With three tournaments this weekend in both hemispheres you can easily put your feet up and watch golf continuously until Sunday evening. Why not make it more interesting and have a bet?
As time-wise it will come first let’s have a quick look at the Australian Open. Now I watch A LOT of golf but I can't say I am anywhere close to being an expert on the Australasia Tour, mainly due to time difference and the fact that sometimes I need to leave the house and pretend to be sociable.
Many of the names in the tournament line-up could well be characters in Home and Away, however I do recognise the leading pair of Jordan Spieth (3-1) and Adam Scott (7-2). Those two are streets ahead of the rest of the field, with the 2010 Australian Open victor Geoff Ogilvy next at 18-1.
Both Scott and Spieth are previous winners of this tournament, Jordan won in 2014, when it was played at The Australian Golf Club, whilst Adam’s victory came in 2009 at New South Wales Golf Club.
From the last ten years the winner has come from the home team seven times, which suggests Adam could be the pick of the leading pair. In contrast the winner has come from foreign turf in the last two runnings at the Royal Sydney Golf Club (Rory in 2013 and Tim Clark in 2008) meaning you could place your eggs in the basket of Jordan.
Personally I think Spieth still has a long way to go confidence wise and would opt for the home team assisting Adam to victory, let's hope it is hot enough for him to play without a shirt on Sunday…
Now onto some more familiar turf, the DP World Tour Championship begins in Dubai and incorporates the conclusion of the Race for Dubai title. Four player remain in contention for the big bucks; Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett, Alex Noren and Rory McIlroy, respectively.
The leading pair in the betting market are Rory (3-1) and Stenson (11-2), who are followed (not so closely) by Man of the Moment Alex Noren (14-1). Both Henrik and Rory have won this twice in the last four runnings, a pretty good sign that one of them may well triumph again.
However I fancy Noren (who will be playing with Rory in the opening rounds) to take the honours after his fantastic autumn campaign plus in order to claim the overall victory Rory needs to win at the weekend and for Stenson to spend the next four days in a bunker.
Neither set the world alight at the Ryder Cup but since then they have showed promise. Sully would be my pick of the pair for a place, he was third last weekend in the Nedbank and second in the Portugal Masters at the end of last month.
If you fancy a pie in the sky bet then I would go for Scott Hend (125-1). Veteran Hend has enjoyed a pretty remarkable 2016 and could well top it off with a solid performance here.
Over on the other side of the Atlantic we have a pretty mediocre event on the PGA Tour, the RSM Classic, where the favourite is Matt Kuchar at 14-1. This just about sums up the quality of the field… However there is certainly some value to be had.
Personally I like Kevin Chappell at 20-1. He was second here last year and has played some pretty darn good golf in the last 12 months.
*All odds quoting are available through Genting Bet and were correct at the time of writing!*
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