Dean & DeLuca Invitational Betting Tips – Thursday 26th May 2016

Colonial Country Club is one of the most popular stops on the PGA Tour. It has brought top class golf to Fort Worth, Texas for the last 70 years. This week it is back once again with a different sponsor but the same standard of event expected. The Dean and DeLuca Invitational will have new food stalls brought by the sponsors but when it comes to the golf nothing much is going to have changed.

Colonial is a par 70 layout that measures 7,204 yards. That is by no means short but the previous course form suggest that distance is not too much of a bonus. It always helps to be hitting shorter irons into the greens than your opponents but this isn’t a course that the bombers can simply let rip at. This is a place where ball strikers really flourish. An ability to shape the ball both ways, to manufacture shots and to hit the ball nice and close to the hole will all give those who possess them an advantage.

The course won’t be the only factor at play in Fort Worth this week. The weather forecast suggests that there is going to be plenty of rain about so it will take a hardy soul to score well have been given the poor end of the draw. Wet conditions always favour those who can hit the ball a long way through the air but the ball strikers will also enjoy the chance to get aggressive with their approach shots.

On the PGA Tour they like to talk about players ‘trending’ towards victory. This means that a certain player is in good form and the various facets of their game are falling into place. Matt Kuchar is certainly one man trending towards a win. The world number 20 finished third at both the Players Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson. Colonial is a course that really suits Kuchar’s eye as he proved in 2013 when missing out on a playoff by one stroke. Betfred make Kuchar a 14/1 shot and at that price he is a must bet.

Brandt Snedeker fans were beginning to worry about their man before his trip to Colonial last season. After winning at Pebble Beach his form had taken a turn for the worse but he finished in a tie for second at this event’s 2015 renewal to really show that the Snedeker resurgence is here to stay. He started this PGA Tour season with form figures of T3-2-1 and has bagged two further top 10 finishes since. Back Snedeker each way at odds of 45/1 with Bet365.

Ian Poulter’s decision to skip the BMW PGA Championship for another season did not go down well with the European Tour but when he made the same choice last season he finished in a tie for fifth at Colonial. With the Ryder Cup just around the corner this is the time of year when Poulter general really gets going and he’ll be desperate for another good showing in Fort Worth. He’s as big as 100/1 with Betfred which looks too big for a player of Poulter’s standard.

Also this weekBMW PGA Championship

BMW PGA Championship Betting Tips – Thursday 26th May 2016

The European Tour is getting all European all of a sudden. After some brilliant tournaments in far flung corners of the globe, spring has sprung in Europe and with it comes the best players on the continent to some of the European Tour’s biggest tournaments. Rory McIlroy was an incredibly popular winner of the Irish Open last weekend and with a strong home showing there could be an equally popular winner of this week’s BMW PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship is like the European Tour’s version of the Players Championship. It is the flagship event on Tour and it is held at their headquarters. The Wentworth Club has been the home of the European Tour and of this event for many years now and previous tournament winners suggest that a deep understanding of the course is a huge bonus for those with realistic hopes of victory.

The West Course at Wentworth is hallowed ground for the European Tour but they are by no means overly protective of the course. Ernie Els has overseen some major changes to the par 72 layout to stop the biggest hitters from overpowering the place. It has been stretched to 7,302 yards but distance is not Wentworth’s real defence. The greens were all remodelled over a period of two years and a number of the bunkers were made particularly fearsome.

The last two winners of this event, Byeong-Hun An and Rory McIlroy showed that having a powerful game can be a bonus around the West Course but only if you are talented enough to control it. You have to carefully plan your way around this course as it is very tough to scramble for par if you miss the greens. There have been a number of winners over the past five years or so who could be described as plodders so more weight should be given to accuracy than distance.

Russell Knox looks to have the sort of game which should be well suited to Wentworth. The Scotsman is a native of Florida now and plays the majority of his golf on the PGA Tour but he makes sure to fulfil his quota of events on the European Tour to give himself a chance of making the Ryder Cup. With his form recently he cannot be written off for a place in Darren Clarke’s team this summer. He played brilliantly at the Players and the Irish Open and if his luck turns he could win at 16/1 with Coral.

With course experience a big factor here both Luke Donald and Lee Westwood could be able to rise to the top of this week’s field. Donald is desperate to rediscover that winning feeling after a few tough years and he showed at the RBC Heritage that he’s still a class act. The two-time winner looks a good bet at 28/1 with BetVictor. Westwood also proved he’s still top class when finishing joint runner up at the Masters. He was also very impressive at the K Club last week and if he can just get a few more putts to drop he’ll be right up there come Sunday at odds of 35/1 with Coral.

