Golf Betting

Apr 6, 41 mins ago

2017 Masters golf betting preview

2017 Masters golf betting preview

It’s the 81st Masters tournament this week, and a strong field heads to Augusta for the first major of 2017.
Dustin Johnson is in superb form and heads the betting, but with no favourite having win the tournament in 12 years, there’s plenty of value available. Keep reading for our 2017 Masters betting preview.

World number one looking to win second major title

Last week, the former Masters champion Jordan Spieth said ‘to win the Masters, you will have to beat Dustin Johnson.’
For a long time it was thought that while Johnson had the talent, he didn’t have the nerve to win the big titles. A victory at the 2016 US Open changed that, and the world number one arrives at Augusta in exceptional form.
Johnson has won his last three Tour events and is the current holder of three of the four WGC titles. He performed well at Augusta last year – he finished fourth – and is certainly the mean the others have to beat this week.
Johnson is the 13/2 favourite: just bear in mind that the favourite in the betting hasn’t won the Masters since Tiger Woods triumphed in 2005.
No-one has a better record at the Masters than Spieth. In his three visits the 23 year old has finished tied for second on two occasions, and won the third with a record-breaking score of 18 under par. Of course his collapse last year when well placed needs to be taken into consideration, as does his form which hasn’t quite hit the heights of two years ago.
The Texan has still won a couple of Tour events this year, however, and his record at Augusta speaks for itself. He is a 7/1 chance.
Speaking of collapsing in the final round of the Masters, Rory McIlroy still needs a Green Jacket to complete his grand slam of Major titles. It’s been a stop-start season for the 27 year old with injury problems hampering his performances, and he hasn’t won a Tour event this year.
However, McIlroy does have a decent record at Augusta and if he can improve his putting he should be in contention this week.
Hideki Matsuyama has been knocking on the door of a Major win for a couple of years now and looks a decent each way shout at 18/1, while the talentedJustin Thomas has three Tour wins to his name this season and looks a decent bet at 30/1.

Some outsiders to follow in the Masters betting

Last year we tipped an up and coming Englishman as a superb 55/1 each way bet for the Masters. Danny Willett ended up winning the tournament – and securing us a tidy profit – and there’s another young European Tour player who could make a splash at Augusta this year.
Tommy Fleetwood has risen into the world’s top 35 and has already taken a European Tour title this year having finished 2016 with top 15 finishes in eight of his last ten events. The 26 year old was in great form last month at the WGC-Mexico Championship, finishing runner-up to world number one Dustin Johnson after an excellent final round.
Fleetwood’s game should suit Augusta – his drives average over 300 yards and he’s ranked first on the European Tour for hitting greens – and while just one rookie has won the Masters in 82 years, he’s a decent each way punt at 80/1.
With six wins on the PGA Tour, Bill Haas has been one of the most consistent players on Tour in the last few years. He’s yet to miss a cut on Tour in 2017, and was in excellent form as he finished 3rd in the recent WGC Match Play event.
Haas always plays well at Augusta, and has made the cut in every visit to the Masters. He’s finished in the top 25 in each of his last four visits and a breakthrough at a Major tournament looks overdue. His best result was a T9 at last year’s US Open but considering his consistency at this event he looks absolutely terrific each way value at 90/1.
If you’re looking for a rank outsider then it may be worth considering one of the best amateurs in the game. Curtis Luck won last year’s US Amateur title – joining a list of former winners including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Phil Mickelson – and many amateur champions have gone on to enjoy spectacular Masters success.
Recent winners Bryson deChambeau and Matthew Fitzpatrick have fared well at Augusta and so the 20 year old Australian could also go well this week. He’s a 500/1 chance.
2017 Masters golf odds on Paddy Power.

Sep 28, 190 days ago

2016 Ryder Cup betting preview

2016 Ryder Cup betting preview

It’s the 41st Ryder Cup this weekend as the reigning champions Europe head to the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota for the showpiece event.
Europe have a terrific recent record in the competition having won eight of the last ten tournaments and Darren Clarke’s side are looking to achieve a record-breaking fourth straight win. Keep reading for our 2016 Ryder Cup betting preview.

