WGC – HSBC Champions Betting Preview

Sheshan International
Shanghai, China
Par 72, 7,266 yards

Keegan Bradley 25/1
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He had a super start in Kuala Lumpur last week opening with a 65,66 and took 4 shot the lead at the halfway point, but sadly fell behind after a poor third round, shooting a disappointing 76 and eventually finished in 10th. Sheshan International has four par 5’s, the shortest measuring 538 yards, three reachable par 4’s (for the big hitters) and four par 3’s. Stats wise last season, he ranked 11th in Driving Distance hitting it just over 300 yards off the tee. He also ranked 2nd in Total Driving, 2nd in par 5 or better leaders and 3rd in par 5 performance. On his last visit in 2011, he finished in tied 16th, however he is coming into this week off a top 10 finish and has the power to go very low around this course.

Peter Uihlein 35/1
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He is the man in form at the moment that’s for sure. The American has had three top five finishes in his last 4 starts ranking an overall 9th in the Race to Dubai. He finished in tied 5th last week at The BMW Championship in Shanghai, 2nd at The Alfred Dunhill Links and another 2nd place finish at The ISPS Handa Championship in Wales. Like Bradley, Uihlein is a super hitter off the tee averaging just over 307 yards. Length combined with current form make him a big threat here this week.

Paul Casey 28/1
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It’s great to see Paul Casey back playing well again. He had a great finish last week at the BMW International in Shanghai finishing in a tie for 8th. He has a good season on The European Tour this year with a win at The Irish Open back in June and a tied 8th finish at The Volvo China Open in this neck of the woods back in May. Casey’s form in this part of the world has been seriously impressive over the years recording four top 10’s on this course since 2007, and most recently finishing in a tie for fourth in 2011. After a good performance last week combined with his history in this part of the world, he’s a must for me this week.

Peter Hanson 50/1
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Hanson was extremely impressive last week at the BMW opening with a 79 in round 1 and managed to shoot a superb final round 63 to get himself into a tie for 8th. Hanson has had a decent season with top 10’s coming at The Volvo World Matchplay, finishing in tied 9th, tied 9th in Abu Dhabi and tied 8th at The WGC Cadillac. He is another player with a good record around this course finishing in 6th last time it was played here in 2011.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat 70/1
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I tipped this man last week and he nearly got the job done, only missing a 10 footer for birdie on the 18th to remain at -13 and force himself out of a playoff spot with Moore and Woodland. But overall, he had a good week with a tied 3rd finish, making that his second top 5 finish in his last 2 starts internationally. Stats wise on the Asian Tour, he ranks 3rd in Driving Distance, 2nd in Stroke Average and 11th in GIR. He currently leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit and is pushing to get a PGA Tour card.

Final Selections:
Keegan Bradley 1pt ew/2 pts total
Peter Uihlein 1 pt ew/2 pts total
Paul Casey 1 pt ew/2 pts total
Peter Hanson 1 pt ew/2 pts total
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1 pt ew/2 pts total

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CIMB Classic Betting Preview

The West Course, Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, Malaysia
Par 72, 6,967 Yards

Jeff Overton 50/1
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After an encouraging start to the season with a tied 16th finish at The Frys and a top 10 finish last week at The Shriners, Overton looks like he is showing some good form at the moment, playing 7 of his last 8 rounds under par. He also has a good record at this event finishing tied 16th last year and finished 2nd to Bo Van Pelt in 2011. He ranks 28th in GIR, 9th in Scoring Average and 12th in Scrambling so far this season. With a shortened field this week, a good start to the season and a good history in this event, Jeff could be a big contender here at a very nice price.

Hideki Matsuyama 16/1
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Matsuyama is another player that has started well for the 2014 season finishing in tied 3rd at The Frys a couple of weeks ago, only to fall ill forcing him to pull out of The Shriners last week in Vegas. He caught a lot of people’s attention last season at The Open Championship, where he finished in a tie for 6th, not to mention finishing in tied 10th at The US Open at Merion the week before. He has recorded 11 top 10’s in 17 starts in worldwide as a pro so it’s clear the guy is a huge talent. Last season, he ranked 4th in Total Driving, 8th in GIR, 12th in Birdie Average and 3rd in Scoring Average. After a rest last week, he could be the man to beat in Kuala Lumpur.

