Bruce Young Golf Betting January 17th

This week the world of professional golf begins to return to normal with more and more events coming on stream as the year advances and we take a look at three of them.

The European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the Middle East, the LPGA Tour’s Diamond Resort Tournament of Champions in Lake Buena Vista in Florida and the PGA Tour’s Desert Classic in La Quinta in California.

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Sony Open Betting Prospects

Once again there is only the one tournament on which betting is available this week that being the second PGA Tour event of 2019, the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

I take a look at what I see as the leading chances and throw in a couple at longer odds for an opportunity to hopefully gain a greater return for less of an investment.

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Betting Guide for Sentry Tournament of Champions

This week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions gives us a chance to get our golf betting year off to a good start, the traditional year opener limited to 34 players each of whom have won on the PGA Tour in 2018.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson and runner-up to him last year Jon Rahm are the two most fancied chances but there appears to be a bit of good value in Patrick Reed at $17.00 and Webb Simpson at $21.00 and I explain the reason why in this audio summary.

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Golf Betting Guide December 13th

This week offers one last chance to hopefully boost the Xmas spending allowance with betting available on three events in South Africa, Indonesia and the Seychelles.

We managed a profit on investments last week so to finish the year off with a rush is what we are looking for.

All the best and thanks for your support as I look to expand on this concept in 2019.

 

Steve Williams with Rod Morri and Bruce Young

New Zealand golf caddie and the most successful in the history of the game, Steve Williams, chatted with myself and iseekgolf.com’s podcast host, Rod Morri, in this podcast we recorded over a year ago.

Despite being recorded in November of 2017  it provides an interesting insight into Williams and some of the reasons for his success and thought it well worth revisiting.

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Betting Guide for December 6th 2018

The golfing year is winding to a close but there are three events will be looking at from a betting perspective this week.

The BMW South African Open is being played in Johannesburg, The European Staysure Tour’s MCB Championship is played in Mauritius and the QBE Shootout is held in Naples in Florida.

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Golf Betting Guide for November 29th

RACV Royal Pines’ 18th hole – the home of the Australian PGA Championship.

This week we assess, from a betting angle, the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast, the Mauritius Open in Mauritius, the Japan Tour’s season ending Golf Nippon Series event in Tokyo and the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

With the golfing world winding down for 2018 perhaps a chance to finish the year off with a whirl.

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Audio Golf Betting Guide for events beginning Thursday Nov 22nd

Three events come under scrutiny this week namely the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, the Honma Hong Kong Open and the Casio World Open in Japan.

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World Cup of Golf Could Be So Much Better

Great venue, great event and great format but the one issue that faces this week’s ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf at the outstanding Metropolitan Golf Club is that 16 of the event’s 28 countries are not represented by their best players.

An excellent example of this is that the USA is represented by their 15th and 16th highest ranked players in Matt Kuchar and Kyle Stanley, fine golfers though they are.

A number of reasons can be blamed for this rather unfortunate situation, scheduling, apathy by some of the leading players, a format that does not suit all and, likely, a lack of appearance money being paid but it might be that the event’s rather bizzare qualifying criteria can also cop some of the blame.

That the leading ranked player from any of the 28 qualifying countries selects his partner from fellow countrymen, essentially inside the top 500 in the world ranking, brings into question the capacity of the event to get as strong a field as possible.

Surely event organisers should reconsider this nepotism as a curse on the event’s credibility as the chance for the best country in the field (in theory at least) to win the event is lessened by having a friend of the leading ranked player in a country team up with his mate.

Surely a system which picks players purely on the leading available world ranked players from any country irrespective of mateship would offer the event considerably more credibility than is the case now.

Admittedly it could be that some of the leading players in the event are in the field because they have been able to bring their friend to the event but does such a process do anything for the standing of the World Cup – I think not.

I have been to three World Cups now and enjoyed each one of them but that the event hardly determines the best country in the world means it loses much of its impact.

The purse of US$7 million (reduced from US$8 million when last played in 2016) is still a significant carrot but, sadly, many of the game’s leading players in today’s era would hardly get out of bed for even a purse of that size on the other side of the world.

There is something quite special about seeing some of the world’s lesser countries competing in such a significant championship but it could be made even more significant if it were to consider selecting the field based on a country’s leading available world ranked players without having to rely on its number one ranked player’s discretion.

 

 

Audio Betting Guide Including 2018 Australian Open

Above Matt Kuchar the likely favourite for the Australian Open

This week we take a look at four events beginning with the Australian Open Championship at the Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.

We also cast an eye over the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the LPGA’s CME Tour Championship and the RSM Classic on the PGA Tour.

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