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24th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It is the start of the FedExCup play offs this week with the introduction of the Barclays for it’s annual spot. This is for the top 125 points leaders from across the season and the field will be cut for the Deutsche Bank Championship to 100. There is a cut after 36 holes in both The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank where the top seventy move on to the weekend in each event. The tournament goes off at the Bethpage Black Course over in New York and the reigning champion is Jason Day who took a massive 6 stroke victory last season in this one. In doing so he equalled Dustin Johnson’s 2011 record of -19 under par for the event.
The Barclays Golf Betting Odds
Jason Day 7/1, Dustin Johnson 9/1, Rory McIlroy 11/1, Henrik Stenson 12/1, Jordan Spieth 14/1, Justin Rose 22/1, Hideki Matsuyama 28/1, Brooks Koepka 28/1, Phil MIckelson 30/1, Adam Scott 33/1, 35/1 bar
This getting down to the business end of the season now here the big money is. Players have to work their way through the play offs to have a shot at the Tour Championship which is just for the Top 30 points leaders after the other three FedEx Cup events. So there are some eyes on the big prize here and Day is running as 7/1 outright favourite for the tournament. He hasn’t been out in action since his runner up finish at the PGA and he should be a good fit. Although he won both The Barclays and the BMW last season, they were both on different courses last term.
He was the man of the hour in the FedEx Cup play offs last season. Will he come out firing? There’s little to knock about his game really, he has what it takes off the tee and there’s not many who can match up to the quality of his putting. The Bethpage course that this one is going off on though is the second-longest par 71 of the season and we can probably expect a tight tussle than the cruise that Day was on last season when the Barclays was held at the Plainfield Country Club.
The last time that The Barclays was at Bethpage was in 2012 and Nick Watney fired his way to a three stroke victory. Since the inception of the FedEx Cup play offs, seven of the eight editions have been settled by 3 strokes or fewer, the expectation being last season when no-one could touch Jason Day. So because of the distance you can look at someone who can crack the ball a fair way and that bring Dustin Johnson into play.
Of course he has pretty much been the man on form all summer and he is pretty much a solid lock for FedEx Cup play off tournaments. Johnson has two victories in the Play Offs and ten other top ten finishes as well. He has just been firing along all season and should be well in the mix at 9/1. But the prices on both him and Day are pretty short for punters to get their teeth into so you can go and look at the double-figure prices for a bit of extra value. Rory McIlroy is there at 11/1 but is better overlooked for Henrik Stenson.
The Swede landed himself a Major this year and let’s not forget that he was in contention at the Olympics as well, finishing as runner up to Justin Rose in the end. But his form is there and he is a former FedEx Cup winner let’s not forget, taking the title in 2013. It would be surprising if his steady hand wasn’t playing a major part in The Barclays title on Sunday. Speaking of Justin Rose he really doesn’t have the fit for this one and goes at a pretty low seeding. The Olympics was his big moment of the year and will probably stay that way.
Rickie Fowler is screaming some big each way value in The Barclays 2016 betting. Granted he was stronger over the first half of the season than the latter, but could do the business here. He won the Deutsche Bank last season and could make a positive splash at The Barclays. He has enough of a solid driving game and is running at 16th in greens in regulation this season and Bethpage will reward those who go for it both off the tee and on approach. As long as he doesn’t get himself off line too much, he could be in contention.
The other player that has seen plenty of market action is Hideki Matsuyama. He has the form behind him to go all the way here after landing a T4 at Baltusrol and a T3 at Sedgefield recently. He is putting it all together at the moment and he has carded a total of 10 under from his last two appearances at The Barclays. Great fit and while his putting isn’t always up there, he has the tee to green game to really put himself in the mix and at a quote of 28/1 he is bags of value for The Barclays golf betting this week.
The Barclays Top 10 Finish Betting Odds
Jason Day 8/11, Dustin Johnson 5/6, Rory McIlroy Evens, Henrik Stenson 11/10, Jordan Spieth 7/5, Justin Rose 2/1, Hideki Matsuyama 5/2, Phil Mickelson 11/4, Brooks Koepka 5/2, Adam Scott 43/1, 10/3 bar
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21st July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
No sooner is The Open Championship done and dusted, that we have to turn betting attention to the PGA Championship 2016. News this week about the event was that Tiger Woods has pulled out and won’t be back in action this season at all. The Open came down to a classic battle between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson, both producing some phenomenal golf on Sunday, with Stenson being the one to take the glory. After seven previous top four finishes in the Majors, the Swede delivered the goods. The question is will he be able to follow that up with some more success at the US PGA?
