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Rory McIlroy

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It is pre-Open Championship week so this is a fantastic time to get some money down on the outright market. It won’t be until early next week that the majority of the bets will go down on The Open Championship 2015, the point at which prices will change drastically. A bit of ante-post foresight can grab you some extra value before the whole world jumps in on the book.

It’s a been a decent season for hitting some long priced winners on the PGA Tour, but you are better off standing pat and looking towards the top of the market for the favourites. The last four Majors have now all been won by the pre-tournament favourite of second favourite. So a big trend there and of course that simply means looking at Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

Spieth, of course, is on a tear this season having won the Masters and the US Open, so he is heading up The Open 2015 golf betting market at a price of 11/2. What will have added further weight to his quest to make it three from three this year is that Rory McIlroy is now on the drift after it was revealed that he has an ankle injury. Some bookmakers have chopped him from the market while others have drifted him out to odds of 7/1 or longer.

St Andrews itself seems to bring out the best of the best, the list of the most recent winners there, taking John Daly’s shock win in 1995 out of the picture, include greats like Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen at the 2010 event. Sowith the increasingly likelihood that Rory McIlroy will be missing the Open Championship this spin, you can’t help take a good hard look at Jordan Spieth at that 11/2 quote.

The fact that he won at Chambers Bay in the US Open, granted through a stroke of luck because of Dustin Johnson’s failures with the putter, is a great indicator as he heads to St Andrews. Chambers Bay was a great primer because of its links-nature. Most of the features and characters that were there will be in play at St Andrews, so it is only natural to assume that you are going to be looking at roughly the same leading pack.

That brings Dustin Johnson back into play at an appealing price of 14/1. Bar his disastrous three put on the final hole at Chambers Bay, he would have been walking away with the title. But his game first the course has a very solid track record in the event with top fifteen finishes in four of his last five appearances at The Open. Being such a big hitter, he should lap it up on the wide fairways and is a bankable 11/8 shot in the top ten finish market. The only other player to come in under 20/1 is Justin Rose who is priced up at 16/1 while Tiger Woods can be taken at 28/1.

So in summary, you are pretty much looking for the best to rise to the top at St Andrews. It could be an event where you avoid the temptation of the long outsider coming through and if you are looking for the best, then it doesn’t get better than Spieth at the moment, even more so if he is going to be unchallenged by Rory McIlroy. Dustin Johnson should warrant consideration for your Open Championship book too.

The Open Championship Betting Odds

Jordan Spieth 11/2, Rory McIlroy 7/1, Dustin Johnson 14/1, Justin Rose 16/1, Adam Scott 20/1, Henrik Stenson 22/1, Louis Oosthuizen 22/1, Rickie Fowler 25/1, Jason Day 25/1, Tiger Woods 28/1, Phil Mickelson 28/1, Sergio Garcia 25/1, Bubba Watson 35/1, bar 40/1

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6th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

It is surely only a matter of time before Jordan Spieth replaces Rory McIlroy as world number one. Spieth’s second major triumph of the season lifted his average to 11.06 ranking points per event, up from 9.28. McIlroy dropped from 12.92 to 12.77 after only finishing in a share of ninth place in the US Open at Chambers Bay.

The Texan is now halfway to a Grand Slam that’s unheard of in golf and both Skybet and Paddy Power make the 21-year-old a 25/1 chance to complete the clean sweep of Majors by winning both the Open at St Andrews and the US PGA Championship later in the year.

The world number two became just the sixth man in history after Craig Wood, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to win the Masters and US Open in the same year, as well as the first player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win multiple majors aged 21 or younger.

Paddy Power make him 5/2 to win three Majors in 2015 and he is currently 7/1 with Skybet, sportingbet and bet365 to succeed McIlroy and lift the Claret Jug at St Andrews. Rory McIlroy is 5/1 with sportingbet with Dustin Johnson at a general 16/1 after his near miss at Chambers Bay. Unfortunately for Johnson, getting over the finishing line in the sport’s big tournaments remains beyond him and he’s heading down the same route as other great players Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie who never won a Major. Justin Rose, who also played well last week, is a general 20/1 but the 2013 US Open championship has never managed a top 10 finish in 16 attempts since finishing fourth as an amateur at Royal Birkdale as an 18-year-old.