Europe great value in Ryder Cup betting to make it four wins in a row

The European team has dominated the Ryder Cup over recent years, winning the last three tournaments. No Europe side has ever won four Ryder Cups in a row and captain Darren Clarke has an interesting mix of youth and experience this time.
There are no fewer than six rookies on the European team this year, although these include Masters champion Danny Willett, the talented Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello and up-and-coming English star Matthew Fitzpatrick.
It’s worth remembering that there were three rookies in Paul McGinley’s side two years ago and they cruised to a comfortable victory. With old hands Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia and Olympic champion Justin Rose on hand to provide experience (they have competed in 25 Ryder Cups between them), it is an exciting side that heads to Minnesota.
Clarke is relaxed about taking half a dozen newcomers to the tournament. He said: “We have six first-timers on the team this year, but of those guys, one of them is a Masters champion and those guys play a lot of their golf over here now anyway. I know the Ryder Cup is a totally different animal altogether, but those guys are ready and they are prepared.
“They have spoken a lot to the vice captains and myself over this build-up into the tournament, and they know what to expect. The home support is going to be loud, it’s going to be vociferous and rightly so; that’s the way it should be. That’s what makes The Ryder Cup so special.
“They are all so keen to get out there and play and savour the whole atmosphere of the Ryder Cup. There’s a wonderful mixture of youth in there, as well. And from a European point of view, they are really looking forward to it. They are excited.”
Europe are the 19/10 outsiders but look terrific value at that price. Considering that no American reached the semis of this year’s WGC Matchplay (Europe boasted two semi-finalists) and the fact that many of the side have wide experience playing in the US, it could well be a record-breaking fourth straight win for the visitors.

US looking to stop the Ryder Cup rot

It has been eight years since the last Ryder Cup success and such was the scale of their defeat at Gleneagles that a root and branch review of their approach to the tournament was carried out. This has resulted in captain Davis Love being given four wildcard picks and the American team looks as strong as it has in years.
The in-form Ryan Moore was given the final wildcard after his excellent performance at the Tour Championship and he joins a line-up that includes excellent matchplay golfers Patrick Reed, JB Holmes and Brooks Koepka.
Perhaps the only surprise in the American team is the absence of Bubba Watson (he will be a vice-captain) and the inclusion of Rickie Fowler who has never won a Ryder Cup match in 8 attempts.
Despite not finalising his team until Sunday, Love is happy with the outcome of the Ryder Cup ‘task force’. He said: “We learned a lot this time, but we are very, very happy with the outcome. The 11 guys have been together for two-plus weeks working on who the last pick was going to be, and our team has really come together.
“But we have leaders that have already stepped up in past years, like Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson, and Jordan Spieth has stepped up to be a great player but also a leader in the locker room. We are heavy on leadership and heavy on passion.
“We’ve just got to get out and play our game, I think is the only thing we have to do. But we’re excited about the 12 players, the six captains, the support team we have, and I don’t think we’ve ever been as pumped up and as organised and as together as a family as this group.”
In Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson, the US team have plenty of Ryder Cup experience while they can also boast two of the world’s top five players in Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. A fourth consecutive defeat would be unthinkable and the USA are the 4/7 favourites.

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Aug 14, 601 days ago

2015 US PGA golf betting preview

2015 US PGA golf betting preview

It’s the final chance for the world’s best golfers to win a Major in 2015 this week as a strong field heads to Wisconsin for the US PGA Championship.

Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are set to resume their rivalry at Whistling Straits but there are dozens of golfers with genuine title credentials. Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 US PGA Championship.

European players offer a strong challenge at Whistling Straits

There’s a strong European challenge in Wisconsin this week and it’s worth remembering that it was a European who won this tournament the last time it was hosted by Whistling Straits. Martin Kaymer was the victor on that occasion but could it finally be the time for Henrik Stenson to win a Major championship?

The Swede finished T6 in a strong field at the Bridgestone last week and has finished in the top six in four of his last five US PGA appearances, including a third place finish at the last two.

Of the 11 golfers who finished inside the top 10 at this tournament the last time it was hosted by Whistling Straits in 2010, all were inside the top 30 in Greens in Regulation, and Stenson currently leads the PGA Tour in GIR. Considering he’s in excellent form, has the game to suit the course and has a terrific record in this event Stenson looks an exceptional bet at 28/1.

Rory McIlroy returns to action after a ruptured ankle ligament kept him out of the Open and the Bridgestone and he is the 10/1 second favourite. Shane Lowry is also in great form after his breakthrough win in Ohio last weekend and the Irishman is 50/1 to make it a stunning double triumph.

Looking at the important of the GIR stats at this course it’s also worth considering the merits of Bernd Wiesberger. The Austrian is a three-time winner on the European Tour and is currently one of only three players who rank inside the top 20 in Greens in Regulation and Putts Per GIR on the European Tour.

Since playing in the last group of the PGA Championship last year at Valhalla, only Danny Willett has more top 15 finishes on the European Tour than Wiesberger and the 29 year old is superb each way value at 175/1.

Americans have won just two of the last seven PGA Championships

After his stellar year it’s perhaps no surprise that Jordan Spieth is the 6/1 favourite to bag his third Major of 2015.

