Bet UK’s Oman Open Golf Betting Tips
Rob Cobley is a maths graduate who has spent several years working in the betting industry. He is now able to share his tips on the World’s biggest golfing events exclusively for Bet UK customers.
The Course - Almouj Golf, Muscat
The European Tour heads to Muscat in Oman this week for our inaugural preview from this side of the Atlantic. 10 miles West of downtown Muscat, this Greg Norman designed course sits alongside the picturesque Gulf of Oman, and will provide a fitting backdrop for some of Europe’s, and the World’s best players.
The course is very exposed, and the wind will likely play a factor. This will be particularly intimidating for the field with water being in play on no fewer than 10 holes. The fairways are wide, but the rough is challenging, and the greens are well bunkered, all of which would suggest a tough winning score of around 10 to 15 under par.
The Market Leaders
Holland’s Joost Luiten and Belgian Thomas Pieters head the market on what would traditionally be seen as a perfect fit for both players. Luiten comes in off the back of a strong performance over the weekend at the WGC in Mexico, and Pieters long, straight driving would be ideally suited to this long, open course. Luiten won here last year, whilst this is Pieters first trip to Oman.
Rob’s Golf Betting Tips
Whilst much of the attention this week will be on Thomas Pieters, we are looking past the 2016 Ryder Cup hero, and to his Belgian counterpart, and fellow World Cup of Golf winner, Thomas Detry. Detry’s game is incredibly similar to Pieters, and whilst he has yet to post the wins of his countryman, I am of the opinion that 2019 will be the breakthrough year for Detry. He hits the ball long, straight, and arguably has a better temperament than Pieters which could be crucial with tough, windy, conditions set to hit Almouj over the weekend. This will be Detry’s third appearance at the course having played last year, and also on the Challenge Tour. Although his record is not overly impressive, he has made his last 3 cuts, and we would expect him to push into the higher echelons and strongly contend this week. 3 points e/w at 29/1*.
This is Fisher’s first appearance in Oman, and he is arguably the biggest name in the field, having won a WGC, and been a regular contender at Major Championships. Fisher is another who has made his last 3 cuts, and comes into this week on the back of a long break where he has been able to recharge the batteries, and is another whose game suits this course, and who I expect a big year from in 2019. His strong wing play and straight, low, ball flight are likely to be too strong assets to the Englishman this week, and i would suggest a strong investment of 2 Point e/w at 24/1*
Talented Swede Kinhult appeared on the European Tour scene last year with a run of very solid finishes that caught the eye of many bookmakers with the prices of 150/1 that were previously readily available now slashed right down to 30/1. This however does not discourage us from picking him this week on a blustery course where his composure and laser like iron play is likely to stand up to the firm test that will be thrown at the field. Kinhult posted a string of Top 20 finishes last season on the Tour, and has 2 successful appearances at Almouj to his name already having finished 16th here last season, on the back of a 2nd place finish the year before when playing on the Challenge Tour. Having finished in the top 20 last time out, i will be taking a chance this week on Kinhult with 2 Point e/w at 30/1*
My last pick this week goes to slightly out of form Spaniard Nacho Elvira. Despite four career wins on the Challenge Tour, Elvira is yet to post any victories on the main tour, but remains one of the most prodigious talents in the European game. This was in evidence throughout last year with notable top 5s in both the Spanish Open, and the European Open. This week is another test of ball striking, and the Spaniard is as talented as any of our main picks, and cannot be overlooked at generous odds of 125/1 He comes in with a similar profile to our 150/1 tip JB Holmes who picked up the title at Riviera 2 weeks ago, in that poor current form can be set aside against huge talent and a highly suited course where Elvira has twice finished in the top 10 on the Challenge Tour. We will be backing with 1 Point e/w at 150/1*
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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