M2M Russian Open Betting Tips – Thursday 3rd September 2015

The European Tour rolls on this week with the M2M Russian Open in, well, Russia unsurprisingly. It is far from the biggest or most glamourous tournament on the European Tour calendar as the tour goes through something of a dip before the season ending Race to Dubai finals get underway in earnest. Still, David Horsey will be looking to carry on with an impressive run of form and defend his title. This week is also the first event in which ranking points for the 2016 Ryder Cup Team are up for grabs although if too many of the players in the field make Darren Clarke’s team it is fair to say the USA would be ranked as huge favourites with many of Europe’s finest in the US for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The venue for this week’s action is the Skolkovo Golf Club which is fairly close to the centre of Moscow. Jack Nicklaus designed the parkland course which is expected to play fairly easy for those players making the trip to compete. Expect a high number of birdies across the 7,025 yard par 71 track and even the odd eagle or two over the very reachable par fives. The combined yardage of the par fives is just 1,697 yards so the bigger hitters in the field should be taking advantage by giving themselves looks at eagle putts.

Although Horsey is the defending champion he will have to master a brand new course to hold onto his title. Horsey’s recent win at the Made in Denmark was impressive enough but he certainly gave the rest of the field enough chances to steal the win away from him. Given that it is a new course, it is difficult to ascertain exactly what to look for in terms of a winner so form looks to be as good a place to start as any. Horsey has the sort of recent form you would want about a player before parting with any money on them and he certainly has the quality to rise to the top of this field so Bet365’s 14/1 looks a fair enough price.

The only player to be priced shorter than Horsey in the outright market is Maximillian Kieffer. The German is currently ranked 46th on the Race to Dubai rankings which reflects the steady if unspectacular season that he has had. The 25-year-old is winless on the European Tour but he has become known for his consistency as he has yet to miss the cut in any of the 19 events he’s taken part in. Back in May Kieffer showed what he is capable of by breaking the course record at the very difficult Royal County Down and at 10/1 with Ladbrokes this could be the perfect place for his maiden win.

Edoardo Molinari can tell the rest of the field exactly what it’s like to be part of a Ryder Cup team. He was part of the winning 2010 European team and would dearly love to reach those sorts of heights once again. ‘Dodo’ has really struggled for form this season but the added incentive of Ryder Cup points could be just the thing to kick him into gear. He’s 50/1 with BetVictor which looks a big price in this company.

Deutsche Bank Championship Betting Tips – Friday 4th September 2015

It’s the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs this week as the top 100 players in the rankings make the trip to Massachusetts for the Deutsche Bank Championship, running from Friday to Monday. Jason Day goes into this week’s tournament sitting pretty at the top of the rankings thanks to the 2,000 points he was awarded for his victory at the Barclays last week. Day’s red hot form (he’s won three tournaments in the last four weeks) sees him installed as the bookies’ favourite at a general 6/1 but he has to compete not only with Jordan Spieth but the returning Rory McIlroy.

The venue for the Deutsche Bank remains TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. The 7,214 yard course is a par 71 that was originally designed by Arnold Palmer although significant changes were made to the tack just five years after opening in 2007. Those alterations were welcomed by the players as this is one of the most popular courses on Tour. The galleries undoubtedly have a positive impact on the players but what they like most is that this a course where a low score is very possible. Henrik Stenson won the Deutsche Bank in 2013 with a score of 22 under par and we could be in line for something similar with this renewal.

Rory McIlroy regained his status as the number one ranked golfer in the world despite not even making an appearance in New Jersey last week. Spieth’s failure to make the cut with a new set of irons gifted the top spot back to the Northern Irishman but he will soon have to start winning tournaments to hold off the challenge of Spieth. That winning run could begin this week. McIlroy won the Deutsche Bank in 2012 and it is a course that really suits his game. A bona fide bombers’ paradise, McIlroy is able to really cut loose at TPC Boston and could start a golden end to a disappointing season at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.

