The PGA Championship Preview & Tips by @RH_G0lf

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The 104th PGA Championship takes place this week at Sothern Hills in Oklahoma. The 2nd major of the year consists of one of the strongest fields this PGA Championship has ever had so looks set to be one of the great weeks of the year. There are just the 31 major champions taking to the field to compete for The Wanamaker Trophy.  A total of 156 players including 20 PGA pros will start proceedings in a bid to win the $2Million 1st prize & their name in the history books as a Major winner.

Phil Mickelson will not defend this week after withdrawing last week which only adds to the LIV situation but the less said about that this week the better. Its Major week not LIV week. He wasn’t the only withdrawal of the top ranked players with Paul Casey, Harris English, Kazuki Higa & Jimmy Walker already passing this week for various reasons. There are also doubts around whether Bryson will be teeing it up just 4 weeks after hand surgery, but he has posted a swing video this week, but he will be very rusty. There is also Sungjae Im who withdrew overnight. I was hoping to take him this week, but he flew to Korea to support a home event last week & withdrew just before his tee time because he contracted Covid which now means he will struggle to leave Korea & also enter the United States with the health regulations hence the withdrawal.

Last week’s Recap

Last week saw another birdie fest at Craig Ranch for the Byrson Nelson with KH Lee winning at -26. A 2nd year running where the course was taken apart with ultra-low scoring with a 59 watch in play on a few rounds. Hopefully the organiser will investigate this for next year as for me it’s not the best golf in the world to watch. Nobody likes a putting contest. KH defended his title at 100-1 pre-event price.

From a betting perspective it was a shocker from me but that’s golf betting for you. I was very confident in Zalatoris & Gooch going into this week but at -4 & -3 after 2 rounds wasn’t enough to make the cut. Another reason this event is not for me with a cut line of -4. It was four missed cuts in the end this week for me so onto this week very swiftly.

Course

Name – Southern Hills Country Club

Location – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Established – 1936

Design by – Parry Maxell 1936 & renovated by Gil Hanse 2019

Par – 70

Length 7556

Par 3s – 4 Measuring between 173 & 230 Average of 212

Par 4s – 12 Measuring between 377 & 522 Average of 436

Par 5s – 2 Measuring Between 632 & 656 Average of 644

Greens – Bentgrass

Fairways – Bermudagrass

Water – In play on 15 holes

Bunkers – 87

https://www.pgachampionship.com/news-and-media/videos/2022/southern-hills-drone-shot

Events hosted

2021 – Senior PGA Championship

2009 – US Amateur

2007 – PGA Championship

2001 – US Open

1994 – PGA Championship

1982 – PGA Championship

1977 – US Open

1970 – PGA Championship

1958 – US Open

2007 Edition

Tiger Woods won the 2007 edition of the PGA Championship the last time Southern Hills hosted this event. After an opening round of 71 +1 Tiger shot one of the rounds of the week on Friday with a 63 to sit 2 clear at the half way stage. Business as usual for tiger at the weekend shooting two rounds of 69 to win by 2 shots at 8under par ahead of Woody Austin -6 & The Big Easy -5.

17 of these weeks field also competed in this event back in 2007. Garcia was disqualified after round three for an incorrect scorecard. Stenson, Zach Johnson, Bubba, Yang, & Beem all missed the cut. Tiger won, Adam Scott & Justin Rose were both 12th, Poulter 23rd, Mickelson, Cink, Westwood, Micheel & Daly all 32nd Harrington 42nd & Glover 50th.

RH_G0Lf Selections:

Justin Thomas 2PTS 12-1 Boylesports 11 Places

Value Play 2PTS 16-1 William Hill 9 Places

I still find it hard to believe JT only has one major to his name with the 2017 PGA Championship. He has 13 career PGA Tour victories to go with his major win. He has been one of the best players in the world for a few years now winning at least once every year on tour since 2015. He added another top 10 last week at the birdie blitz Byron Nelson. He has 6 top 10s in 10 starts which is sensational form going into a Major. JT finished 8th at Augusta after an opening 76 so did amazing to come back so well & it was a what could have been week for him. A Solid start this week will be essential for the word no 8 & a hot putter. The putter has been very cold this year so far ranking 104th on tour. Jim Mackay on the bag to add his years of major experience will also be advantageous to JT this week.

Key stats

Off the Tee – 27th

Approach the Green – 5th

Around the Green – 24th

Putting – 82nd  

Tee to green – 3rd

Greens in regulation – 30th (69.32%)

Scoring average – 5th (69.645)

Hideki Matsuyama 28-1 Boylesports 11 Places

Value Play 30-1 Skybet 10 Places

Hideki took a few weeks out recently after the masters with his injuries he’s been having lately to recover. He came back last week & finished 3rd showing even with the short lay off his game is still in a great place. The injuries are hopefully behind him now as he had a few Withdrawals at the start of the year & lead up to Augusta. Even with the niggling injuries he’s still had solid finishes, yet to miss a cut still this year & has one win & 2 more top 10 finishes. With the course looking likely to be playing long this week & approaches over 200 yards possible on numerous hole he is one of the best from this range, he ranks in the top 10 from 200-275 yards. Not only is his long game fantastic he also ranks no lower than 40th in the 75–175-yard categories so clearly striking it very well.

Key Stats

Off the Tee – 57th

Approach the Green – 6th

Around the Green – 54th

Putting – 143rd

Tee to Green – 9th

Greens in Regulation – 7th (71.09%)

Scoring Average – 12th (70.070)

Shane Lowry 22-1 Boylesports 11 Places

Value Play 33-1 Skybet 10 Places

Shane has every chance this week of picking up his 2nd major. He is fantastic form of late with a 3rd at the RBC Heritage & a 3RD the week before at the Masters. Shane comes into this week full of confidence but is still winless since the 2019 Open Championship however he has picked up 11 top 10 finishes in that time. He is 9 for 9 in cuts made this year with a worst finish in a stroke play event of 24th which is a fantastic return. With his last 2 starts of 3rd place he also has a 2nd place at the tricky Honda Classic & 4 more top 15 finishes.  His approach game & putting are statically some of the best on tour, he is 2nd for proximity to the hole which will be vital with the relatively small greens this week & severe run offs that will be catching players out.

Key stats

Off the Tee – 64th

Approach the Green – 4th

Around the Green – 143rd

Putting – 13th

Tee to green – 24th

Greens in regulation – 43rd (68.65%)

Scoring average 3rd (69.524)

Matthew Fitzpatrick 33-1 Boylesports 11 Places

Value play 50-1 William Hill 9 Places

If you’re going to dangle 50-1 on the world no 17 who ranks 1st for strokes gained total, then I’m afraid that is the no1 auto bet of the week. Even if he misses the cut this week, I can’t not take Fitzy at such a good price.  Matthew has had some great tournaments so far this year with 5 top 10s in just 8 Strokeplay starts. To go with that he also finished 14th at the Masters. He is just missing that first win stateside which once he wins one I’m pretty sure it will have a Scottie Scheffler effect on him.  The Sheffield lad certainly has all the attributes needed to win this week especially the short game which will no doubt come into play at some point. Nobody is going to hit every green so scrabbling will be crucial & he ranks 3rd on tour for this.

