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Henrik Stenson (Schweden)

Big week of golf betting action coming from the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week. Rory McIlroy is back in action after his disappointing performance at Doral recently and he is heading up the Arnold Palmer invitational 2015 betting field as 5/1 favourite with online betting site Boylesports. Just as a note, his disappointing performance at Doral was still a top ten finish (his 11th since last season Open Championship). This is McIlroy’s first ever crack at Bay Hill but it is an easy kind of course that he should lap up regardless.

Henrik Stenson is the name which will take a lot of backing this week at a quote of 10/1, as he in good form at the moment. He has secured fourth place finishes in the last two weeks and has always made the cut at Bay Hill from his six previous visits there. Stenson has carded top ten finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his last two appearances. JB Holmes is another name who may on the mind of punters, and his second placed finish at Doral recently included a 62 in the opening round. He secured a top ten finish here last year and has made the cut in eight previous appearances.

Bubba Watson carries a strong record into the tournament and ha landed four top fifteen finishes this season, including a third at Doral recently. Watson is a 12/1 shot at online betting site Boylesports behind the two front runners (McIlroy and Stenson). Australian duo Adam Scott and Jason Day are also running in under twenties, with Rickie Fowler leading the rest of the contenders at a price of 28/1 and out.

Grab some great insurance on your Arnold Palmer Invitational golf betting this week at online bookmaker Boylesports. If your selection in the outright market finishes second or third (which includes ties) then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet up to the maximum of £50. New customers registering an account with the bookmaker can also get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.

17th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports News

The Honda Classic golf betting has, not too surprisingly, Rory McIlroy at the head of the market by a long shot. A very long shot infact, as the Northern Ireland star tees off this week on the PGA as 10/3 favourite with online betting site Boylesports. That makes him the only man in the field in single figures to land the win, so is there any point in looking any further than McIlroy?

Well, McIlroy came close last season, losing in a play off against Russell Henley. McIlroy has won at the Florida event before, landing the title in 2012 and he is looking in far better shape than he was at this stage last season. He carded a big win at the Dubai Desert Classic of course (which followed his 2nd place finish in Abu Dhabi) this season already, but there is likely to be far stiffer opposition this week than what he faced out there.

There is a good chasing pack of Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Keegan Bradley, all the marks coming in at under 30/1 in Honda Classic betting this year. Rose is a solid candidate with three top five finishes on the bounce at the event and while Dustin Johnson has put up some good early form this season, his track record at the PGA National doesn’t make him immediately bankable.

Keegan Bradley, Ryan Palmer and even Lee Westwood all have solid stats and or form to warrant considering, but can any of them stop an in-form and hungry Rory McIlroy, who may well have a bit of retribution on his mind after admitting to throwing away his chance at the title in the 2014 play off. With online betting site Boylesports putting up a great promotion, it makes McIlroy worthy of a punt this week.

Place a pre-tournament outright winner wager on the Honda Classic and if your selection finished second or third (which does include tied finishes), then Boylesports will refund your lost stake as a free bet up to the value of £50. New customer registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

24th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports News


Dubai Desert Classic golf betting has massive appeal this week with a star-studded field all vying for some early season prize money. Big prize money it is at that, too. It is Rory McIlroy heading up the outright winner market at online betting site Betfred at a price of 3/1.

That price completely crushes the rest of the field, as the Northern Ireland star is the only man in single figures for the tournament. But there are some strong challengers behind him for the title, with Henrik Stenson at 10/1, Martin Kaymer at 14/1 and Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood around the 20/1 mark.

There is a fantastic golf betting promotion running at online betting site Betfred which can’t be ignored, because they are offering the chance to pick up a free bet!

Place an In Play bet of £10 or more (at odds of 1/2 or greater) on either the PGA or European Tour this week and get a £10 free bet to use next week.

The action over on the PGA Tour this week comes from the WM Phoenix Open, where it is Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth who are tied at the head of the market at 16/1 with the like of Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson in the mid twenties to pick up a win in the desert.

The Betfred free bet offer applies to in play single bets placed at odds of 1/2 or great, and applies to losing in play bets placed on any day of the 2015 Phoenix Open or the 2015 Dubai Desert Classic. The maximum free bet refund per customer is £10. New customers registering an account with online betting site Betfred can get up to a free.

29th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Bookmaker News

There was a bit of an upset in the predictions of bookmakers as 4/6 odds on favourite Rory McIlroy failed to land the 2014 SPOTY prize, beaten out by F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton stormed his way to the second F1 Drivers World Championship title and just a few hours before the awards ceremony, he could have been snapped up at a nice price of 13/8.

The bookmakers like online betting site Ladbrokes had been firmly expecting that the public would be rewarding golfer Rory McIlroy for his exploits this year. The Northern Irish star landed back to back Majors at the The Open Championship and the US PGA Championship and was for a long time, installed as favourite in SPOTY betting. To be fair, it was a brilliant season from McIlroy, especially amid a host of personal problems, including a massive court case.

However, the nature of Hamilton’s F1 duel with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg could have kept the driver at the fore of the public’s mind, especially going deeper into the calendar year. Hamilton put in some brilliant form over the second half of the season, winning six of the final seven races of the season (the only exception a second place finish).

