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World Cup of Golf Betting 2016; best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2.
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World Cup of Golf Preview, Betting Tips & Odds Guide
With the European Tour and the Race to Dubai having reached a conclusion, attention focuses on other parts of the globe and for now, there are some interesting events in store as we count down to the festive season, writes Matt.
The World Cup of Golf is up first, with 28 countries assembling in Australia this week to take part in a four day event. Some may see it as a sideshow but from a betting point of view, it can throw up top value tips if you take a close look at the odds.
This year, the World Cup will be held at the Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne and it starts this Thursday. The 28 teams feature two players on each side and over four stroke play rounds of 18 holes, they will compete in four ball play and alternate shot.
While some golfing nations are traditionally stronger than others, it all comes down to the teams and who is lining up across the four days so what do the best bookies make of it all?
Host nation Australia lead the outright market at 5/1 with the likes of Bet365 and Stan James and while they have a strong team featuring Adam Scott and Marc Leishmann, the element of home advantage helps to shorten that price a little further.
The Aussies are also reigning champions having taken a victory on home soil back in 2013 but prior to that, the last home win came via the USA way back in 1993. Form for both men is good with Scott recording two wins in 2016 and Leishmann starting the PGA Tour in good touch so they are obvious market leaders.
If you’re concentrating solely on form then Japan are the standouts as second favourites at 8/1 with William Hill and Coral. Alongside the world number 100 Ryo Ishikawa is Hideki Matsuyama, who took the WGC HSBC by a mighty seven shots last month. It is also worth noting that while neither man will be ideally suited to the fast and hard conditions in Melbourne, Ishikawa is on a good run currently and enjoyed a Presidents Cup success here in 2011.
From the outright markets, I like the look of the USA who are listed currently at a best of 9/1 with BetFred. Having used the Ryder Cup to answer accusations that they don’t take team sport that seriously, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker look to be the most potent pairing coming into this tournament.
From this point onwards the big names tend to thin out a little but that does lead to some value picks in the World Cup of Golf odds through the field. England, for example, have Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan and with Wood in decent touch, they look a reasonable outside shout at 14/1 with BetFred and BetVictor.
Ireland are also attracting some interest at 14/1 with BetFred. The side has two men – Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell – who are out of touch but capable of much more and in matchplay, it is a more even battlefield.
Elsewhere, the Welsh duo of Bradley Dredge and Stuart Manley are getting some attention in the Each Way betting markets at least. Dredge is a former winner of this event and while that success came back in 2005, he and partner Stuart Manley have games which will suit this Melbourne course.
Wales are way out at 100/1 with Bet365 and SkyBet for the outright win but at a figure of 20/1 with Bet365 for a top four finish, they are a solid enough tip for a small stake in the latter market.
The same could be said of South Africa whose team contains two unremarkable but competitive players in Jaco Van Zyl and George Coetzee. The latter has three European Tour wins while combined they have no less than 22 victories on the Sunshine Tour. Yes, it’s only the Sunshine Tour but they know how to get over the line.
Then there is Austria, led by Bernd Wiesberger, who has been consistent in Europe all season. Austria are 20/1 with Bet365 for a top four while the South Africans are stronger contenders in the same market at 13/2 with SkyBet and BoyleSports.
- Expect a good selection of match markets as the tournament develops on what should be a fascinating four days of golf. In terms of this week’s betting tips, the USA look to be the best option in the outrights at that 9/1 with BetFred while Wales at 20/1 with Bet365 and South Africa at 13/2 with SkyBet are the selections in the top four betting.