Bet UK's Resident Golf Expert's The Tour Championship Betting Tips
The PGA Tour season draws to a close this week as the best of the best battle it out at The Tour Championship. An elite field of just 30 players will take to East Lake in Georgia as the battle for the millions available in the FedEx Cup runs its course alongside the crusade to become the champion of this prestigious tournament. Here are my betting tips for this years Tour Championship.
East Lake is a classical tree lined course designed by Donald Ross and has hosted the end of season spectacular since 2004. It’s a stern test, and the winning score is unlikely to surpass 10 or 11 under par. It’s a long par 70 with the emphasis on quality driving and it appears likely that the cream will rise to the top.
Rory McIlroy & Justin Rose
Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose are at the head of the market and it’s hard to argue with this assessment. Rose has recently become world number 1 and boasts five top ten finishes at the track as well as a remarkable seven top ten finishes in his last ten outings. It’s very difficult to envisage the Englishman not going well this week and despite Bet UK paying him ample respect in the market he has to enter the staking plan at 8/1. At the very same price so too does Rory McIlroy, who was the winner of this event in 2016 and runner up in 2014. It’s been an incredibly frustrating year for McIlroy with numerous near misses and he’ll be looking to end the PGA season with a bang. On his day he remains the most gifted golfer on the planet with a long game that is the envy of all his compatriots. East Lake’s emphasis on quality off the tee will play into the Irishman’s hands and much like Rose it’s hard to create scenarios where he doesn’t go extremely close. As ever with Rory his putting is sure to be a negative, but so sublime is he with the driver that we have to have an interest at Bet UK’s 8/1.
The Other Favourites
Elsewhere at the head of the betting it’s tricky to put a line through many of the players. Dustin Johnson can win at virtually any course these days and remains a joy to watch when in full flow, as is Justin Thomas although he perhaps looked a little tired when we last saw him. Brooks Koepka now has a remarkable 3 majors under his belt and whilst it’s perfectly plausible he could enter the winners enclosure come Sunday night, Bet UK are paying him ample respect at the 11/1 and for the time being he is unlikely to feature in many staking plans at that sort of price. Tiger Woods completes the list of the six players considered most likely to triumph and whilst there is plenty of talk regarding his improved driving in recent weeks, it remains the greatest concern in his golf game, and East Lake exposes weak driving more than most courses. Woods will be ecstatic to be involved in the tournament having been on the missing list since 2013 and his record at East Lake is excellent, including a memorable triumph in 2007. However, Tiger will have an excellent course record at virtually every venue you care to check such was his quality in the past, and 2018 Tiger is a different animal and we can pass the opportunity to side with one of golf’s greatest this week.
To complete the staking plan for The Tour Championship we’ll add Jason Day to the list. Indeed there is a strong argument that he is the best value in the entire field. As a former world number one and a major winner, great things are constantly expected of the supremely talented Australian and many would argue he’s something of an underachiever given his gifts. The Wells Fargo Championship back in May is his only win this year but his long game remains one of the best on tour and, if he can continue pounding out drives in the same manner as recent weeks, Day will be hitting his second shots from advantageous positions this week. His East Lake record is nothing to get overly excited about, but a 4th place finish in 2014 and a respectable 6th in 2011 show that he is more than capable of scoring well at the venue. Bet UK have him at 21/1 and this is a price that perhaps doesn’t reflect his chance, and he is our third and final pick.
Best of The Rest
Of the remainder, Bryson Dechambeau comes into the event in sensational form and his two recent wins mean that the fate of the FedEx Cup millions is in his own hands. Dechambeau has never played a competitive round at East Lake, but is widely recognised for his intense preparation and any punter wishing to side with him at Bet UK’s 17/1 can consider the lack of course form not much of a negative. Billy Horschel is much respected given he is a previous champion, the 2014 winner enters the event in a rich vein of form too having finished third in his last couple of tournaments. Bet UK make him a 28/1 chance and, whilst all the stats point to him having a good week, we can probably leave that price alone given the immense strength of the field. Xander Schauffele was last year’s surprise winner triumphing at around 80/1 and much like Horschel he also comes into the week in good form and a repeat victory is not entirely ruled out. It’s also worth noting that Schauffele had no experience of the East Lake course prior to last year, a fact that those considering backing Dechambeau will be pleased to hear. Francesco Molinari’s tremendous accuracy off the tee is always going to be an asset on tree lined courses so he may well go close to rounding off a sensational season. Finally, we’ll give a mention to Patrick Cantlay who is a wonderful driver of the ball and looks sure to continue his ascent up the world rankings in the future. He can be expected to play well this week and Bet UK have him at 30/1.
Golf Betting Tips:
1pt Each Way Rory McIlroy 8/1
1pt Each Way Justin Rose 8/1
1pt Each Way Jason Day 21/1
Bet UK Win Only Boosts:
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Rory McIlroy- 8/1 to 9/1
Justin Rose - 8/1 to 9/1
Jason Day - 21/1 to 28/1
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