Another big hitter who could challenge the top of the leaderboard this week is Brooks Koepka. The 25-year-old American is just one place below McIlroy in the FedEx Cup rankings so he’ll also be playing without too much pressure for a very strong week. Koepka’s powerful game will stand him in very good stead at TPC Boston where there are drivable par fours and reachable par fives. As well as prodigious distance off the tee, Koepka ranks fifth on the PGA tour in terms of strokes gained putting, a statistic that has proved vital in past renewals of the Deutsche Bank so back him each way at 40/1 with Ladbrokes.

If you are looking for a long odds shot to add to your staking this week, look no further than Will Wilcox. Wilcox is something of a late bloomer in golfing terms at 29 but he has been tipped to reach the very heights of the game by some of those in the know. He has yet to really prove himself amongst the best players but he has no choice this week. At 89th in the FedEx rankings, it is sink or swim time. If he rises to the challenge you can profit by backing him each way at 200/1 with BetVictor.

Czech Masters Betting Tips – Thursday 27th August 2015

The Czech Masters returns this week for only the second running of the tournament. Once again the host venue is the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague. The interesting-looking field will compete over the course’s 7,466 yards which plays as a par 72. It is one of the youngest courses on the European Tour having only opened in 2010 but it has already impressed. The Keith Preston design first appeared on the Ladies European Tour before being put into the rotation of the main tour.

There will be a new winner of the Czech Masters as defending champion Jamie Donaldson is not around this week. The Welshman has had a poor season by his high standards and is taking some time out ahead of the Race to Dubai finals having failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. In contrast to Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson will be looking to recapture some form here this week. The Frenchman couldn’t get to the PGA Tour finals either but his decision to tee it up in the Czech Republic may pay off according to the bookies who have made him the favourite.

Dubuisson looks to be a very different player to this time last season when his form was good enough to get into the Ryder Cup team where he competed with distinction. Dubuisson may have placed inside the top 20 at the PGA Championships but he looks one to avoid this week. Instead, make James Morison your top bet for the week. The Englishman has eight top 20 finishes in his last 10 European Tour outings, has competed among some of the best players in the world this year and looks well placed for a crack at the Race to Dubai. The 30-year-old enjoyed his first experience of the Czech Masters and has all the ability to build on a solid showing to claim his third European Tour win at odds of 22/1 with Betfred.

Another Englishman who can go well this week is Eddie Pepperell. The 24-year-old from Oxfordshire gained valuable experience when he played at the PGA Championships which helped to build on another impressive season. Pepperell is 36th on the Race to Dubai so will feel confident of making it to the finals at the end of the season. He can play with the confidence of knowing that a win will secure his place and he has all the tools to do well this week. He tied for fifth at last year’s renewal and at 18/1 with Coral is clearly fancied to go even better this time around.

We may be seeing more of Paul Peterson on the European Tour in future. Peterson plays the majority of his golf on the Asian Tour but with the two tours looking to operate much more closely in future, the left handed American could become a fixture in Europe. Last week he snuck inside the top 20 at the Made in Denmark and he has solid form on the Asian Tour this year where he is ninth on their order of merit. At 80/1 with Ladbrokes, Peterson could return a nice pay out from an each way bet.

The Barclays Betting Tips – Thursday 27th August 2015

The PGA Tour season ended last week with Davis Love III winning at the Wyndham Championship but do not despair golf fans, the end of the season means the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs. The top 125 players in the FedEx standings have made it through to the playoffs but not all of them will be competing this week. The list of missing players includes Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia who have accrued enough points to make the final 100 players who will tee it up at the Deutsche Bank Championship in the next leg of the playoffs.

The 7,012 yard, par 70 course yielded some low scores the last time the world’s elite players turned up to play but it must be noted that the soft conditions of the course had a big part to play in that. Dustin Johnson won the curtailed 54 hole tournament, which was shortened due to Hurricane Irene, with a score of 19 under par. That score may be tough to reach this week as the course is much firmer making the fairways play narrower and heightening the challenge of the difficult greens.

