Ryder Cup Betting Tips – Friday 30th September 2016

As Rory McIlroy took on Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell in the playoff of the Tour Championship, the crowd at East Lake Golf Course did their best to support his two American rivals. Chants of “USA! USA!” rang out but they were in vein. The Northern Irishman proved too good and eventually saw Moore off to win both the tournament and the FedEx Cup.

Sunday’s win was massive for McIlroy personally but also a potentially important one for European golf. Darren Clarke will hope that his European Ryder Cup team will gain great confidence from the sight of a European star holding off the challenge of home favourites on American soil. That’s because Europe go into this week’s Ryder Cup as the underdogs against Davis Love III’s Americans.

When you compare the two teams it is clear why the USA are the odds on favourites with the bookies. There are no weak links in Love’s team, there are five major champions in the ranks and a number of talented players who do not carry the baggage of previous defeats. There is no doubt that the Americans will take some beating but there are reasons to suggest that this European team could well be up to the challenge.

Underdogs Europe Can Win Against the Odds

The 2014 Ryder Cup was not exactly a classic. Paul McGinley deserves a lot of praise for the job he did preparing Europe but the Americans were never really at the races. It was also one of only four times in the last 10 renewals that the favourites before the event went on to win. That trend is good news for Darren Clarke.

Clarke’s European team are the underdogs with the bookies and can be backed at a best price of 2/1 with Betfair. That has to be considered value. There are certainly some huge challenges for Clarke and his vice captains. Firstly, they have to carefully manage the six rookies in the team. They’ll have to be careful with Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose who have had injury concerns over the past few months. Clarke will also have to rely on a little bit of hope when it comes to the likes of Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood and Rafa Cabrera Bello who are not in great form.

However, Europe have two current major champions, the Olympic champion and the FedEx Champion. Hazeltine shouldn’t hold too many concerns for the European players and they’ll all be desperate to win for their very popular captain. For those reasons, have a bet on Europe to win.

Fowler Could Be the Bright Spark for America

Rickie Fowler’s form tailed off quiet considerably towards the end of the PGA Tour season. Fowler did not make it to the Tour Championship but there was never a question about his inclusion as a wildcard. Fowler is incredibly popular in the locker room, he relishes the chance to play in a team and will be able to whip the crowd up into a near frenzy. Fowler is the sort of patriotic team player who the Americans so badly need in their team and he looks a good bet to bet the top American at odds of 12/1 with Sky Bet.

Tour Championship Betting Tips – Thursday 22nd September 2016

The FedEx Cup is now one of the very biggest prizes any golfer can win. In terms of the financial reward, the $10 million prize is the biggest, but in terms of prestige the end of season event is also huge. Only the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup rankings qualified for a place at East Lake Golf Club and of that highly talented field only the top five are guaranteed of winning the FedEx Cup if they win the Tour Championship.

The FedEx Cup playoffs provide a unique sense of drama to the PGA Tour. There are massive tournaments all through the season but the sense of momentum provided by the playoffs is unique. That momentum is key when it comes to winning the FedEx Cup with the winners all hitting form just at the right time. However, with the last six FedEx Cup champions all winning the Tour Championship, it is also vital to get a handle on East Lake.

At 7,385 yards, the par 70 looks like a long test of golf. However, previous tournaments prove that accuracy trumps distance at East Lake. It’s perhaps ironic that a boring, plodding style of golf should provide a route to such an eye catching prize but the winner this week will have to keep their ball out of trouble, hit a high percentage of greens in regulation and scramble very well around the tricky greens. Putting well is also key as scoring has become much tougher around East Lake since the club changed the greens to Bermuda grass.

Reed’s Fate in His Own Hands

Patrick Reed finished a disappointing 27th at East Lake last season but he travelled to Atlanta knowing that his chances of winning the FedEx Cup were slim at best. This time around, his win at The Barclays has propelled the American into the top five and so he just needs one more win to bag that $10 million. Winning multiple playoff events is actually pretty common and with Reed in good form, his odds of 20/1 with Betfred should be snapped up.

