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SBS Tournament of Champions Odds – Outright Winner Betting
Tournament of Champions Betting 2017; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/5 odds 1,2,3.
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SBS Tournament of Champions Odds & Golf Betting Tips with Preview
The traditional curtain raiser to the new golfing year gets underway on Thursday with 32 Winners from 2016 taking up the invitation to head to Maui for the SBS Tournament of Champions. It’s an event that has been dominated by American winners in recent years but this preview believes that monopoly could be challenged this time around.
The Form of The Favourites
One man who may not have welcomed the festive break was Hideki Matsuyama who was in the form of his life at the end of 2016. The Japanese comes here with an amazing run of four wins from his last five tournaments but can we necessarily carry that record across with that final victory coming more than a month ago?
Matsuyama has form here too, coming third on his first appearance two years ago and, taking everything into account, it’s no surprise to see the 24 year old lead the market at 5/1 with Bet365 and Paddy Power.
Close behind at 11/2 with Bet365 and Paddy Power again is the reigning champion Jordan Spieth who also won on his last start in Australia. 2016 was relatively lean in comparison with Spieth’s lofty achievements 12 months previously but he has a second place at the Kapalua Resort to go with that monumental eight stroke victory and clearly can’t be ruled out.
The 2013 winner Dustin Johnson seemed to be winding down at the end of 2016 but the US Open winner has the game for this course and is also highly fancied at an industry best of 6/1 with Stan James.
The Chances Of The Chasing Pack
Jason Day returns to action after a two month break in which he undertook treatment for a sore back and for that reason may look a little short at 8/1 with Boylesports. He remains as World Number One but that sabbatical, coupled with a modest record here suggests he is one to avoid.
Behind that front four we then have a gap to fourth favourite Patrick Reed who goes off at an industry best of 14/1 with Betfred and Stan James. Winner in 2015 and an admittedly distant second to Spieth last year, you can’t ignore that figure with Reed looking a banker for a top five at a relatively generous 9/4 with Paddy Power and William Hill.
Elsewhere, Bubba Watson is high up in the Power Rankings and has the big game for a big course. However, his form on Maui goes against him, leaving a tempting outright win price of 22/1 with Stan James and Betfred.
Jimmy Walker’s current issues off the tee could be masked by the wide fairways of the Kapalua Resort and for that reason I would definitely consider his outright odds of 33/1 with SkyBet and Betfred. His form may be patchy but the quality of the current PGA Champion is in no doubt and he has a second here behind Reed in 2014.
Walker for a top five finish is another pick at 5/1 with Paddy Power and William Hill while that figure narrows only slightly for Ryan Moore who goes off at 9/2 with Paddy Power and William Hill in the same market.
Moore is largely overlooked by the tipsters but a win at the John Deere in 2016 gets him to Maui where he has two top ten finishes here in four starts.
Tournament of Champions Trends
I mentioned that Americans have dominated this event and in the last six renewals only Scotland’s Martin Laird managed to break the country’s stranglehold on the top two.
Day and Matsuyama are favoured by the markets to break that run but I would only consider the Japanese at this stage. Day will get back to form but it’s too early to back with any confidence.
As for the course, at a par 73 at a shade under 7,500 it’s one for the biggest hitters with wide fairway surfaces being very forgiving. Wet weather greeted the players as they arrived here but that shouldn’t detract from the trend.
That’s why Bubba Watson’s poor record here is a curious one and for this preview’s betting tips I’d look at the left hander, along with Spieth and Matsuyama as likely winners. From the outside pack, Reed, Walker and Moore look the most obvious picks in the top five market.
With a restricted field, this should go to form despite the long Christmas break and I can’t see too many surprises at the end of four days play as the SBS Tournament of Champions gets things underway for 2017.