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Paddy Power

It is the Irish Open this week on the European PGA and Paddy Power have a promotion running for your golf betting. After some big action out at Sawgrass over the weekend, it is time for some players to start focusing on the Open Championship. The Irish Open is one of the qualifying events for The Open so a big deal going on at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2016.

Soren Kjeldsen is the reigning champion but the focus on the head of the market is on Rory McIlroy who is putting in an appearance at a price of 7/2. McIlroy has yet to win a tournament this season but is the market leader and he is one of 13 players who were in attendance at Sawgrass last week to go off in Ireland. McIlroy has three top twelve finishes in a row in his last three tournaments.

Danny Willett is a 16/1 shot behind McIlroy, with Shane Lowry at 20/1 and then a clutch of players including Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell in at the 30/1 mark, so there are some great names in the hat. With a deep field running at the K Club this week for the Irish Open golf betting, online betting site Paddy Power are extending the each way places on the outright market.

Paddy Power are paying out on the first seven places on Each Way bets on the outright winner market in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open! The each way terms on that is 1/5 and this will apply to bets placed before kick off only. Register an account with Paddy Power and earn up to £30 worth of free bets as a welcome bonus from them.

17th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Golf Betting

This for most, is the unofficial fifth major on the PGA Tour. The famous TPC Sawgrass in Florida is the scene for the tournament which will be contested starting May 12th. Because ti it such a coveted title you can expect a powerful field out in force including the reigning champion Rickie Fowler and the main Major players of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.

This year is the 35th edition of THE PLAYERS and it goes as a 7,215-yard course with 144 players in the field. There is over a $10 million prize fund on offer and the winner of the event takes nearly $2 million of that. So huge, huge money and players will take on one of the most recognisable courses in the world which includes one of the most famous holes in the game, the 17th, also known as The Island Green.

Why would it be called that? Because players are trying to land the ball on a small path of island green across the lake. It can be a make or break hole and there were 45 balls fired into the water during last year’s THE PLAYERS. So that it is the kind of beast that it is and it is a nerve-wrecker. Imagine walking off the 16th hole with a one-shot lead in the tournament knowing that The Island Green is coming up. In the 2005 edition of the Players Championship, Bob Tway carded a 12 on the 17th hole.

What makes the betting on this one interesting is that neither Jordan Spieth, Jason Day or Roy McIlroy have won the event but that won’t stop them going as strong contenders at the head of The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting. It’s not necessarily a bad thing as there have only ever been six multiple winners, so first-timers come up a lot. McIlroy came home with a T8 at least year’s edition, putting in solid rounds, but just lacking that edge to drive on home for the title. Spieth actually missed the cut last year at THE Players after a horrid 75 in the first round. Jason Day suffered the same date as well with one of the most unprofitable round of his career coming on Friday last year when he carded 81.

Day and Spieth have been going along well in the FedExCup standings this year, which is a good indicator, but Adam Scott is also right up there along with Brandt Snedeker. That’s the thing with golf betting, it takes very little for the field to look wide open so you’re better off looking at alternative markets such the Top 4 finish and a Top 10 finish markets. It’s better to hedge your golf bets with a couple of players backed there than putting all of your stock in an outright winner.

The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting Trends and Stats

Three of the last four winners of The Players have been Americans, with only Germany’s Martin Kaymer snapping that dominance. That having been said, four of the five editions prior to that were all won by non-Americans, so there’s been a fairly even split of winner nationality. Of the last ten editions, there have been 4 USA winners and one each from Germany, South Africa, Sweden, South Korea, Spain, and Canada.

There hasn’t been a win by more than two strokes in any of the last six editions of The Players Championship. Two of these editions in that sequence were settled by a play-off, while two were won by 2 Strokes and two were won by 1 stroke. So you can generally expect a pretty tight battle down the line to occur again. Interestingly of the last five editions of THE PLAYERS the winner has gone -13 to Par with the one exception there being Fowler’s win last year at -12. The lowest score to Par in the last twelve years by a winner was -16 by Tim Clark in 2010.

Going back to the 17th Hole, here is the number of balls hit in the water in The Players Championship editions since 2003 (when records started being kept).