Ryan Moore 33/1
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Moore finished in tied 9th last week at The Shriners in Vegas shooting 4 solid rounds in the 60’s. He also had a good finish to the 2013 season finishing in tied 11th at The BMW back in September. Moore has played this event once before, back in 2010, where he finished in tied 5th. This course is particularly short, only measuring 6,967 yards and will suit the big and, more importantly, the accurate hitters which should suit Ryan Moore. For the 2013 season, he ranked 13th in Driving Accuracy, 23rd in Driving Distance, 13th in GIR and 6th in Scoring Average. After a good performance last week, he will be coming here feeling confident.

Brendon De Jonge 40/1
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He had a great finish to the 2013 season with a tied 19th finish at The Barclays, Tied 9th at The Deutsche Bank, and 2 tied 18th finishes coming at The BMW and The Tour Championship. He missed only 5 cuts in total last season and despite missing the cut last week, he was playing consistently and had a good performance at The Presidents Cup. De Jonge had a great finish in this event last year finishing in tied 4th on -19, only 3 shots adrift from the winner Nick Watney. Last season he ranked 29th in Driving Distance, 26th in Scoring Average and 10th in GIR. Stats combined with good recent form make De Jonge a good shout here this week.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat 45/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1
A popular selection among us punters this week and it’s easy to see why. He won this year’s Malaysian Open on this course back in March, which was played over 3 rounds due to bad weather, not to mention finishing in tied 3rd here in 2010. Statswise on the Asian Tour, he ranks 3rd in Driving Distance, 2nd in Stroke Average and 11th in GIR. Most recently, he came 4th in North Korea 2 weeks ago and leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit. Past performances combined with current form make him a good selection here this week.

This week’s selections:
Jeff Overton 1 pt ew/ 2 pts total
Hideki Matsuyama 1 pt ew/2 pts total
Ryan Moore 1 pt ew/2pts total
Brendon De Jonge 1 pt ew/2 pts total
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1 pt ew/2 pts total

Good Luck,

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Shriners Hospital For Sick Children Betting Preview

TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Par 71, 7,223 Yards

Graham DeLaet 22/1
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DeLaet was very impressive in The Presidents Cup a couple of weeks ago. His Driving and Putting in particular, I thought were fantastic. Overall, he has had a pretty good season on The PGA Tour and has become a player that, by the looks of the way he is performing, has the ability to win any day now. He has had 7 top 10 finishes and kicked off a great start to the year with two tied 9th finishes early in the season at The Honda Classic and The Farmers. A tied 3rd finish at The Travellers and, most recently, tied 2nd at The Barclays and solo 3rd at The Deutsche Bank in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He ranks 1st in Total Driving and 3rd in GIR which are two stats that will help rack up the birdies here at TPC Summerlin this week. He is on a great run of form and had a fantastic Presidents Cup recently and could be a huge threat here this week.

Zach Johnson 12/1
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Zach is the favourite here this week and it’s easy to see why. He has 7 top 10’s in his last 8 starts including a win at The BMW Championship, shooting an impressive final round 65 to clinch victory at Conway Farms. He has only played this course once, back in 2008, where he finished in a tie for 10th but I expect a much better performance this time round. Statswise, this course looks to suit Zach’s game with the Par 4’s measuring between 380-480 yards and the Par 5’s both measuring roughly around 560 yards, this is where approach shots will be key. Johnson ranks 8th in Driving Accuracy, 15th in GIR, 30th in Strokes Gained, 8th in GIR 200 + yards, 9th in Approaches from 50-75 yards and 12th in Approaches from 200-225 yards. He is clearly the man in form at the moment and at 12/1, he is well worth backing considering he’s a top 10 machine at the moment.

Nick Watney 20/1
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Watney had a superb finish to the FedEx Cup playoff’s with a tied 9th finish at The Barclays, Solo 2nd at The BMW Championship at Conway Farms and a respectable tied 14th finish at The Tour Championship. He has a very good record at this event with 3 top 10’s in his last 3 appearances, finishing in tied 10th last year, solo 2nd in 2011 and tied 6th in 2010 averaging an impressive 66.67 stroke average. Statswise he ranks 13th in GIR and 26th in Driving Distance. He also ranks 5th in Approaches from 150-175 yards and 8th in Approaches from 125-150. Stats combined with previous performances and current form make Watney a great selection here in Vegas.

Spencer Levin 50/1
Spencer Levin Smoking
He was 2nd in Scrambling and 20th in Strokes Gained in CordeValle last week at the Frys.com and finished in a tie for 12th. It appears Spencer Levin might be back to full health after some injury concerns and had a relatively flawless tournament carding only 6 bogeys. Levin is another horse for the course with a tied 5th finish in 2011 and a tied 4th finish in 2010. He is another player that has the stats that could suit around TPC Summerlin ranking 23rd in Strokes Gained, 11th in Scoring Average, 1st in GIR percentage 100-125 yards, 1st in GIR percentage 75 yards and 15th in GIR Percentage 200 + yards. He also ranks 1st in Putting from 10-15 ft and 15th in putting from 5-15 ft. Has a great chance here this week with encouraging stats and great previous course form.