Spieth to Double Up?

It has not been a vintage season for Jordan Spieth. That feels like a weird sentence to write given that the 23-year-old has won twice this campaign but his standards are so high that he will have expected much more. The swing issues that have dogged Spieth this year have been both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, he’s been unable to contend as much as he’d like but on the other it’s proven he has one of the very best short games in the world. The defending FedEx Cup champion knows how to win at East Lake and could well double up at 9/1 with BetVictor.

Grillo Instantly at Home

You’d never know that Emiliano Grillo was a PGA Tour rookie by looking at him. The young Argentine has already won on Tour and his form has been so consistently good that he’s made it to East Lake. Nothing seems to phase Grillo and he could just shock the game’s biggest names by winning at 50/1 with Ladbrokes.

European Open Betting Tips – Thursday 22nd September 2016

The European Open fell off the European Tour schedule seven years ago but it returned last year with an event at the Beckenbauer Course at Harlt Golf Club. It returns to the club once again this week with yet another strong field looking to take home the prize.

The Beckenbauer Course is a 7,188 yard par 71 layout. That’s a relatively short layout by professional standards and it really is a course which the bigger hitters can overpower. Not only is the land very flat and the fairways generous, but there has been a great deal of wet weather in the Bad Griesbach area which will make the course play longer but the fairways play wider.

The wet weather has also had a couple of other knock-on effects. First, the greens are going to be slow. Players will have to make the most of their practice rounds to ensure that they get the ball to the hole when it counts. The greens will also be more receptive, meaning we could see some low scores if players can adapt to the greens.

Pieters Can Power to Victory

Thomas Pieters may have planned to turn up to Hazeltine next week fully rested but a bad reaction to a bee sting put paid to that. His withdrawal from the KLM Open meant he felt a bit under-golfed so the Belgian has decided to play at the European Open. It could prove to be a great slice of luck.

There are few players on the European Tour who can hit the ball as far as Pieters. That gives him an instant boost around the Beckenbauer Course but he’s also playing some stunning golf right now. Pieters has a bit of a reputation as a streaky player. He’ll want to improve his consistency eventually but for now he can ride his good form to victory this week at odds of 10/1 with Bet365.

Wiesberger Back In Form

Bernd Wiesberger has endured a fairly frustrating season so far. The Austrian ended last season ranked 31st in the world but he’s now slipped outside of the top 50. The top 50 is a key standard for golfers to reach and Wiesberger will be desperate to get back in there. He got a boost to his game when competing for his country at the Olympics and played very well at the KLM Open. That runner up finish a fortnight ago will boost his morale no end, as will the boost given to bombers this week. If he gets to grips with the greens, he can go well again at 16/1 with Coral.

Levy to Bounce Back From a Poor Finish

Another player who likes giving it a good rip off the tee is Alexander Levy. The Frenchman rarely holds back with his driver and he can get out any frustration from last week with the big stick. Having made it into the final group at the Italian Open, Levy could only watch Danny Willett and Francesco Molinari battle it out as he really struggled. Getting that taste of the sharp end of a tournament should get his competitive juices flowing, so back Levy each way at 40/1 with Ladbrokes.

Italian Open Betting Tips – Thursday 15th September 2016

There is a week’s break from the manic schedule of the FedEx Cup Playoffs over on the PGA Tour. That means the European Tour is left to provide the golfing entertainment this week. Thankfully, it is obliging with the Italian Open.

The Italian Open is a tournament with a rich history and a very good reputation amongst European golf’s elite. That is one of the reasons why so many big names have made the trip to Monza this week. The players are also looking for those all-important Race to Dubai points as we move towards the business end of the season, while seven of Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup team are in attendance.

