2017 - The Year Of The Tiger?

2017 - The Year Of The Tiger?

Four virgins

Unfortunately the festive season signals a break in the professional golfing calendar but the year 2016 has been pretty kind to us golf fans, welcoming four major-winning virgins - Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker.

Whose turn will it be in 2017? Or will the mantle be passed back to some previous winners?

Right now you can get some pretty exciting ante-post prices. This week we will have a brief look at the Masters and US Open, with part two covering The Open and PGA. 

Masters

Over the next few months the anticipation until Augusta will reach fever pitch. Right now I imagine this will be centred around whether Tiger Woods will be fit and be playing at a level where he can be competitive, I bloody hope so!

Certainly members of the #GCW Team may well need a few pairs of clean underpants if this is the case!

As mentioned previously if Tiger is going to win another major, I think this will be it.

Will it be in 2017? At this stage probably not but if his play continues to improve and he gets his tournament fitness levels up he will not be 20-1 come April. Remember he was 50-1 just four weeks ago...

The pimp stare

Right now I would be putting my eggs in the basket of the 2015 scorer Jordan Spieth at 8-1. 2016 is probably a year Jordan would rather forget, beginning with his Masters ‘collapse’ when he finished second, three shots behind Willett.

Jordan’s Masters record reads 2nd, 1st, 2nd though. Lets say no more and put him on your betting slip.

Other previous winners who are likely to line up again this year include: Adam Scott (20-1), Bubba Watson (18-1), Charl Schwartzel (50-1), Phil Mickelson (28-1) and Zach Johnson (80-1).

Of those I would definitely opt the way of Big Phil. I have a soft spot for him anyway, after he won The Open at 20-1 on my birthday a few years ago, but this year Phil showed he still has it when he played Henrik Stenson down to the wire in The Open at Royal Troon. He did miss the cut for the second time in three years at Augusta this year, however he has a massive 15 top ten Masters finishes to his name. 

Of the longer priced players I will pick Rafa Cabrera-Bello at 125-1. He finished 17th on his first ever Masters start last year and he has gained a lot of experience and confidence since then. He made the cut in all four Majors, finished tied fifth in the Olympics and got some Ryder Cup play under his belt. 

US Open

Now moving forward to June, we will see the US Open take place at Erin Hills for the first time. In 2011 the course held the US Amateur Championship, which was won by Kelly Kraft (nope not heard of him either). The rather amateur results are available here and you may well spot a certain Jordan Spieth making it through to the Quarter Finals.

That said the favourite for the US Masters, Spieth sits behind Jason Day (15-2) and Rory McIlroy (8-1) in the betting for this tournament at 9-1. 

Now this could well be one of the most interesting majors in recent times, with course owner Andy Ziegler stating: "There's so much flexibility here. If Mike [Davis USGA Executive Director] wanted to set it up where no one could break 80, he could. If he wanted to set it up for someone to shoot 62, he could do that too."

No it's not shitty Julia Roberts film... It looks amazing!

So who the hell are are we going to bet on if we have no idea who the course is going to suit? I do think, being an open course in Northern USA, it will suit the big hitters but I would certainly not go to town on anything ante-post just yet. 

However Day does deserve his spot on the top of the market, he has now been in the top ten in the US Open for the last four years, whilst Rory won this back in 2011 (when Spieth was still an Amateur) but failed to make the cut last year when Dustin Johnson (9-1) was victorious.

DJ may well be an individual who relishes the challenge of Erin Hills but it would be no surprise to see Adam Scott in a similar boat, with the Masters winner at 28-1 he would be the current recommendation. 

I hope all #GCW readers have a very Merry Christmas!

 

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