As with many strong fields this season, it is easy to predict which players are at the top of the outright market. Jordan Spieth is the favourite (6/1 with Ladbrokes) then follows Jason Day (10/1 with Coral), Justin Rose (12/1 with Betfred) and Dustin Johnson (12/1 with Betfred). Truthfully, any of those four could win with their best golf but Rose looks to have the best chance. He has a good record at Donald Ross designs and although he’s played around with his putting set up recently, a good week with the flat stick will see him go close.

Just outside of that elite group are the likes of Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka and the second player to add to your bets for the week, Rickie Fowler. When people look back at the 2014-15 PGA Tour season Spieth will be the biggest story but the best stretch of golf was arguably produced by Fowler when winning the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. His final six holes included four birdies and one eagle which was enough to take him through to a playoff which he ended up winning. The story then was of how Fowler can no longer be called “overrated” and indeed this week, he looks underrated at 28/1 with Coral. A big week for Fowler could see him set up a charge for the $10million FedEx Cup top prize.

Robert Streb has quietly had a very strong season on the PGA Tour this season. At the end of the regular season he’s worked his way up to sixth in the rankings thanks to an early season win at the McGladrey Classic and nine top 10 finishes. The most impressive part of Streb’s game is his ability to hit a high number of greens in regulation but little else stands out. Still he ranks 10th in terms of shots gained total so his all round game has been one of the best all season. Streb is 55/1 with Bet365 and could spring a surprise at the Barclays.

Made in Denmark Betting Tips – Thursday 20th August 2015

As the European Tour season moves towards its climax the action once again returns to Aalborg for the second running of the Made in Denmark tournament. With over 80,000 fans turning up last year it was clear that Danish fans love top level golf and the players in turn loved the atmosphere at the Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort. The course includes the infamous ‘Himmerland Hill’ around the 16th green where players get to experience a Ryder Cup style atmosphere.

While a par 71 which measures a little over 7,000 yards may not look like a huge challenge, the players could be in line for a very tough week of golf. The course is very exposed to the elements which will have a big effect on the players’ ability to go low. The punishing rough needs to be avoided but that is no easy task given the slopes that are found throughout the course. From a betting perspective it is imperative to back players who can handle changeable conditions so look to those who have done well previously at links courses.

One such player is Soren Kjeldsen. The 40-year-old will relish playing in the country of his birth and could well delight the galleries with a win. Kjeldsen is by no means a long hitter but he makes up for that with an incredible ability to control the ball even in tough conditions. He showed all of that ability at Royal County Down earlier on in the season when he won the Irish Open and has been in decent form since then. Like all the players, there will be times this week when things aren’t going to plan for Kjeldsen but he has the composure to deal with that and produce another fine performance at 18/1 with Coral.

Matthew Fitzpatrick is only half Kjeldsen’s age but his youth hasn’t stopped him from taking to life on the European Tour with ease. After finishing as the top amateur in the 2013 Open Championship (showing a strong ability to play links golf in sometimes tough conditions), Fitzpatrick decided to turn pro and test himself against the best. He has yet to get his maiden professional victory but came closer than ever at the Omega European Masters last month. There are similarities between the course at Crans and the Backtree New Course so back Fitzpatrick to break his duck at 20/1 with Coral.

The final player to add to your staking this week is Chris Paisley. The 29-year-old Englishman is relatively small for a professional golfer, something which allows him to stay rooted to the ground and play well in windy conditions. His best performance to date came on the Challenge Tour in 2012 when he won the English Challenge but there are reasons to back him this week at 125/1 with Ladbrokes. He’s an accurate driver, is able to find the majority of greens in regulation and when he’s there he takes advantage with his good putting. He’s had some good weeks this season including at Crans and last time out in the rescheduled Madeira Islands Open so have a small stakes each-way bet on the Englishman.

