WGC –HSBC Champions Golf Betting Tips
Take a look at Luke Tredget’s latest golf betting tips ahead of the WGC HSBC Champions this week. Bet UK’s online sportsbook has the latest odds for the WGC HSBC Champions, as well as betting odds on all major golf events.
Sheshan International in China once again hosts this WGC event and viewers look set for a treat. The current top three ranked players in the world filled the podium last year and Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose all tee it up again this week. Sheshan is a long par 72 which incorporates risk-reward par 5’s and places a huge emphasis on the driver. There is a driveable par 4 and water comes into play on numerous holes.
Last year’s event saw Dustin Johnson throw away a huge lead and Justin Rose pounced to take the glory. Brooks Koepka ended up joint second with his American compatriot and it’s no surprise that Bet UK expect that triumvirate to dominate proceedings once again. All three are trading around the 8/1* mark and it’s arguable given their bomb proof credentials they could be a point shorter. I certainly feel that’s the case with new world number one Brooks Koepka and he will be the main bet. Koepka has turned into an absolute golfing machine and his performance last week was meticulously robotic as he dismantled a top class field with ease. There is no course in the world you would readily dismiss Koepka now, but Sheshan plays to his strengths with the emphasis on power-packed driving and he’ll want to cement his position as the world’s premier golfer. Bet UK have him ranked fractionally behind Johnson and Rose in the betting and he should probably be ranked fractionally in front, we’ll have 2pts each way at the 17/2*.
Despite Rose being the defending champion it is Koepka’s friend and fellow powerhouse Johnson who is feared most and he warrants at least a saver. Johnson has not been sighted on a golf course since the Ryder Cup but long breaks are not a problem for the American bomber and his record here is predictably exceptional. Alongside his second place last year, Johnson was champion in 2013 and 5th in 2015 and much like Koepka it’s very difficult to see him not going close. Many of the field will be forced to lay up on the long par 5’s at Sheshan, whilst Koepka and DJ will be attacking them with their second shots assuming their drives land safely on the generously wide fairways.
The Rest Of The Betting Favourites
A Sunday shootout between these two sluggers is not difficult to envisage. Justin Rose has to be respected, but of the front three he rates marginally the least likely winner given he’ll be conceding a few yards off the tee to the muscular Americans. Fourth in the betting and also greatly respected is Rory McIlroy. Wide open courses where you can open your shoulders off the tee have always suited Mcilroy and thus his exemplary record at Sheshan comes as no surprise. In five visits Rory’s worst finish is 11th and another good showing is likely, however backing two of the big guns is already enough and given he hasn’t looked razor sharp for a while there is no rush to back him this week.
Other Notable Players:
It seems highly likely this year’s title will go to one of the front four in the betting but should that not occur who is most likely to capitalize? Paul Casey has an abundance of top 10’s here and warrants consideration at Bet UK’s 25/1*, the Englishman is never one to lack confidence and arrives here in decent form. Casey would relish the chance to go head to head with any of the four biggest guns in the field and a good showing is fully expected. Jason Day is playing consistently without quite putting it all together over the full 72 holes and given that his price isn’t drifting much week to week he’s becoming rather expensive to follow despite picking up a bit of place money for us last week. Hideki Matsuyama has won here before and last week’s effort was promising enough given he had injury concerns. Tommy Fleetwood has an army of fans and will no doubt have his backers, but this is an elite field and his price has no juice in this exalted company. Tony Finau and Jon Rahm both fit the mould for Sheshan, dynamic powerful birdie makers who if they click could go close. Whilst Francesco Molinari wouldn’t appear the type on paper he has won round here before and has proven time and time again he’s not fazed by hitting his second shot from 25 yards behind the big boys.
For our third and final wager in this event we’ll take a chance on the tall Belgium bomber Thomas Pieters at Bet UK’s 80/1*. Pieters will have sat watching the Ryder Cup quietly seething he missed out after looking set for a glittering Ryder Cup career following his sparkling debut in the previous biannual battle. He’ll be fully motivated to regain his place towards the top of the golfing tree and the wide open spaces of Sheshan could reignite his Rolls Royce golfing engine. A 14th place in the 2016 event hints at what Pieters should be capable of at the venue and of all the outsiders he looks the best value.
Outsiders to consider:
This doesn’t really look like an event that will go to an outsider but many golf punters like to throw a dart at a player trading at a three-figure price. Taiwan’s C.T.Pan has been attracting plenty of positive coverage lately and some may be interested at Bet UK’s 100/1*. Pan will no doubt contest a WGC event at some point in his career but this may be a touch too early especially as this will be his first look around the track. Finally a mention for Julian Suri who arrives here in decent form on the back of a 5th place finish in the British Masters and has also had a couple of good finishes in Asia in the last two years. Like Pan he is 100/1*, but also like Pan it’s probably a touch too soon in his career to expect a WGC victory.
Bet UK’s Golf Betting Tips
|2pt EW||Brooks Koepka||17/2*|
|1pts EW||Dustin Johnson||31/4*|
|0.5pts EW||Thomas Pieters||80/1*|
*All odds correct at the time of writing For those betting on the WGC HSBC Championship, gamble responsibly and please remember that when the fun stops, stop. 18+.
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