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December 4th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Is Rory McIlroy on the rise again? The Northern Ireland golf star is back out in action this week in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. This event (formerly known as the Chevron World Challenge) is hosted by Tiger Woods at the Sherwood Country Club and it is just a stroke play event for 18 players. The field includes the likes of Woods himself, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood to name but a few. It is a small, but fiercely competitive looking field. After winning the Australian Open recently by one stroke over Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, who announced that he has been in a much better place since September, is running as one of the favourites.
McIlroy’s birdie putt on the 18th at the Australian Open under pressure will have been a big relief for him after the hard work he has been putting in, closing out with a fine 66. So will we see a duel between Woods and McIlroy? That would be a great treat for the event, which is to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods of course has had a tremendous year, racking up the titles during 2013 and he has won his own event here five times before. The most recent title came back in 2011. It is Woods who is running as 5/2 favourite for the tournament at online betting site Paddy Power.
So Woods has favouritism, but at least there is some golf betting insurance which you can take on the outright market with Paddy Power. If Tiger Woods does happen to win the World Challenge again, then the bookmaker will refund losing outright bets placed on the player that ends up finishing second. This is a great offer and applies to all players who happen to tie for second and the maximum refund is £100. New customers can also get up to a free £50 bet as well from the bookmaker, who will match the value of your first stake with a bonus.
Northwestern Mutual World Challenge Outright Winner Odds at Paddy Power
Tiger Woods 5/2, Rory McIlroy 6/1, Graeme McDowell 12/1, Dustin Johnson 14/1, Ian Poulter 16/1, Steve Stricker 20/1, Webb Simpson 20/1, Jason Day 20/1
So a great clutch of players from high up in the Official World Golf Ranking. Graeme McDowell is the defending champion who is taking the tees this week, and he produced a great tournament last year finishing seventeen under. That was the Northern Ireland star’s second World Challenge title in the last three years after beating Tiger Woods to the punch in 2010. Naturally with his track record in the tournament, he is going to take some good backing for the weekend.
You have a great supporting cast to Woods, Mcilroy and McDowell in this one, with 2008 winner Jim Furyk in the field, with threats from anyone from Jordan Spieth, last year’s runner up Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner. There should be some great action ahead and would seriously look towards the popular Place Market and Top 3 Finish options for your golf betting.
November 12th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
DP World Tour Championship Golf Betting Info
Dubai is the scene for the showcase event of the European PGA season. This is the finale of the season and it is the closest Race to Dubai since the contest started. Everything is going down to the wire with Henrik Stenson just holding off Justin Rose at the head of the race, but there are a total of nine players who can still end the season as European Number One. So now the season just boils down to the Jumeirah Golf Estates this week.
Latest DP World Tour Championship Golf Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Rory McIlroy 11/2, Justin Rose 7/1, Henrik Stenson 10/1, Ian Poulter 12/1, Martin Kaymer 18/1, Jamie Donaldson 25/1, Luke Donald 25/1, Bernd Wiesberger 28/1, Paul Casey 28/1, Graeme McDowell 28/1, Lee Westwood 28/1
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Rory McIlroy isn’t going to finish the season as European Number One, but at least he has been showing a bit more of himself. His top ten finish at the WGC HSBC Champions recently on the back of a T27 at the BMW Masters has at least seen him trading well again. He is the defending champion of this event, after winning by two strokes last year over Justin Rose. Still a mixed bag of action from McIlroy, but at least he has been looking like he is heading in the right direction. But perhaps at the price he is here, not the greatest of value in an outright shot. Probably worth nothing more than a Place Market shot for Even money with Paddy Power.
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Sweden’s Henrik Stenson is the man to catch still as he is leading the way and in a solid position after taking a share of seventh at the Turkish Airlines Open last week. Not bad for a man who has been struggling with a wrist injury. He is familiar with the Jumeirah Golf Estates so not going to be out of his depth here and if he gets enough rest on his wrist, you would expect him to handle the pressure well enough. Hasn’t faltered much when it has come to the big events. Worth a shot at Even money for a top ten finish this week with Paddy Power.