Wyndham Championship Betting Tips – Thursday 20th August 2015

The Wyndham Championship once again closes the curtain on the PGA Tour season this week. The final event of the year before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin next week with the Barclays takes place at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Amongst the strong field are a number of players looking for one more push to get inside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup rankings so that they can make it through to the finals and have a shot at the $10million jackpot that awaits the winner.

Although the Wyndham is a well-regarded tournament held at a great course, some of the best players often give it a swerve to prepare for the FedEx playoffs. So the fans in Greensboro will be delighted that the likes of Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama and Martin Kaymer will add a little bit of international flair. They’ll also get a first chance to see Tiger Woods who has never played at the tournament before but finds himself needing a good week to qualify for next week.

The par 70, 7,127 yard course often yields some very low scores but only for those players who possess good accuracy. Driving distance never hurts but it is more about where you hit it rather than how far. The greens are quite small so players with good scrambling stats are also to be looked at in terms of the betting.

The bookies’ favourite for the week is the American, Brooks Koepka. Koepka managed to finish tied for fifth place at the PGA Championship last week even though he had a very poor start to the tournament. Were it not for a horror show on his first nine holes, Koepka could have been in one of the final groups on Sunday but he still has many positives to take to Greensboro. A long hitter, Koepka can struggle with some wayward drives but he makes up for that with an ability to either hit the greens or get up and down for par with a solid short game. At 16/1 with Coral, Koepka offers good value for a favourite.

Another long hitter who should have a good week at the Wyndham is Justin Thomas. The 22-year-old has the lowest average score on the par fives in the field, a key stat for success in recent renewals. He’s also a great chipper but actually putts the ball better than Koepka. Thomas is a 28/1 shot with BetVictor which looks too big a price even though he is still without a win on the PGA Tour.

Billy Horschel found out last season how important it is to hit form at this point of the season. He was fairly average at the start of last season but turned it on at FedEx Cup playoff time. Horschel and his brightly coloured trousers made it through each round, eventually winning the coveted FedEx Cup picking up the winner’s cheque. The 28-year-old has learnt to not beat himself up too much and has found a way of making the most of his accurate iron play. At 25/1 with Bet365, Horschel looks a solid each-way bet.

USPGA Championship Betting Tips – Thursday 13th August 2015

It doesn’t get much better than this for golf fans. The final Major of the season takes place this week at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. This is the third time that the USPGA Championship has been held at the Pete and Alice Dye designed par 72 track, with Martin Kaymer winning in 2010 and Vijay Singh victorious in 2004.

The season’s two previous Major winners Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson will tee it up together with defending champion Rory McIlroy in the standout three ball of Thursday and Friday but the galleries will also be entertained by the likes of big hitting Bubba Watson, four-time champion Tiger Woods and the always colourful John Daly.

The land that Whistling Straits sits on used to be an airfield but is now home to potentially the best links course in the whole of America. As well as hundreds and hundreds of bunkers and mounds, punishing fescue rough and tricky greens, the players will have to contend with the wind which will have a huge effect on scoring should it whip up.

What does it take to win around Whistling Straits? Well, like many of the courses that the professionals play on, driving distance certainly has its plusses. The four par fives offer good scoring opportunities should the players go for the greens in two while the shorter the clubs hit into the par fours the better. However, those without a power game have done well here before and the key stat appears to be a high percentage of greens hit in regulation. Another key is good recent form. Winners of the USPGA Championship have tended to come into the tournament in good nick and 12 of the last 14 champions had a previous victory to their name that season.

With those criteria, Jason Day stands out from the crowd. The 27-year-old was in contention at both the US Open and Open Championships which were played around links courses and he has won twice this season, most recently at the RBC Canadian Open. His driving stats are impressive and although he doesn’t rank at the top of the field in terms of greens in regulation, he more than makes up for that with his scrambling. At 14/1 with Betfred, Day could finally make his Major breakthrough this week.

