Bet UK WGC Match Play Golf Betting Tips
Rob Cobley is a maths graduate who has spent several years working as a sports betting trader. He is now able to share his tips on the world’s biggest golfing events exclusively for Bet UK customers. Bet UK’s sportsbook has golf betting odds for the Maybank Championship, as well as all major European and PGA Tours.
There is a rather different feel, and indeed a Wednesday start this week as the top 64 players in the World (bar regular absentees from this format Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott) head to The Austin Country Club in Texas for the 20th staging of the WGC Dell Technologies World Match Play. Head over to Bet UK’s online betting for the latest golf betting odds for all PGA and European tour events. You can also get golf betting tips for all major golf events at Bet UK's sports betting blog.
Last Weeks Results - In the Valspar Championships last week, Cobley correctly predicted Sungjae Im to place at a huge price of 60/1.
In terms of format, this year brings yet another slight change. The top 16 players are each seeded, and have been kept apart in 16 x 4 man groups. Over the first three days, each player plays each other to determine who proceeds to the weekend knock out format. Group games can be drawn, and they won't go beyond 18 holes. In the event of a tie, both players will be awarded ½ point.
The player with the best record in each of the 16 four-player groups advances to the Round of 16 for single-elimination match play. In the event of a two-way tie in a group, the format is the same as last time with head-to-head match results will be used as the tiebreaker; a three-way tie will require a sudden-death stroke play hole by hole playoff.
On Saturday morning the winners of each group meet in the round of 16, with the quarter-finals being staged on Saturday afternoon. The semi-finals and final, as well as the third-place playoff, will be played on Sunday.
Last Five Winners
2018 - Bubba Watson 2017 - Dustin Johnson 2016 - Jason Day 2015 - Rory McIlroy 2014 - Jason Day
Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas
Par 71, 7,043 yards
The Austin Country Club is a relatively new course, having been built in 1980. It is a Pete Dye course with four reachable par 5s and a reachable par 4 over water. There are plenty of risk and reward holes which have made for spectacular viewing in each of the past 3 years that the event has been held at this venue.
The Market Leaders
Unsurprisingly, this week’s market is headed by the biggest names with Rory Mcilroy and Dustin Johnson both 10/1* to take home the second WGC of the year just 2 weeks before the field heads to Augusta for the year’s opening major. Both have won the event in the past 4 years and so it’s hard to rule either out, especially given their impressive recent form.
This however is a tournament that has thrown up many surprises over the years with winners ranging from 100-250/1, so we i will be suggesting that we look further down the market to find the most valuable and potentially lucrative selections this week.
Rob’s Golf Betting Tips
Headline Golf Betting Tip
Oosthuizen is a formidable competitor and on the back of his highly impressive showing at Innisbrook last week is impossible to pass by this week, and in this format. Oosthuizen is one of the grittiest and consistent performers in the game and will make a worthy opponent for any of the top players this week. He is also a major winner, and no stranger to the big time. In the final round last week he hit just 6 greens in regulation, yet still managed to shoot a two under par 70 thanks to his superb short game.
Thos types of numbers will be extremely hard to beat this week with the South African making putts regularly and his ball striking coming to the fore once again, i make him my headline pick. All selections this week are win only, and Louis can be backed with 4 points Win @ 40/1*
Other Betting Tips
Fresh from his win last week, we are opting for another highly capable match play competitor in England’s Paul Casey. Casey has been a finalist in this format before when his game has not been in nearly as good a shape, and given the freshness of the change in format to one that he loves, it would be of no surprise to me to see Casey challenging again this week on the back of his momentum gained at Innisbrook. 2 Points Win @ 25/1*
Phil Mickelson seems an extraordinarily high price this week for another player that has enjoyed, away from the Ryder Cup, significant success in this format. Though at times erratic, Mickelson is capable of going head to head with, and beating, any player in the World game on his day, and is another who is both a frustrating and worthy adversary thanks to a more than proficient short game.
For his age, Mickelson is also extremely long, and with drivable par 4s, and reachable par 5s this week, he is likely to have an advantage on a number of players in the field, and cannot be overlooked at an industry best price of 67/1* with 2 Points Win @ 67/1*
The final selection for this week is big hitting Swede Alex Noren. A couple of years ago Noren was winning tournaments all over the World, and recently has relocated himself to the PGA Tour permanently and is looking back to his best once again playing regularly in the States. Another who will be suited nby the conditions, Noren is a tough competitor who, should he get through a tough group, will be very hard to remove in the knockout rounds. Worth a consideration also in a similar category is fellow Scandinavion Thorbjorn Olesen who is available at 150/1, but our nod just goes to the Swede with 1 Point Win @ 100/1*
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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