Justin Rose went well here last year, finishing just two strokes back of winner Rory McIlroy. So he will be well geared up and is one of the form players on the European Tour at the moment. Put big pressure on Stenson with a couple of great back to back performances during the Final Series on the Race To Dubai. The Englishman took fifth place at the WGC HSBC Champions and then a T3 are the Turkish Airlines last week. Can’t argue with his form and the way he tore up the event last year, he will take a lot of heavy backing this week. Hard to ignore in the field and a great 6/4 shot in the Place Market this week.
While nine players mathematically can still win the Race To Dubai, it is likely only going to be between the top four in the standings heading out into action this week. That is Stenson, Rose, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter. McDowell skipped the Turkish Airlines last week, and steps back out into action after a third at the WGC HSBC Champions, which left him third in the Race To Dubai. That third at the WGC HSBC was a big bounceback after a T53 at the BMW Masters. Perhaps the one of the leading four with the least amount of form.
Ian Poulter has come into his own recently, having produced some great golf and firing himself into contention. A second place finish at the WGC HSBC Champions and then a T5 at the Turkish Airlines has seen some great fight by him and when he has that swagger going, he could be hard to keep out of the mix. Bang in shape, bang in form and tremendous value at a price of Even Money with Paddy Power for a Top 10 Finish.
Plenty of other value around in the Top Ten Finish market this week for your golf betting, like Luke Donald who shared third in last year’s event. Martin Kaymer, Jamie Donaldson and Paul Casery are also trading well in the market.
August 28th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
There is some more big golf betting heading your way this week, with the continuation of the FedExCup Play Offs on the PGA Tour. It is off to the TPC Boston over the Labor Day weekend for Deutsche Bank Championship golf betting in the United States and the field is down to 100 after last week’s thrilling Barclay’s which was won by Australian Adam Scott. Scott had been sat in the clubhouse with the lead for a long time as he saw the challenges from the likes of Justin Rose and Tiger Woods just fall short.
It is Woods and Scott who are leading the way in favouritism for the Deutsche Bank Championship golf betting this week, with defending champion Rory McIlroy trending quite well as well, even after such a difficult season for the Northern Ireland star. There is still a tremendously packed and quality field to look over here for value and never forget the value of top ten betting and especially in-play betting too.
2013 Deutsche Bank Golf Betting Odds at Coral
Tiger Woods 7/1, Adam Scott 10/1, Phil Mickelson 14/1, Rory McIlroy 14/1, Justin Rose 18/1, Henrik STenson 25/1, Jason Day 25/1, Webb Simpson 25/1, Dustin Johnson 28/1, Matt Kuchar 28/1
While the top 100 left in the FedExCup play offs are duking it out over in Boston, on the European Tour there is action from the Wales Open to have a look at. This is at the famous Celtic Manor Course, where some of Europe’s top contenders not involved in the FedExCup play offs, will be vying for the prize and keeping themselves in the hunt for the Race To Dubai.
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2013 Wales Open Golf Betting Odds at Coral
Bernd Wiesberger 18/1, Ross Fisher 20/1, Joost Luiten 20/1, Thorbjorn Olesen 22/1, Francesco Molinari 22/1
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August 20th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
PGA Barclays Golf Betting Info
With all of the Majors done and dusted for the season, attention now quickly turns to the lucrative offering that is the FedExCup playoffs. This is the culmination of season long work for the players, with the top 125 of earners over the course of the year making it to the Barclays. This being the four event play off the numbers will gradually be trimmed down to the final thirty who make it to the Tour Championship. Twenty five players will drop after the Barclays, leading the top 100 moving on to the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Latest PGA Barclays Golf Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Tiger Woods 5/1, Adam Scott 16/1, Henrik Stenson 20/1, Rory McIlroy 20/1, Phil Mickelson 20/1, Dustin Johnson 25/1, Jason Day 33/1, Jason Dufner 33/1, Justin Rose 33/1, Matt Kuchar 33/1, Brandt Snedeker 33/1, Lee Westwood 40/1
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Such a competitive field here, punters will have similarly difficulties picking out a winner as much as they do in a Major. Tiger Woods does head up the offerings for this week’s action though and he is looking for his third FedExCup title. With five PGA Tour titles under his belt across 2013, he is still going to be many people’s backing to go all the way and get the job done. He will be making something of a happy return to Liberty National as well because he was runner up here back in 2009. Scoring so heavily this season that he just can’t be counted out to take the FedExCup in which he heads to playoffs leading. Pretty short odds on Woods to take the win at the Barclays, and the course should play easier than it has done in recent times after changes. Just has to be better value for Place Market bet at 11/10 with Paddy Power.