It’s the BMW International Open on the European Tour this week and bet365 make home favourite Martin Kaymer a 10/1 chance to give locals something to cheer. The tournament is being staged at Eichenried, near Munich, and Kaymer is looking forward to a return to familiar territory. He won at Eichenried in 2008, though has only managed one top 10 finish in the event since. Henrik Stenson won the BMW International Open in 2006 and the world number six is bet365’s early 15/2 favourite. Frenchman Victor Dubuisson could be an interesting each-way bet at 90/1 with the same firm.

22nd June 2015 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Can Rory McIlroy land the US Open for the second time in his career? after his massive eight-stroke win in the 2011 tournament at the Congressional Country Club he hasn’t been able to get his hands on a second title at the event. However, with European winning four of the last five US Open, the Northern Ireland star is going to be backed heavily in the 2015 US Open golf betting and indeed he is running at a quote of 6/1 favourite with online betting site Betfair.

Given the form that McIlroy has churned out on the PGA Tour this season, then he is certainly looking in top shape. He has carded six top ten finishes from eight appearances so far, his only blips and missed cut at the Honda Classic and a T11 at the Arnold Palmer. However, he has landed two wins in the WGC Champions Match Play and landed a win at the Wells Fargo in mid-May. Four of his nine outings this season on the PGA Tour has seen him land a top five finish.

McIlroy is trading at a price of 6/4 to land a top five finish with Betfair, which looks some pretty good value. Back in the outright market, the only other man in single figures  is Jordan Spieth who is an 8/1 quote., leaving the rest of challengers starting from June Rose and Dustin Johnson who are joint 18/1 shots.

Since his win at the 2011 US Open, McIlroy hasn’t made that much of an impact in the tournament, missing the cut in 2012 title defence, carding a T41 in 2013 and then a T23 last year. He has been taking a rest in preparation for the tournament, at least from the game if not from dealing the with the press. But he missed the cut on the BMW PGA Championship and the Irish Open on the European tour, which perhaps forced him into his rest, just getting away from things.

Before his break, McIlroy had been in competition for five weeks straight. But the world number one will probably be a stronger contender, coming back mentally fresh and still looks decent value in 2015 US Open golf betting. McIlroy is going for his fifth Masters title as he takes on the challenge of Chambers Bay.

US Open 2015 Golf Betting Odds

Rory McIlroy 6/1, Jordan Spieth 15/2, Justin Rose 18/1, Dustin Johnson 18/1, Rickie Fowler 20/1, Phil Mickelson 20/1, Henrik Stenson 25/1, Adam Scott 28/1, 40/1 bar

Online bookmaker Betfair has a good promotion running for 2015 US Open. Place a pre-tournament outright wager on the US Open and if your selection finishes 2nd to Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth Betfair will refund your losing stake as a free bet, up to £25.  This is a Betfair sportsbook offer and if you place a lay bet on the exchange on the same selection you will no longer qualify for a refund

13th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Your Wells Fargo Championship golf betting can be boosted by a great offer from online betting site Boylesports. The bookie provides great golf betting insurance week-in, week-out and for this week’s fare, place a bet on the outright market and if your selection finishes second or third (which includes ties) then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet up to the value of £50. This same offer also applies to this week’s Open de Espana.

Rory McIlroy is running as 10/3 favourite this week with Boylesports and the Northern Ireland star is in some fantastic form. He produced a breakthrough win on the PGA Tour at Quail Hollow in 2010. His current form has seen him produce that fourth at the Masters, a win at the WGC World Match Play and then a T8 last week at The Players. Can’t argue with his form at the moment and carded the course record of 62 on the final round of his 2010 win here.

However, a 10/3 price on McIlroy is ridiculously short and is just asking to be opposed. So where are your best options going to lie this week for your PGA Wells Fargo Championship golf betting? Jim Furyk has some appeal back at 16/1 after landing a runners up spot here last season. The old hand is the all time earnings leader at Quail Hollow and if nothing more than a fantastic top ten finish bet this week, he should be on your radar somewhere.

Big Phil Mickelson may come back into play this week, because you will be hard pushed to find a course better suited to his natural game. He has a decent track record at the event, never having missed the cut and has landed five top fives and another four top fifteen finished at the event. Still searching for his first win of the year and has put in just two top ten finishes this term. But he’s back where his natural game will probably push him close to another top ten finish.

JB Holmes, who is defending his Wells Fargo title this week is carrying some good form into Quail Hollow. In the last three months alone he has posted a win and two runner-up results and is running ninth on this season’s tour in strokes gained and has the distance off the tee to destroy the field again. If he gets into the groove from the off, then he is carrying some big value on his back at a 30/1 quote, although again, punters will likely find more value in the top ten finish market.