Another major reason for the popularity of the 2016 Italian Open is the Golf Club Milano. The Monza course made a successful return to hosting duties last year and is back for another tilt. The tree lined, parkland course is the sort of place where hitting a high percentage of greens in regulation is a necessity. This high calibre field will rack up a huge number of birdies so it is vital for players to give themselves birdie putt after birdie putt. Although the trees are an obvious hazard, driving accuracy was not of huge importance last year so we may see the more powerful players taking more risks this time around. And, of course, whoever wins will have to make a lot of putts.

Kaymer Looking to Right Last Year’s Wrong

At one stage during the final round of last year’s tournament the bookies were very close to stopping taking bets on Martin Kaymer. The former world number one was running away with the tournament on Sunday but well and truly hit the buffers on the back nine. Three bogeys in four holes allowed Rikard Karlberg back in and the Swede eventually prevailed in a playoff.

This time around Kaymer and his caddie will be under no doubt about the importance of maintaining high levels of concentration. The German is playing some good golf at the moment and has been buoyed by his inclusion in the Ryder Cup so he can bounce back from last year’s upset to win at odds of 14/1 with BetVictor.

Flat Track Bully Levy Can Go Low

Alexander Levy did not have a great time at this event last year. The Frenchman made the cut but just could not manufacture enough birdie chances to worry the top of the leaderboard. That was strange for a player who is normally so good at taking advantage of easier courses. His two European Tour wins came with scores of -18 and -19 so he can clearly go low. If Levy gets it going this week he’ll look a steal at odds of 100/1 with Ladbrokes.

Olesen Out Of Nowhere

Thorbjorn Olesen is another talented European Tour star who is available at triple figures. The 26-year-old Dane has a strange knack of putting together four brilliant rounds despite being in poor form. He’s certainly struggling at the moment but after a break to rest he could just return in fine fettle. So, back Olesen each way at 100/ with Coral.

BMW Championship Betting Tips – Thursday 8th September 2016

The FedEx Cup Playoffs rumble on this week after Rory McIlroy produced a stunning display of grit and high class golf to win the Deutsche Bank Championship. The Monday finish of the Deutsche Bank means there is something of a mad dash for the top 70 in the FedEx Cup rankings to make it from Norton, Massachusetts to Carmel, Indiana and Crooked Stick Golf Club.

The Pete and Alice Dye-designed course has hosted this tournament before back in 2012 when Rory McIlroy won. McIlroy is the bookies’ favourite to win once more but will face an almighty battle to win in consecutive weeks as the 70-man field jostle for position to get themselves into the top 30 and the Tour Championship in a fortnight’s time.

Crooked Stick is the first course designed by the legendary Dyes and was opened in 1964. However, it is more than up for the challenge of hosting the world’s best golfers. At 7,516 yards, the par 72 layout is a very tough prospect off the tee. Not only will the players have to hit their driver far, they will have to be able to move it both ways as there are doglegs to the right and to the left and no two holes run in the same direction making the wind a real factor should it get up.

Rory Can Do the Double Again

When McIlroy won here in 2012 he came into the week off the back of a win at the Deutsche Bank also. The quick turnaround of these two events gives an even heightened sense of momentum to the already frantic pace of the FedEx Cup Playoffs which is something McIlroy can really use to his advantage.

It has been a frustrating year for the Northern Irishman who failed to win any of 2016’s majors, had serious issues with his putter and had to deal with the fallout from Nike’s decision to step away from club manufacturing. However, the Nike issues have allowed him to swap putter as he’s begun work with a new coach. Rory ranked top for one putts at TPC Boston and if he doesn’t get drained, there is no reason why he cannot win again at 6/1 with Sky Bet.

King Louis

Louis Oosthuizen has got a lot of work to do to make sure of his place at the Tour Championship. He goes into this week ranked 40th in the FedEx Cup rankings but finished inside the top 10 at TPC Boston. Oosthuizen’s swing looked to be at its silky best last week and he will have no issues coping with the distance of Crooked Stick. The South African is a big event player who can step up to the plate this week so back him each way at 40/1 with Betfred.