Also this week: Dean & DeLuca Invitational

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Betting Tips – Thursday 19th May 2016

The European Tour has been all around the world but it is now back in Europe for the summer months. Specifically, the Tour is in County Kildare for the Irish Open. Some of the very best players on the European Tour are taking part at the K Club this week as they look to bag a healthy prize fund. As well as the draw of the venue and the money there’s the fact that Rory McIlroy’s foundation is hosting proceedings, so this should be a tournament we can really enjoy.

The K Club has developed a reputation as a top class golfing destination. It’s got two courses, both designed by Arnold Palmer, with the Ryder Cup course playing host to the Irish Open this week. As you might have guessed by the name, the course hosted the Ryder Cup back in 2006 when Europe won by a record scoreline. Some of the heroes of that week are in the field this week and a couple have a decent shout of winning.

The par 72 layout measures 7,350 yards from the championship tees making it a fairly long test. However, it’s not really a place where you can grip it and rip it. The trees which were planted in the early 1990s to guard the fairways are now maturing so they offer a bit of defence for the course from the biggest hitters. The course hosted the European Open for a number of years and results from that tournament suggest that it is also important to hit a high number of greens in regulation to get the win.

Rory McIlroy is the clear bookies’ favourite for this week but he has a poor record in this tournament. He’s failed to even make the cut in the last two years and his form at the moment doesn’t exactly make him look like great value at 9/2 with BetVictor. However, we get the feeling that it’s only a matter of time until his game really falls into place. You can get 11/8 with BetVictor on Rory finishing in the top five and he should be there or thereabouts come Sunday afternoon.

If Rory is an unlikely winner, who is going to carry the hopes of the Irish fans? Out of a number of top quality options, Graeme McDowell could just have the best week. He’s fighting his way back to form after slipping down the world rankings as his top 10 finish at the Players Championship shows. The weather forecast is for some pretty horrible stuff but that won’t overly worry GMac who could come up trumps at 33/1 with Ladbrokes.

For a long odds each way shot it is a surprise to see Andrew Johnston as big as 90/1 with Bet365. ‘Beef’ only picked up his first win on the European Tour a few weeks ago at the very challenging Valderrama and his accurate iron play should be well suited to another stern test this week. He’s gunning for another win as soon as possible so make sure to have him onside.

Also this week: AT&T Byron Nelson Open

AT&T Byron Nelson Open Betting Tips – Thursday 19th May 2016

If you’re an avid golf fan you will probably remember last year’s AT&T Byron Nelson for one thing. Rain. The weather was absolutely horrendous during Steven Bowditch’s win at TPC Four Seasons last time, leading to some ‘interesting’ golf. It got so bad at one part of the course that the 406 yard par four 14th hole had to be shortened to a 104 yard par three for the last three rounds. There is yet more rain forecast this week but thankfully it’s not expected to be quite so biblical.

Presuming that large sections do not have to be cordoned off again, TPC Four Seasons is going to play as a par 70 that measures 7,166 yards. That’s a relatively short length, for a PGA Tour course at least, and that will prick more than a few ears up. A short course with wet greens? Sounds like a bona fide bombers paradise. The event organisers aren’t scared about players getting birdies but to try and make sure that it doesn’t get silly they have lengthened the rough this year to make accuracy a touch more important. Still, there are going to be some very good scores out there and there’s always the chance of somebody going on a charge on Sunday to catch the leaders up.

When you think of big hitters who are capable of taking advantage of a wet course to shoot a ridiculously low score, one of the very first names that pops into your head is Dustin Johnson. Thankfully, for all you DJ fans, he’s playing this week and the omens look good. The American has never missed the cut at this event and the 62 that he managed in the third round of last year’s tournament is as good a score as he’s ever achieved as a pro. Johnson is going to hit the ball further than the vast majority of his competition this week and if his iron play is good he’ll take some stopping at odds of 9/1 with Bet365.

Charley Hoffman finished in a tie for second in the AT&T Byron Nelson last season but since then he has finally ended his Sunday woes at the Valero Texas Open. He’ll relish the return to Texas at a venue where he has notched up four top 10 finishes. Hoffman is a big hitter who can dial it back on the tighter driving holes. He’s also very solid with his approach play so it could come down to how many of his chances he can take. 25/1 with Ladbrokes says he can take enough of them.

Charl Schwartzel was one of the very few players to give the Players Championship a swerve last week and his appearance in the field this week should let everybody know just how confident he is of winning in Texas. The South African is pure class and already has three worldwide wins this season. Schwartzel will not be able to keep up with Johnson in terms of distance but his ball striking will guarantee him plenty of birdie opportunities on soft greens and at 28/1 with Bet365 he cannot be ignored.