Other notable names trying to get their hands on the Wells Fargo title this week are Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bill Haas and Hideki Matsuyama, the latter putting in a pretty solid showing at The Players last week.

Wells Fargo Championship Golf Odds

Rory McIlroy 10/3, Henrik Stenson 16/1, Jim Furyk 16/1, Phil Mickelson 22/1, Hideki Matsuyama 22/1, Bill Haas 28/1, Adam Scott 28/1, JB Holmes 30/1, bar 33/1

14th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

It is off to The Players this week for your PGA Tour golf betting and it is Rory McIlroy who heading up the field. He responded to all the Jordan Spieth hype by becoming just the second player ever to win the WGC Cadillac Match Play going as number one seed.

So McIlroy looks back in the groove heading to the Players at 7/1 favourite with online betting site Stan James. McIlroy has landed top ten finishes in his last two outings at the Players as well, and with a solid T4 at the Masters and then his Match Play win, he looks the man to beat again.

But the bookmakers haven’t ignored Masters champion Jordan Spieth of course, who is 8/1 with Stan James for the TPC Sawgrass challenge this week. He was tied for fourth here last year in what was his debut at the event. Didn’t perform at the WGC Match Play, but then again, it simply means that he will have had more rest and prep time to get back to business this week. Behind those two short priced options, you are looking around the 18/1 mark for Henrik Stenson who is in a nice bit of form. He has carded three top five finish in his last four tournaments and was a winner at TPC Sawgrass in 2009.

Decent looking value on Stenson for sure, who is even 4/1 for a top five finish this week. Justin Rose is just coming in under 20’s for The Players golf betting this week and like Stenson is carrying some solid form, and was a winner on the Tour a couple of weeks ago, which followed his second place finish at the Masters. He has his eye in at the moment and put in a best ever Players finish of a T4 last season. Could go close and has appeal at 2/1 in the top ten finish market.

With the power duo of Spieth and McIlroy knocking around at the head of the market then you are going to be best served by taking a look at the Top 5 and Top 10 finish markets at Stan James, where there is sensible value in the likes of Jim Furyk, Jason Day and Matt Kuchar.

Online betting site Stan James has a huge free bet promotion running for THE PLAYERS golf betting. Place a £20 outright, to a £10 each way wager on the outright winner market in-play on Thursday, and Stan James will give you a free £5 bet to use on Friday’s action!

Stan James are also offering insurance for your golf betting acca! Simply place a 2/3 ball accumulator on 4 or more selections, and if you miss by one they will refund your stake as a free bet.

6th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

It is the new-look WGC Cadillac Match Play this week for your golf betting. Gone is the one-on-one sudden death format that the tournament has been known for, and in comes a new pools format. The top 16 in the world ranking all go their separate ways into groups for the first stage, and each will be joined by three randomly selected player.

So the round robin of each group, means that each player will play three matches. The overall record will them decide who moves through to the round of sixteen, where the usual knockout phase takes over for the weekend. The event has moved as well, the first time in eight years, as it goes to TPC Harding Park, so players will be facing a bit of a new challenge there in the match play too.

Jordan Spieth is leading the market at a quote of 9/1 at Boylesports. The Masters champion goes off against Lee Westwood, Matt Every and Mikko Ilonen in Group 2. Heading up Group 1 is Rory McIlroy who was the recipient of a pretty rough draw it has to be said. The Northern Ireland star has to combat Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner to qualify. Though there for McIlroy, but he has held at a quote of 10/1 with Boylesports to win the tournament outright.

Defending Champion Jason Day is trading at 16/1 and he heads up Group 7 alongside Zach Johnson Branden Grace and Charley Hoffman. Running just behind Day in the WGC Cadillac Match Play outright market are Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Jim Furyk who are all around the 20/1 mark and then you can go out a mark to find match play expert Ian Poulter who is a 33/1 quote.

As well as group betting in this season’s WGC Cadillac Match Play, you can also consolidate your golf betting a bit with the likes of the To Reach Semi Final Market where Spieth and McIlroy are joint leaders at a quote of 3/1 with Boylesports. You can also dip into the Top American market too were obviously Spieth is leading the way again at a 5/1 quote, followed by Dustin Johnson at 9/1.

Online bookmaker Boylesports are running their usual golf betting coverage for punters to enjoy. They will pay out lost stake refunds as a free bet if your backed selection in WGC Cadillac Match Play finishes second, third or fourth. So basically you just need to hit the semi finals for the insurance to kick in! New customers registering an account with online betting site Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.

