World Cup of Golf Tip

ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf Betting Tips

The Course

The highly regarded Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne hosts the world cup of golf this week. The greens are expected to be fast and the course is littered with numerous bunkers. Bad weather is forecast throughout the week with rain looking inevitable and winds blowing up to 25 mph. The teams of two will play in four ball format during rounds 1 and 3 and foursomes format in rounds 2 and 4.

The Betting Favourites

Australia are understandably favourites for the event. Their team of Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith have home advantage and Leishman is playing superbly. Jason Day and Adam Scott won this event on home soil back in 2013 and a repeat home triumph is a distinct possibility. Leishman has a recent victory (The CIMB Classic) and Smith has had a whole host of top ten finishes in the last couple of months. Added to this is the fact Leishman is a fantastic wind player and with the forecast conditions that looks highly likely to be a great asset this week. I can’t quite pull the trigger at around 4/1* though despite the fact it appears very difficult to keep them out of the frame. Australia’s main market rivals are England who are represented by the fiery duo of Tyrell Hatton and Ian Poulter. We know what to expect from these two, roars and fist bumps will be the order of the week. This will be Hatton’s first experience of playing in Australia, but given the bad weather forecast it shouldn’t be an issue given he’s something of a links specialist. Poulter has plenty of experience playing in Australia and nobody loves team golf more, however he limped home in 51st place in the 60 runner field in Dubai last week and England can easily be left alone at around 6/1*.

South Korea - 21/2*

Our top selection for the World Cup will be the Korean team of Byeong-Hun An and Si Woo Kim. These two have talent oozing from every pore and both arrive in excellent form. Hun An has been playing well for a long while now and has few weaknesses in his game and Si Woo Kim is a fearless putter also in good nick. Both players have already won huge tournaments in their short careers, ‘’Benny’’ winning the 2015 BMW PGA Championship and Kim the 2017 Players Championship. I expect a couple of very low scores to be posted by these two in the four balls and if they can avoid any big numbers during the foursomes then this dynamic duo should go very close to victory. Bet UK make them 21/2 and they warrant a reasonable wager at that price.

Ireland - 14/1*

For our second pick we’ll chance a small bet on Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne. The forecast bad weather will play right into the hands of the Irish duo, Lowry especially will be delighted. He loves it when the going gets tough and his ball striking has been top notch recently. Dunne’s form is a cause for concern, he’s had a poor season and arrives with just one top 35 finish in his last 13 starts. He’ll be desperate to find some form and having Lowry by his side could be just the fillip he needs. Dunne is a tremendous putter so expect plenty of birdies from Ireland and at 14/1* they definitely make the staking plan.

Belgium - 21/2*

Our third and final selection are Belgium at Bet UK’s 21/2. Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry were teammates at the University of Illinois and will be looking forward to renewing their partnership. Pieters always looks like he has a low score in him, bristling with power off the tee he is also an excellent putter. He arrives on the back of a decent showing in Dubai and with his Ryder Cup experience will enjoy being the senior partner this week. Detry is one of the most talented maidens on the European Tour and it’s a matter of when not if he gains his first main tour victory. These two are good friends so there are no concerns about them gelling on the course and a good week is fully expected.

Other Notable Teams

No country has had as much success in this event as the USA and Matt Kuchar won the 2011 version alongside Gary Woodland. Kyle Stanley is Kuchar’s partner this time and it looks a decent enough pairing on paper, Stanley has the long game whilst Kuchar brings the magic around the greens. However Kuchar looked very tired over the weekend in the Australian Open having won in Mexico two weeks ago and perhaps he may be going to the well once too often this week. The last renewal of the world cup was two years ago and the Danish duo of Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen are back to defend their title. Olesen’s game has kicked on a notch since then and he is now a power packed operator of the highest class. Unfortunately, Kjeldsen is probably going in the other direction and if the wind is ever blowing directly into the player’s faces then Kjeldsen’s lack of length will be a significant problem and they are easily passed over at 11/1*. Russell Knox and Martin Laird tee it up for Scotland, but whilst the stereotypes would assume the Scots would like the forecast bad weather both have played the vast majority of their golf in the USA with the sun on their back and Laird’s high ball flight is not suitable to playing in the wind. Hao Tong Li is developing into a fine player so if Ashun Wu can pull his weight then China may go well, whilst the bad weather may bring the best out of the now unpredictable Martin Kaymer. He tees it up alongside Max Kieffer and Germany may outrun the 33/1* quote they get from Bet UK.

Bet UK’s Golf Betting Tips

Points Team Odds
2.5pts EW South Korea 21/2*
1pt EW Ireland 14/1*
1pt EW Belgium 21/2*

*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.

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