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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.

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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


Online betting site Ladbrokes have a big insurance offer in place for the US PGA Championship golf betting this week. Just making it to the weekend is a big challenge for some players and it is the first stage of success for making a run to the title. If you’re not there on the weekend then you aren’t going to win the Major.

Back any player to win the US PGA Golf Championship at online betting site Ladbrokes and if your backed selection misses the cut after 36 holes, then they will refund your losing stake as a free bet up to the maximum value of £25.

This applies to all bets placed before the start of the US PGA Championship, which is around 12.30pm on Thursday. At Ladbrokes, the in-formRory McIlroy is running as 5/1 favourites in the market, followed by Adam Scott at 12/1, and Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia who are both at 18/1.

6th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Sports Betting

It was a world class display from Rory McIlroy as he went wire to wire to win the The Open Championship on Merseyside. The fourth and final major of the year, the US PGA Championship will be with us before we know it, and McIlroy is looking for his second title there after winning at Kiawah Island back in 2012, in what was his second major success.

The action at the 2014 US PGA Championship will come from the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky and Rory McIlroy is heavy 6/1 favourite at online betting site Paddy Power to produce another major success. The way that he destroyed the field at Hoylake, many punters won’t be arguing with his chances there.

In the last five US PGA Championship editions, McIlroy has posted four top tens, three of those finishes being top-three finishes. So he certainly has the form at the tournament and with Tiger Woods nowhere near looking like a major winner given his performance at The Open, the four-time US PGA winner is likely to be deserted for this one at a price of 10/1, which isn’t offering enough value.

The last time the US PGA was hosted at Valhalla, Tiger Woods took the win back in 2000. Australia’s Adam Scott is trading at 14/1 in the market to land the victory, with 2005 winner Phil Mickelson in the mix at a price of 16/1, with Justin Rose at 22/1 and Sergio Garcia at 28/1.

But all eyes are going to be on McIlroy, who became just the fourth man in the modern era to win three major titles before the age of 26. When he gets going, there is no stopping him and after the troubles of last season, he is back with a bang. That is confirmed, and he is the one that the rest of the field is going to have to try and tame somehow. McIlroy has proven that he can handle the pressure, that he can deliver the goods at the highest stage.

Paddy Power’s Rory McIlroy odds of 6/1 to win the US PGA are going to be snapped up by punters. One customer at Paddy Power will be watching anxiously. If McIlroy takes the win at Valhalla, it will complete a pending 10-fold accumulator, nine legs of which have already been won, and return profit to the tune of around £30,000 for the punter.

25th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Rory McIlroy

Well, no doubt that the Northern Ireland star is going receive some backing, especially at tempting odds of 20/1 with online betting site Ladbrokes. McIlroy has not had the best preparations though as he has had some major Friday wobbles. It was his horrible second round at the Masters this year which put him out of contention early there, and with a struggle on Friday at the Scottish Open last week, carding a 78 on the links, his highest round of golf this season on the European Tour, then questions are being asked of him.

That Friday bomb followed up a T76 at the Irish Open and so he has been struggling back in the UK. However, Rory McIlroy odds to win the 2014 Open Championship look pretty valuable and tempting because there were three fairly solid rounds of golf surrounding that 78 at the Scottish Open. McIlroy kept chipping away and took a decent T14 at the end of the tournament, and he did blitz a 64 in the opener there on the links.

So it is the Friday funk that he needs to shake off to make a run at the title here. McIlroy is looking for his third Major title, and will also be looking to improve on a couple of disappointing outings at The Open in the last two years. A T60 in 2012 was followed up by a missed cut in 2013. His best ever finish at the event was a share of third back in 2010.

So the biggest thing about his challenge at Hoylake is going to be his mental ability to handle the second day. There’s nothing wrong with his game of course, there is just going to be normal self-pressure on his game, and that is pretty much that what his build up has been focused on in the press.

McIlroy has had a pretty strong season on the PGA Tour as he has carded six top ten finishes from eleven starts over there. On the European Tour he opened with a share of second at Abu Dhabi and recorded his only victory of the season at the BMW PGA Championship. There have been inconsistencies around, but no more than any normal player would expect to go through. McIlroy is above average, and on his game can tear apart the best fields in the world.

The odds on Rory McIlroy to win the Open are tempting at the 20/1 mark, and made even more so because he has drifted a little bit. He was running as outright favourite around 16/1, but bookmakers have eased the price on him, which is only going to serve as tempting punters in further to back him. Justin Rose has replaced McIlroy as outright favourite in the field at a price of 14/1, with Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson joint second favourites at 16/1.

