The Desert Classic Golf Betting Tips
Bet UK’s resident golf tipster Luke Tredget brings you his golf betting tips for this year’s Desert Classic. Bet UK's online sportsbook has the latest golf betting odds for all major events this year.
This is a pro-am event played over three courses. It will be the fourth year in succession that The Desert Classic has used this exact triumvirate of courses. They are La Quinta Country Club (a very easy resort course) PGA West Nicklaus Course (wide fairways, bits of rough around the greens) and PGA West TPC Stadium Course (plenty of water and bunkers in play, comfortably the toughest of the three.) Each player plays the three courses once, then the cut is made after 54 holes and the final round is played at the TPC Stadium Course. Scoring will be low and the weather looks good for the week.
Big Names At The Desert Classic
Jon Rahm is Bet UK’s 13/2 favourite and there can be no arguing he’s the correct market leader. The week is set up for an abundance of birdies and the power packed Spaniard is the defending champion and likely to go close to repeating his performance of last year. In the last three months when Rahm has been asked to open his shoulders on wide open courses he’s finished 8th in Hawaii, 4th in Dubai and won in The Bahamas, it’s just a question of whether the 13/2 represents value. It’s a close one, but given so many of the field are capable of shooting the lights out on these forgiving courses designed for amateurs we can just about pass. Next in the betting is the phenomenally consistent Justin Rose. The Englishman has to be respected every time he tees it up, but whether a shootout really suits his game is up for debate and he also hasn’t played in this event since 2010. Overall he makes limited appeal at his current price. Patrick Cantlay and Charles Howell fill the next two slots in Bet UK’s betting order. Cantlay is a fantastic driver of the ball and ended 2018 in fine fettle with a trio of top 10’s and thus is greatly respected. As is Howell who is playing well every time he takes out his clubs and boasts a solid record in this event. However neither have quite enough juice in their price to make the staking plan.
Few doubt young Aaron Wise is going to reach the summits of the golfing game, and perhaps this week will see any that still do concede that this stylish swinger is very much the real deal. Still only 22, Wise has every tool required and already has a PGA Tour win under his belt. That win came last year in The AT & T Byron Nelson, a tournament like this one that requires aggressive low scoring golf to triumph. Wise has played this event twice before finishing 34th when only just out of his teenage years and then posted a 17th last year. It’s reasonable to assume he will progress to an even better finishing position this time around and if the flat stick gets warm we could well see Wise in the winner’s enclosure. Bet UK are 25/1* and he’s certainly worth a wager at that price.
Brooks Koepka’s big pal Peter Uihlein will be looking to start emulating some of Koepka’s achievements in 2019, and it’s plausible he can start by going close this week. Uihlein has yet to win on the PGA Tour, although he does have a victory on the European circuit. The Florida based Uihlein finished 2018 with something of a flourish posting a handful of respectable finishes which culminated in a 7th place in the RSM Classic. On his first visit to the Desert Classic last year the American finished a more than decent 17th and given that experience and the fact he arrives in better shape this time around he looks worth chancing at Bet UK’s 56/1*.
At 33/1* Hudson Swafford is well worth a moderate wager. Swafford won this event in 2017 and that remains the only victory of the 31 year olds career so far. 6 foot 3 and capable of phenomenal power off the tee, Swafford’s 3rd place last week in the Sony Open was a very impressive warm up for this event. Last year he finished 29th here and this time around will be free of the pressures and media interviews that come with being the defending champion. A good showing appears highly likely.
We’ll complete the staking plan with a real flyer of a selection in the shape of 450/1 chance Wyndham Clark. This is Clark’s debut season on the PGA Tour and whilst he probably hasn’t made the start he’d have hoped for, he has at least made four cuts from six starts which is a perfectly acceptable return for a rookie. Last week in the Sony Open Clark missed the 36 hole cut by a single shot on a course unlikely to suit his aggressive long game. Clark is an out and out bomber and the wide open spaces he’ll find this week could ignite a talent that will surely reveal itself sooner rather than later. At 450/1 he’s well worth a small dabble.
The ever popular Phil Mickelson returns to competitive action in a tournament he’s won twice before. Assured of plenty of support and with acres of room off the tee it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise in the world were Phil to contend. Course form fans will be drawn to Canadian Adam Hadwin’s record, he’s posted top 6 finishes in each of the last three years, but whether he’s a talented enough golfer to back at sub 30/1 is highly doubtful. Patton Kizzire will have his backers as he’s turning into a very consistent golfer, but his record here is too average to consider him for the staking plan, a comment that could also apply to the neat and tidy Kevin Kisner. Whilst big hitting Luke List was under close consideration before ultimately just missing out on being made a bet.
|2pt EW||Aaron Wise||25/1*|
|1pt EW||Peter Uihlein||56/1*|
|1pt EW||Hudson Swafford||33/1*|
|0.5pts EW||Wyndham Clark||450/1*|
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*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.