Since missing the cut at the Players Championship, the 22 year-old’s record reads T2, T30, T3, 1, 1, T4 and T10 and 25 of his last 28 rounds of tournament golf have been par or better. He is certain to be there or thereabouts at 6/1.

Bubba Watson comes into this tournament on the back of two consecutive second place finishes and was unlucky to lose a play-off to Martin Kaymer the last time the US PGA was hosted by the Straits Course.

Watson leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained: tee-to-green and par-5 scoring and the course should suit his game. He looks great value at 16/1.

Patrick Reed has been quietly going about his business in recent weeks and the American has finished in the top 30 in five of his last six tournament appearances.

If you look at the last two PGA Championship winners at Whistling Straits (Martin Kaymer and Vijay Singh), both finished in the top 30 at the previous two Majors and had at least one victory already that season. Reed ticks both of those boxes and comes into the US PGA on the back of a solid T15 performance at the Bridgestone last weekend.

Reed demonstrated with his win at last year’s WGC Cadillac Championship that he can beat the best and could be a good each way bet at 60/1.

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Jul 16, 630 days ago

2015 Open golf betting preview

2015 Open golf betting preview

Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Open Championships.

Spieth leads a strong overseas Open challenge

Were it not for an ankle injury sustained while playing football then we’d be talking about the world number one and reigning Open champion Rory McIlroy as the favourite for this week’s tournament. In his absence, the man everyone has to beat is Jordan Spieth.

The 21 year old Texan has already won both the Masters and US Open this year and is one victory away from equalling Toger Woods’ record for tournament wins before the age of 22. He comes into this tournament having shot a career best 61 on his way to winning last year’s John Deere Classic and it’s frightening how good his form is.

Spieth is a worthy favourite at 6/1.

Rickie Fowler‘s missed cut at the US Open ended a stunning run of form in Majors. The 26 year old has recorded six consecutive top 20 finishes in the Majors before his failure at Chambers Bay but comes into this year’s Open in great form having won the Scottish Open last week.

Fowler birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th to finish 12 under par and win his first European Tour title. After his one shot win he said: “I don’t know what’s so special about links golf but it’s my favourite. The golf course can play so different day after day and it presents a new challenge. It was a good test this week at Gullane.

“There are a few things we can tighten up for next week but I am looking forward to getting back to St Andrews, the Home of Golf, and getting into contention.”

Fowler finished in a share of second place at the Open last year and should go well at 16/1.

It’s surely only a matter of time before Dustin Johnson wins a Major and the American has a decent record at the Open. The 2011 runner-up has finished in the top 15 in four of the last five years and has been in decent form on the PGA Tour this year. He was T12 the last time the Open was staged at St Andrews and can go well at 12/1.

Jason Day‘s record at the Open isn’t great although the Australian looked to be back to his best when finishing T9 at the US Open. Day is 20/1 while Louis Oosthuizen is 22/1 to repeat his 2011 Open triumph at St Andrews.

Can an Englishman end a 23 year wait for an Open title?

Nick Faldo’s 1992 win was the last time an Englishman won the Open Championship and despite recent near misses for Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter a win is overdue.

Luke Donald has halted his recent decline of late and his form coming into the Open Championships is good. The 27 year old has shot eight consecutive rounds in the 60s which was enough to qualify for The Open at the Travelers Championship and to finish joint seventh at last week’s Scottish Open.

“The form feels like it’s really coming back,” Donald said. “I am getting a lot more consistency in my game which is something I’ve been lacking over the last year or so. I am excited about my game and I feel like when the putter really clicks I am going to be up there challenging for tournament wins.”

Donald finished 11th the last time The Open was staged at St Andrews in 2010 and could be a good each-way bet at 90/1.

Justin Rose shot the lowest runners-up score in Masters history to finish in second place in April and, of course, the former US Open champion has great memories of the Open having finished in a share of fourth place as an amateur in 1998.

Rose missed the cut the last time the Open as at St Andrews but I expect him to go better this year at 18/1.

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Jun 19, 657 days ago

2015 US Open golf betting preview

2015 US Open golf betting preview

It is the second Major of the year this week as a 156-man field heads to the Pacific Northwest for the 115th US Open.

The Chambers Bay course only opened in 2007 and the state of Washington will host the tournament for the first time. Considering few players have any experience on the links course it could be an unpredictable event and the players will face a tough par 70 track.

Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 US Open.

McIlroy the favourite for the second Major of the year

Back to back missed cuts may not be the ideal preparation for an assault on the second Major of the year but for Rory McIlroy a few days off may have actually done him some good. The world number one failed to make the weekend at the BMW PGA Championship and the Irish Open but believes his game is in good shape.

“I didn’t touch a golf club last week. I had played five weeks in a row, and mentally, I was ready to have a little break,” McIlroy said at the PGA Championship media day. “I just got away from it, did some other things I enjoy, got back to Florida on Sunday and started to practice.