Key Stats

Off the Tee – 14th

Approach the Green – 24th

Around the Green – 19th

Putting – 19th

Tee to Green – 6th

Green in Regulation – 101st (66.51%)

Scoring Average – 4th (69.627)

Talor Gooch 66-1 Boylesports 11 Places

Value Play 100-1 Paddy Power 10 Places

I’m going put last weeks missed cut on the burner & forget it happened. He still managed to shoot 3 under for 2 rounds which 9/10 is normally good enough to see the weekend. Gooch rose to a career high 31st in the world rankings at the start of the year after his win at the RSM Classic & had a great Master’s Debut finishing 14th. Just 1 top 10 this year at the Arnold Palmer but has 7 top 30 finishes so game is clearly in good shape coming into the 2nd major of the year. His form is very similar to that of Jimmy Walker when he won the PGA so I’m hopeful Gooch has the same luck. Talor is an Oklahoma Resident so has the luxury of being able to stay at home this week & will be able to have close family & fiends at the event giving him support but best of all he gets his own bed.

Key Stats

Off the Tee – 133rd

Approach the Green – 21st

Around the Green – 7th

Putting – 93rd  

Tee to Green – 29th

Greens in Regulation – 26th (69.69%)

Scoring Average – 19th (70.218)

Harold Varner 80-1 Boylesports 11 Places

Value Play 125-1 Paddy Power 10 Places

The Saudi Invitational winner is looking for his maiden Major this week. He comes into this major in the best place his game has been in pre major. A 3rd place finish at the RBC heritage, a 23rd at Augusta & 6th at the Players show he’s playing well in the stronger field events this year. He also has the Asia Tour Victory where he landed a monster putt on the 72nd hole to steal victory away from Bubba Watson.  If you go on Butch Harmons Socials, he is always full of praise for Harold which has shown in his performances lately. He couldn’t add another major winner to his resume could her?

Key stats

Off the Tee – 135th

Approach the Green – 52nd

Around the Green – 30th

Putting – 60th

Tee to green – 57th

Scoring average – 63rd (70.82)

Ante Posts

Sam Burns 80-1 – Was my player to watch this year on the PGA so when I saw 80-1 on offer at the start of the year, I jumped on that. 6 Places

Other notables –

I will be looking at the top 20 top 40 markets for these guys.

Min Woo Lee – 14th at Augusta on Debut & will want to replicate his sister last week who won on the LPGA

Rikuya Hoshino – the best form player in Japan right now, finishing in the top 10 5 starts in a row.

Sadom Kaewkanjana – The current best ranked player from Thailand. In his last 18 starts he has won 4 times & has 5 more top 10s to go with it.

Pablo Larrazabal – not your usual household major name but in great form on the DP world. He has won twice in 5 starts & has 3 more top 10s in 7 starts.

Could make for a good 4 fold Acca or Lucky 15 if the prices are right.

Odds correct as of 20:00 15/5/22

Good luck with all bets

Ryan Hamilton

The British Masters Preview & Tips

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After a stunning week at PGA Catalunya where Adri Arenas finally became a DP World tour winner it’s time to move to the UK & the Midlands for the British Masters. Firstly, a quick recap on last week on tour, not much luck for me with Howie not starting setting me up for a bad week. Just Haotong Li making the cut & he never got going after a good first round. Adri Arnaus beating Oliver Bekker on the 6th hole of the playoff at a pre-event price of 40-1.

Onto this week & it’s the return of the British Masters at the Belfry for the 2nd year running. The Brabazon course will take centre stage being the showcase course the Belfry has to offer. It has hosted the Ryder cup four times in 1985,89,93 & 2002 & also various stroke play events throughout the years most recently in 2020 with the ISPS Handa UK Championship which Rasmus Hojgaard won. Richard Bland will defend after the fairy-tale of last year winning in the playoff against Guido Migliozzi for his 1st DP World Tour victory & fittingly, he will make his 500th start this week. 156 Players will compete for a £1.85 million purse & 3500 DP world points which is more than the usual 2000 or 2750 that are available at non Major,WGC & Rolex events.

Course

This week is one of the only courses on tour I’ve actually played before. A stunning & hard test of golf especially when the pins get tucked around the bunkers & on the blind spots over mounds. I walked the course 3 weeks ago for the Robert Rock Junior Masters as Caddy & the course was in fantastic shape then. I played parallel to a few holes on the Brabazon on Friday when I teed it up on the Derby course & it looks stunning. The course as expected looks tournament ready with tightly cut fairways, lush rough & from watching a few players on the 2nd the green they are quick. The course measures 7328 yards & will play as a par 72 made up of three par 3s measuring between 177 & 226, twelve par 4s measuring between 319 & 497yards & three par 5s measuring between 538 & 566 yards. Nine of the holes have water in play so plenty of places to rack up some big numbers but also plenty of risk & reward opportunities especially the Par 5 3rd & of course the Iconic 10th hole, who will have the onions to go for it off the tee & who will play it safe with a layup. Along with the water there are 72 bunkers to stay out of & plenty of tree lined fairways. A truly great test of golf.

The weather forecast is set to be fairly warm by British standards averaging out at 17degrees for the 4 days. Players will want to get a good score in on the Thursday as Friday looks to be the worst day weather wise with rain showers forecast throughout the day. The rest of the week looks to be almost ideal playing conditions with high teen temperatures & relatively low winds never getting above 10mph.

Previous British Masters Course Winners & Stats

2021 Richard Bland -13 Winner in a Playoff 140-1

Driving accuracy 1st

SG – Off the Tee 31st

Green in Regulation 3rd

SG – Approach to Green 3rd

SG – Tee to Green 1st

SG – Around the green 61st

SG – Putting 87th

2020 – Rasmus Hojgaard -14 14-1

No Stats available.

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RH_G0LF Selections for The British Masters

Adrian Meronk 30-1 Boylesport 8 Places

Adrian comes into this week in fine form with five top 8 finishes in ten starts with no miss cuts in this period apart from a withdrawal in Abu Dhabi. He has had back-to-back 3rd place finishes at the Qatar masters & Catalunya championship, so I fully expect him to go well again this week at a venue where he finished 3rd last year. Last week he ranked 1st in bogey avoidance with just 1.5 average a round which will be key this week to keeping a good score. He was also ranked 3rd & 4th for par 3 & 4 scoring on the week & was under par for the par 5s. The 28-year-old approach game was also statistically in a great place, he was 19th SG approach to green & 7th SG tee to green, even the putting stats were all in the top part of the field (20th SG putting) He will be desperate to get his 1st win on the DP World tour before Turing 29 at the end of the month, it would be a great early birthday present to himself to get the job done this week.