The tournament his year has been brought forward because of the Olympic Games so it’s just a short break, an unusually short break, between the Open Championship and the US PGA Championship. So a whole different set of conditions for the final Major of the year. This is going off two weeks earlier than normal so players who would usually have gone through specific warm up tournaments won’t get that chance, so will this be an advantage to some of the younger players, who may just have the extra touch of stamina to grind out a win?
In comparison to The Open which was won this year by 40 year old Henrik Stenson, the US PGA fits more in line with younger winners. Of the last six winners, five of them have been in their twenties, with the exception being Jason Dufner’s triumph in 2013. So you may well be looking at the young man’s game to shine through at Baltusrol this year in PGA Championship 2016 Golf Betting so where does that send us?
Jason Day, the defending PGA Championship holder, was 27 last year in picking up the title and he is going off at a short 8/1 price to go and make a repeat of that. That makes him joint outright favourite alongside two time PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman won it in 2012 and then again in 2014. Both of McIlroy’s title wins came in a season where he had already picked up a Tour victory, and so too Jason Day last season. If that is a deal breaker then McIlroy hasn’t won a tournament this season (best finish of third) while Day has won three times.
This year’s US Open winner Dustin Johnson is in the mix and is a man who is just running so very well. His last three wins on the Tour have been single digits under par including his massive -9 at the WGC Cadillac, carded straight after his comfortable win at the US Open. Johnson has a little track record at the PGA Championship, with four top ten finishes from six previous attempts. He came home T7 last season and should be in the mix because he can grind things out. Johnson goes off at 9/1
That leaves Jordan Spieth at a quote of 10/1 to make a title tilt at Baltusrol. He hasn’t hit the heights of last season at all, and he has been complaining about the weight of expectancy on him because of his successes last season. That’s not something a man in a good frame of mind would say so he probably isn’t a great fit for PGA Championship 2016 Golf Betting and you would be better off covering him with a top ten finish more than anything else.
So which of the main corners of Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy would you side with? McIlroy hasn’t quite got the form this season so suggest that he is going to deliver. No players has ever won a Major at Baltusrol with a double-digits under par victory either. McIlroy’s four Majors have each come with a score of double-digits under par, so in a tighter battle, he’s not likely to come into the picture.
But Dustin Johnson’s last three wins, as noted above, on the PGA Tour has come with single-digit under par scores. As for Jason Day, well he gets the unenviable position of going into the tournament as defending Champion. History suggests that he isn’t going to land the title back to back because just one man has ever done that in the PGA Championship and that was Tiger Woods. So Day may just be out of the picture. So the tip of the strongest contenders would be Dustin Johnson who checks a lot of the boxes.
As an outside shot we like the huge price on Sergio Garcia. The thing about Baltusrol, as the stats would suggest, that it is going to tight in the scoreboard and a course which is going to need a lot of grinding on. Garcia can do that and he carded a T23 last time the tournament was here and he has the natural game to flow with the course where others may struggle. Bearing in mind that the other three Majors this year have gone to players who have claimed their first Major title, the Spaniard could be a decent each way flutter to get close.
PGA Championship 2016 Golf Betting Odds
Jason Day 8/1, Rory McIlroy 8/1, Dustin Johnson 9/1, Jordan Spieth 10/1, Henrik Stenson 16/1, Phil Mickelson 20/1, Adam Scott 25/1, Justin Rose 25/1, Rickie Fowler 25/1, Bubba Watson 28/1, Sergio Garcia 33/1, Patrick Reed 40/1, 50/1 bar
PGA Championship 2016 Golf Betting Top 5 FInish Odds
Jason Day 13/8, Rory McIlroy 13/8, Dustin Johnson 2/1, Jordan Spieth 12/5, Henrik Stenson 11/4, Phil Mickelson 4/1, Adam Scott 5/1, Bubba Watson 6/1, Rickie Fowler 6/1, Justin Rose 6/1, Sergio Garcia 13/2, 8/1 bar
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PGA Championship Golf History and Stats
This is the final major of the season and is usually played on the third weekend before Labor Day in the USA. However because of the Olympic Games going off this year, then it has been brought forward. Landing a win at the tournament means that you never have to qualifying to get back to the Championship and it automatically guarantee you a place in the other three Majors as well.