“Gearing up for the second major of the year, and my game is feeling in really great shape and I feel like I can have another summer not too dissimilar to last year.”

One of the challenges facing all the players this year is that the Chambers Bay course is unfamiliar. The club is hosting the US Open for the first time and McIlroy admitted that it is bit of a mystery.

“It’s a bit of an unknown for everyone. From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be sort of different,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m competing against the same players I’ve been able to beat before. Hopefully, I get there again.”

McIlroy is the 15/2 favourite this week.

In my preview of the US Masters earlier this year I suggested that you backed Jordan Spieth, saying that the youngster had ‘an outstanding chance’ of winning his first Major. The 21 year old duly took the Green Jacket and he could well add the US Open title to his list of achievements this week.

Spieth has finished in the top three at 6 of his last 9 stroke play events including a T3 last time out at the Memorial Tournament. It’s also worth remembering that he knows Chambers Bay better than many of the other players. He’s seen it several times before – he played there in the 2010 US Amateur – and his caddie is a course member and got married at the club.

I like Spieth’s chances at 8/1.

Phil Mickelson still needs a US Open title to complete a career Grand Slam and  is in good form. He’s finished in the top five at three of his last five events and shot a 65 last weekend to finish T3 at the St Jude Classic. The 42-time PGA Tour winner is a 16/1 chance.

Some golf betting outsiders who could make an impact on the US Open

One of the unusual factors that will come into play this week is the fact that Chambers Bay is a links course meaning it is more likely to play like an Open Championship than a US Open.

Over recent years there have been few American players who have been more consistent on the links at the Open than Zach Johnson. Johnson has finished T9, T6 and T47 at the last three Open championships and is on a decent run of form at home.

The 39 year old has finished in the top 20 at his last four PGA Tour events including a 5th place last time out. He looks superb each-way value at 80/1.

All ten winners of the US Open in the last decade ranked in the top 16 on the PGA Tour in terms of Greens in Regulation. If you’re looking for someone who falls into that category and who is in good form it could pay to consider Francesco Molinari.

The Italian has enjoyed a good few weeks, finishing in the top five in three tournaments since mid May. After a T2 finish at the Open de Espana he finished 5th at the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth and then T3 at Muirfield Village in the Memorial.

Molinari ranks fifth on the PGA Tour for GIR and could be an excellent each-way outsider at 100/1.

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May 20, 687 days ago

2015 BMW PGA Championship betting preview

2015 BMW PGA Championship betting preview

The BMW PGA Championship has been a fixture on the British sporting calendar since 1955 and is often regarded as the flagship event on the European Tour.

There is a strong field heading to the West Course at Wentworth this week, including Rory McIlroy who will defend his title having shot an incredible round of 61 last weekend on his way to winning the Wells Fargo Championship.

Keep reading for our betting preview of the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Rory is yet again the man to beat

After yet another win on the PGA Tour last weekend, Rory McIlroy arrives at Wentworth as the defending champion and 11/4 favourite. The world number one is playing exceptionally well at present but comes into the event having played 250 holes of tournament golf in just three weeks.

“I have accomplished a lot of things over the last few weeks,” McIlroy said. “I wanted to make a push and get up there in the FedEx Cup; even though there’s still a long way to go in that, it’s always nice to see your name up around the top. It’s just a great momentum builder.

“Going into the thick of the season, I have still got three majors coming up. There is still a lot of golf, a lot of things to play for, and I don’t feel like my game has ever been in better shape. So I’m excited for the next few months.”

McIlroy’s last ten European Tour finishes read 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 9th, 4th, 1st. Even at a skinny 11/4 there are plenty of reasons to back him this weekend.

English players have a decent record at their ‘home’ event with five wins in the last nine editions of the BMW PGA. Luke Donald has two of these and even though he may not be in the form of his life an each-way bet on the 37 year old would have resulted in a profit in five of the last seven years. Donald is 28/1 this week.

Lee Westwood has been playing this event for a couple of decades and despite six top-ten finishes and two runners-up he is yet to win the title. The 42 year old has been in solid form this year and on a course he believe suits his game he could also go close at 25/1.

Danny Willett had a decent debut at the Masters, went all the way to the semi-finals of the WGC World Matchplay and currently sits second on the Race to Dubai rankings. It’s not been a terrific course for him in recent years but he did finish 5th on his debut at Wentworth in 2010 and on current form he could go well at 40/1.

Some outsiders to watch at Wentworth this week

Francesco Molinari is one of the more consistent players on the European Tour and after his runner-up finish at the Open de España last weekend, the Italian could be a good each-way bet this week.