Also this week: Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Betting Tips – Thursday 12th May 2016

If you look out of the window this week and see grey clouds it might not be a good idea to turn on the coverage of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. If you do, you are sure to be envious of the players competing at one of the most stunning settings for a golf course in the world.

The tournament is being hosted at the Four Seasons Resort in Anahita and their 7,500 yard course. Ernie Els is the designer behind the project and like everything the Big Easy turns his hand to, it is world class. The par 72 winds its way around the coastal setting of Anahita in the early stages with mountainous views in the background before coming to an incredible crescendo. The final six holes are all set on the Indian Ocean and the best is saved for last. Many of those who have played the course believe that the 18th has the best approach shot in all of golf and it is sure to play a major role in proceedings this week.

The best way of describing the field for the AfrAsia Mauritius Open is eclectic. As the event is co-sanctioned by the European, Sunshine and Asian Tours there are players from all four corners of the globe taking part including some who have made waves at the highest levels and those who are tipped for great things. The course is going to brand new to the majority of the players this week and that could ensure some late drama as the tournament draws to a conclusion on Sunday.

One of the few players taking part in the second running of this tournament to have any links with the Four Seasons at Anahita is Nicolas Colsaerts. The 33-year-old has had a career that many of his competitors this week would be incredibly proud of but there is a feeling that he has just stalled recently. You have to go all the way back to 2012 for his last win on the European Tour but he has redoubled his efforts to make sure that run ends as soon as possible. Colsaerts is affiliated with the host course and won the Mauritius Golf Masters at this venue in 2010 so his odds of 28/1 with Coral look like good value.

One of the young guns in the field who is fancied to have a strong career is Haydn Porteous. The South African picked up his first European Tour win at the Joburg Open where he displayed a game with a great combination of power and touch. The 21-year-old is looking to really kick on and he could come up with the goods this week at odds of 28/1 with Betfred.

There have been some very long odds winners of big golf tournaments of late and Edoardo Molinari may be about to add his name to that list. The Italian is grinding to find some form and amongst this relatively modest standard of opposition the former Ryder Cup player could find his best stuff and grab the win at 200/1 with BetVictor.

The Players Championship Betting Tips – Thursday 12th May 2016

The PGA Tour doesn’t do things by halves. It is the undisputed number one professional tour in the world and as you would expect it hosts an absolutely top class flagship event. The Players Championship is variously described as golf’s fifth major and the best field in the sport. This year 46 of the world’s top 50 players have made the trip to Florida for a crack at TPC Sawgrass.

Sawgrass was designed by the legendary course designer Pete Dye. The par 72 measures 7,215 yards and while it is far from the longest challenge on the PGA Tour it is one of the very best. Dye was asked to create one of the most balanced tests of golf in the world and his planning paid off. No two holes run in the same direction making it incredibly hard to read the wind and there are doglegs which require the players to move the ball both ways. It is hard to pull out any one key stat that at Sawgrass but in general, hitting good approach shots to the small greens is important.

The galleries will be spoilt for choice for players to follow around this week but there will be as much interest in Jordan Spieth as anybody else. The world number two has not played a professional event since falling apart so dramatically at the Masters in April and there is much speculation about whether or not he can put that disappointment behind him. It would be fitting for the ultra-competitive Spieth to shut the critics up in style by beating finishing at the top of this amazingly talented field. When you talk about an all-round game, Spieth is right up there and at odds of 10/1 with Ladbrokes he looks like the man to beat.

If Spieth is to win he is going to have to overcome the challenge of one of his great mates, Rickie Fowler. When the 27-year-old turned up to TPC Sawgrass last season he had just been voted as one of the PGA Tour’s most overrated players in a poll of his fellow pros. Nobody was calling him overrated after he won via a playoff after one of the best finishes to a golf event of all time. He’s had some very poor finishes when in contention since that day but he’ll be full of confidence and looks like value at 20/1 with Bet365.

Just below the real elite level players in the field this week sit a whole host of players looking to bag a really big win. One of those is Branden Grace. The South African has won plenty of tournaments including the RBC Heritage a few weeks ago and he is well placed to grab the biggest win of his career at the Players. He’s got all the strengths that you would want of a player tipped to do well around TPC Sawgrass and at odds of 50/1 with Bet365, Grace looks very much over priced for an each way bet.

