CareerBuilder Challenge – betting tips 30

The PGA Tour moves back to the mainland this week for the CareerBuilder Challenge, a fiendishly difficult event to assess. Spread across three courses PGA West Stadium Course (used twice), PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament course and La Quinta Country Club it can take a while for the tournament to take shape. What we do know is you have to go low. Jason Dufner won in a playoff on 25-under and the last five winnings scores have been 22-under or better. As you would expect birdie average is the most important trend this week but in truth you just need a player to get hot. Dufner’s win last year was his […]

Abu Dhabi Championship – betting tips 35

Abu Dhabi kicks off the Desert Swing, a high quality trio of events and for many this is the true start to 2017 on the European Tour. Rory McIlroy heads the betting and the 9/2 is tempting given he’s finished in the top-5 seven times in the last eight years. He’s almost an each-way bet to nothing but the fact he went for an MRI scan on his back is a worry. On a big course his distance is a massive advantage but that might be curtailed if he’s protecting something.   There is an excellent field in Abu Dhabi this week but it’s a tournament that has thrown up […]

Sony Open – Betting Tips 28

The first full-field PGA Tour event of 2017 begins on Thursday in Hawaii with the Sony Open. Waialae Country Club continues in the role of host and that leaves us plenty of data to pour over. The par-70 course usually yields plenty of birdies, with wind the biggest defence on offer. Fairways are generally hard to find but that doesn’t mean you need to be good off the tee to succeed. The average rank in terms of strokes gained off the tee for the past ten winners is 94th on tour, neither accuracy nor length is important either. To succeed at Waialae you need to make putts. The last ten […]

South Africa Open – betting tips 12

The European Tour starts 2017 in South Africa and the big draw is Rory McIlroy. The bookmakers have installed him the short price favourite in this weak field but he might need the outing after a winter break. Glendower GC hosts for the fourth year and I’d rather follow someone who has ‘been there – done that’ and Andy Sullivan fits the bill. His course record is T12-1-MC and he is one of the few players in the field who won’t wilt in the face of a McIlroy onslaught. He ran his Ryder Cup teammate close in the DP World Tour Championship in 2015 and has course knowledge on his […]

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