2015 – 45
2014 – 28
2013 – 44
2012 – 39
2011 – 40
2010 – 29
2009 – 32
2008 – 64
2007 – 93
2006 – 67
2005 – 68
2004 – 30
2003 – 29

PGA Tour Players Championship Records:

Overall: 264 – Greg Norman, 1994

Tournament course record: 63 – Fred Couples, 1992; Greg Norman, 1994; Roberto Castro, 2013; Martin Kaymer, 2014

The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting Odds

Jordan Spieth 13/2, Rory McIlroy 13/2, Jason Day 8/1, Dustin Johnson 18/1, Justin Rose 18/1, Rickie Fowler 18/1, Adam Scott, 181/, Henrik Stenson 33/1, Hideki Matsuyama 33/1, Sergio Garcia 33/1, Bubba Watson 33/1, Danny Willett 33/1, Phil Mickelson 35/1, Branden Grace 35/1, Louis Oosthuizen 40/1, Patrick Reed 40/1,

The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting Free Bet

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The Players Championship History and Stats

This will be the 43rd edition of the Players’ Championship and it will be the 35th time that is has been held at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The first ever winner of the tournament was legend Jack Nicklaus who took a 2 stroke win back in 9174. That sparked a streak of USA winner right through to 1986 (the tournament was known as the Tournament Players Championship then). That was snapped when Scotland’s Sandy Lyle won in 1987.

By and large, it has been a USA dominated event (28 of the editions have been won by an American) including wins for Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods at the tournament during their careers. The only man to have won it three times is Jack Nicklaus who also was victorious in 1976 and 1978 along with his 1974 victory. Throughout the history of The Players Championship, there has never been a back to back winner. Overall there have only been six multiple winners of the tournament (Nicklaus, Fred Couples, Steve Elkington, Hal Sutton, Davis Love III and Tiger Woods).

Back in 2014, the format of the play off changed from being a sudden death event to a 3-hole aggregate score format. The holes played in a play off are 16, 17 and 18 so if a player has to win the event through a play off , they must face that dreaded 17th hole again and just going back to that one more time, only one golfer in the entire history of THE PLAYERS have managed to birdie the 17thin all four rounds of the same tournament. That was Paul Azinger in 1987.

The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting Predictions

It is pretty hard to nail down a winner here. No-one has won it back to back so that should push Fowler out of the picture and multiple winners have been so few and far in between that it is well worth throwing money at a first-time winner at the tournament. If you’re looking at the top of the field then you will be split with Spieth and McIlroy, but the latter probably just edges it after a solid top ten finish at TPC Sawgrass last year.

But it’s a wide open field and do not pass up the value that can be found in a Top 10 finish, which is one of the best The Players Championship 2016 Golf Betting tips that we can offer. There is also plenty of betting and value around as well at the close of the first three days of action and don’t pass up live in-play betting action as well which can be found at Stan James.

7th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Golf Betting

Golf Betting

The Wells Fargo Championship field is being headed by Rory McIlroy art a price of 4/1 with online betting site Stan James. He is the defending Champion of the PGA Tour event after having carded a brilliant 267 in last season’s edition to blitz the field. Her carded a course record with his 61 in the third round last season on his way to posting the 72 hole record at the event. Second placed Patrick Rodgers finished seven shots back of McIlroy. So that’s two titles at the event for McIlroy now, addition to his 2010 victory at Quail Hollow.

Will he make it a third this week?

He is clearly very comfortable at the tournament and along with his win he has banked three other top ten finishes at the Wells Fargo Championship, which includes a play off loss to Rickie Fowler in 2012. Eight of the top 12 in the World Ranking as at the event, including Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson.  Dustin Johnson was set to play but withdrew on Tuesday. Fowler, a previous winner, actually the scene of his maiden Tour victory, is trading at 14/1 which makes him second favourite in the field. Fowler is really firing this season, being T1 in par-4 scoring this term on the Tour and has carded six top ten finishes this year.

Adam Scott at 18/1 is the only other player coming in at under twenties, the mark where Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose are. Scott has failed to make the cut in his last three trips to Quail Hollow while Justin Rose will be looking to pick himself back up after missing the cut in New Orleans recently, but at least he got a little extra rest.