Trophee Hassan II Betting Tips – Thursday 5th May 2016

It is always tough for the European Tour at this time of the season. Many of the Tour’s biggest stars are plying their trade over in America with a host of big PGA Tour events going on over the next couple of weeks. So, instead of fighting fire with fire the European Tour’s organisers have chosen to put on some unique tournaments and it is fair to say that the Trophee Hassan II is unique.

Named after the former king of Morocco, the tournament is still hosted by royalty with His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid providing a royal presence this week. He will be presenting the trophy after four day’s play around the Red Course at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Agadir. The venue for Rhys Davies’ win in 2010, the Red Course is a long test of golf that can play as long as 7,487 yards.

The Robert Trent Jones-designed track has small, undulating greens which are normally difficult targets to hit. However, the weather forecast is for yet another rain affected four days on the European Tour. That may frustrate the poor caddies but it should at least ensure some aggressive golf. Approach shots are going to stop dead and this is really a place where you can give it a good whack off the tee. The fairways are fairly wide already but with wet Kikuyu grass providing next to no roll they will be very easy to hit, setting up some good approach shots and birdie opportunities.

Alexander Levy is the bookies’ favourite for the event and for good reason. The Frenchman is a two time European Tour winner and is in decent form at the moment. He displayed some top quality ball striking in Valderrama and at both the Shenzhen International and Volvo China Open and amongst a weaker quality of field he should be able to take the Trophee Hassan II by the scruff of the neck. Levy goes off at 14/1 with Ladbrokes which looks a fair price for a player of his quality.

The one major concern for Levy is fatigue. This is his fourth tournament in as many weeks and he has clocked up plenty of air miles in that time. Andrew Johnston, on the other hand, will turn up to Agadir relaxed, refreshed and ready to play. The Englishman’s last appearance was at Valderrama where he picked up his maiden European Tour win. ‘Beef’ is full of confidence and has the power for the Red Course so back him at 25/1 with BetVictor.

There is not much previous course form to go on but one player who enjoyed his last trip to Royal Golf Dar Es Salam is Robert Rock. The 39-year-old has not won since 2012 but these sort of events often throw up winners who have spent a long time out of the limelight. Through his academy, Rock teaches young players about what it takes to make it on the European Tour and having turned in some decent performances this season he could show his students that he can walk the walk by winning at odds of 40/1 with Betfred.

Wells Fargo Championship Open Betting Tips – Thursday 5th May 2016

The Wells Fargo Championship is one of the most eagerly anticipated tournaments on the PGA Tour calendar. Every year some of the very best players in the world turn up to Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina ready to do battle. The 2016 renewal is no exception with players like Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson ready to tee it up on Thursday.

There is no doubt that the main reason for the success of this relatively young tournament is the host venue. Quail Hollow is one of the best overall tests of golf in America and it is being rewarded by being given hosting duties for the 2017 PGA Championship. As part of the preparations for that tournament the course has been lengthened and it can now stretch out to 7,575 yards. There have been subtle changes throughout the course and all of the greens have been relaid after coming in for a fair amount of criticism in 2013.

When you talk about Quail Hollow it is not long before people mention the ‘Green Mile’. That’s the name given to the closing stretch of three holes which are the toughest on the course. Scoring can actually be pretty easy on the first 15 holes but those last three always play over par.

There have been some very good rounds in the history of Quail Hollow but nobody has been able to match Rory McIlroy’s course record of 61. The current world number three broke his own record on the Saturday of last year’s tournament, which he went on to win by an incredible seven shots. That win makes him the only many to have won this event twice. His first win, in 2010, was his maiden PGA Tour victory so this is a tournament and a course which is very special to the Northern Irishman. He is the bookies’ favourite this week and is very much the man to beat at odds of 9/2 with Bet365.

Like McIlroy, Rickie Fowler broke his PGA Tour duck at Quail Hollow. The 2012 champion has improved no end since and is well fancied by many to put together another challenge ahead of his defence at THE PLAYERS Championship. Fowler now has one of the best all round games in golf. He is able to hit it 300 yards off the tee with his driver, can hit some wonderful approach shots and when in with a sniff of a chance he is lethal with his putter. Fowler is priced at 16/1 with BetVictor which looks like good value for a player of his undeniable quality.

Fowler hit the headlines a couple of weeks ago for his incredible looking holiday at Baker’s Bay which he captured on Snapchat. One of those who made the trip with him was Justin Thomas and like Fowler, he also has a wonderful all round game. Pound for pound Thomas is the longest hitter on the PGA Tour so the length of Quail Hollow will pose him little issue. The 23-year-old won picked up his first win at the start of this season and he could well double up at 66/1 with Ladbrokes.