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Nothing easy about making a call for an outright winner this week thanks to the quality of the field. The pressure really is on to perform and to keep racking up the points. Would look for players trending well at the moment and that would naturally lead you to Henrik Stenson who has been in majestic form. In his last four starts, Stenson has fired off top five finishes in each, two second places. He just has the game to perform again and really has his eye him, quite how he hasn’t won is a miracle. Driving accuracy is right up there and work with the irons in sticking it on the greens is pretty much second to none at the moment. Importantly, his scrambling stats should also mean that he goes well at the Barclays. You would wonder why he hasn’t be able to win, and there is fantastic 7/4 value in a Top 10 finish at Paddy Power for him.
It is probably worth thinking who had shown up well in the Majors this year, just to get an indication of where you may want to go with your golf betting here. You can never overlook Adam Scott when it comes to the big occasions like this. After winning the Masters this year, he also took a share of third at The Open. Pile on top of that a share of fifth at the PGA Championship recently and he has to be value as well. Just his all round game is brilliant and usually such a solid bet and contender when it comes to the business side of things. His fellow Australian countryman Jason Day also went well at the PGA Championship, where he took his sixth top ten of the season. Has missed the cut in his last 21 outings now and landed a top fifteen finish at the 2009 Barclays. Both do show up as value for your 2013 Barclays golf betting.
So many big names around here. Matt Kuchar has been one of the best on Tour all season, landing seven top tens which includes a couple of wins as well. Many people are thinking that his consistency is going to lead him to take the FedExCup title at the end of the play offs. Also shaping up well should be Webb Simpson who has been getting better and better as the season has worn on. Carded a brilliant 63 at Sedgefield last week, where he just missed out on a top ten finish. At the 2009 Barclays he took a share of eighth after leading at the halfway stage. Won’t be phased by the track here. The confidence with which Jason Dufner, the US PGA Championship winner is playing with at the moment, will mean that he has a lot of backing heading into this one. His win at Oak Hill followed straight on from a share of fourth at Firestone and he is just swinging beautifully at the moment. As long as his bubble didn’t burst in winning that first Major, great Top Ten value in him at 5/2 with Paddy Power.
Another couple of names which have been showing up well in Barclays golf betting are those of Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk. Johnson has been going well lately, taking a share of eighth at Oak Hill just a couple of weeks ago. But the stronger option could be Furyk who took a runner up spot at the PGA Championship to Dufner and that came on the back of top tens at the Canadian Open and WGC Bridgestone. With a top fifteen at the Liberty National back in 2009, makes a good fit and value at 4/1 for a Top Ten Finish.
August 7th, 2013 / paul - Category:
After Tiger Woods demolished a high-class field in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last week, bookmakers are taking no chances with the world number one in this week’s US PGA Championship.
Tiger hasn’t won a Major in more than five years but has already won the US PGA four times and the Oak Hill Country Club would be a fitting venue for him to end his barren run. The East Course at Oak Hill, in upstate New York, is staging the year’s final Major for the first time since 2003 and Woods is a best 9/2 to come out on top even though the winners of 2013 first three Majors – Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson – are also taking part. Open winner Mickelson is a best 16/1, while Masters victor Scott is a general 18/1 and US Open champion Rose is 28/1 with a number of layers. Defending champion Rory McIlroy is 35/1 with Coral and Stan James to end his slump in Rochester but the Irishman’s confidence looks shot at the moment.