Danny Willet 40-1 Boylesports 8 Places

The 2016 Masters Champion & host this week will be looking to maintain his form he has picked up in recent weeks, a top 12 at the Masters a few weeks ago showed his game is in a good place. Hosts don’t normally do well this week because of having much more to do in the week than just golf with all the additional media duties, however last year showed that didn’t affect Willet when he finished 11th. He has played predominantly on the PGA TOUR this year without much success but has only missed one cut so picking up the cheques each week. His best finish this year was his 12th place finish at the masters. His remaining PGA TOUR finishes average out at around 43rd place. This week I’m hoping he can rely on previous experience as he did & Augusta to put in solid performance for the week.

Haotong Li  60-1 Boylesports 8 Places

Value play 60-1 Betfred 10 Places

Going with Haotong again this week. He was my only selection to make the cut last week finishing 26th. Li has played here twice before finishing 31st in 2020 & MC last year but we all know about his struggles last season. Last week’s stats show his game is looking much improved to last year, he was 13th SG off the tee, 24th greens in regulation with 72% & 36th SG putting. If he can put everything together for four rounds, I feel he has a great chance of going well this week. Li is still winless since 2018 but three top 10s & only two missed cuts in 9 starts certainly show his performances are improving & will only inject confidence into his game.

Richard Mansell 100- Boylesports 8 Places

Value play 100-1 Betfred 10 Places

Richard ranked 1st for SG off the tee last week with his incredible driving distance averaging 336 but only hitting 48% of fairways, however he wasn’t that far off target as he ranked 1st for Green in regulation with 80.55% so he wasn’t really in much trouble after his tee shots. With his power he can take advantage of quite a few holes this week but considerably shortening holes compared to others who average 50 yards less than him off the tee. Mansell finished 57th last year after to great opening rounds of 69 & 71 but came unstuck at the weekend shooting 73 & 75. In the year since then he has won on the minor tour in the States & has gone through wrist surgery. In his two latest starts he has finished 30th & 26th so plenty of positives to take into this week for him.

Odds correct as of 12:15 Monday 2nd May

Good Luck RH_G0LF

Catalunya Championship Preview & Tips

Catalunya Championship Preview & Tips by @RH_G0LF, follow on the links below

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After a rain & wind affected event last week, we go up the road 190km from Infinitum golf course to Catalunya Golf club hoping for a better week weather wise. Especially when my picks last week were badly hampered by the weather. We were in a fantastic position after 36 holes but only ended up with a best finish of 53rd unfortunately.

It is an inaugural event this week with the Catalan Championship taking centre stage on the DP world tour. The course has hosted numerous events in the past for the DP world in 1999,2000,2009 & 2014, Q School 2008-2016 & as even part of the Nordic Tour so even with this being an inaugural event over 50 players have seen this place before competitively.  

Catalunya Championship – The Course

The course this week has won some high accolades. It has been Spain’s top ranked course 6 years in a row and its ranked as one of the Top 5 courses in Europe. It is in the top 100 worldwide so its slightly surprising not to see more higher ranked players here this week.

The course, designed by Neil Cole & Angel Gallardo & opened in 1999. The land was meant for a new formula one track, but was then targeted for a Ryder Cup venue which it lost to Rome in its 2023 bid. The par 72 measures 7353 yards & is made up of four par 3s measuring between 185 & 211 yards. Ten par 4s measuring between 383 & 486 & four par 5s measuring between 492 & 585.

The PGA Catalunya has a replica of the 11th hole on the driving range a par 3 measuring 188 yards

The stadium course is tree lined with an abundance of bunkers protecting the greens, over one third of holes have water in play. Undulating fairways are an ever present here. After all, the course is designed with Augusta in mind. The PGA Catalunya has a replica of the 11th hole on the driving range a par 3 measuring 188 yards which will be interesting to see how player fair on that hole compared with others. 

With the weather playing such a factor last week it was always going to be the 1st thing I looked at this time around! Knowing how bad it has been on the coast of Spain lately . Luckily, its set to be a good four days, with the only rain predicted Saturday afternoon & early Sunday. Rain aside it can be a tough test with the wind alone. A steady 17kmp average predicted throughout the week. Fingers crossed the prediction improves over the week.

RH_GOLF Selections:

Adrian Otaegui

25-1 6 Places on Boyle Sports 

Best Value 25-1 7 Places on Betfred

Form wise Adrian is one of the best on tour currently with three top 5s in his last five starts. Form only really bettered by fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal who I wanted to take but the likely hood of him going back-to-back is slim. He ranks 17th on the race to Dubai standings which shows how good of a year he is having; he’s just missing a win to cap off his current run. Adrian has one competitive round here in 2014 finishing 57th and shooting four rounds in the mid to high 70s.

The three-time tour winner currently ranks one of the best par 3 & par 4 scorers on tour ranking 10th for par 3s (2.97) & 12th for par 4s (3.95) this can be out down to an incredible short game where he is 7th for sand saves & scrambling with a 70% success rate of getting up & down. ‘Those Spanish hands’ often repeated down the TV by the comms team whenever any Spanish player gets up & down.

Haotong Li

55-1 6 Places on Boyle sports 

Best Value 50-1 8 Places on Coral

Haotong has had a very relaxed starts to his yearly schedule compared to most of the field. He has just seven starts worldwide this year out of a possible sixteen events to play. Three of the seven events he has finished in the top 12 three times most recently last time out with a 6th place finish. Last week he ranked 11th strokes gained off the Tee, 27th Greens in Regulations with 77.78% His biggest improvement from previous weeks to last week was his putting, he ranked 4th putting which led to him having the 5th highest birdies per round. The 26-year-old will be looking to keep up last week’s form as he looks to have a much better 2022 than 2021 where he made just four cuts & has already beaten this in seven starts this year.

John Catlin

60-1 6 Places on Boylesport

Best Value 60-1 8 Places on Coral 

John knows full well that last week was a bad week with the flat stick. What could have been when you look at this driving & irons play stats. He finished T64 in the end, but he will take huge positives from his stats last week. John ranked 3rd in driving accuracy with 82% whilst still averaging 317 (17th). He then went onto hit 79.15% of greens in regulation (18th). It is then you look at the flat stick stats you see where it didn’t quite go to plan as his scrabbling stats were also very good ranking 22nd.

Luckily with this week just being a 2-hour drive away he can get down early to PGA Catalunya & work on the putting. He also as we all know has had success in Spain before with the Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters in 2020. It only takes a small change & bit of luck with the putter. You’ve got to believe he will be up there come Sunday afternoon. 

