
Lee Westwood probably leads the contenders this time around. He is having a very solid season and has tasted victory as well in 2012. Very consistent and playing all round great golf. He won in Indonesia, racked up a third place finish at The Masters and went well at the Wells Fargo last week, with only some slightly wayward putting letting his game down. The world number three put in a stunning front nine of the final round at Quail Hollow on Sunday. Westwood has three top ten finishes at TPC Sawgrass, and his last appearance at the event in 2010 he fired in a fourth. So he has been in contention before at the event, and Westwood should go well because he admits that it is a course which suits his style and suits his game very well. The big man looks relaxed and with four top five finishes under his belt this season, should firmly be in contention near the top of the leader board again. Looks a very good fit this week. Westwood is a great value price of 14/1 at Bet365.

Luke Donald has two top ten finishes under his belt at TPC Sawgrass, including a T4 in last season’s outing. He was also a runner up back in 2005. Comes in to the event perhaps a little more rested than some of the others, and therefore it is on the back of a third place finish in New Orleans where he was in sparkling form over the final three rounds. What will probably help him here is his ability to get himself out of trouble. Sawgrass is not an easy course at which to do that, but he leads the PGA Tour in that stat. Will need to fight back against Rory McIlroy taking his number one spot again. Should be a comfortable fit for a top ten finish.

Phil Mickelson is probably due a solid four days at Sawgrass. It hasn’t happened for a while, not in terms of really threatening the top ten. He has gone very well this season, has been one of the top performers in consistency and accuracy, and was in great shape with his irons last week at Quail Hollow. That magical touch of his, that ability to pull out a shot which others may not even think of should make him a strong bet to overturn his recent run of finishes outside of the top fifteen. Brilliant at finding the greens and second in scrambling as well on the PGA Tour, behind Donald and that adds up to a lot.

Tiger Woods is in the field, but not looking a strong threat at the moment. He missed the cut in his last outing and he hasn’t been at The Players for the last two year’s either. So it’s not an easy track to try and regather some composure and confidence, because the course can eat you alive. One of the most experienced in the field though, but heading to Thursday, doesn’t look as if he is really going to be a major threat up there alongside Westwood, If you are looking at steady form, then Jason Day is shaping up well and heading into Sawgrass with some good momentum. Day was very solid in his all round game last week at Quail Hollow. At the Players last year, where he finished sixth, he was particularly good at taking his chance with the putter.

There is such a start studded field here, that wherever you look you are going to find value in your golf betting for the week. Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney, Webb Simpson are all top quality contenders and that is just scratching the surface of things really. However, Sawgrass demands experience of course knowledge and history of having ran it close. Everything points to a strong week for Lee Westwood.

Best Outside Bet
Sergio Garcia has to make a big shout for himself here and will be fancying his chances. The Spaniard is the all time money leader at TPC Sawgrass. Garcia won here back in 2008 and landed a T12 last season as well. He hasn’t been out since the Masters where he hit 12th and currently 14th on the Tour for all round ranking. His game fits Sawgrass and he is in great shape to do so. A strong outside bet here for 45/1 at Bet365. 

Latest The Players 2012 Golf Betting Prices at Bet365
Rory McIlroy 9/1, Lee Westwood 14/1, Luke Donald 14/1, Mickelson 22/1, Woods 22/1, Mahan 33/1, Dufner 40/1, Stricker 40/1, Day 40/1, Scott 45/1, Oosthuizen 45/1, Sergio Garcia 45/1, Webb Simpson 45/1, Justin Rose 45/1, Rickie Fowler 50/1

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8th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting










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