Phil Mickelson has posted ten top-12 finished from his previous twelve visits to Wells Fargo and he is a 25/1 shot to land the win. He is the all time money leader at the event and is going well being second the Tour this season in adjusted scoring.

PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship Winner Odds

Rory McIlroy 4/1, Rickie Fowler 14/1, Adam Scott 18/1, Henrik Stenson 20/1,Justin Rose 20/1, Hideki Matsuyama 22/1, Phil Mickelson 25/1 JB Holmes 25/1, Patrick Reed 25/1, bar 33/1.

Online betting site Stan James have a fantastic free bet offer running for your Wells Fargo Champions golf betting this week. Get down a £20 minimum win or (or a £10 each way) in-play on the outright winner market during the tournament on Thursday or Friday and in return, the bookmaker will give you a free £5 bet in-play bet to use on the weekend’s action! Register an account with Stan James and earn a free £20 bet as a welcome bonus from them.

4th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Golf Betting

Golf Betting

It is off to the sunny Palm Beach for the PGA Tour this week as the top players in the world head to Florida for the Honda Classic. Rory McIlroy is running at price of 6/1 outright favorite to within the Honda CLassic this week which is a price which probably have a lot of appeal for punters and the Northern Ireland star could have done punters a favour by his fourth round collapse at the Northern Trust Open.

McIlroy took the lead in the leaderboard at the start of the fourth round at the Riviera last week, but could only finish with a share of 20th as he couldn’t keep up his momentum. So that blow to his title hopes last week will have boosted his price this week for punters. The Honda Classic is a tournament which McIlroy has won before let’s not forget and he came so close to a second title there in 2014 when he lost in a play-off.

So McIlroy has form at the course. Rickie Fowler is running a 12/1 second favourite and he, like Phil Mickelson ruined a chance of success at the Riviera last time out as Bubba Watson came through for the title. Mickelson is back in action after missing an 18th-green putt to go to a play off last week after having gone into the final round with a two shot lead and he is a 20/1 price to win this week. Also in the mix is Adam Scott at 18/1 with Hideki Matsuyama and patrick Reed running at the same 20/1 price as Mickelson.

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25th February 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Golf Betting


Online betting site Boylesports are running a money back special for your golf betting this week. There are two big tournaments going off this week to get stuck into. Over the PGA Tour there is the big Honda Classic from Florida and you have the USPS Handa Perth International to have a look at as well.

Rory McIlroy is out at the head of the Honda Classic betting field this week at a price of 11/2 with online betting site Boylesports. The Northern Ireland golf star has won at the Florida event before (very nearly twice before actually) and was going well last weekend in California (where he never really hits his heights) at the Riviera at the Northern trust Open before a final round collapse. Other contenders in the field are the likes of Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, both coming close to wins last weekend.

At the ISPS Perth International you have Louis Oosthuizen at the top for the field, running at a big price of 11/1 with Boylesports. Then you have the likes of Victor Dubuisson and Thorbjorn Olesen behind at a price of 20/1 so there is big value in the tournament outright market there for sure.

You will get your lost stake refunded on the outright market at the Honda Classic of the Perth International this weekend with Boylesports, if your selected player in the field finishes second or third at their respective event.

It’s always great to snap up a bit of insurance whenever you can get it and the offer does applies to ties for 2nd or 3rd as well. The maximum free bet refund in the offer is £50 and it does apply to pre-match wagers only. Pick up a free £5 bet bonus on a new account with online betting site Boylesports too.

25th February 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Rory McIlroy

The Road To Dubai leader Rory McIlroy steps out into action at the Turkish Airlines this week and is a short priced favourite at Betfair, teeing off the tournament at a price of 4/1. Last year McIlroy was dominant on his way to claiming the second Road To Dubai title of his career but heading into this year’s Finals series he only has a narrow lead in the contest so will have to produce over the next four tournaments if he wants to win it for a third time.