I’d be very interested in Keegan Bradley at 37/1 on betfair as this is clearly the American’s favourite tournament. He showed up well at Kiawah Island last year after winning the US PGA as a rookie in 2011. Second to an inspired Tiger at Firestone last week and close to home (he was born in nearby Vermont), he’s clearly in good nick and seems certain to give each-way punters a run for their money (Betfred are paying seven places on the tournament). Henryk Stenson has been in superb form and deserves a change of luck having gone close in both the Open and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. The Swede is right back among the world’s elite and can be backed at a general 25/1 at Oak Hill but supporters of Ian Poulter will also be anticipating a good show from their man. He tends to reserve his best for the really big events and has been thereabouts in two of the last four Majors. He’s managed six top-10 places in total in the last 21 and could be the best of the British players this week at the general 55/1 ahead of Luke Donald (40/1 in most places).
However, the US PGA has a propensity for providing the unexpected and Oak Hill, by no means a monster in comparison to other championship courses, will give everyone a fair crack of the whip. Scott Piercy has limited experience when it comes to Majors but has generally acquitted himself well when qualifying, though failed to make the cut in either the US Open or Open earlier this year. The 34-year-old from Las Vegas has certainly improved his game over the last two years and won last season’s Canadian Open so this may be his time of year. He’s a general 250/1 and that must be worth a small bet.
August 3rd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Rochester, New York will be descended upon by the best golfers in the world from August 8th – 11th, and Tiger Woods, not too surprisingly is looking to be the man of the moment in 2013 USPGA Golf Betting. The antepost markets for the final Major of the year, has been pretty much dominated by that man Woods, given his stellar form this year. Woods has won the USPGA four times before in his illustrious career, but his last title at the Major came back in 2007. Still, with titles flowing his way on the PGA Tour during 2013, will he be able to put the icing on the cake and land another major? With two top ten finishes from the three previous 2013 Majors, he will have more than his fair share of backers.
Last season Woods managed a T11 at the PGA Championship, and he is still waiting to end his long Major-less streak since landing the US Open title back in 2008, which seems liked such a long time ago now. But he could be getting closer and carrying some good form through from the WGC Bridgestone International, he could take some stopping to keep off the top of the pile. 2013 US PGA Championship golf betting at online betting site Bet Victor has had Woods around the 4/1 mark as outright winner, and that has given him very short favouritism compared to the rest of the field.
2013 USPGA Championship Golf Betting Odds at Bet Victor
Tiger Woods 4/1, Phil Mickelson 12/1, Adam Scott 18/1, Justin Rose 20/1, Brandt Snedeker 25/1, Rory McIlroy 25/1, Lee Westwood 28/1, Hunter Mahan 33/1, Matt Kuchar 33/1, Dustin Johnson 33/1, Henrik Stenson 33/1, Luke Donald 33/1, Jason Day 40/1
McIlroy to make good of memories?
We know the usual suspects who should be up there, and still trading as one of the main chasing pack is the out of form Rory McIlroy. He was in stunning form, unbeatable form this time last year and after a fifth place at the WGC Bridgestone in 2012, he powered his way to his second Major title of his career by running riot at the US PGA Championship, where he won by a country mile, taking an eight stroke victory over David Lynn. A tremendous weekend saw McIlroy motor to the title at Kiawah Island Resort. But his form has been lacking so badly, and even he referred to his golf as being ‘brain dead’. The 24 year old missed the cut at the 2013 Open Championship after struggling through the second round and just can’t seem to pull everything together. But can he get it together as a long shot at 25/1 in 2013 US PGA Championship golf betting?