Online betting site Ladbrokes have a big promotion running for the 2014 Open championship. Back a player in the outright market and if he misses the cut after 36 holes, then the bookmaker will refund the losing bet up to £25 as a free bet!


16th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Online betting site Coral are running a great US Open Golf Betting promotion this week. The big action at Pinehurst tees off on Thursday, for the second Major of the year and with no Tiger Woods knocking around, firm favouritism in the outright winner market has gone to Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott. The top American challenges in the market have come in from Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, the latter hoping to break his US Open hoodoo.

England’s Justin Rose is the defending Champion this week and there have been three European winners (Rose, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy) in the last five editions of the famous event. There have been big changes to the Pinehurst course, which last hosted the US Open in 2005. It means that there is going to be more of a premium of putting the ball on the fairway, as the course is far less forgiving for trying to just smash it long and getting off course.

Place a £10 bet on the US Open outright winner market before the start of the tournament and you will receive a free £10 bet back from Coral to be used in-play during the tournament! New customers registering an account with Coral can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

But Coral are not just stopping there for 2014 US Open Golf Betting as you can take ACCA Insurance on the event as well. Place a 3 ball or 2 ball accumulator (four fold or bigger) during the US Open, and if just one of the players let you down in your wager, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet up to £25.

Will Rory McIlroy, 11/1 favourite, be able to land his second US Open title? Will Phil Mickelson be able to finally get his hands on the elusive major? With just three home grown talents landing the prize in the last ten editions (Tiger Woods, Lucas Glover and Webb Simpson) is it worth avoiding the big American charges in the field?

2014 US Open Outright Odds at Coral
Rory McIlroy 11/1, Adam Scott 14/1, Bubba Watson 14/1, Phil Mickelson 16/1, Henrik Stenson 25/1, Jordan Spieth 25/1, Justin Rose 25/1, Matt Kuchar 25/1, Jason Day 28/1, Jason Day 28/1, bar 33/1

11th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Martin Kaymer

Coral are offering a free in-play bet for anyone who places a pre-tournament outright single of £10 or 10 euros or more on the US Open. Stan James only want you to stake £5 or £5 each way on the outright betting to earn a similar bonus. Boylesports will give you cashback if your selection in the outright betting finishes second or third while Betfred‘s best offer surrounds Rory McIlroy, with new customers being offered 4/1 that the Ulsterman and pre-tournament favourite finishes in the top 10 at Pinehurst.

The US Open is, of course, the Major in which McIlroy made his big breakthrough in 2011. He won the PGA Championship the following year but further success in one of the big four has since eluded the 25-year-old from County Down. Victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last month, his first tournament win for 18 months, will have done wonders for his confidence, however, and he seems to have quickly come to terms with the break up of his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki. It’s no surprise that he’s only a best 12/1 with Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill as this is the one Major in which British players have excelled in recent years – Graeme McDowell won it at Pebble Beach in 2010 and Justin Rose took the honours in Pennsylvania last year – and there is a strong challenge again from across the pond.

McIlroy recorded a 16 under par four-round total when winning in Maryland in 2011 but that was an exceptional score in general US Open terms. The last two winners have triumphed with an over par total and New Zealander Michael Campbell was successful off levels when the Major was last staged at Pinehurst in 2005. Payne Stewart finished on one under when winning on the course in 1999 so this year’s field know they are in for a tough time. High humidity and thunderstorms are forecast over the four days of the tournament so expect plenty of breaks in the play and concentration to be tested.

Jordan Speith is the new star on the circuit and is bidding to become the youngest player to win the US Open since Gene Sarazen in 1922. His performances in the Masters and Players Championship suggest a first Major isn’t far away and he was leading amateur in the US Open in 2012. A few bookmakers have him priced up at 30/1 in North Carolina. Defending champion Justin Rose is a general 28/1 while the consistent Bubba Watson is a 20/1 chance with Ladbrokes. Current world number one Adam Scott is 15/1 with William Hill – world number two Henrik Stenson is 30/1 in several places. Graeme McDowell has a fantastic record in the tournament and the 66/1 with Coral and Ladbrokes should tempt each-way backers, who can get one quarter odds on the first seven places with Betfred. Pinehurst has been described as one of the most un-American venues on the US PGA Tour so there are high hopes for the Europeans, but it should also suit the short game of Phil Mickelson who is 20/1 with betway, sportingbet, William Hill and on betfair though the tournament has never been particularly kind to the left-hander in the past.

Martin Kaymer‘s victory in the Players Championship was a welcome return to form and the German has finished in the top 25 in three of his six previous appearances in the US Open. He is as cool as cucumber when the pressure is on and won’t be fazed if the weather intervenes in Pinehurst. The general 40/1 looks a decent bet.


11th June 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

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