This is the start of the Finals, a replica of the FedExCup play-offs on the PGA Tour. Every player who has qualified for the Finals series has a shot at winning the prize if performances can be nailed over the next few weeks. Overall it has been a disjointed season for McIlroy, who was in some brilliant form before he picked up an ankle injury in July and then he has been working his way back from that, having shown some glimpses of his very best.

Second-placed on the Road to Dubai is Danny Willett who will be hoping to have his eye in out in Turkey this week at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal. Wins at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the Omega European Masters has put Willett in contention and he goes with McIlroy and Shane Lowry in the opening rounds so he will be able to keep track of McIlroy.

Lowry should be well in the picture as well with a great season under his belt, the highlight being his WGC Bridgestone Invitational victory and a second place at the British Masters. Young Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick is right up there in the head of the market and no-one has earned more top three finishes on the European Tour this year than he has (six in total). Another good performance and he could pull clear of his rivals for the Rookie of the Year award.

Turkish Airlines Open Golf Betting Odds

Rory McIlroy 4/1, Shane Lowry 14/1, Matthew Fitzpatrick 20/1, Andy Sullivan 20/1, Bernd Wiesberger 20/1, Charl Schwartzel 22/1, Danny Willett 22/1, Ian Poulter 25/1, Chris Wood 25/1, Thomas Pieters 30/1, 40/1 bar

Online bookmaker Betfair have launched a great promotion for the Turkish Airlines golf betting this week. If your golfer is leading at the end of any round but doesn’t win the event outright, then Betfair will give you your money back as a free bet. Customers can only qualify once for the offer and the maximum free bet coming back is £25.

28th October 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Golf Betting

Golf Betting

Is there any stopping Jason Day at the moment? He is the new world number one after landing the win at the BMW Championship last week and the Australian heads to Atlanta for the Tour Championship, the finale of the FedEx Cup play off. All that Day needs is to win the tournament to guarantee walking off with the $10m bonus on offer. After crushing the BMW Championship field by six shots he will be teeing off as 10/3 to win this week as well after claiming his fifth title of the year. Day has gone for a combined 67 under par in his last four tournaments and booked a T4 at East Lake last year.

Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson are all in place to walk off with the FedEx Cup prize with wins at East Lake this week. Spieth has gone off the boil just a little bit but pulled himself into a decent T13 finish last week in Chicago but has admitted that his game isn’t as accurate as it has been for most of the year. Spieth did land a T2 in 2013 at East Lake and is going as 8/1 third favourite in the Tour Championship golf betting.

Rory McIlroy splits Day and Spieth in the market at 13/2 and he starts the Tour Championship down in 11th. He’s going to need a bit of help to land the FedEx Cup but he looks tremendous value to win the tournament this week. He looks fully fit again after his ankle issue and he booked a T2 finish her last year behind Billy Horschel (who didn’t make it back to defend his title). After a T4 at the BMW Championship last week, McIlroy has to be considered as some big value for the win on the weekend, especially if he dials in his putting as the rest of his game is on point.

Fowler has hit good form after a win at the Deutsche Bank and his T4 at Conway Farms last week. His one-putt percentage tops the play-off field and he carded a top ten finish her last year. Justin Rose at 11/1 could be worthy eying up as well as he has been in the top six in each of his last three appearances at East Lake, his best a T2 in 2011. Henrik Stenson won at East Lake in 2013, his only previous appearance at the course and with two second place finishes in the playoffs so far and a T10 last week after playing through a hand problem, if he’s fit he should be up there.

Some great action to come from the FedEx Cup finale this week and there is some great insurance up at Coral. Place a 2 or 3 ball accumulator (4 fold or greater) during the tournament and if just one player lets you down, then Coral will refund your stake as a free bet up to the maximum value of £253

23rd September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Golf Betting

Golf Betting

It is on to the Deutsche Bank Championship in the FedExCup Play Off on the PGA Tour. It was another astounding performance from Jason Day as he wrapped up the Barclays. The top 100 left in the FedExCup standings take on the challenge of the Barclays now and not too surprisingly Jason Day is at the head of the market at a quote of 5/1 with online betting site Coral.

Day has now landed wins in three of his last four starts and he has previously banked three top ten finish at TPC Boston as well, so it’s actually not too unreasonable to expect him to be near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday. Day is an 8/13 quote to land another top ten finish at the course.