Here come the Europeans
The Europeans did well last year at the US PGA Championship, occupying seven of the top nine places in the field. Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Jamie Donaldson and Graeme McDowell all went well, and with Rose in Major winning form this year, taking the US Open, he could be worth looking at for odds of around 20/1. Graeme McDowell has produced some great golf this year, and is a name looking like some great European value in particular. Question will still be asked of Lee Westwood at around 28/1 and his mentality in getting that first career Major under his belt. Has produced some good, consistent golf as well this year, but the Major blows he keeps facing just brings forth hesitation over backing him. The same can be said of Luke Donald, but there are a couple of Europeans who could ride well in Rochester and are worth considering for Top Ten betting. That will be Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter. Stenson recorded two top ten finishes back to back at the PGA Championship in 2008 and 2008, but has missed the last two editions. However, after carding a second at The Open, and top twenty five finishes in the other two Majors this year, he is fantastic value. So too Poulter, who was many people’s dark horse for the Open where he fired in a T3. The Englishman took a T3 at the 2013 PGA Championship.
The rest of the Americans
On the American front, 2005 Champion Phil Mickelson, who had that glorious closing at The Open Championship this year should be considered. Has had seven top ten finished at the US PGA Championship in career besides the victory. Hasn’t been back inside the top ten since 2008, but with a T2 at the US Open and then the victory at The Open, he’s in good shape. There could be some value on 2011 Champion Keegan Bradley too, who came out of the blocks firing at the WGC Bridgestone International at Firestone as a build up. Bradley won the event in his first attempt in 2011, and came close to defending his title with a T3 last year on the back of a win at the Bridgestone. Just looking as if he could be on top of his game again here this time of year. Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar are all worth considering as well for the 2013 USPGA Championship. Dark horse from the Americans could be Harris English, who has been going well since June. He picked up a win and two top fifteen finishes in his last five starts prior to the Bridgestone, and with a strong star at Firestone too, could be in the top ten or top twenty mix.
The market for 2013 USPGA Championship golf betting really runs deep, with the likes of Jason Day, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Jason Dufner and more not even getting a mention. Consider covering yourself with Top Ten betting on this one, and also look for extra places on your each way betting where you can find it.
July 30th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
PGA Bridgestone International Betting Info
Well, this is one of the famous tournaments which has just been dominated for most of its current history by Tiger Woods. The American has won seven of the last 13 editions held at Firestone, and he has won more here than he has done so at any other course around the world. This is the longest par 70 course on the PGA Tour at around 7,400 yards and you will see a lot of aggression off the tee here, as long as it all stays dry. Will Woods make another title run at Firestone?
Latest PGA Bridgestone International Betting Prices at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Tiger Woods 9/2, Phil Mickelson 14/1, Adam Scott 16/1, Brandt Snedeker 22/1, Matt Kuchar 22/1, Justin Rose 22/1, Dustin Johnson 25/1, Lee Westwood 25/1, Rory McIlroy 28/1, Steve Stricker 30/1, Jason Day 30/1
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It is Woods who tops the billing here, by quite some distance and it’s easy to see why. Not only has he had those seven wins at Firestone before, this term alone on the PGA Tour he has carded four wins. He hasn’t been out since Muirfield for the Open Championship where he took a top ten finish, and his scoring and all-around ranking should get him close again. Six top tens on the season from ten events and no missed cuts. Has been in pretty ominous form and clearly his game fits the Firestone course. He has converted birdie chances well this season, and has been brilliant on par 5s. While it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him walk to the title again here, there may be better value at Evens in the Place Market for him.
PGA Bridgestone International Betting Tips
Such a strong field here there are options galore. After winning The Masters this year, and following up with a T3 at The Open championship, Adam Scott usually shows up in the big tournaments. He also has a bit of history to look at here as well, having carded three top ten finishes at Firestone before. Fantastic with the driving at the moment and he’ll usually find a way to stick it on the green in regulation as well. Could get up a head of steam after Muirfield, but struggled here last year. Therefore worth coverage at 5/4 with Paddy Power in the Top Ten Finish market.