With three consecutive top ten finishes at this event Molinari has a good recent record around the West Course. One of the straightest players on Tour, Molinari leads the PGA Tour in driving accuracy and has shot par or better in each of his last 24 worldwide rounds.

At 30/1 he looks great value.

Anirban Lahiri may not be a household name but the 27 year old is on his way to becoming a true Indian sporting hero. Lahiri has already won twice on the European Tour in 2015, capturing the Malaysian Open and the Indian Open titles and over €650,000 in the process.

Lahiri has also had a solid start to his PGA Tour career and while he is yet to break the top 25 he’s only missed the cut in a two out of eight events. It is his debut a Wentworth but at 125/1 he looks like absolutely terrific each way value.

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May 7, 700 days ago

2015 Players Championship betting preview

2015 Players Championship betting preview

Often called the ‘fifth Major’, the Players Championship has the biggest prize fund in world golf with a cool $10 million up for grabs this week. Now in its 42nd year, a strong field heads to TPC Sawgrass including a strong European representation.

An Englishman has never won this tournament, so could this be the year? Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Players Championship.

Strong European contingent head to Florida for $10 million event

Another week, another win for Rory McIlroy. The world number one picked up his 10th PG Tour title last weekend by beating Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey, Jim Furyk and Gary Woodland to capture the WGC-Cadillac Matchplay title.

McIlroy was in excellent form all weekend and comes into this tournament on the back of his fourth place finish at the Masters. He’s finished in the top ten at the last two editions of this tournament and so is a worthy 7/1 favourite.

After a pretty mediocre start to 2015 it has been a terrific few weeks for Justin Rose. After missing a cut at the Valspar in March the world number six has been on an upward curve, finishing second at the Masters and winning the Zurich Classic.

Rose is a stunning 43 under par for his last 12 rounds of stroke play golf and finished fourth at this event last year. Oddly, an Englishman has never won the Players Championship but Rose could end that barren run at 20/1.

He may not be hitting the headlines every week but Lee Westwood has been going about his business this year in a quiet and effective fashion. The world number 23 already has six top 25 finishes across the world in 2015 including a T5 at the Malaysian Open and a T12 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March.

TPC Sawgrass is a course that Westwood thrives on and he can boast three top ten finishes at this event since 2010. The Englishman is a 35/1 chance.

The American players to have on your golf betting coupon this week

Americans have won two of the last three editions of this tournament and there is a strong home field in Florida this week, led by the Masters champion Jordan Spieth.

The 21 year old has recorded top two finishes in four of his last five stroke play tournaments and has risen to number two in the world. His defeat to Lee Westwood at last week’s Matchplay means he finally had a few days to recover after a punishing schedule and he will be keen to better his T4 finish on his debut at this event in 2014. Spieth is available at 15/2.

Jim Furyk has been on a good run of form, finishing fourth at the Matchplay last weekend having ended his long wait for a PGA Tour title by winning the RBC Heritage a fortnight ago. His second place finish at the Players in 2014 was his best in 19 attempts and he could represent great value at 25/1.

Since missing the cut at the Honda Classic in early March it’s been a good few weeks for Dustin Johnson. The world number 8 is 31 under par for his last four stroke play events with a win and two top ten finishes among that excellent run.

Johnson has no record to speak of at this tournament – a T34 five years ago is by far his best effort – but on recent form he could be one to watch at 35/1.

While not Americans, there are two PGA Tour pros that are worth keeping an eye on this week. Hideki Matsuyama had recorded four consecutive top 25 finishes before being thrashed at the World Matchplay by Rory McIlroy last week. The 23 year old was fifth at the Masters and it could be his year at 30/1.

Adam Scott has been struggling to find his best form over the last few weeks but the 2004 Players champion has a good record at the course, which can be a huge advantage. The Australian recorded top 20 finishes at Sawgrass in 2012 and 2013 and looks a big price at 35/1.

Golf Betting

Apr 28, 709 days ago

2015 WGC-Cadillac Matchplay betting preview

2015 WGC-Cadillac Matchplay betting preview

The WGC-Cadillac Matchplay championship is now in its 17th year and 64 of the world’s top players will head to TPC Harding Park this week for one of the calendar’s leading head-to-head events.

For the first time this year, the field will be divided into 16 groups of four players each, who will play round-robin matches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The player with the best record in each group then progresses to the last 16, when a straight knockout format will determine the winner.

Keep reading for our betting preview of the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Matchplay.

Strong European challenge in San Francisco

With almost half of the field hailing from the European Tour there is a strong representation from the continent at Harding Park this week. Leading the way is the top seed and world number one Rory McIlroy who is the 10/1 joint favourite despite not having a great record at this event.