The PGA Championship actually started off as a match play event but this meant that some of the tournament went long, very long and money was starting to be lost so the PGA decided to switch things up and make it a stroke play event, lading the standard of 72 holes in four days. The event has mostly only ever been held in the eastern States,with just ten of the editions going out West. The most editions have been held in New York.
The last time that Baltusrol Golf Club (Springfield, New Jersey) hosted the event was back in 2005 when Phil Mickelson with his -4 under par managed to land the victory by just a one stroke margin of Thomas Bjorn and Steve Elkington. Form seems an important indicator for picking out a winner because seven of the ten previous PGA Championship winners had previously put a top ten finish on the board. Three of the last ten had won the event previously.
Things between age groups of 20’s and 30’s are evenly split over the last ten editions, five each. Which means that no player actually over the age of 37 has won the US PGA Championship in the last ten years. So as we hinted at above, the most likely winner is going to be on the more youthful side of things as opposed to looking for an experienced veteran to come through.
Six of the last ten winners of the tournament have been in the world’s top five at the time and nine of the last ten US PGA winners had managed a top ten finish in one of their previous two starts before the tournament. The most wins of the PGA Championship have been by Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen, both posting five victories at the tournament. Nicholas incidentally holds the record for the most runner up finishes as well, with four.
The biggest winning margin in the PGA Championship since it switched to stroke payer, was Rory McIlroy’s eight stroke win in 2012 while David Toms holds a record of 265 for the lowest 72 hole score (which is actually the lowest ever scored in any major championship). Tiger Woods is the only man to have ever won back to back US PGA Championship titles.
PGA Championship 2016 Golf Betting Predictions
Would fully get behind Sergio Garcia at a quote of 13/2 to land a top five finishes at the event. The stats are kind of with him here to have a charge at the title. Phil Mickelson, the last man to win here is probably worth a flutter as well at 4/1 but he had a big, gruelling effort in The Open recently which may have taken something out of him. As for our outright winner tip, that would have to be Dustin Johnson. He ticks all the boxes to come through and grind his way on a grinding course to victory.
3rd July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Royal Troon is the setting for The Open Championship 2016 golf which will hit its 145th editions this year. The tournament starts on July 14th and wraps itself up on the 17th at the famous Ayrshire golf club in Scotland. This will be the ninth edition of The Open Championship to be held at the Royal Troon Golf Club. The last time the tournament was held there it was Todd Hamilton who walked away with the title, which was back in 2004.
As for the current Open Championship holder, that will be Zach Johnson who landed a victory in a four hole play off against Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen at St Andrew’s last year. The course will play, as it did in 2004 over 7,175 years for a par 71. Johnson is running at 50/1 to go out and defend his title and not too surprisingly there are some familiar faces at the head of the market. Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are running as joint 15/2 favourites at online betting site Bet365 in The Open Championship 2016 Golf Betting, followed by Jordan Spieth at 8/1.
Those are the only three players in the field who are coming in at under double figures, with Dustin Johnson sat at 12/1 and then rest of the 20/1 or bigger. John was the winning of the US Open 2016 after having survived a controversial ruling when officials intervened and it was England’s Danny Willett who surprisingly walked off with the Masters 2016 title. So that’s one surprise win and one not so much so far in the 2016 Majors. What’s next on the cards?
Rory McIlroy hasn’t won a Major since the 2014 PGA Championship and missed the cut at the US Open 2016. In three of his last four Majors (having made the cut) he has landed a top ten finish and that will be a decent way to look at backing him for The Open. He won the tournament back in 2014 but missed out on title defence last year because of injury. On the back of his T10 at the Masters earlier in the year and a recent fight back from a poor start at the French Open, he has the resilience more than anything, to stick a top ten finish.
Jason Day carded a T4 at The Open Championship last year, part of the hot streak of Majors form that he is in. He has come home in the top ten now in each of his last five Majors entered, which included his breakthrough win at the 2015 PGA Championship. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with of course just through his form and has been the man of the hour for some time. However, his history at The Open Championship is considerably poor compared to that of the other Majors.
