The great start to our 2016 golf-betting continued with another big-priced lip-out as 125/1 shot Zac Blair landed the place-money again last week, but missed the play-off by a shot.
This week we’ve got the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship to look forward to on the European Tour, whist the PGA Tour hosts the Career Builder Challenge.
The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship
It’s the Spieth vs McIlroy shootout this week as both players stake a claim to be called the best player in the world, but I’m happy to pass on both at around 4/1. McIlroy has made an annoying habit of nearly winning this with 6 top-5s in 7 appearances, whilst Spieth makes his tournament debut – and there looks to be much better value in siding Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters and Victor Dubuisson.
Martin Kaymer 1 point each-way @ 22/1 (Betbright) ¼ odds 5 places
Three-time Champion Kaymer has the best tournament record of all the players, and it really should have been 4 titles but he blew a 10-shot lead last year when taking his foot off the gas. It’s Ryder Cup year this time around though and he’ll see this as an ideal tournament in which to rack-up plenty of points; and the winner of two majors should be strong-minded enough to put last year’s fiasco behind him.
Thomas Pieters 1 point each-way @ 50/1 (Skybet) ¼ odds 6 places
The young Belgian announced himself on the European Tour with 2 victories last season, and it’s no surprise that this big-hitter also finished tied 4th here. Could still have stacks of improvement in him, and Ryder Cup aspirations aren’t beyond him.
Victor Dubuisson 1 point each-way @40/1 (Bet365, BetVictor, Coral) ¼ odds 5 places
Victory in last season’s Turkish Open, and being part of team Europe’s Eurasia Cup Victory, should spur the talented Frenchman into wanting to be part of the Ryder Cup Team, and he’s another with the power to make mincemeat of this course. Tied 4th last year shows he handles the track.
Career Builder Championship
2014 Champion Patrick Reed is fancied to become the third dual champion after Phil Mickleson and Bill Haas in recent years, and he’ll see this as the perfect opportunity to stake his claim to be in the American Ryder Cup side. His recent form is also hard to knock with 3 runner-up spots in his last 4 events.
Patrick Reed 2 points each-way @ 10/1 (Betfred, Betvictor, Coral)