Houston Open – betting tips 36

The Houston Open is the last opportunity for players to qualify for Augusta in ten days’ time and the Masters casts a large shadow over the tournament. The world’s best often use the GC of Houston as an opportunity to hone their game but they don’t want to peak too soon. This has produced some surprising winners in recent years with Jim Herman, Matt Jones and DA Points not exactly obvious picks. In terms of statistical profiles, distance is favoured over accuracy. Six of the last ten winners were longer than straight with an average driving distance rank of 54 compared to an accuracy of 116. A bit like Augusta […]

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Puerto Rico Open – betting tips 27

The Puerto Rico Open might not get the coverage it deserves sat opposite the WGC Match Play but it gives a new name the opportunity to come to the fore and can be an excellent betting event. Played at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, it is similar to the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, both are by the sea and wind is the primary defence. Both courses have paspalum and the same players have gone well at both venues. Tony Finau finished T7 at Mayakoba before winning in Puerto Rico. Measuring 7,506 yards it is one of the longer courses on tour but it is fair off the tee and […]

WGC Match Play – betting tips 34

As a golf fan, it’s great to see the different formats getting an airing but as a bettor the WGC Match Play doesn’t set the pulse racing. It’s frustrating because your pick can play the second-best golf of the tournament and get knocked out almost immediately, whereas mediocre golf is sometimes enough to progress. That is match play in a nutshell but the one thing we can infer from past competitions is that the cream rises to the top. Eight of the last ten winners were seeded in the top-10 and that’s where I go with my first pick. Having endured an injury-hit start to the season, Rory McIlroy is […]

Arnold Palmer Invitational – betting tips 90

It’s going to be an emotional week at Bay Hill, with this the first edition since the passing of Arnold Palmer. The narrative would suggest a big name deserves to take the title but don’t forget Matt Every won back-to-back at Bay Hill and funny things do happen in golf. The key to Bay Hill is playing the par-5s well. They all measure under 575-yards and can be reached in two, although there is a large element of risk/reward. Bay Hill is classed a ‘second-shot’ course and that seems fair, especially when the last ten winners have averaged 131st on tour for driving accuracy – although that is largely swayed […]