Jordan Spieth saw some immense Majors form snapped with a poor T37 at the US Open this year where he never got himself going. Prior to that, the had produced two wins, two second place finishes and one T4 over a run of five Majors. That was the immense form that was expected to guide to him to more Major success this year. It hasn’t happened though and with some average form only on the PGA Tour, he has gone on the drift a little bit compared to McIlroy and Day in The Open Championship 2016 Golf Betting.
So once against with the short prices, it’s well worth looking beyond them. Phil Mickelson has had his troubles at Royal Troon before and will probably be more towards the back of punter’s minds. Louis Oosthuizen is never a bad punt when stepping out onto courses like this and the South African will have some big appeal at a big 33/1 punt. You also have Brooks Koepka who bookmakers are completely split over, running anywhere from 35/1 out to 50/1 at some places. Defending champions Zach Johnson is around that 50/1 mark as well.
Adam Scott and Justin Rose who are 20/1 and 25/1 respectively but don’t have the track record at The Open to pique a lot of interest, whereas Rickie Fowler may be the one to spark some interest. He hasn’t shown up at a Major for a while now, certainly having fallen a long way short of his epic 2014 season at the big four, but he has carder two top five finishes at The Open in the last five editions and while he has appeal in the Top Ten Market, may not be a bad each way punt at all. Tiger Woods has pulled out.
The Open Championship 2016 Golf Betting Odds
Jason Day 15/2 Rory McIlroy 15/2, Jordan Spieth 8/1, Dustin Johnson 12/1, Adam Scott 20/1, Sergio Garcia 20/1, Justin Rose 25/1, Rickie Fowler 25/1, BRanden Grace 28/1, Henrik Stenson 28/1, Danny Willett 39/1, Louis Oosthuizen 33/1, Brooks Koepka 35/1, 40/1 bar
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The Open Championship 2016 Golf Betting Field
There is no Tiger Woods for the tournament but there are past champions like Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Paul Lawrie and Darren Clarke in the field. From the betting perspective the notable past champions are Zach Johnson and Rory McIlroy the last two winners of The Open. The 2004 Winner (the last time that the tournament was held at Royal Troon) Todd Hamilton, is also expected back in the field.
The top ten from last year’s tournament, and perhaps some indicator of performance are back for a shot at the tournament namely Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Marc Leishman, Jordan Niebrugge, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Danny Willett.
The Open Championship History and Stats
This is the oldest of the four golf Majors and one steeped in heritage and prestige. It sits as the third Major in the calendar year, sandwiched between The US Open and the PGA Championship. Rory McIlroy jointly holds the record for the lowest round of golf ever at The Open Championship, the 63 he carded in the first round in 2010 and that was the joint lowest round in relation to par as well posted in the history of The Open Championship 2016 Golf Betting.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are just two of seven players to have even gone wire to wire at The Open. Just one of the last seven editions of The Open Championship 2016 Golf have been won by a margin of more than three strokes. That was Louis Oosthuizen’s epic St Andrews win in 2010 when he beat Lee Westwood by seven. There have been four play offs in the last twelve editions of the tournament and this leads you to good The Open Championship 2016 Golf Betting markets such as margin of victory and whether or not there will be a play off.
There has been a play off in two of the last three editions of The Open at Royal Troon. You can also look at the winning nationality market. In the last ten editions there have been four US winners, four European and two South African victors. The last time that someone successfully defend an Open title was Padraig Harrington when he won back to back in 2007 and 2008, following Tiger Woods’ back to back wins in 2005 and 2006.
The Open Championship 2016 Golf Betting
We are looking at an each way punt on Louis Oosthuizen at 33/1, a former winner of the Major and runner up last year through a play off. He has the fit to go well in Scotland this month. The other contender would be Rickie Fowler who has some track record at the tournament, which suggests a fit if he can get out of the blocks quickly and who is due to show up at a major. Solid top ten finish punts on both too could return some value in The Open Championship 2016 Golf Betting.
16th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
The second major of the Golf calendar is underway at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. The is is the ninth time that the event has been hosted at Oakmont and the par 70 course will play just over 7,200 yards. Jordan Spieth landed the win last year in the US Open and is part of the usual faces running the head of the market at the moment of Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. They are the star power attractions in the game at the moment and they have a tremendous amount of backing in the market, particularly Day who has landed a top ten finish in each of his last four Major tournaments. That’s form for you and he is at the head of the market at 6/1.
