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Hero World Challenge Betting 2016; best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/3 odds 1,2.
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A tournament hosted by the man himself makes this the perfect setting for Tiger Woods’ latest comeback but is his return any more than a sideshow? A competition featuring 18 of the world’s best golfers suggests that everyone has a chance in the Bahamas this week but Woods is way down the rankings and he is a longshot in the Hero World Challenge odds.
Assuming Tiger does declare himself fully fit, this tournament will feature four previous winners including the reigning champion Bubba Watson. Woods has taken the title on five occasions but as the world ranked number 898, the 14-time Major winner is way out at 40/1 with SkyBet and Coral in the outright winner betting (see latest odds from the best bookies in table above).
The fact that Tiger is ranked 17th out of 18 in the betting says a lot about the form of 2015 Open winner Zach Johnson who props up the field at 40/1.
Many will want to read about Woods before all others so let’s get him out of the way: At best this is a punt into the unknown but some will expect one of the world’s greatest golfers to return to form in the future. For now, however, this is a 45 year old with a wretched injury record who hasn’t played since last August and I would look to avoid even the 6/1 Paddy Power and William Hill are quoting for Tiger to finish inside the top five.
US Open Champion Dustin Johnson has headed the majority of markets since that breakthrough victory and he leads the field here at 11/2 with Betfred. However, he’s been playing little golf in recent weeks and has displayed mixed form when he has taken to the course so that looks a little short.
Jordan Spieth follows at 13/2 in the Hero Challenge odds with Bet365 and Ladbrokes and is another former winner here. Spieth took the Hero Challenge in 2014 as he was about to embark on his Golden Year and that victory came with a mighty ten shot lead over Henrik Stenson.
A recent winner at the Australian Open and a fourth place last year suggests that in comparison with the market leader Johnson, Spieth offers some decent value at that price.
A man who hasn’t been outside the top 5 in his last five tournaments can’t be ignored and Hideki Matsuyama comes into this even at an eye-catching 8/1 with Coral and William Hill. Matsuyama finished a poor 17th here last year and was disappointing in last week’s World Cup but with three wins and a second place in that recent run, odds of 7/4 with Stan James for a top four finish are worth a reasonable wager.
Elsewhere, Race to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson will attract some interest at 10/1 with Bet365 and William Hill. Aside from that distant second behind Spieth two years ago, the Swede has shown little form here and may be one to avoid.
Despite some low scoring in recent renewals, the weather is expected to have a huge say in this year’s event with windy conditions forecast at the Albany Course. Normally, this Par 72, 7,400 venue would suit the big hitters and while Bubba Watson duly prospered twelve months ago, this should be set up for those with the best scrambling form.
That forecast would tend to rule out Watson himself at 18/1 with Betfred for the win but it may bring a couple of outsiders into play. If you discount the Olympics, which you probably should given the number of withdrawals, Justin Rose has not won a professional tournament in 2016 but could have the game to make win odds of 22/1 with Betfred and William Hill rather more interesting.
Another serious contender in these conditions could be Brandt Snedeker at a very distant 33/1 with SkyBet and Ladbrokes. The American has two notable wins in very similar circumstances this year and is my pick for a top 5 at 4/1 with either Paddy Power or William Hill.
Despite there being such a short field, this could be quite an open contest with over half of the 18 golfers having either the form or the game to fit the course.
Much is dependent on that weather but if the wind does have its say in the Bahamas this week, Spieth looks best placed for the win at that 13/2 price in the Hero Challenge odds with Bet365 while Matsuyama, Rose and Snedeker are the best of the outsiders and each way picks.