28th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Masters 2015 betting tips

The first Major of the season is upon us and all eyes will be on Rory McIlroy to see if he can complete his career Grand Slam. A win at Augusta would give him that, but will it be the wiser Bubba Watson who comes out to reclaim the green jacket instead, or perhaps it will be one of the young Americans like Jordan Spieth who will fulfil the huge potential and go and claim the first major of 2015. Here are our top five US Masters 2015 betting tips.

Only back Rory McIlroy at enhanced 20/1

Don’t back him at the short price of 6/1 which is available at the moment. Punters have been deserting him because he was in at 5/1 not too long ago. Why have punters looked past the world number one? Well, he doesn’t have a great track record at Augusta at all and while he was on a tear at the back end of last year, his performances on the American courses this season haven’t been up to par. There is better to come from him, and the question remains, will he be able to dial in enough to hit his peak at Augusta this time around? The short price doesn’t warrant attention, but new customers opening an account with Paddy Power here, can take huge enhanced odds of 20/1 on McIlroy to win the US Masters 2015. That’s that only value in backing him.

American to pull on green jacket

The last European to win the US Open was Jose Maria Olazabal back in 1999, so McIlroy is playing against history as well. While Southern Hemisphere players like Charl Schwartzel and Adam Scott have gotten their hands on the green jacket recently, it is still a heavily USA-winner dominated event. There is a strong American contingent going off again, from Bubba Watson, through Dustin Johnson, last year’s runner up Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker and the steady old hands of Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson. Would run with a US player taking the title again at Augusta. A US winner is trading at 4/5 with Paddy Power in US Masters 2015 betting.

Drive for Top Ten Finish value

An overlooked and underused golf betting market. Take a look at Rory McIlroy who is a 4/5 shot to land in the top ten as opposed to a measly 6/1 on him to win outright. With such a strong American contingent all waiting to bring McIlroy down, you are better off covering yourself with the extra place wager for your Masters 2015 golf betting. Even the other strong contenders like Spieth and Johnson are around even money or just above the mark.  The other way to look at top ten finish betting value is by looking at dark horses like Patrick Reed, a 40/1 outright quote, who is a tasty 3/1 just finish in the top ten. You’ll find more bang for your buck in there.

Grab extra places if you are going each way

Nothing wrong with a bit of place value in your Masters 2015 golf betting of course, if you have someone in your mind who you think is a bit of a dead cert. Shop around online betting site for extra places, such as Bet Victor who are going to seven places for the US Masters 2015. If this is an alley that you want to go down, then you may as well grab extra places.

Trending Johnson our tip for the top

Even with Bubba Watson and Rory Mcilroy in the mix, Johnson is worth a look. His comeback to the PGA Tour has been phenomenal and this year he has booked four top ten finishes from his six starts and landed a win at the WGC Cadillac Championship. The distance he gets off the tee may need to be reined in a little, but the sacrifice of getting better accuracy could make all the difference to him. Needs to get the putter flowing from the start but a great, serious contender and is a 5/4 quote to finish in the top ten with online bookmaker Paddy Power and is 16/1 outright to land the green jacket.

You can of course follow all Masters 2015 golf betting at online betting site Paddy Power who have a plethora of markets open for you to enjoy. They are running that great Rory McIlroy enhanced odds 20/1 offer to win the US Masters as well, and that promotion is open to new customers only who registering with them and place their first bet on the account on McIlroy to win the US Master 2015.

7th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Paddy Power

Think back towards the end of last year and the fantastic stretch of form that Rory McIlroy was putting together. The World Number One was unstoppable and ever since then he has really been leading the way as heavy favourite to win the Masters 2015. With firm favourites of course comes the consequence of running at a short price and the industry average on McIlroy to win the Masters 2015 has been drifting out to around 6/1, a price which punters still won’t be too excited about.

Compounding the short price is the fact that McIlroy hasn’t quite been at his sharpest and devastating best out in the US this season, and his best finish at Augusta in his career was a tie for 8th. So that diminishes his value and punters will be looking elsewhere for longer odds in a competitive field. But at the end of the day, this is McIlroy we are talking about and not doubt he will have been eyeing up a genuine shot at winning this year’s US Masters. Hard to see him not turn up an be dialled in, and thanks to a fantastic enhanced odds offer from Paddy Power, here is the news that punters who want to back him have been waiting for.

New customers registering an account with online betting site Paddy Power can back Rory McIlroy at 20/1 enhanced odds to win the US Masters 2015!