Koepka to Just Do Enough

Brooks Koepka is just about hanging on to a spot in the top 30 but will need to play well at Crooked Stick to play in the Tour Championship. The big-hitting American certainly has the right mix of power and control which should see him go well in Indianapolis, so a top 10 bet looks good at 3/1 with Ladbrokes.

KLM Open Betting Tips – Thursday 8th September 2016

After a beautiful stop off high in the Swiss Alps, the European Tour remains in mainland Europe this week with the always popular KLM Open. The tournament is another in the list of historic European events which always guarantee good crowds and a strong field. Added into the mix this week is a new host venue in the form of The Dutch.

The Dutch was designed by Colin Montgomerie (with much of the actual architectural work carried out by Ross McMurray) and is a very exclusive members club in Spijk. At under 7,000 yards, distance is far from the course’s main defence but there are many other skills required to score well here.

First off, it is vital to have a good week off the tee. Whether players choose to hit driver, fairway woods or irons for their first shots, they will have to ensure they hit the majority of the fairways. You get the feeling the event organisers and course grandees are wary of too low a winning score being recorded so they’ve let the rough get up and are going to pick some evil pin positions on the tricky greens. As well as striking the ball very well, the winner this week will have to be mentally tough enough to cope with the inevitable run of bad holes.

Jaidee to Bounce Back

Just like this week, accuracy was a vital part of the mix at last week’s Omega European Masters. The tight fairways and narrow entrances to the greens at Crans Montana will provide anybody playing in both events with a good bit of practice. Thongchai Jaidee once again failed to get off to a quick enough start in Switzerland to put himself in contention but his accurate, deliberate style of play is arguably an even better fit for The Dutch. Unlike Crans, The Dutch is not going to yield a high number of birdies so Jaidee can remain patient and pick his chances to strike, all of which makes him a good bet at 33/1 with Ladbrokes.

Noren to Remain in Contention

Alex Noren is perhaps the most in-form golfer on the planet at the moment. The Swede has won twice in five starts and made it to the final of the Paul Lawrie Match Play in that time too. He’s had bad injuries to contend with but now he’s fit and healthy, Noren is tearing it up on the European Tour. He’s got a great all-round game and with confidence at such high levels, he is sure to make an impact once more at the KLM Open. Winning back to back tournaments is incredibly tough but a bet on Noren to finish inside the top five could pay off at odds of 5/2 with BetVictor.

Howell-ing Winds

The Dutch is described as an inland links. With some very tricky rough, run off areas around the greens and gusty wind forecast, it very much plays into the hands of the most experienced players in the field. That could mean another good week for David Howell, who is playing well having come back from injury. If he keeps his ball in play off the tee, Howell could come up trumps so back him each way at 66/1 with Coral.

Deutsche Bank Championship Betting Tips – Friday 2nd September 2016

Golf, at the top level at least, is in great shape just now. The number of world class players is growing every season and golf fans are blessed by a schedule which includes many highlights. Of those highlights, the FedEx Cup playoffs have quickly become one of the most exciting and anticipated periods on the golfing calendar.

Every one of the four playoff events are top notch but there is something extra special about the Deutsche Bank Championship. The tournament is always held over the Labor Day weekend so unlike most events runs from Friday to Monday, while the host course, TPC Boston, is one of the most popular tracks on the PGA Tour.

TPC Boston has undergone a number of changes over the year but it retains its unique feel. The par 71 layout now stretches out to a maximum yardage of 7,297 yards but it’s not the distance which makes this place special, it’s the variety of holes. There is a drivable par four to balance off against the long par fours, some par fives are reachable in two while others are genuine three-shotters while the par threes are equally varied in style and length. To win here, players have to be on top of all aspects of their game.

Day Favourite Once More

It is fair to say that there was only one area of Jason Day’s game which he was not in full control of last week at the Barclays. The world number one was striping his irons, making the most of his magic short game and holing putts from all over the greens but he just could not get a handle on his driver.