Given the depth of the field here, a Top Ten Finish bet is probably the best way to go here. It covers positive value in big names such as Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker. Phil Mickelson is probably going to attract a lot of backing after his tremendous win at Muirfield for the Open Champsionship. The links was never his style, but he delivered a win there, and there has been a similar story at Firestone for him, the American never really clicking with the course. However, he has posted four top tens here before in his career, and he is in fantastic form with four top three finishes in his last six outings this season.
Brandt Snedeker is looking more and more likely to land another title soon. Was back to his best at the Canadian Open last week, where he strolled away to a three stroke victory. That was his eighth top ten of the season, his scoring on Par 4s really should mean that he’s in contention here this week. Had a horrible final round here last season and wasn’t in the running. Expect better from him though, and at 9/5 for a Top Ten Finish, he and Mickelson, who is at 6/5 for a Top Ten Finish look as if they will be solid bets.
Big European guns like Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood are in the mix, and all could make a case for themselves. McIlroy has top tens in each of his last three appearances at the tournament, Rose finished with a T5 here last year, and in his last five starts at Firestone, Westwood has recorded three top tens (including a runner up spot in 2008). The latter two have shown great consistency all year and probably worth considering for a top ten market.
One of the best outside shots this week could be Australian Jason Day. He has yet to record a win this season, but is right up there in 10th in the FedExCup points standings. He has posted three top three finishes this season and did take a share of 4th here a couple of years ago. Dry conditions will see him bomb things off the tee. Tempting 11/4 shot for a Top Ten Finish at online bookmaker Paddy Power.
July 11th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
It hasn’t happened for a long time, but hopes of an English winner at The Open are high this year again, as expectant crowds will descend on Muirfield to watch the likes of recent US Open winner Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood shoot for glory.
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2013 Open Championship Golf Betting Odds at Ladbrokes
Tiger Woods 7/1, Rory McIlroy 16/1, Justin Rose 20/1, Adam Scott 20/1, Lee Westwood 20/1, Luke Donald 20/1, Graeme McDowell 25/1, Ernie Els 25/1, Phil Mickelson 25/1, Sergio Garcia 28/1, Jason Day 33/1
Nick Faldo was the last Englishman to win The Open, all the way back in 1992, so it has been a long wait. The strongest charges in the field in terms of English players are Justin Rose and Lee Westwood. Justin Rose has produced some tremendously consistent golf all year and had his crowning moment when he took his maiden Major title at the US Open. Rose has carded top five finishes in half of his outings this season and followed up his good form at the US Open with a T13 at the Travelers, with three solid rounds of golf. There was no sign of the bubble bursting, importantly. Rose missed the cut at last year’s Open Championship.
Lee Westwood of course is still waiting to get his hands on a Major and like Rose has been in pretty good shape this season. He has posted five top five finishes as well and in his build up to the US Open he posted four top tens in a row. Consistency is there without question, but that monkey on his back of not being able to make the Major breakthrough has to have a mental effect on his game. A T45 and a missed cut in his last two Open Championships doesn’t instil a lot of confidence, and missed the cut back in the last edition at Muirfield in 2002.
2013 Open Championship Place Market Finish Betting Odds at Ladbrokes
Tiger Woods 6/4, Rory McIlroy 3/1, Justin Rose 15/1, Adam Scott 4/1, Graeme McDowell 3/1, Luke Donald 9/2, Ernie Els 5/1, Lee Westwood 5/1, Phil Mickelson 5/1, Sergio Garcia 6/1, Jason Day 6/1
There will naturally be a flurry of 2013 Open golf bets going on Tiger Woods. The American had a frustrating time of things at the US Open, and while another Major just looks to be eluding him, you can’t argue with his form this season. Four wins on the season from nine starts is pretty phenomenal. Has only posted a T65 and then the T32 at the US Open in his last two outings, so needs to raise his game again. He is a three time winner of The Open, the last title coming in 2006. Woods carded a T3 at least year’s edition and a T28 at the 2002 Open at Muirfield.