That’s a huge price boost, and just to put that into context, that is a bigger price that the main clutch of challengers like Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. So the stakes have been raised on McIlroy and if you want to take the Paddy Power enhanced odds then register for a new account with them through our unique promotional links.

After registration, place your FIRST Bet up to a maximum of £10 on Rory Mcilroy to win the US Masters at the normal price on the site. If McIlroy wins the US Masters, then you will be paid out in cash at the normal price on the site then have the rest of the winnings paid out to reflect the enhanced odds of 20/1, credited as free bets.

7th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


The first major of the golfing season is here with us, as the best in the world hit the famous Augusta course this week. The battle for the green jacket, which has been won twice in the last three seasons by Bubba Watson will be up again. This year there is added spice of it being chance for Rory McIlroy to land a career grand slam.

Rory McIlroy is the outright favourite at Coral to win the US Masters 2015 at a price of 6/1, which is a little bit short for many punters to consider. That price on him has actually drifted a bit because punters were deserting him when he was in a point shorter at the head of the market. However, with Coral’s fantastic enhanced odds Masters 2015 betting promotion, you can grab some phenomenal value on the world’s number one.

New customers at Coral can back McIlroy at 17/1 in the enhanced odds deal. The actual offer is the chance to grab treble odds on all players in the US Masters 2015 field!

So the likes of Bubba Watson would move on up to 30/1 from 10/1 (the mark where most of the main challengers are at behind McIlroy’s short price). The great Coral deal means that you could even take Tiger Woods up from 40/1 to 120/1 to land another US Masters title if you wanted to.

Just register an account with online betting site Coral using our special promotional links only, and then deposit 5 or more into your account. Your enhanced odds will then be available to be snapped up. You must place your first real money bet as  win single of up to 5 on any player in the US Master to get the treble odds deal. The offer expires  15:20 GMT Thursday 9th March.

7th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Bubba Watson

The first major tournament of the golfing year is right around the corner as the players head to the famous Augusta National Golf Club in the hope of sitting on top of the leaderboard on Sunday evening and getting the opportunity to pull on the green jacket.

The course is pretty unforgiving and tough to tame with so many trees and heavy rough along the 7,400 yards that it is, and players will be hoping to come through challenges like the famous trio of holes at Amen Corner unscathed.

Tiger Woods, who has fallen outside of the top 100 players in the world has apparently accepted his invitation to play, but that doesn’t mean that he is going to turn up. He is on his self imposed exile from the game at the moment and the fourth time Masters champion isn’t really worth talking about right now and is out at no value at 50/1. Will he ever be value again when looking at Masters golf betting?

The new king of the game is of course Rory McIlroy who is just missing the Masters to complete a major Grand Slam in his career. He hasn’t fired off the best record at the Masters, having done no better than an eighth place tie back in 2014. But his form over the back end of 2014 was phenomenal and and he has already bagged himself a 2015 win in the Dubai Desert Classic. He hasn’t gone particularly well on the American side of things this season, he is probably far too short at a quote of 6/1 with online bookmaker Bet365 for many punters.

It can be argued that if he is on form, then no-one is capable of stopping him. There are strong challengers in the field who perhaps will have far more appeal than McIlroy currently, in particular Bubba Watson who has won it twice in the last three editions. So he clearly has the form at Augusta and Dustin Johnson is also back on top of his game, earning four top ten finishes in his six starts this season. Impressive form and being such a big hitter, he can put everything together to pull on that green jacket.

There is probably bigger value knocking around the top ten finish market for your Masters 2015 golf betting, because the likes of Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson are around the 6/4 mark. It is worth taking the extra coverage and you could even rein that in a little to a top five finish in Masters 2015 golf betting if you would prefer a little tastier price on your selection. But of course, your betting is not limited to there.

You can dip into other markets such as First Round Leader, Top Englishman, Top American, Top Ameautur and even push some money towards the winning nationality, or even an age spread on the winner. Golf is hard to predict because of the massive field and enduring nature of a single tournament, so you are better off spreading your bets a little bit in markets.

Masters 2015 Golf betting odds at Bet365

Rory McIlroy 6/1, Bubba Watson 11/1, Jordan Spieth 10/1, Jason Day 14/1, Dustin Johnson 16/1, Henrik Stenson 16/1, Adam Scott 20/1, Jimmy Walker 25/1, Phil Mickelson 25/1, 33/1 bar

New customers registering an account with online betting site Bet365 can get upto a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus, as the bookie will match the value of your initial deposit with a free bet bonus. Great way to get started and to enjoy the active Masters 2015 betting market.

31st March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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