It is also tempting to back the defending champion. McIlroy’s price has understandably lengthened due to his injury lay off but the world number one’s game is very well suited to Whistling Straits. The Northern Irishman is all about the Majors so wouldn’t have made the trip if he didn’t feel he could compete towards the top of the leaderboard and at 11/1 with Bet365, he offers a decent amount of value.

For an outside bet this week, how about Francesco Molinari. The Italian has had a steady if unspectacular season on the PGA and European Tours this season where he tops the driving accuracy stats. He is able to convert that high number of fairways hit into impressive greens in regulation stats. If he can covert the chances he will undoubtedly give himself this week, he could make the 150/1 that Ladbrokes are offering look a silly price indeed.

Barracuda Championship Betting Tips – Thursday 6th August 2015

Although most of the attention of the golfing world will be on the Bridgestone Invitational there is a very intriguing alternate event taking place in Reno. The Barracuda Championship is the only Modified Stableford event on the PGA Tour and it allows some of the lesser known Tour players a chance to win a bona fide event which carries with it 300 FedEx Cup points, a winner’s cheque of over $500,000 and a two year tour card.

Once again the beautiful Montreux Golf and Country Club is hosting the event. Set amongst the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Jack Nicklaus-designed course plays shorter than its 7,472 yards because of the effects of altitude. Water is a feature on a number of the holes but the fairways are wide if undulating and there isn’t too much to worry about on the greens. The scoring system this week awards eight points for an albatross, five points for an eagle and two for a birdie. Those who go the wrong side of par will be punished by a one point deduction for a bogey and three points for a double bogey or worse.

The scoring system means that attacking golf will be rewarded so the bigger hitters certainly have an advantage. Just a couple of eagles on the par fives over the four rounds will have a big effect on the score as Geoff Ogilvy won last year’s renewal with a final score of 49 points. The other important aspect is scrambling. An ability to get up and down out of trouble will avoid any momentum sapping penalties as the players look to put a score together.

Many bookies have made Ogilvy the favourite to defend his title (he’s 18/1 with Coral) but there are a few other players who offer more value than the Australian. The first is Will Wilcox. The 29-year-old came second in the last alternative event, the Barbasol Championship which was played at the same time as the Open Championship. Last week he tied for 21st in the stronger field at the Quicken Loans National and the drop back down to a weaker field will help no end so back him at 28/1 with Coral.

The second player to be on side with this week is Austin Cook. Cook plays most of his golf on the Web.com Tour but made an appearance at the Shell Houston Open where he put together a solid week that included a round with Phil Mickelson. Cook ticks both the distance and short game boxes which are required for success at Montreux. He’s been ranked a 22/1 shot by Coral which seems good enough value.

Finally let’s go for a long shot. Steve Alker, the 44-year-old New Zealander is as big as 250/1 with BetVictor but his chances look much better than those odds suggest. He’s competed and won on many tours around the world so knows what it takes to win. A big hitter who hits the vast majority of greens in regulation, Alker is a very good each way shot.

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Betting Tips – Thursday 6th August 2015

The World Golf Championship events have the strongest fields in golf, Majors aside. Just look at the outright betting market for this week’s Bridgestone Invitational, the third WGC event of the season. There is quality everywhere you look from Jordan Spieth at the very top to Ryder Cup winner Stephen Gallagher towards the bottom. With no cut, golf fans will be treated to the top golfers in the world doing what they do best.

Once again the Bridgestone Invitational takes place at Firestone Country Club and its 7,400 yard par 70 course. You won’t find a longer par 70 on the professional circuit and the 667 yard 16th hole is the longest par five in any event save for the Major championships. This is a course where hitting it a long way helps a great deal. It’s also a course that rewards the steady players who hit the majority of greens in regulation. Whoever rises to the top of this all-star field will have to show an incredibly well rounded game.