The 25 year old’s record in the tournament is pretty mediocre by his high standards, with a runner-up finish to Hunter Mahan in 2012 the only time he has progressed past the quarter-finals in six previous visits. And, if you consider the relative world rankings of the group competitors, McIlroy is in the toughest group alongside Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner.

Ian Poulter loves matchplay golf and will renew his rivalry with Webb Simpson this year. The Englishman defeated Simpson in the 2012 Ryder Cup singles at Medinah before halving with the American during Europe’s victory at Gleneagles last year. Poulter is a former winner of the tournament and is available at 35/1.

Graeme McDowell‘s T26 finish at the RBC Heritage last week was his best result of 2015 but he has done well in this tournament in recent years. He lost by one hole to the beaten finalist Victor Dubuisson last year and was beaten 1 up by semi-finalist Jason Day in 2013.

The 35 year old said: “Even if you lose on Day 1, you still have something to play for. Even if you win your first couple matches, you can go out on the third day. There’s so much to play for this week.

“You need to not worry too much about all the permutations. Just get your head down and try to put your points on the board. There’s a lot of ‘ifs.’ You just have to go out and take care of yourself.”

McDowell will face his friend Shane Lowry, Rickie Fowler and Harris English in the pool stage and is 40/1 to win.

America looking for its third winner in four years

PGA Tour golfers have won two of the last three editions of the WGC Matchplay and could well feature in the latter stages this week.

Patrick Reed was America’s top scorer in the 2014 Ryder Cup and has an excellent record in matchplay golf as both an amateur and a pro. Before missing the cut last weekend he had recorded six consecutive top 30 finishes on the PGA Tour and reached the second round last year before going out on the 21st hole to George Coetzee.

The 24 year old may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he can go well here at 25/1.

Hunter Mahan won the tournament in 2012 and finished runner-up in 2013 and has a good record (although a change of course may not suit him). Mahan is 40/1 while 2013 champion Matt Kuchar is a great matchplay competitor and could go well at 25/1.

Jordan Spieth is the 10/1 co-favourite and impressed on his debut at this event in 2014. He beat Pablo Larrazabal, Thomas Bjorn and Matt Kuchar on his way to the fourth round where he eventually lost by 1 hole to seasoned campaigner Ernie Els.

The Masters champion looks to have a tough draw – he plays recent Tour winner Matt Every, reigning Volvo World Matchplay champion Mikko Ilonen and Lee Westwood and so there may be better value elsewhere.

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Apr 8, 729 days ago

2015 Masters betting preview

2015 Masters betting preview

It’s the 79th Masters this weekend as the cream of world golf head to the famous Augusta National course looking to win the first Major of 2015.

American golfers have dominated the Masters over recent years with home grown players winning 9 of the last 14 tournaments. Bubba Watson is the defending champion although he will face strong competition from a band of talented young players.

Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Masters Tournament.

Europeans looking for first Masters win since 1999

The Masters has been a funny old tournament for the world number one in recent years. Rory McIlroy has looked well placed to win on a couple of occasions only for his game to unravel when it mattered most.

The 25 year old went into the final round four shots ahead of the chasing pack in 2011 before shooting a final round 80 and finishing outside the top ten while in 2012 he was one shot off the lead going into the weekend before fading and finishing T40.

A bad round in each of the last two years has cost him – a 79 in 2013 and 77 in 2014 – although this could finally be his year. Before missing the cut at the Honda Classic last month McIlroy’s finishing positions in his previous seven events worldwide were 2, 1, T2, T2, 1, 1 and 1. Even slight dips in form by his high standards have resulted in T9 and T11 finishes in his last two starts.

McIlroy is the 11/2 favourite and could become the first European to win the Masters since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999.

Henrik Stenson is the world’s second best golfer – at least according to the rankings – and the Swede has been in magnificent form in the US this year so far. In his three starts on the PGA Tour he has finished T4, 4 and 2.

The Ryder Cup star finished a career-best T14 at the Masters in 2014 and looks to be a solid bet this year. He is a 22/1 chance.

Since the turn of the century the two Europeans who have come closest to winning the green jacket. Last year’s runner-up Jonas Blixt is a 150/1 chance this year but a better bet is Lee Westwood who was second to Phil Mickelson in 2010 and whose recent good form has rather flown under the radar.

Before missing the cut in Houston last week Westwood has finished in the top 25 in each of the six PGA Tour events he has played in the 2014/15 season. He has recorded eight consecutive top 25 finishes worldwide and finished 7th at the Masters last year and T8 the year before. Westwood is excellent value at 40/1.

The US challenge

Much of the pre-tournament attention has focused on the participation of Tiger Woods who returns to action having played just 47 holes of competitive golf this year. Woods is as short as 40/1 to win the Masters which looks far from tempting considering his form.