Craig Howie 

125-1 6 Places on Boylesport

Best Value 125-1 on Betfred

Craig is a player slowly creeping under the radar & his price doesn’t reflect his recent results. Hhas made every cut this year in the six events he has played with a best finish of 12th & worst finish of 42nd so picking up some decent cheques each week he has played.

Craig finished 30th last week shooting 70-66-73-67, ranked 12th for most birdies with 18 out of the 72 holes. He like John had a great week tee to green it’s just the putting stats letting him down. The Scot ranked 29th Strokes gained off the tee,10th tee to green & hit 81.95% of greens. He played here once before in 2019 & missed the cut. However, the challenge tour grad will have forgotten that & be fully focused on a strong performance.

Other notables 

Richard Mansell 125-1 – great week last week after injury finished T30. Keen to follow his progress with the Belfry next week a course I believe he should know well as he plays around the area a lot with Bradley Moore & George Bloor

Tom Mckibbin 200-1 – another DP world appearance for the talented teenager who won recently stateside on the mini tours.

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The Chevron Championship Preview & Tips

It doesn’t seem that long ago when Anna Nordqvist was winning the last major of 2021 with the Open Championship. Just 13 events have passed since the last major was held & they have all been dominated by Jin Young Ko who has won 5 of those events so rightly comes into the event world no1. This event is known to most as the ANA but was renamed under the new sponsorship this year & is now known as The Chevron championship. Mission Hills in California is hosting at its Dinah Shore Tournament course for the 40th time as a major championship. Who will be taking the leap into Poppies Pong on Sunday afternoon to Join the illustrious names that have won here before?

Course

Mission Hills in California is the destination this week with the Dinah Shore Tournament Course the venue. The Desmond Muirhead designed course is a par 72 measuring 6865 yards made up of four par 3s, ten par 4s & four par 5s. A long parkland course which can be very challenging if the wind gets up which luckily this week it’s not currently forecast to so winning score could be reaching -20 for the 1st time.  Dinah Shore is very much a second shot course, getting the ball in play off the tee will be vital to controlling the second shots to give players the best opportunity of making some low numbers. The rough, 68 bunkers, trees & water in play of four holes can create numerous issues for players if they aren’t accurate off the tee or on approaches. I’m very interested to see if the 18th hole is set up without the back stop sponsorship board of previous years, the longer hitters have been able to go for the green & not risk the water behind the green as they have the board to use as a back stop. Dottie Pepper holds the cumulative score record here at -19 set way back in 1999.

Previous Winners

2021 Patty Tavatankit -18 175-1

2020 Mirim Lee -15 600-1

2019 Jin Young Ko -10 9-1

2018 Pernilla Lindberg -15 225-1

2017 So-yeon Ryu -14 14-1

2016 Lydia Ko -12 5-1

2015 Brittany Lincicome -9 66-1

2014 Lexi Thompson -14 22-1

2013 Inbee Park -15 14-1

2012 Sun-Young Yoo -9 66-1

Narrowing down some trends in the winners

  • Each of the last 10 winners have played the event at least 3 times previously.
  • 9 had at least one top 5 in the calendar year
  • 7 hadn’t registered a top 10 here before
  • 24.7 is the average age of these winners with two of them being teenagers Lydia Ko & Lexi Thompson & only one was in their 30s with Pernilla Lindberg at 31.

Players who fit this trend this year are Leona Maguire, Celine Boutier, Georgia Hall, Hannah Green, Lin Xiyu, Gaby Lopez, Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Hsu Wei Ling, Angel Yin & Sakura Yokomine.

Golftipster5 Picks

Danielle Kang 20-1 Skybet 7 Places

Danielle comes into the 1st major of the year in some of the best form of her career, in five starts this season she has one victory, one second place & two more top 10s. She has played this event ten times with various results, three missed cuts but then also has three top 15s & her best finish here is 6th in 2019. Also, worth noting those three top 15s were in here last three stars here. She took a short break after the Asia swing in Phuket with Ariya Jutanugarn & last week would have been great prep to get rid of any post-holiday rust before this week’s major. The current CME globe leader is one of the best putters on the LPGA which she will need to keep hot this week to have any chance of winning. Her greens in regulation percentage of 76% shows that with the course being classed as a second shot course should theoretically put her in a great position to go well this time round. She’s statistically the 3rd best golfer this year going off stroke gained total behind Jin Young Ko & Lexi Thompson who haven’t played as much as Danielle.

Minjee Lee 25-1 Skybet 7 Places

The green in regulation machine will look to claim her 2nd major this week after getting the monkey off her back last year.  The Evian Champion has had a great start to the season with a 2nd first start out & two more top 25 finishes. She like Kang has played here numerous times but has had better overall performances than Kang with just one missed cut & in her other seven starts she’s hasn’t finished worse than 26th with a best finish of 3rd in 2017. She leads the field in strokes gained approach & tee to green so if she can improve her putting stats where she ranks 122nd she should have another cracking week & will certainly be challenging come Sunday afternoon.

Celine Boutier 28-1 Skybet 7 Places

I was slightly disappointed with the price of Celine but given her form I still can’t ignore her this week. She fits the trends of pervious winner perfectly; she’s had numerous top 10s already this year & hasn’t gone particularly well here before with a best finish of 44th In 5 starts. She will 100% win one if not multiple majors in her career & there is no reason why number one can’t be this week. She ranks 5th stokes gained total combining all the strokes gained categories, Strokes gained approach she is 7th, putting 11th & tee to green 18th. She won her 1st LPGA event in the states last year & is currently in excellent form with three top 5 finishes from 5 starts so she will be full of confidence this week.

Hannah Green 40-1 Skybet 7 Places

Hannah spent the off season back home in Australia playing a few mixed events with the guys & girls on the Australia tour with some success, she won the Ladies Vic Open & a mixed event in back-to-back weeks. Since returning to the LPGA she has had one top 10 a 27th & 59th last week. She is a player who fits the narrowing down the field trend but also has good form here & is in excellent form herself. She has appeared four times here before with two top 20s, one missed cut & a 62nd. The 62nd came in the September playing of the event not the usual April. This week could easily be the week she adds another major to her name.

Brittany Altomare 125-1 Skybet 7 Places

I’ve got to be honest narrowing down a long shot I normally find quite easy but this week I’ve really struggled to pinpoint a value long shot play. I looked at Pedersen, Castren & Popov but they didn’t really stick out enough for me to pick them, so I’ve gone for a slightly shorter but still a triple figure price of Brittany. She has made four appearances here with a best result of 16th on debut. She has since gone 44-20-MC. The 31-year-old didn’t have the best of Asia swings with two 51 placed finishes but came back to the states to finish 23rd last week. She has one top 10 this year from the Drive on championship where she finished 4th so another player who fits the trends & I’m happy to play with Sky’s 7 places

Other notables:

Stacey lewis 100-1 – cracking form as of late as well as a previous winner at this event but I’ve backed her numerous times slately with no returns.