Volvo China Open Betting Tips – Thursday 28th April 2016

The European Tour remains in China for the second successive week, moving from Shenzhen to Beijing for the Volvo China Open. This is the 22nd renewal of this event and there is quite a buzz about it returning to the Chinese capital. A country’s national open is always a big event locally but there is no doubt that the event has improved in quality since 2004 when it was added to the European Tour schedule.

The host venue this week, Topwin Golf and Country Club, is very fitting. In one regard it is unmistakably China. The course is surrounded by lots of natural, typically Chinese fruit trees, plants and wildlife and there are views of the Great Wall of China throughout the layout. In another regard, Topwin is a fairly European course. Designed by Welsh golfing legend, Ian Woosnam, it is a parkland course which would not look out of place in the Home Counties. The par 72 is a long test at 7,229 yards but previous events at Topwin suggest that we are going to be in for a low scoring affair.

Many of those taking part this week were also in Shenzhen and therefore will have had their planning for the Volvo China Open affected by the awful conditions that forced a Monday finish. They will, though, be happy about the forecast for the week in Beijing with a mild wind looking like the only barrier to some seriously low scores.

Last year’s winner, Wu Ahsun, became the first Chinese winner of this event since the European Tour became co-hosts. Ashun is back to defend his title but he will have to overcome the challenge of some of European golf’s leading lights once again which is every bit as unlikely as his odds of 200/1 with Bet365 suggest.

We start our betting tips with the man right at the very top of the bookies’ outright markets, Joost Luiten. The Dutchman is the most consistent player on the European Tour this season with six top 10 finishes to his name, including a runner up berth in his last two tournaments. Luiten is one of those players who doesn’t stand out for anything in particular but his game in general is incredibly strong and, while he may be a bit tired, he will be there or thereabouts once again at odds of 10/1 with BetVictor.

When the European Tour visits a long course it always provides Bernd Wiesberger with a good chance of victory. The Austrian absolutely bombs it off the tee and has enough touch around the greens to capitalise on the strong positions he puts himself in to. If he can get to grips with the greens early he should go close at 16/1 with Bet365.

Tommy Fleetwood has generally enjoyed playing his golf in China. The Englishman finished runner up in this event in 2014 and comes into this week on the back of two solid performances at Genzon and Valderrama. He’s only missed one cut all season and he should get plenty of chances to move up the leaderboard so back him each way at 33/1 with Coral.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Open Betting Tips – Thursday 28th April 2016

There will be a marked difference in the atmosphere on the Thursday of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans compared to the Valero Texas Open. New Orleans is known for being a party town and their PGA Tour event certainly guarantees a fair amount of fun. TPC of Louisiana is one of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour and provides a welcome relief after the tough challenge posed by TPC San Antonio last week. It is going to be a very low score that wins this and we are all set for a cracking display of golf from some of the best in the business.

At 7,425 yards you may think that the par 72 layout at TPC Louisiana looks a bit of a brute but it never quite turns out like that when the PGA Tour stars turn up to play. The last four years have seen winning scores of -22, -19, -20 and -19 which gives you an idea of just how many birdies we are expecting.

As ever with a course that yields some ludicrously low scores it largely boils down to being a putting competition. When Jason Day played at the RBC Heritage a couple of weeks ago he said that it was a strange course for him because everybody is playing their shots from the same places. Harbour Town was designed by the same man who designed TPC Louisiana, Pete Dye, and while they are very distinct courses Day’s point will hold true in that everybody is going to hit the greens in regulation. It’s how well they take their chances that will matter.

Day loves to overpower a course but he is not afraid by a putting competition. You don’t get to world number one if you are a bad putter and Day’s rise up the rankings has coincided with something clicking on the greens. The end of last season was characterised by the Australian pouring in putt after putt and if he is well enough rested after an average display last time out he will take some stopping at 11/2 with BetVictor.

Rickie Fowler will not only be gunning for Day this week but will have an eye on his top spot in the rankings. Fowler has been outshone by some of his peers but whenever you talk about the young talent making an impact at the very top of the game you have to talk about Fowler. Anybody with a Snapchat account will know exactly how rested Fowler is and with a current ranking of 26th for strokes gained putting he should be well in contention for the win at 12/1 with Ladbrokes.

Statistically speaking, Patton Kizzire is one of the very best putters in the field. Of course, confidence on the greens can come and go incredibly quickly but the 30-year-old Tour graduate should go into the Zurich Classic full of belief that he can claim his first PGA Tour title. There have been some big odds winners of this event in the recent past, so Kizzire’s odds of 55/1 with Bet365 are incredibly tempting.