The former champion is outside the world’s top 100 and hasn’t finished a PGA Tour event under par for over 570 days. I think the 10/11 on him missing the cut is terrific value.

One of the outstanding prospects in world golf, this could be a breakthrough year for last year’s Masters runner-up. Jordan Spieth has been in stunning form over recent weeks, winning the Valspar Championship and finishing runner-up at both the Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open in the last month.

The 21 year old recorded his sixth top ten finish in eight starts last weekend and one of the main reasons for his success has been the quality of his putting. I think he has an outstanding chance at 10/1.

Also 10/1 is Bubba Watson, winner of the Masters in two of the last three years. The unorthodox left hander has a superb recent record at Augusta and finished third in a strong field at the WGC Cadillac Championship in his most recent start.

With a PGA Tour win under his belt already this season the 36 year old should go well as the defending champion.

Jimmy Walker has earned more prize money in the last two seasons than in the previous twelve combined and the 25 year old won in Texas a fortnight ago. He has headed the FedEx Cup rankings for 47 of the last 61 weeks and finished T8 at Augusta last year. He looks superb each-way value at 22/1.

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Mar 4, 764 days ago

2015 WGC Cadillac Championship – Betting preview

2015 WGC Cadillac Championship – Betting preview

It’s the first WGC event of 2015 this weekend and that means a strong field from across the world will meet in Florida for the Cadillac Championship.

Last week’s Honda Classic saw a host of big names miss the cut and this week may get no easier with Patrick Reed winning last year’s event with a score of just 4 under par. Keep reading for our preview of this weekend’s golf.

A strong European contingent amongst the favourites

Thirty five European Tour players make the trip to Florida this week and after dominating the top five places at last week’s Honda Classic there are high hopes that we will see a European winner of this event for the first time since Justin Rose in 2012.

Rory McIlroy was one of those to miss the cut last weekend which was a huge surprise considering his recent form. In his previous seven events his finishing position had been 2, 1, T2, T2, 1, 1 and 1 and the world number one remains the man to beat. McIlroy is the 5/1 favourite.

Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson was just a shot behind eventual winner Patrick Reed last year and the Welshman is hoping to go one better in 2015. His performance at Doral kickstarted a tremendous season and he has already recorded three top 20 finishes in 2015 including a sixth place at last week’s Honda Classic.

Donaldson looks terrific each-way value at 40/1.

If you’re looking for a man with a terrific record in WGC events then you should look no further than Graeme McDowall. GMac was the only player to finish in the top 10 of each of the four WGC events in 2014 and he has the advantage of living locally. The Florida resident has finished in the top 15 on four of his last five visits to Doral including two consecutive top tens. The 40/1 is very tempting.

If you’re looking for an outsider then it may pay to consider Joost Luiten. The Dutchman recorded his best ever finish on the PGA Tour with a T11 at the Honda Classic last week and ranked second in putting inside 10 feet which could be crucial on a tough course.

The 29 year old finished T13 on his debut at Doral last year and would have finished in the top ten were it not for a first round 76. With that experience under his belt he could go really well at a standout 100/1.

The US challenge

This time last year Patrick Reed became the youngest winner of a WGC tournament when he won the Cadillac by one shot. The 24 year old may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he is in good form going into the defence of his title.

The Texan hasn’t missed a cut on the PGA Tour in 2015 and has already won an event this year (he shot 21 under par to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January). He shot two 67s to finish T7 at the Honda Classic last week and could go very well here at 25/1.

Bubba Watson has twice been a runner-up at this event and finished just a shot behind Reed last year. The 36 year old is in his home state of Florida and has been in tremendous form this season, recording a win and two second places in the PGA Tour.

Bubba is the 16/1 second favourite.

Jordan Spieth has three top 7 finishes in 2015 and finished T34 on his debut at Doral a year ago. The youngster is 20/1 as is Dustin Johnson who has two top four finishes in his last three events.

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Nov 6, 882 days ago

2014 WGC-HSBC Champions preview

2014 WGC-HSBC Champions preview

There is a stellar field in China this week for the second event in the European Tour Finals Series, the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Forty of the world’s top fifty golfers will be in attendance with several of them retaining a chance of overhauling Rory McIlroy in this year’s Race to Dubai. Keep reading for our preview of the 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions.

European Tour rankings points on offer

While Rory McIlroy remains at the top of the Race to Dubai there is a man in form who could bag over a million rankings points this weekend and take the fight to the world number one.

Sergio Garcia is in terrific form right now. While his European colleagues were at the BMW Masters last week he was at the PGA Tour sanctioned event in Malaysia where he finished in a share of second place. Consider also his second place finishes at the Open and the WGC Bridgestone and the Spaniard looks like terrific value at 16/1.

Garcia finished 4th at this event last year and is overdue a win.