Gabriella Ruffells 200-1 – playing on the futures tour currently but has two solid finishes here previously with a 15th & 19th

Odds correct as of 08:00 29/03/22  

Good luck with all best

@Golftipster5 – Ryan Hamilton

HSBC Women World Championship Preview & Tips

After a three week break the LPGA returns this week in Singapore for the HSBC Women World Championship. A star-studded field of 65 will take on the Sentosa golf course over four days, for the $1.7 million purse. The field features five different winners from this year already from various tours with Danielle Kang, Lydia Ko & Leona Maguire from the LPGA, Esther Henesliet from the LET & Hannah Green who won the mixed event on the Australian Tour & ladies Vic Open. The event is regarded by some as the Asian Major of women’s golf which with the field strength you can see why with 9 of the world’s top 10 on show this week along with multiple tour winners.

Course

Sentosa golf club might sound familiar to those familiar with other tour betting as it hosted the Asian Tour just a few weeks ago. This time its second course will host the Ladies this week. The Tanjong course hosts for the 5th time after replacing the Serapong course in 2016.  Tanjong was designed 1974 by Frank Pennink & was refurbished in 1992 & 2007 before being completely redesigned in 2016 with Andrew Harvey Johnston in charge. The course is set up as a par 72 measuring 6718 yards. The par 72 is made up of four par 3s, ten pars 4s & four par 5s. Twelve holes have water in play with seven of the first eight so an accurate start will be vital on the front nine for good scoring. Bunkers are few & far between this week with just under an average of three bunkers per hole but they appear mainly around the small greens. In the four events at this course the average 72 hole winning score is -17 with the highest score -19 by Inbee Park on the courses first play, In four events the best 18 hole score is a 62 by Sei-Young Kim in 2018.

Golftipster5 Selections

Yuka Saso 25-1 6 Places on Paddypower

Saso hasn’t played here as a pro before, however in 2018 as an amateur she finished tied 2nd behind Atthaya Thitkul in the Asia Pacific Amateur championship. The US open winner will be looking to use this experience to build on a great start to the season. She has finished 6th & 3rd in three starts this year with a missed cut in her last event. Saso has the power to take the course apart this week, she is the 4th longest of the women teeing it up this week so far this year. When you combine her length off the tee with her green in regulation figures of 73.78% you can see why she ranks 6th on tour this year for the most birdies & 8th for the most rounds in the 60s.

Atthaya Thitikul 28-1 6 Places on Paddypower

Atthaya played here in 2018 when she was just 15 years old & she finished 8th shooting 70-71-68-66. In the same year she also won the Asia Pacific amateur at this course so clearly loves this track. Four years later she is now one of the best golfers in the world, she is ranked 20th in the world & has racked up three wins & fourteen additional top 10s in just thirty one starts.  She has made two starts this year on tour finishing 45th & 11th. With her coming back to a track she has gone well before I’m hoping she can rely on experience to challenge for the title come Sunday.  So far this year Atthaya has a 77.55% driving accuracy, 65.87% Greens in regulation & ranks 22nd in putting.

Hannah Green 28-1 6 Places on Paddypower

Hannah hasn’t been able to come back to play in America because of covid restrictions back home only just being lifted. This hasn’t stopped her from playing as she has been playing on the Australia tour in mixed events & ladies’ events. She’s took apart the mixed field last week which had some of the best Australian players in the world playing in it, she won by 4 shots to upcoming amateur Hayden Hopewell. Bookies clearly thought she would go well as she was the 8-1 pre-event favorite. Hannah shot 20 under for the week with rounds of 64-65-69-66. This win was her 2nd of the year already after winning the previous week at the Vic Open. You could argue she should be winning these events as she is the best player in the field, but she still has get the job done with all the added pressure. Also how often do the favorites go onto win in golf tournaments? She was winless since 2019 so this added confidence from getting back into the winner’s circle should do wonders for her upcoming season on the LPGA.

Stacy Lewis 50-1 6 Places on Paddypower

Stacy has had a solid start to the year in the three events played she’s has finished 18-8-4. She comes back to a venue where she finished 25th in 2017. That was the last time she played this event with her giving birth to her daughter Chesnee in 2018.  The 37-year-old is one of the best drivers on the tour, she is averaging 87% of fairways hit. She’s has hit 134 fairways out of a possible 154 which only Inbee Park can better with over 100 possible fairways to hit. She also has a 71.21% greens in regulation & ranks 32nd on tour for putting which if she can put everything together this week can give her a great chance come Sunday afternoon.

Pajaree Anannarukarn 100-1 6 Places on Paddypower

This week’s long shot is Pajaree, the 22 year old picked up her 1st win as a profession on the ladies European tour last year with the ISPS Handa in northern Ireland beat Emma Talley in a playoff. She has taken this newfound confidence in her game into this year by getting a top 10 in her first start of the year, this has been backed up with two more finishes of 52nd & 41st. She was very consistent last year only missing three cuts in twenty-five events & had five top ten finishes as well as her win. 100-1 seems quite a high number for a player who will be used to the playing conditions from her amateur days playing all over Asia.

Good luck with all bets

Ryan Hamilton – @golftipster5

Saudi International Preview & Tips

After one of the DP World Tours flagship events last week’s it’s time for the Asian Tour Flagship event. The Saudi international at the Royal Greens golf & country club takes center stage this week with a huge $5 Million up for grabs. The 1st 3 editions were all classed as European Tour events so very few of the Asia Tour players have actually played here before. The tour scrapped the event after the 2021 season, but the Asia tour picked it up as part of the new investment & took out a 10-year deal for the Saudi international to be the new flagship event of the tour. The field is full of invites from various tours, there are players from the PGA, DP World, Japan, Australian, Sunshine & the best from the Asian Tour. The PGA Tour players had to get special exceptions to come over for this event where they had to commit to play the AT&T Pebble beach event within a few years. All the invites playing this week make the event the strongest field official golf world ranking points wise that has ever been assembled on the Asia Tour. The event marks the start of the 2022 Asia tour schedule which will finish in late January 2023 but currently there are just 5 events up to March 31st in the schedule.

Course

The royal greens golf & country club has held all 3 editions of this championship. Dave Sampson designed the course as part of European Golf Design. The course opened very recently in 2017. A par 72 for members but this week a par 70 which is made up of four par 3s, twelve par 4s & just two par 5s. The course measures 7010 yards with some two very long par 4s measuring over 490 yards. The course is undulated throughout & features various waste areas & water in play on 5 holes. Luckily the players look set to play in calm & hot conditions, so they won’t need to worry about the wind that caused havoc at the Singapore international with players shooting some very high numbers. With the talent on show this week id imagine the scoring will reach around 15 under for the winning score.

