Golf Betting Tips: 29th July to 1st August
Each morning there is more good news coming out of the 2020 Olympics and this week it’s time for the golfers to join the party. The select few to have qualified for Tokyo have done their preparations at Kasumigaseki Country Club and are ready to do battle for the medals.
Closer to home and the European Tour joins forces with the Ladies European Tour at Galgorm Castle for the ISPS Handa World Invitational. This is another chance to see some of the best players from around the men’s and women’s games compete on the same course for the same prize money but in two distinct tournaments. It should certainly be an interesting spectacle and could help usher in more mixed tournaments in the future.
The competitors for the men’s Olympic Golf Competition are broadly in two camps. The majority are delighted with the chance to compete for their country and are taking in the Olympic Village. Others view the Olympics as more of an obligation than a privilege. Golf is such a mental game that it makes sense for punters to side with those players who are clearly there to enjoy the experience.
Of the three Americans who top the betting – Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas – it’s the latter who appears the most motivated for the trip to Tokyo. That is not to say that Morikawa and Schauffele are there under duress but Thomas has always made a big play about the importance of playing for the USA in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup and is doing likewise ahead of the Olympics.
Motivation is not just the only factor supporting a bet on Thomas. Kasumigaseki Golf Club is a classical style course that should suit the best ball strikers. There are few, if any, better ball strikers on the planet than Justin Thomas when he is in full flight. Reports from Tokyo suggest he has done some very good prep work alongside the rest of Team USA so back Thomas to win at odds of 11/1.
Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood also fit the bill for motivated players who have strong form at classical golf courses. Their social media accounts have documented their journey to Japan and these two global golfers should quickly get to grips with the course. Lowry is the slightly shorter option at 25/1 with Fleetwood available at 28/1 and both men look like good each way options.
The European Tour has done some very good work promoting the Ladies European Tour this season and that work continues with the ISPS Handa World Invitational. Over 300 players from both tours will compete on the same golf courses, at the same time and for the same prize fund this week although they are competing in two separate events.
Galgorm Castle is a very well-manicured golf course that will be in immaculate condition this week. It doesn’t, however, have very much to trouble this standard of golfer. Scoring should be low on the par 70 layout which maxes out at a shade over 7,000 yards. John Catlin got to -10 in challenging conditions in last year’s Irish Open. It is going to be wet on Thursday and Friday but the winds are forecast to be only light so the winner should be well into the teens under par.
Catlin isn’t quite the defending champion but he will be feeling good upon his return to Galgorm Castle. The American’s recent form hasn’t been up to his recent levels but he has been competing in some very big events over the last few months. With all due respect, this is a return to the sort of level where Catlin should feel much more comfortable so he is a good price to go in again at Galgorm Castle at 28/1.
Eddie Pepperell is another player who could find that this relative drop in class is just what the doctor ordered. The Englishman’s results have been poor by his standards but there have been glimpses of some good golf and could just put it all together to earn a place at 40/1. Finally, consider Jack Senior at 50/1. The 33 year old has yet to win on the European Tour but earned one of his two Challenge Tour wins at Galgorm Castle and can go well again.