Fortunately for Day, missing the fairways at TPC Boston is not a major concern but he will still need to be more accurate off the tee to justify his favourite status. Given that there is only a small improvement required, it is tough to ignore the bookies’ favourite at 7/1 with Coral.

Reed Looks to Double Up

There is a special sense of momentum provided by the FedEx Cup series. Previous years have shown that the player who best rides that wave normally ends up $10 million better off come the end of the Tour Championship. Patrick Reed will of course be gunning for that huge prize but more than that, he’ll be wanting to prove that he truly belongs at the top of the game. TPC Boston is a course that should suit Reed’s scrambling abilities and his high class ball striking so make sure to get him on board at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.

Fowler Worth Supporting to Bounce Back

Rickie Fowler is the defending champion this week and he’ll have to make the most of all the positive vibes that brings him following his dismal final round at the Barclays. Fowler threw away a healthy lead to allow Reed in in New York but he is mentally tough enough to bounce straight back at a course that he loves. He will find winning very tough but it is still worth backing Fowler for a top five finish at odds of 6/1 with Betfred.

Omega European Masters Betting Tips – Thursday 1st September 2016

This week the European Tour makes one of its most highly anticipated stops of the year with the Omega European Masters. Not only is this a very well regarded tournament with a nice prize fund but it is set in one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world. The Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre is set high amongst the Alps and provides stunning views throughout the layout.

The surroundings are always a distraction at Crans but the Seve Ballesteros-designed course requires high levels of concentration throughout. The par 70 layout measures a relatively short 6,848 yards and actually plays significantly shorter due to the effects of altitude on the flight of the golf ball. The altitude means there will be a big variety of clubs hit off the tee with the driver being pulled only a few times. It is important to hit the fairways at Crans but driving accuracy is not the be all and end all providing the second shots hit the small greens.

Jaidee Can Join the Legendary List of Winners

It is hard to not be impressed by the list of previous winners of the European Masters. Thongchai Jaidee may not quite be in the same class of legends like Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Ernie Els but there is no doubting his hero status at home in Thailand. There is also no doubting Jaidee’s quality. The 46-year-old has made a career out of hitting fairways and greens and can use all of his experience to record his ninth European Tour victory. Jaidee started and ended his tournament with poor rounds last year so if he keeps the mistakes off his card he will be right up there at best odds of 35/1 with Bet365.

Can Sullivan Find His Game in Time for the Ryder Cup?

It has been a couple of brilliant years for Andy Sullivan. The Englishman had something of a mentality problem which dogged his early years as an aspiring pro but that all changed after the birth of his daughter, Ruby. Sullivan’s outlook on life and golf changed dramatically and he is now known for the way he smiles his way around the course.

It is always easier to smile when you’re playing well. Sullivan has played so well over the past two years that he’s booked his place in the Ryder Cup via the points list. It may have been a poor week for Sullivan at the Made in Denmark but he said he found something on the range after remaining in Himmerland to work on his game and if it all clicks this week he can grab a huge win at odds of 33/1 with Ladbrokes.

Dredging up the Past

Bradley Dredge has been playing some good golf of late culminating in a second place finish in Himmerland last week. The Englishman is a former champion at Crans, winning back in 2006, so will arrive with plenty of good memories. Putting has always been Dredge’s number one issue but if he has a solid week on the greens he will be worth an each way bet at 35/1 with Sky Bet.

Made in Denmark Betting Tips – Thursday 25th August 2016

The organisers of the Made in Denmark should be very proud of the job that they have done. This week sees only the third renewal of the tournament but they’ve been able to attract some of the biggest names in European golf to Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort. Clearly, some of those big stars are here in an attempt to prove to Darren Clarke that they are worth a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup but the fact that a win at such a young event could sway Clarke’s decision is testament to success of the Made in Denmark’s first two years.

There is not too much top quality golf played in Denmark but that has not dampened the locals’ appetite for the game. The Made in Denmark is one of the best supported European Tour events. Much of the reason for the event’s popularity is the Backtee New Course. It has a real stadium course feel with plenty of great vantage points but the real standout is the short par three 16th hole where over 3,000 people sit on banking surrounding the green.