Henrik Stenson went well at the Barclays and should be in contention again here. He has carded three top six finishes in his last five outings and still looks fresh as a daisy. He is running as a tempting 14/1 quote in the outright market which is the same price of Dustin Johnson who smashed his way around Plainfield last weekend for a top ten finish. Driving very well at the moment and is a scoring machine.

Rory McIlroy is back this week after skipping the Barclays. McIlroy was fifth here last year and of course he has won at TPC Boston before back in 2012. What kind of shape will he be in? How is the ankle holding up? He is a 15/2 joint second favourite price alongside Jordan Spieth who surprisingly hasn’t gotten a mention until now. He was out of sorts last week but he carded a T4 on his debut at TPC Boston back in 2013 firing off a final round 62. You can’t count him out.

Deutsche Bank Championship Odds

Jason Day 6/1, Rory McIlroy 15/2, Jordan Spieth 15/2, Henrik Stenson 14/1, Dustin Johnson 14/1, Justin Rose 18/1, Bubba Watson 20/1, Zach Johnson 40/1, Brooks Koepka 40/1, Rickie Fowler 40/1, bar 45/1

1st September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Golf Betting

Free Bets & Promotions

All eyes on Whistling Straits on Thursday for the start of the 2015 US PGA Championship betting. Defending champion Rory McIlroy is back in the picture after missing out in The Open and he goes as second favourite at 10/1 quote with Boylesports behind 7/1 favourite Jordan Spieth. Hopefully there will be an epic battle between the two over the links-style course in Wisconsin.

There is of course a huge pack of genuine contenders behind Spieth and McIlroy and you can even dip into the Without Mcilroy and Spieth betting market to see that it is Jason Day, who went so close at St Andrews is 9/1 favourite there. In the US PGA Championship betting outrights, Day is an 11/1 quote, with Bubba Watson gaining support at the same priced, while Dustin Johnson has been holding at 16/1

US PGA Championship Betting Odds

Jordan Spieth 7/1, Rory Mcilroy 10/1, Jason Day 11/1, Bubba Watson 14/1, Dustin Johnson 16/1, Justin Rose 20/1, Rickie Fowler 20/1, Henrik Stenson 28/1, Adam Scott 28/1, 40/1 bar

Boylesports are offering your stake back a s free bet if your selection in US PGA Championship golf betting finishes second or third in the tournament. So for a near miss, you are covered and the promotion includes ties as well. The maximum free bet refund is £50 and it applies to pre-tournament wagers only.

12th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Free Bets & Promotions

Will Jordan Spieth step up and put the disappointment of missing The Open title out of his mind and storm to success at the US PGA Championship? Spieth’s narrow miss at St Andrews meant that he also missed his chance to line up at Whistling Straits this week looking for a Grand Slam of Major titles for 2015. After wins at the Masters and the US Open, he put in a strong challenge down the back nine at St Andrews, but couldn’t close out the deal.

But he is back as 6/1 favourite with Betfair to land the win at the US PGA Championship and fend off the attention of defending champion Rory McIlroy. McIlroy is set to return to action in his title defence after his ankle problem kept him out of The Open. McIlroy has won the US PGA in two of the last three seasons and comes straight back in as a 10/1 shot.

Whistling Straits in Wisconsin will be yet another links-style course in this year’s Majors, which at least affords you the chance to look at the results from Chambers Bay and St Andrews for some pointers about who may go well this week. The familiar names make up the head of the market, the likes of Jason Day, the well-backed Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson all look solid value to contend.

US PGA Championship Odds

Jordan Spieth 6/1, Rory McIlroy 10/1, Jason Day 12/1, Dustin Johnson 14/1, Bubba Watson 16/1, Justin Rose 18/1, Rickie Fowler 20/1, Adam Scott 25/1, Henrik Stenson 25/1, 33/1 bar

Open an account with Betfair and you can pick up some great insurance on the US PGA Championship betting. Place an outright bet on the tournament and if your selection finished 2nd or 3rd to Spieth then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet up to the value of £25. You can earn up to a £50 matched bet as well when you sign up with them.

10th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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