Hamilton won 209,920 of the 620,932 votes cast for the 2014 Sports Personality of the Year, with McIlroy getting 123,745 (20%) and third placed athlete Jo Pavey taking 99,913 (16%).

Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo lead a close-run Overseas Sports Personality race, beating out world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic.

15th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Rory McIlroy

It is the season finale on the European PGA This week as DP World Tour Championship betting tees off. This is the sixth edition of the tournament and while the issue has already been settled of who the Race To Dubai champion is, that will be Rory McIlroy of course, there is still a big title up for grabs this week at the Earth Course, designed by Greg Norman.

McIlroy is a 5/1 favourite for the tournament win at online betting siteBoylesports, and he is a former winner here. There have been five different winners so far in the history of the tournament, so will be the northern Irish star be able to cap off a brilliant year by setting a new record of becoming the first man to win the DP World Tour Championship twice?

Worth backing McIlroy? Maybe not. He’s nothing to prove here and he hasn’t played for six weeks now and has the distraction of his multi-million pound court case.

Behind him, the defending champion Henrik Stenson is an 8/1 shot. Stenson’s season has fallen a long way short of what he put up in 2013 when he was FedEx Cup Champion and needed to win the DP World Tour Championship to land the Race To Dubai title too. A totally different scenario this time around as he is just looking for a positive finish to the season.

So there are stronger options in the field like Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, both of which performed well last week but just couldn’t do anything about the in-form Brooks Koepka. 

Koepka, Westwood and Poulter can all be snapped up for around a price of 18/1 with Boylesports in DP World Tour Championship betting. Like McIlroy, Westwood is a former winner of this event and the Englishman has been producing some very solid stuff at theend of the season and should get himself in contention. Justin Rose, who looked to be heading to the 2012 title before Rory McIlroy produced a stunning finish over the last five holes, is in the mix as well around the 16/1 mark.

Big hitters will be rewarded at the Earth Course and that could lead you towards players like Charl Schwartzel and Alvaro Quiros. But of the crop in the mix, it could be Ian Poulter who looks to be the best each way bet for thegolf betting action. He really should have won last week in Turkey, and he always comes to life at theend of the season like this. He may have a point to prove after last week’s near miss.

DP World Tour Championship Winner Odds

Rory McIlroy 5/1, Henrik Stenson 8/1, Just Rose 14/1, Ian Poulter 18/1, Sergio Garcia 18/1, Victor Dubuisson 18/1, Brooks Koepka 19/1, Lee Westwood 18/1, Graeme McDowell 25/1, Jamie Donaldson 25/1, Martin Kaymer 25/1, bar 33/1

There is some nice insurance available for your DP World Championship golf betting this week at online bookmaker Boylesports. If your selection in the outright winner market finishes 2nd or 3rd (which includes ties) then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake as a free bet up to £50. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

18th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting


Golf star Rory McIlroy had a stunning summer in 2014. Online betting site Ladbrokes were forced to pay out huge winnings to punters after the heavily-backed Northern Irishman won the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and the PGA Championship at Valhalla in quick succession.

‘Rory McIlroy cost us £4.7million in the summer,’ said Chief Executive Richard Glynn.

Despite McIlroy’s summer hitting the bookmaker for nearly £5 million, the books were more than balanced thanks to the 2014 World Cup. McIlroy’s success wasn’t enough to stop the bookmaker getting back on track after a disappointing few years.

Ladbrokes reported a 94% raise in operating profits to £33 million for the third quarter of the year and said it remains on course to meet its full year expectations.

Ladbrokes benefited from favourable results in the World Cup along with a good start to the new football season, which helped make up for losses on McIlroy. The World Cup was ‘strong’ for Ladbrokes, which saw punters bet £33.9million, an increase of 44 per cent over the previous World Cup in 2010.

The early exit of Spain and Brazil’s defeat in the semifinal to eventual winners Germany proved lucrative, because bookmakers generally come out on top when favourites lose.

24th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


The European PGA action is in swing this week with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Oliver Wilson fired off a great round of golf on Thursday at Carnoustie, equalling the course record with an -8 under round of 64. It still hasn’t been enough to really get him in the mix at the head of the betting market, sitting at 28/1 with online bookmaker Betfred ahead of round two.

Shane Lowry remains 5/1 favourite, with Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey at 12/1 behind him, followed by Stephen Gallacher, Padraig Harrington, Raphael Jacquelin and Tommy Fleetwood at 16/1.

Place an In Play bet of £10 or more (at odds of 1/2 or greater) on the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and if it loses, online bookmaker Betfred will give you a £10 free bet.

This applies to live in play bets placed on any day of the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and must be singles equal to or greater than £10. New customers registering an account with online bookmaker Betfred can get double the odds and a £25 free matched bet as a welcome bonus. Register an account and place your first real money bet and they will pay you out a double if you win! Place your 2nd real money bet and they will match it with a free bet up to £25.