Ryder Cup teammate Jamie Donaldson is another man in terrific form. The Welshman is second in the current Race to Dubai standings and can close the gap on Rory with a good performance in Shanghai.

Donaldson has recorded top 10 finishes in each of his last four starts and finished T8 at last year’s WGC-HSBC. He offers great each-way value at 28/1.

Justin Rose has finished fourth in each of his last two events and is the 11/1 favourite while I also like the chances of Alexander Levy at 50/1. Levy was winning by five shots at last week’s BMW Masters before being pegged back and losing to Marcel Siem in a playoff and shot a 61 in his previous tournament to win.

The Rest of the World challenge

The tournament boasts the toughest qualification criteria of all the World Golf Championships. The majority of the field have qualified only by winning a key tournament on their Tours or by being ranked in the world’s top 50. What this means is that there is a very strong field in Shanghai.

World number two Adam Scott is the 16/1 second favourite and said: “The WGC-HSBC Champions is a first class event that always attracts the very best players from all over the world. The first ten years of the HSBC Champions have been incredibly successful and I am sure the next ten and beyond will be even better.”

He may not have won a tournament in 2014 but Rickie Fowler has been in terrific form and the Californian finished in the top five in all four Majors. On arriving in China Fowler said: “This is the place to be. For the modern golfer and the modern game China is here to stay and this tournament has acted as a beacon to the very best players around the world.

“We love to play here and the support from the fans in Shanghai is something really special too. To win this tournament in its tenth year really would be an achievement.”

The 25 year old has top 10s in 8 of his last 9 worldwide starts and could follow compatriot Dustin Johnson by winning this title at 22/1.

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Oct 15, 904 days ago

2014 Volvo World Matchplay preview

2014 Volvo World Matchplay preview

Sixteen of the top golfers from across the world head to Kent this week for the 50th World Matchplay championship.

The qualifiers are an intriguing bunch and feature six Ryder Cup stars and some in-form players from the European Tour. With £650,000 on offer to the winner at the London Golf Club, there’s plenty to play for over five days of matchplay golf.

Keep reading for our preview of the 2014 Volvo World Matchplay Championship.

How the tournament works

The 16 players receive an invitation based on their performance in certain European Tour events and in the 2014 Tour Race to Dubai rankings.

They are then split into four groups of four and each man plays the others in his group over the opening three days in a matchplay format. Winners receive two points while there is a point on offer for a tie.

The top two in each group qualify for the knockout stages over the weekend.

Ryder Cup stars the favourites for victory

Graeme McDowell started the ball rolling for Europe’s Ryder Cup team on Sunday at Gleneagles by coming from three down to beat Jordan Spieth 2 and 1. McDowell is the reigning Volvo Matchplay champion and is the man to beat this weekend.

“I’m happy to be back in London where this tournament belongs,” said McDowell, who has not competed since The Ryder Cup. “I’m excited about my defence. It’s nice to not have to switch gears from my couple weeks off from my match play frame of mind.

“I was able to keep the match play sort of switch flicked the last couple weeks, and look forward to coming into this week and continuing hopefully where I left off at Gleneagles and win a couple matches and get myself into the nitty-gritty over the weekend.”

McDowell’s fourballs and foursomes partner at the Ryder Cup was Victor Dubuisson who demonstrated his ability in this form of the game by finishing runner-up in the WGC Matchplay in early 2014.

Dubuission has been one of the European Tour’s stars in 2014 and should qualify from a group that includes Stephen Gallacher, Shane Lowry and Pablo Larrazabal. He is a good bet to become the first Frenchman to win this tournament.

In-form players could be the ones to watch

While all eyes may be on Ryder Cup stars Henrik Stenson and Jamie Donaldson it could be worth following some of the in-form players on the Euroepan Tour.

Before a disappointing T93 at the Alfred Dunhill, Joost Luiten had been the Tour’s form player. The Dutchman’s win at the recent Wales Open was his third top five finish in a row and the 22 year old rising star has earned over €550,000 in prize money in his last six tournaments. He could go well here.

To qualify for the knockout stages, Luiten is likely to have to beat last week’s European Tour winner Alexander Levy. The 24 year old shot a second round 61 to win the rain-affected Portugal Masters, adding the title to his Volvo China Open win earlier in the season. The Frenchman is another one to follow at longer odds.

The one American in the field was convinced by his wife to play in this event. Patrick Reed was one of the few positives that the Americans could take from their Ryder Cup defeat, bagging 3.5 points at Gleneagles.

The Texan is relishing his return to the UK. “It would be a dream come true to win an event like this,” he said.

“To be a part of the history, a part of the guys that have won this event, just definitely means I’m moving in the right direction and playing some really good golf and that I’m on top of my game.”

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