Previous Winners, Key Stats & Winning Odds

2021 Dustin Johnson – Score -19 Odds 6-1

SG Off the tee 3rd

SG Approach 5th

SG Tee to green 1st

SG Putting 90th

SG Around the green 20th

Driving accuracy 48.21% 107th

Greens in regulation 83.33% 3rd

2020 Graeme McDowell Score 80-1 Odds -12

SG Off the tee 36th

SG Approach 32nd

SG Tee to green 14th

SG Putting 5th

SG Around the green 19th

Driving accuracy 69.64% 17th

Greens in regulation 76.38% 14th

2019 Dustin Johnson – Score -19 Odds 8-1

SG Off the tee N/A

SG Approach N/A

SG Tee to green N/A

SG Putting N/A

SG Around the green N/A

Driving accuracy N/A

Greens in regulation N/A

No data available for DJs win in 2019.

Golftipster5 Selections:

Thomas Pieters 20-1 6 Places

The Belgium no1 player already has a win to his name this year just two weeks ago at the Abu Dhabi championship. This week he returns to a venue where he has gone well in the past with finishes of 22-3-10. His average score here in the 12 rounds is 67.8 with a lowest round of 63. Thomas ranked one of the best for strokes gained approach & tee to green in 13th & 10th he was also 23rd for scrambling last year. Last week at the Dubai Desert Classic he was in the top 30 for all key Stroke gained stats & he also was in the top 30 the previous week when he won so his game is in a solid place right now. Everything seems to be going well for him right now both on & off the course & long may it continue. Id of liked to see him at higher odds considering the calibre of field here but I have to take him on current form & course form as nearly half the field have never teed it up here before.

Joohyung Kim 50-1 6 Places

Joohyung comes into this event as the Asia Tour No1 player after picking up the order of merit title last time out in Singapore. The 19-year-old is making a huge name for himself in the golfing world having already racked up 6 professional victories which has him 79th in the world rankings. In his last 5 starts he hasn’t finished worse than 7th with a 2-1-7-2-2 an incredible run. The Korean had the 9th best greens in reg last year with 74.63% & also the 5th best driving accuracy with 71% of fairways hit. Previous winners of this event have done well in the scrambling stats & Joohyung ranked 5th on the Asia tour last year.

Lucas Herbert 55-1 6 Places

Lucas has had the two starts so far this year. One on the PGA & one on the DP world tour where he finished 37th & 18th respectively. After winning the Bermuda championship just 5 starts ago he will still be full of confidence in his game going into this week.  Last week at the Dubai Desert Classic he was 22nd Strokes gained tee to green & 2nd strokes gained around the green. Both key attributes that appear high in the previous winner stats here. He was also high in all the putting stats & was 35th strokes gained putting for the week. The Aussie has had mixed fortune in this event in his two showings here with a T27 on debut then missing the cut on the number last year with rounds of 70 & 71.

Ryosuke Kinoshita 350-1 6 Places

Ryosuke has come on leaps & bounds over the past year rising to no76 in the world. He had great success on the Japan tour last year finishing 3rd on the money list with two wins. His stroke average was 70.4 for the year which was the 4th best on tour. For the world ranked 76 player to be such high in the betting, his stats on the Japanese tour show he could be surprise package this week, greens in regulation of 71.9% & 23rd in driving accuracy show he has the game to be competitive this week. There is also a stat called ball striking on the Japan tour where he ranks 2nd but very little information on what this means but you’d assume it’s similar to stroke gained total perhaps, but I might be wrong. 350-1 I simply can’t say no this week.

Other Notable

Sadom Kaewkanjana 125-1

The best player out of Thailand right now who picked up another win in his last start at the Singapore Open but making course debut this week, but I will still have a side bet on him.

All odds correct as of 18:00 Monday 31st all on Unibet

Good luck with all bets

@Golftipster5 – Ryan Hamilton

Dubai Desert Classic Preview & Tips

It felt great to have some European Tour golf back on the tv this week especially on the Friday with the tough playing conditions described by Bob MacIntyre as the hardest wind he’s ever played on tour in. Just one player finishing in double digits is the golf I like to see. A proper test of golf, not just hitting it as far as possible then flicking a wedge to join the putting contest but each shot creating multiple scenarios with hazards involved making the golfer plot their way around the course. 

This week we come back to familiar territory for the Dubai Desert Classic, the 1st event to be held in the middle east back in 1989 when there was just desert & a few trees. 30 years later Dubai is unrecognisable to the original event. The majority of the field that played last week all tee it up this week again with a few absentees & some golfers playing for the first time this year. Another week which has a huge purse $8,000,000 on offer & double race to Dubai points for those who play multiple tours to cement their position in the race ready for the WGCs & Majors to add to their tally. Thomas Pieters now currently leads after last weeks victory with Sharma & Cabrera-Bello Behind him.

Course 

The Majlis Course was designed by Karl Kitten in 1988. Every edition since its inception in 1989 have been held at the Majlis course with the exception of 1999 & 2000. The course is a Par 72 measuring 7424 yards (6789 Meters). The par 72 is made up of four par 3s, ten par 4s & four par 5s. Birdies are the norm every year here with every event bar one ending in double digits under par. The average winning score over the 31 years is 17.3. There are plenty of waste areas & water hazards (8 Holes) in play on the holes to catch out errand tee shots & approaches. The course is mostly famous for its 8th tee shot with its incredible backdrop, I’m sure all the players socials will be full of tee shots from the practice rounds this week. Ernie Els holds the course record set in 1994 at 61. 

Course winners taking part this week

  • Rory McIlroy 2015 & 2009
  • Paul Casey 2021
  • Lucas Hebert 2020
  • Haotong Li 2018
  • Sergio Garcia 2017
  • Danny Willet 2016
  • Rafa Cabrera Bello 2012
  • Miguel Angle Jimenez 2010
  • Henrick Stenson 2007
  • Thomas Bjorn 2001
  • Colin Montgomerie 1996