3rd October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Jason Day (USA)

Tom Watson has said that his USA team is seeking Ryder Cup redemption after the Miracle at Medinah two years ago. He’s also said that his team will target world number one Rory McIlroy and Europe’s Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter. But you wouldn’t expect anything else from the Americans – would you?

Britons are a pretty independent-thinking bunch and you will generally be asking around for a while for someone with positive things to say about the European Union. But, every two years, we become unashamed federalists and will happily wave the blue and yellow flag in the face of the Stars and Stripes.

The Ryder Cup is very big business nowadays but Gleneagles is the perfect golf course to stage such an event. Locals will tell you it staged the first-ever match between British and American golfers in 1921, six years before the first official Ryder Cup. The Perthshire venure has three championship courses with this year’s Ryder Cup taking place on the PGA Centenary course which sweeps towards the Ochil Hills and Ben Shee before journeying down Glendevon. As well as being one of the toughest courses in Europe, it’s also one of the most picturesque and, in the year of Scotland’s homecoming, a suitable venue for which the Ryder Cup to return to the birthplace of golf after a 40-year absence.

Europe have won seven of the last nine contests and not lost on home soil since 1993 and vice-captain Sam Torrance thinks that the remarkable turnaround in Medinah will have scarred the USA team. They were well in control going into the final day and are usually strong in the singles. But Europe tore them to shreds and seven of that US squad will be in action at Gleneagles. Hunter Mahan missed out two years ago but was beaten by Graeme McDowell in the decisive singles matches in 2010 so may also be carrying baggage. 

You can get 15/8 with sportingbet that the Americans return home with the Ryder Cup and Boylesports, Paddy Power, Stan James and 888sport are offering 11/1 against the tie. But Europe have to be the bet again at the general 4/6 with betway offering to refund single bets, in the form of a free bet, on Europe up to £25 if Paul McGinley‘s team lose.

23rd September 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Stan James

The PGA Tour season winds to a dramatic close with the Tour Championship. The top thirty left in the FedEx Cup are duking out to claim what is golf’s richest prize. Every player in the thirty has a chance of lifting the Tour Championship title, as well as winning the FedEx Cup, but naturally some holder a stronger hand.

Rory McIlroy is a 5/1 shot to land the Tour Championship and he has a reasonable shot of winning the FedEx Cup with a second place finish, guaranteed to win it, if he wins Tour Championship. McIlroy, along with Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan are the only ones in the field with their destinies completely in their own hands, should they win the Tour Championship.

The rest of the field will need to win and have other scenarios fall into place to capture both of the rich prizes. Chris Kirk made the most of the start at East Lake, carding a -4 in the first round, matched in top spot by Billy Horschel to put themselves in prime position to go on and lift the FedEx Cup as well. Watson is in the mix with -3 under, while McIlroy will have some work to to do after posting a round of -1 under.

There is so much at stake in this end of season action, that you can stay glued to it with live in-play betting at online bookmaker Stan James. The bookie is offering a great free bet promotion for the tournament as well. Place a bet through a mobile or tablet device with them, at a minimum of £20 (or £10 each way) on the Tour Championship in-play outright market, and they will give you a free £5 in-play bet to enjoy!

12th September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Tiger Woods (USA)

It will be all eyes on the Masters golf next season for punters, who will be looking towards Rory McIlroy to become the second youngest golfer ever to complete a career Grand Slam. With back to back wins at the Open Championship and the US PGA this season, McIlroy is only missing out on the Masters to land all four of golf’s major.

Tiger Woods is the youngster player to do it, and he was just 24 years old when he completed his career slam back in 2000 with a win at the Open at St Andrews. If McIlroy can land the win at the 2015 Masters, then he would complete the deal at the age of 25 years old and beat out Jack Nicklaus who did it at the age of 26 with a win at Muirfield in 1966.

McIlroy has been priced up as a 4/1 shot with online betting site Ladbrokes to land the Masters next year, but is that too short of a price for punters to jump on? McIlroy’s best performance at the Masters came this year when he took a share of eighth. But it is looking at some of the other options in the field, which may lead punters to ignore the short value on McIlroy.

Bubba Watson has landed two of the last three Masters titles, and he is much bigger value at a price of 16/1 with Ladbrokes, and seems to be getting comfortable in the Green Jackets and has to represent big value. The rise of Rickie Fowler also should be taken into consideration as the American has landed a top five finish in each of the four Majors this year. He looks to be getting closer and closer to winning a Major. Fowler is a 25/1 shot with Ladbrokes in 2015 Masters golf betting.

Adam Scott is trading at 14/1, with Phil Mickelson, who put in a great shift at the US PGA coming in at 20/1, the same price as Jason Day. England’s Justin Rose is a 25/1, sitting alongside Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar. An early leader of the 2014 US PGA, Lee Westwood is out at 40/1 shot for the title. What about Tiger Woods? He is in there at a price of 10/1, but with him missing the Ryder Cup this year through injury and not looking as if his head is anywhere near being in the game, punters are going to avoid him.

Online betting site Ladbrokes are offering up to a massive £100 as a free bet at the moment for new customers registering an account with them. Follow the link here to Ladbrokes and use the promotion code F100 and they will match your first bet on your new account with a free bet!

15th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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