Last season Rory McIlroy was in the middle of a tremendous run of form and won here by two shots, just edging out Sergio Garcia. With the world number one absent because of an injury, Garcia must fancy his chances of going one better. An aggressive player, Sergio is capable of keeping up with the biggest hitters and he possesses what many believe to be the best ball striking in the world. This season has been another good one for the Spaniard and even though he hasn’t yet won he’s reserved his best golf for the biggest stages. He lost in a playoff at the Players Championship and placed 18th or higher in each of the Majors. At 28/1 with Bet365 Sergio is an obvious bet and very good value.

Another price that jumps out from the screen is Coral’s 45/1 about Matt Kuchar. The 37-year-old is one of the most consistent performers on the PGA Tour and he has winning form in very strong fields. In the last five years Kuchar has placed 27th at worst at Firestone showing that he can more than make up for a relative lack of power. The one negative for Kuchar is his tied for 46th finish at the Masters as form at Augusta usually indicates a good week at the Bridgestone but at that price you can forgive him and get on board with an each way bet.

Of the main contenders for the title, the man to include in your staking is Jason Day. Spieth is too short at 6/1, there are question marks over the ability of both Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler to close out a victory and Dustin Johnson has a mixed record at Firestone. Day (14/1 with BetVictor) came fourth here in 2011 and comes into the tournament in some of the best form of his life. This is his first start since he won the Canadian Open and were it not for a severe case of vertigo he could have broken his Major duck at the US Open. The Australian has the power and the precision to record back to back wins and is our main tip.

Paul Lawrie Match Play Betting Tips – Thursday 30th July 2015

There is plenty of interest and intrigue surrounding the European Tour this week as Paul Lawrie hosts a match play tournament in his home city of Aberdeen. Murcar Links, set on the North Sea coast, is the venue where 64 players – a mix of European Tour stalwarts and invitations – will battle it out in a straight knock-out format.

This is the third week of Scottish links golf that we’ve seen in the past month coming as it does soon after the Scottish Open and the Open Championship. Murcar is as true a test of links golf as either of the previous two tournaments. It’s not a long course at a shade over 6,400 yards but it is by no means easy. Thick gorse and rough surround the fairways and if you miss the greens in the wrong place the ball will trickle agonisingly away from the putting surfaces. There may be some big swings in matches here as the player who finds himself behind will have opportunities to get aggressive so don’t think that an early lead is fatal.

There is a big Scottish challenge present this week and it is led at the top of the outright market by Marc Warren. Warren hasn’t had a great season by his own high standards but he’s a three-time winner on the European Tour and his best result of the year came at the Scottish Open where he finished tied for fourth. Warren has all the short game skills required should he miss the greens this week but his accurate iron play means that will be a rarity. He knows all there is to know about links golf and generally raises his game when playing in Scotland. At 20/1 with Coral, Warren can certainly make the home fans happy.

Tyrrell Hatton will be hoping to spoil the Scottish party. The 23-year-old Englishman has can almost taste that first win on the European Tour having come so close to breaking his duck at the Omega European Masters. He ended up on his own in third place after a few loose shots punished him. Errors can often be less damaging in match play compared to stroke play and if Hatton replicates the sort of six, seven or eight hole stretches of excellence that he went on last week he’ll blow his opponents away. He’s a 22/1 shot with Bet365 and could go all the way this week.

Maximilian Kieffer has yet to miss a cut on the European Tour this season. His all-round game has held up to whatever challenge the various courses have thrown at him so far and he will be very difficult to beat in a one-on-one match. BetVictor go a standout 33/1 about his chances which is great value for a player on such a good run. His top 10 finish at the Scottish Open shows that he is more than capable of standing up to the challenges of links golf. The rest of the field will consider him a dangerous draw as he will carry on grinding no matter what the current score. Back him each-way so you get a pay-out should he reach the semi-finals.