Previous Winners, Keys Stats & Winning Odds 

Paul Casey 2021 25-1 -17

SG off the tee 6th

SG approach 6th

SG tee to green 1st

SG Putting 57th

Driving accuracy 25th 53.57%

Greens in regulation 5th 75%

Lucas Hebert 2020 175/1 -9

SG off the tee 11th

SG approach 72nd

SG tee to green 7th

SG Putting 20th

Driving accuracy 67th 42.86%

Greens in regulation 5th 66.7%

Bryson DeChambeau 2019 9/1 -24

SG off the tee 5th

SG approach 16th

SG tee to green 3rd

SG Putting 5th

Driving accuracy 33rd 57.14%

Greens in regulation 4th 80.55%

Haotong Li 2018 80/1 -23

SG off the tee 38th

SG approach 27th

SG tee to green 15th

SG Putting 3rd

Driving accuracy 90th 50%

Greens in regulation 75th 65.3%

Sergio Garcia 2017 18/1 -19

Driving accuracy 9th 69.64%

Greens in regulation 1st 81.96%

Danny Willet 2016 40-1 -19

Driving accuracy 61st 55.36%

Greens in regulation 21st 77.78%

Golftipster5 Selections:

Sergio Garcia 20-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places 

Sergio’s 1st start of the year which isn’t the norm for him, he usually plays once before the Dubai Desert Classic normally the Singapore Open but opted to make this event his 1st this year, now that could back fire on me with possible cobwebs to burn off but I can’t ignore him this week. He won here back in 2017 & has made all four cuts after this finishing 32-3-23-6 a record only Rory McIlroy & Henrik Stenson beat round here. Garcia ranks in the top 10 for SG in all categories with the exception of putting here. 7th Off the tee,2nd Approach,4th Tee to green then 71st Putting. The Achilles heel of his game but even so his finishes show he’s is more than capable round here, his average score in 11 starts is 69.75.

Robert MacIntyre 35-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places 

Bob has had two starts in this event & has finishing in top 10 both times with an 8th & 3rd place finish. A missed cut last week might of done him a favour so he can get to a course he clearly enjoys playing earlier. Being a left hander & the wind direction did him no favours last week on the Friday shooting 80 in ‘the hardest wind he’s played on tour’ so I’m discounting his round of 80. Going off previous years winners stats Bob has all the attributes to win this week. He ranks 8th for SG tee to green on this course, 6th SG Off the tee, 14th SG tee to green & 26th SG Putting. Stats which firmly put him on the radar for me this week. 

Erik Van Rooyen 40-1 Skybet 7 Places

Erik has started very consistently this year with 20th at the Sony Open & a 12th place finish last week. Since his victory on the PGA TOUR with the Barracuda championship he has only Missed one cut in eleven events with five top 20 finishes. He can take great confidence in his numbers from last week where he ranked 8th SG off the tee,37th SG tee to green & 19th SG Putting. He has only played the desert classic twice missing the cut on debut then a 37th placed finish but since his appearance in 2020 he has gone on to record numerous top 10s on the PGA TOUR & has a victory so he knows his game has improved since then.

Takumi Kanaya 75-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places

The Japanese former Amateur no1 continued to impress last week with a T25 finish. Kanaya played here last season & finished 9th & with he recent run of form I couldn’t look away this week. Last season he was in great form on the Japanese & DP World Tour where he racked up twelve top 10s & one win with the Token Homemade Cup in Japan. His number keeps getting lower & lower on the main tours now as he becomes more well known with his performances. He ranked 14 SG off the tee & 16th Tee to green last week which should prove very valuable this week should he continue striking the ball so well, it just the flat stick he appears to need to work on after last week where he ranked 80th. I feel it won’t be long before Kanaya picks up a big win on either the DP World or PGA Tour

Thorbjorn Olesen 125-1 Skybet 7 places

With the court case now behind Thor he can move on & get back to the golf that has seen him become a 5 time DP world tour winner. This week he returns to a venue where he hasn’t won but has an incredible record here with four top 10s in nine starts & an average score of 69.75. Olesen like Bob has great stats round this course. He is in the top 25 for SG approach, tee to green & putting. Any rust that he may of had coming into last week looks to of been extinguished very quickly, he hit 71% of fairways & 73% of greens in regulation as well as ranking 41st in putting so his game appears to be good shape. Considering the price & course form I think this is a great value bet.

Odds correct as of 14:30 Monday 24th

Good luck with all bets

@Golftipster5 – Ryan Hamilton 

Singapore Open Preview & Tips

It’s finally here, after the 1st event of the season that started on January 8th 2020 we are finally at the last event of the season. After just 8 events the order of merit winner will be crowned after this event. Joohyung Kim’s now has a commanding lead after his playoff victory last week so he will be the heavy favourite to pick up the Order or Merit. Only three others have a chance of winning but they need Joohyung to miss the cut & they need to win, those three players are Wade Ormsby, Phachara Khongwatmai & Chan Shih-Chang. Wade Ormsby has opted for the DP World Tour so its only Phachara & Chan who have a chance to win. 

The Singapore Open normally has a Stella field with numerous invites from the PGA & DP World tours coming over to play. However, with covid still in the back of a lot of peoples minds only Paul Casey has taken up an Invite here from the main tours. 130 players are set to take centre stage on Thursday as they all go in search of the extra purse on offer this week. Not only is the purse 250,000 USD bigger this week there are also four Open Spots up for grabs for any of top 12 not already qualified so even more incentive to play well this week. 

Course Guide 

Sentosa Golf Club hosts the Singapore Open for the 14th time having 1st hosted in 2005. The course is just a 20minute journey from last weeks course so all the players who played this week will have the luxury of not having to fly to a new destination for the upcoming week which means added practice time or recovery time which they wouldn’t normally get. The course this week is set up as a par 71 measuring a staggering 7403 so for the 2nd week running the Singapore courses will be set up to be monsters in length. When you factor in the wind that Singapore gets around this time of year the course could play even longer. You just have to look at last weeks scores & how high they were from the wind causing havoc. The 71 is made up for four par 3s, eleven par 4s & three par 5s. Ronald Fream designed the course in 1982 but it was redesigned in 2006 to add the sub air & a new enhanced irrigation system. Larger greens were created & more strategic bunkers put in to make the golfers plot their way around rather than bomb a drive & flick a wedge. As I said last week accuracy will be needed on the Scraping Course with its tree lined fairways & water in play on 10 holes. It’s a trend on all the Asian courses that the Asian tours keep playing that they are tree lined & have plenty of hazards in play on nearly every hole which is why they are so accurate when they move onto the PGA & DP World Tour. 

Previous Winners 

2020 – Matt Kuchar -18 10-1

2019 – Jazz Janewattananond -18 25-1

2018 – Sergio Garcia -14 8-1

2017 – Prayed Marksaeng -9 250-1

2016 – Young Han Song -12 80-1

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Phachara Khongwatmai 16-1 PaddyPower 6 Places

Phachara finished T16 last week at the Singapore International which was a great result considering the conditions they were playing in. A final round 2 under par 70 was one of the best rounds recorded on Sunday. That finish gave him a slight chance of winning to Order of merit & he comes to a course where he has had some great finishes in the past. A 2nd place in 2017 & 18th in 2019 show he is more than capable to scoring well around here. His form over the past few months has been nothing short of sublime, bar his withdrawal at the Singha Classic he hasn’t finished worse than T16 with three wins, one 2nd & one 3rd place finish. 