There are some names which will also be popular draws for at least a Place Finish or a Top Ten Market finish. Adam Scott is always a threat in Majors, so too fellow Australian Jason Day. Both should represent good value as they always seem to step up to the mark. Graeme McDowell continued his fantastic form this season with a title at the RBC Heritage. McDowell has been fantastic this season and will be looking to make up big time after his first round nightmare at the US Open. He really should be a good fit for your 2013 Open Championship golf betting.
The experience of Phil Mickelson should come into things as well, along with Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia. However, back in 2002 Ernie Els landed The Open title at Muirfield. He is also the defending champion after his victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes last year. The South African also recently posted a win at the BMW International. That followed a T6 at the BMW PGA Championship, and a T4 at the US Open Championship. Riding some pretty hot form at the moment and The Big Easy should be in the mix.
June 25th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Irish Open Golf Betting Info
There is a terrific looking field out for the 2013 Irish Open as stars start getting themselves used to the UK conditions ahead of The Open. Rory McIlroy is the star attraction on the Emerald Isle, as the tournament swings into action at the Carton House Golf Club this week. Defending champion Jamie Donaldson is back to defend his title. A big field of Major Champions, Ryder Cup player and European Tour winner are all lined up for the €2 million event in County Kildare.
Latest Irish Open Golf Betting Prices at online bookmaker Bet365
Rory McIlroy 7/1, Graeme McDowell 11/1, Thomas Bjorn 14/1, Padraig Harrington 16/1, Shan Lowry 20/1, Ross Fisher 22/1, Joost Luiten 25/1, Francesco Molinari 25/1, Mikko Ilonen 33/1, Jamie Donaldson 33/1, Paul Lawrie 35/1, Pablo Larrazabal
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Irish Open Golf Betting Favourite
He is still along way from his all-conquering best, but Rory McIlroy tees off as favourite this week. He has only come close to landing one title this year, where he took a solo second at the Valero Texas Open back in April. Overall, McIlroy has carded four top ten finishes from ten events played. The Northern Irishman needs to be tweaking his game somewhere and his putting really needs to go up another level. Should be more at home this weekend but he has only carded two top ten finished from six starts at the Irish Open. You are basically backing him to find top form here, as there are better players carrying form at the moment. McIlroy is a 7/1 outright winner at online betting site Bet365.
Top Ten Finish
Rory McIlroy 4/6, Graeme McDowell Evens, Thomas Bjorn 13/10, Padraig Harrington 11/8, Ross Fisher 2/1, Shane Lowry 2/1, Joost Luiten 9/4, Mikko Ilonen 3/1, Jamie Donaldson 3/1, Pablo Larrazabal 7/2, Paul Casey 7/2
Graeme McDowell was trending so well in the run up to Merion for the US Open. However, he bombed massively with a horrid first round from which he just never recovered. Has been in great form all season really though, taking a win at the Volvo World Match Play and in a play off at the RBC Heritage. Has just been so consistent all season depsite his failings at the BMW PGA and the US Open recently. Like McIlroy, McDowell hasn’t really threatened to get his hands on the Irish Open title before, with no top ten finishes in eleven attempts. Took a share of sixtteenth last season, his best finish at the event for a long time. If the pre-BMW McDowell turns up, could go well.
Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn is one of the steadiest players on the European PGA Tour this season. He has contested the Irish Open ten times before, and the last time it was hosted at Carton House back in 2006, Bjorn was the winner. He has been trending so well towards a title, he really should be up there at the business end of Sunday. He has taken a 4th, 2nd and 2nd in his last three outings and is full of confidence at the moment. Eating up birdie chances at the moment with a red hot putter. Eighth on the European PGA Tour for stroke average and hard to look past.
Mikko Ilonen is another man in top form at the moment, with the Finish stake ranking first for Stroke Average since the start of March. he won the Nrodea Masters recently, and took a couple of other runner up spots. Ranked first for Putts per GIR and is the only man on tour making more birdies than Bjorn is. The stats back up Ilonen going close to another title this week. Took a share of 10th at last year’s Irish Open.