Pressure Off for Fitzpatrick

At around 7,000 yards, the New Course is not a huge test of distance. Scoring well here is much more dependent on how much control players can have over their ball rather than how far they hit it. That is particularly true when the wind whips up as it often does on the exposed course.

Matt Fitzpatrick will be one of those players in the field hoping that the wind really gets up. The young Englishman has the sort of low ball flight that penetrates breezes and he should be able to outscore the field if conditions get tough. He’s also here in a great mood having secured a spot in Europe’s Ryder Cup team thanks to the ranking points he’s picked up on the European Tour. All of which makes him look like a good bet this week at a top price of 14/1 with BetVictor.

Home Favourite Olesen Worth Chancing

The Danish fans are very respectful of all those who turn up to play at the Made in Denmark but they are a patriotic crowd who will be especially supportive of their home favourites. Of that number, Thorbjorn Olesen looks like the man to back. Olesen finished seventh in the Made in Denmark in its first tournament when he looked to love performing in front of his own fans. The 26-year-old won in the wind at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and can play himself back into form thanks to the support of the crowd. At 45/1 with BetVictor, back Olesen each way.

Solid If Unspectacular for Kaymer

Martin Kaymer still obviously feels that he needs to prove himself worthy of a place in the Ryder Cup but he must be considered a firm favourite to make the squad based on his performances already this season. The German made the cut at all the majors and has been very close to winning on a few occasions. He may not win this week but has the class to cement a wild card pick and claim a top five finish at odds of 9/4 with Coral.

The Barclays Betting Tips – Thursday 25th August 2016

The PGA Tour is dead. Long live the PGA Tour. As the Wyndham Championship brought the curtain down on the regular season the Barclays this week gets the FedEx Cup Playoffs underway as the top 125 players in the rankings look to end their season with a bang and a big boost to their bank balances.

There is a $10 million prize waiting for the man who can finish top of the FedEx Cup rankings after these four Playoff events each of which carry quadruple points compared to the PGA Tour season. Those points will scarcely be tougher to win than at Bethpage’s Black Course this week. The 7,468 yard layout plays as a par 71 and tests every facet of a golfer’s game.

It is long, the greens are tough to hit, the rough can be penal and even with a lot of watering, the hot weather in the New York area means the greens will be fast and fiery. It’s a good thing the players in the field have had good seasons up to this point!

Day a Fair Favourite

Jason Day is in a strange position this week. The Aussie is the defending champion of the Barclays but his comfortable win last season came at a very different course. Still, the bookies think that the world number one is the man to beat at Bethpage and it is hard to disagree. There is not a weak part of Day’s game as is testament to the fact that he ranked first in terms of total shots gained on the PGA Tour this season. Day will be fairly disappointed not to have picked up a win at any of the majors this season but he can put that behind him by having a good few weeks from now until the Tour Championship. That could well start with victory at the Barclays at a best price of 8/1 with Ladbrokes.

Stenson to Challenge Once More

In order to win, Day is going to have to beat the best players in the world. The likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will all feel they’ve got a big performance in the tank but there is arguably nobody playing better than Henrik Stenson at the moment. The Open champion was involved in yet another incredible battle down the stretch at the Olympics and it was only a poor final hole which cost him gold. He’s big enough and experienced enough to be able to dust himself down from that disappointment and his game – based as it is around hitting a high percentage of greens in regulation – is a great fit for the Black Course. Stenson should be there or thereabouts at odds of 12/1 with Bet365.

Donald Worth an Outside Punt?

Luke Donald has been threatening to get back to form over the past few months so his second place finish at the Wyndham Championship was no big surprise. There are plenty of people tipping the former world number one for a shock return to Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup team. That will be more than enough ammunition to fire Donald up at the Barclays. He’ll have to keep his drives out of trouble but when he does, he is lethal from the fairways so looks worth an each way bet at 100/1 with Coral.