But then Rory Mcilroy and Jordan Spieth have won the US Open in the last five editions, Spieth claiming the title last year ahead of Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. McIlroy’s title can back in 2011 at Bethesda when he crushed Jason Day by eight strokes. McIlroy is up at 12/1 to land the title for the second time in his career, while Spieth is a 9/1 punt on the market. If you are looking at current form both in the regular Tour events and in the Majors it is easy to see why Day is heading up the market.
Day’s previous record at the US Open has seen him land four top ten finishes from five previous appearances, two of those a top two finish as well. He is the force to be reckoned with at the moment and why he has been so heavily backed. It may take some stopping to catch him over the four days.
Other strong contenders in the field are Dustin Johnson who is around the same mark at Rory McIlroy in the outright winner market and Bubba Watson at around the 16/1 mark. They are the only five players in the US Open 2016 golf betting to start under the 20/1 mark in the outright winner market. Then comes Phil Mickelson (who has had more runner up finishes than any other player in the history of the US Open), Adam Scott, Justin Rose, HIdeki Matsuyama and Henrik Stenson in the mid-thirties range.
US Open 2016 Golf Betting Odds
Jason Day 13/2, Jordan Spieth 9/1, Rory McIlroy 12/1, Dustin Johnson 12/1, Bubba Watson 16/1, Phil Mickelson 28/1, Adam Scott 33/1, Justin Rose 33/1, Hideki Matsuyama 33/1, Henrik Stenson 33/1, Matt Kuchar 40/1, Sergio Garcia 40/1, Brooks Koepka 45/1.
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US Open 2016 Golf Stats
The last time that Oakmont hosted the tournament was back in 2007 when Argentina’s Angel Cabrera came through the field to win the event by just the one stroke. The time prior to that Ernie Els triumphed in 1994 at the course in a play off and in 1983 Larry Nelson won by one stroke. So you probably aren’t looking at a big margin of victory in US Open 2016 Golf Betting. The Winning Margin market is going to be offering odds of around 2/1 on there being a winner just the one stroke and 7/2 on the 2 stroke option. You have around 13/5 on a play off victory being nailed.
In the last twelve editions of the US Open, all but two of them have been settled by a winning margin of two strokes or less. The two exceptions in that sequence (which only produced one play off which Tiger Woods won in 2008 over Rocco Mediate) was 8 stroke victories for Martin Kaymer in 2014 and that 2011 victory for Rory McIlroy. So big wins are very, very rare in the US Open, the largest ever being posted by Tiger Woods with his 15 stroke triumph in 2000 (which is also the all time record for all Majors).
Rory McIlroy is just one of five players ever to have carded all four rounds of a US Open under par (Lee Trevino, Tony Jacklin, Lee Janzen and Curtis Strange).
US Open 2016 Golf Betting Predictions
The course is not an easy one so you will need to find a fit. When Angel Cabrera won here in the last hosting of the event, he won it with a score of five over par. Why? Because of some very thick rough, greens which run very quick and fairways that offer no margin for errors. So at the end of the day you’re likely going to be looking at the winner this year not coming home under par. This is a real test for even the best players on the planet.
Outside of the big four running in the field (Day, McIlroy, Spieth and John) Phil Mickelson has to have some appeal as an each way punt or at least in the top five finish placings. Not only because his numerous runner up spots at the US Open, but he is in decent form at the moment and he is right up there this season on the Tour in putting. Could this be the year he ends his wait for a career Grand Slam?
Billy Horschel is coming into good form and at a massive price of 100/1 in the outright market has to be worth an each way bet. He should be a good fit for the course in sticking it on the narrow fairways and only three years ago he was a halfway leader at the US Open. Matt Kuchar is also running on some his best form again at the moment and has the steady hand to make a decent impression in the tournament. Mickelson is a 13/5 poke in the Top Ten Market with Horschel a very good 5/1 option and Kuchar at 2/1. Here’s a lot more value there than just punting on the outright market in US Open 2016 Golf Betting.
17th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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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.
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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,
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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.
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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.
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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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Free Bets & Promotions
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.
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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.