Scott Piercy 30/1
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Another horse for the course and a local resident, he finished in tied 6th last year and tied 10th in 2011. Piercy has had a decent season finishing 3rd at The Phoenix Open back in Feb and a tied 5th finish at The Byron Nelson. He also had a great performance at The PGA finishing in a tie for 5th and most recently finished in a tie for 13th at The Deutsche Bank. He also won in Nevada before at The Reno Tahoe Open in 2011 so he may be feeding off good vibes at TPC Summerlin.

Final Selections:
Graham DeLaet 1.5pts ew/ 3pts total
Zach Johnson 2 pts ew/ 4pts total
Nick Watney 1.5pts ew/3pts total
Spencer Levin 1pt ew/ 2pts total
Scott Piercy 1 pt ew/ 2pts total

Total Staked : 14 pts

Good Luck,

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Frys.com Open Betting Preview

Frys.com Open Betting Preview
CordeValle GC, 7,368 yards, par 71

Frys.com Photo

John Peterson 33/1
John Peterson

It’s the first tournament of the season and it’s great to be back! The first selection in this week’s preview is John Peterson. He has had a fantastic season on The Web.com Tour finishing the season with 5 top 5 finishes, including coming in tied 2nd in the season ending Web.com Tour championship. He missed the cut here last year but that wouldn’t hugely concern me here, he is on a superb run of form at the moment and, in a weakened field this week in the season opener, he is superb value at 33/1. I’d say we’re going to be seeing a lot of John Peterson on The PGA Tour.

Patrick Reed 40/1
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After recording his first win on the PGA Tour at The Wyndham Championship back in August, Reed’s form took a bit of a dip but I think he is going to be coming into this week refreshed and relaxed after a nice break. He had 5 top 5 finishes last season, including a tied 7th finish at The John Deere Classic, tied 9th in The RBC Canadian Open and a solo 5th place finish at The FedEx St Jude. Reed finished in a tie for 11th here last year and shot a final round 63. After a couple of weeks rest, he will be coming into this week refreshed and, you never know, he could shoot another 63 or two this week!

Jamie Lovemark 100/1
Nationwide Tour - Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae - Round Three

Another Web.com player has made my list of runners in CordeValle this week in the shape of Jamie Lovemark. In his last 9 starts, he has a win at The Midwest Classic and 4 top 10’s, which came at The Utah Championship, in which he came tied 7th, tied 6th at The Abertsons Boise Open and most recently, tied 8th in the season ending Web.com Tour Championship. He has been backed into 100/1 from being 150/1 earlier in the week so he seems to be a popular choice among us punters. Lovemark ranked 9th in putting and 3rd in Driving Distance last season, which will certainly help around this 7,368 yard beast. An interesting, big priced outsider with a lot of potential to go very well here.

Gary Woodland 20/1

Gary has been showing some great form in his last few tournaments winning The Reno Tahoe Open at the start of August and also a superb tied 2nd finish at The Barclays. Overall he played quite well in the FedEx Cup playoffs, finishing tied 18th at The BMW and tied 22nd at The Tour Championship. Woodland is known to be a big hitter on the PGA Tour, ranking 4th in Driving Distance hitting it a decent 303.8 yards off the tee, which will help around this course. He also finished in a tie for 9th here last year and only for the fact he made very few birdies on the second round, he would have been right in the thick of things. If he gets the putter going, he will be right in the mix come Sunday night.

Billy Horchel 20/1

In his last two tournaments in The FedEx Cup playoffs, Billy Horchel finished tied 7th at The BMW and had a fantastic tied 7th finish at The Tour Championship. Considering the field here is pretty weak, Billy is a certainly in a class of his own here no question about it. Horchel had an excellent season getting his first win at The Zurich Classic of New Orleans at the end of April. He also had 8 top 10 finishes including coming tied 4th at The US Open at Merion. Statwise, he ranks 6th in Total Driving and 8th in Birdie Average, which is a good combination coming into this week.

Final Selections:
John Peterson 1pt ew/2pts total
Patrick Reed 1pt ew/2pts total
Jamie Lovemark 1pt ew/2pts total
Gary Woodland 1pt ew/2 pts total
Billy Horchel 1.5pts ew/3pts total
Total Staked – 11 pts

Good Luck,