Ireland’s very own Shane Lowry will take a lot of backing this week as well. He hasn’t been that busy since March really, but as he is a local to the Carton House course, will have tremendous support on his side. One of those unpredictable players who just pop up out of the blue and card a brilliant tournament. Decent enough stats with the putter to perhaps put him in contention, but only a decent long shot at odds of 20/1 to have one of his sparkling shows.
Best Outside Bet
America’s Peter Uihlein arrives in top form. The youngster is a massive hitter off the tee, although his accuracy does need some work though. He has just been scoring well no matter what par holes have been put in front of him and he took a win at Madeira results. Followed that up with a T12 at the BMW PGA Championship and a T21 at the Nordea Masters. The dark horse pick of the week at 4/1 for a Top Ten finish with online bookmaker Bet365.
June 11th, 2013 / paul - Category:
Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania hosts the 2013 US Open this week and all of the usual suspects head the betting.
The East Course, which was opened in 1912, is regarded as one of a classic tests of all-round golfing ability and it may be even trickier this week with heavy rain having lashed the Ardmore area over the last few days. Indeed, course officials are even thinking of replacing a couple of holes with two from the adjacent West Course, such has been the damage caused by floods. Holes vary from a minute par-three 13th to a virtually unplayable par-five fourth – the only two par-fives on the course come in the opening four holes – but this is not a venue at which big hitters naturally hold sway despite there being only one driveable par-four and three par-threes on which ordinary players would struggle to reach the green from the tee.
Scores are unlikely to be low, given conditions, as the rough is uneven and uncompromising and the greens will certainly require precision, though that rain should have slowed them down a little. Tiger Woods is favourite being world number one but is bidding for a first Major since winning the US Open at Torrey Pines in 2008 and, quite frankly, his odds are ridiculous. The US Open lends itself to shocks more than any other Major so how anyone can even contemplate backing Tiger at a best 6/1 (Ladbrokes and Paddy Power) beggars belief because, if the rains continue to fall, Rory McIlroy has to go on the short-list.
The Irishman took apart a rain-soaked Congressional when winning his first Major in this event in 2009 and he is a 25/1 shot with Ladbrokes. Had this tournament been staged a few weeks ago I’d have really fancied Rickie Fowler as well. A general 66/1 chance, he’s been more consistent lately and has played well at Merion before.
Of the last 16 Major winners, 13 were winning one for the first time. All were aged 32 or younger and, if we use that formula as our starting point and add in the criteria that a player must have shown some ability at the highest level, that opens up some interesting prospects at big odds.
Fowler was third behind Woods and Justin Rose in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and regular readers will know I’m a big fan of the South-African born Englishman. Rose just qualifies for our template as he doesn’t turn 33 until the end of next month and has already recorded top five finishes in all four Majors. He can be backed at 28/1 with most layers.
Dustin Johnson, runner-up in the 2011 Open at Sandwich, also fits the bill and he’s the type of scrambler that should be suited by conditions at Merion, the only championship course which has a public road running straight through it (don’t worry, they set up diversions during tournaments so no paper boy’s are at risk). Johnson blew a three-shot lead in the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach but is more experienced now and has won seven times on the PGA Tour, including this year’s Tournament of Champions in Hawaii – he is 50/1 with Coral and bwin.
My last selection is Australian Marc Leishman at a general 150/1. The Victorian’s fourth in this year’s Masters confirmed his arrival on the big stage and he’s only being playing on the PGA Tour for four years so should have plenty more to offer. He features strongly on this season’s scoring average stats and that kind of consistency should stand him good stead at Merion, where a par score is likely to see you in contention.
Most bookmakers are offering one quarter odds for a place on the first six but BetVictor will pay out on the first seven and are equal best-priced for Fowler and Rose. Paddy Power will also pay out on the first seven, but only if you place your bet by mobile phone.