Ratchanon Chantananuwat 28-1 Bet365 5 Places

The 14 year old Sensation is slowly taking the Asia tour by storm, on his 1st event outside of his home country of Thailand he finished a remarkable 3rd place. He shot 75 in the 1st round & in an interview on Friday he said he had heatstroke & wasn’t anywhere near 100% Health. For a 14 year old to play so well on a course that made some players look very foolish is incredible, the sky really is the limit for the kid. He has also said that he’s is hoping for another good week this week as he aims to qualify for the Open by finishing as one of the top 4 not already exempt. 

Travis Smyth 55-1 PaddyPower 6 Places

Travis has had a solid last 3 events on the Asia tour, he has finished 48-24-10. He has appeared in this event before & has finished 11 & 24. In those eight rounds he has only shot over par once with a 72 +1 the remaining  seven rounds he has shot 2 rounds of par & 5 in the 60s so he is more than capable of putting in some good numbers this week. Last weeks Tournament will of helped his get used to the conditions especially the wind & any weaknesses or improvements he found he can work on earlier than usual with him staying within touching distance of last weeks course this week. 

Chen Guxin 150-1 Skybet 5 Places

I’m giving Chen another go this week, last weeks playing conditions were brutal but he will of learned plenty from it & have some ideas on what to work on pre event. The 18 year old will want to replicate the form of Joohyung & Ratchanon & put his name on the list of teens to keep an eye on in the coming years. He only missed the cut by one shot last week after shooting 74 & 78. I think there will still be plenty of positives for him to take forward this season from last weeks Missed cut.. 

All odds correct as of 18:00 Tuesday 18th Jan 

Good luck with all bets

Ryan Hamilton @Golftipster5

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Preview & Tips

The DP World tour makes its 1st stop of the season to the middle east this week on unfamiliar grounds. A new course will host the 17th version of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship after the Abu Dhabi golf club was replaced with Yas Links. Yas Links sits in what is referred to as the entertainment district of Abu Dhabi sitting parallel to the formula 1 race circuit & a quick drive to Warner bros & Ferrari world. Players will have plenty to do after they finish their rounds of golf this week.

Covid cancelled the remaining events in South Africa at the back end of the year so this is only the 2nd event of the season. Tristan Lawrence leads the Race to Dubai after winning the shortened South Africa Open. Double Race to Dubai points are on offer this week & next with both events being Rolex series events. As per usual the bigger names are on the entry list for a Rolex event with Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy & Victor Hovland the star names. They will be looking to get an early win so that they can sit around the top again for much of the year like Hatton did last season, his win here put him top of the race & he wasn’t knocked off until Jon Rahm & Collin Morikawa picked up major wins & even with a few DP world starts last year he still finished 5th so an early win can do wonders for the end of year position.

Course guide

The Yas Links will be new to many people this week. The course was built in 2010 & features rolling fairways very similar to UK links style courses. Kyle Phillips designed the course & it was awarded top 50 status in the best golf courses in the world last year ranking 48th. Kyle is one of the leading links designers in the world & that is shown this week. The Par 72 championship course measures over 7400 yards & is made up of four par 3s, ten par 4s & four par 5s. Water & strategically placed bunkers are in play on nearly every hole so accuracy off the tee will be key this week. The championship could be won & lost with a visit to the drop zone. Undulating greens will give the players a tough test on the greens especially getting the pace right to avoid any unwanted 3 putts. If the wind gets up which is due to all day Friday with up to 30mph forecast, we could see some very high scores posted if the players can’t control where their ball is going with all the hazards in play.

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Rory McIlroy 7/1 Ladbrokes (boosted) 8 Places 2 Pts

Rory had a very up & down 2021 from the heartbreak in the Ryder cup to picking up two more PGA tour victories at the Wells Fargo & CJ Cup. He would probably still say he had an average year because of his major performances but by the average pro it was a fantastic year seven top 10s & two wins with just 4 cuts missed out of 24 events. Rorys form at the Abu Dhabi championship & following week at the desert classic is just ridiculous & pretty much the reason I have him this week at such as short number. In his last 18 appearance if you ignore the one missed cut in his last eighteen appearances at both events, he has finished no worse than eleventh. He has finished 2nd three times & three 3rd place finishes.

Tommy Fleetwood 22-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places

Some golf pundits seem to have written Tommy Fleetwood off last year after another winless year & dropping down to world no 40. He still managed six top 10s & only missed 3 cuts in 23 starts so he is still one of the most consistent players on the tour. Tommy is known for loving the previous course that held this event winning twice in 2017 & 2018. This week’s event should suit a player that loves the links & middle east golf which Tommy fits perfectly. He has plenty of top 5 finishes in the Dunhill links as well as Open Championship results so I feel this week he can combine his love for links & the middle east to really plot his way around this course & post some low numbers. Tommy consistency over the years can be put down to his green in regulation stats. For the last 5 years he’s has ranked no lower than 5th on tour for greens in regulation, his lowest average for the last 5 years was 72.39% & topped out at 76.49%. Stats he will be looking to keep at that level this week to go low.

Bernd Wiesberger 33-1 Skybet 7 Places

Bernd will be raring to push on this year after last year’s Ryder cup appearance. He will be able to play more freely now having for-filled a dream to play for team Europe. He led the DP World tour last year in strokes gained tee to green helped with a green in regulation percentage of 72.47% which shows incredible consistency. Bernd has great form in the desert finishing 2nd at fire course in the Aviv Championship, a 6th at the Dubai Desert Classic & in his two previous appearances at this event he has finished 25th & 8th. He had one win & four tops 10s last year so will be looking to build on that that this year

Nicolai Hojgaard 50-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places

Nicolai is one of the hottest players on the tour currently. He had a fantastic last part of the season picking up his 1st DP world tour victory at the Italian Open & then went on to a 2nd place in Portugal & 4th in the DP World Tour Finale. His rise last year can be put down to his greens in regulation stats which went from 62% in 2020 to 71.55% in 2021. Nearly 10% more greens hit in regulation. This helped him rise from 523rd in the world to a career best 88th. Nicolai will arrive here full of confidence after last season performance & want to really push on this year to climb the rankings.

Frederic Lacriox 150-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places

Frederic is one of the challenge tour graduates from 2021 who caught fire towards the end of the season finishing 2-4-28-5-2-5 in his last six starts of the year including the season opener in the shortened Joburg open where he finished T5 on tour debut. If the tournament wasn’t shortened, I feel he was in prime position to challenge for the win, he was hitting nearly 80% of greens in regulation, driving the ball over 320 yards on average & ranked in the top 40 for putting. He is one of the tour graduates I feel could pick up a win on the DP World tour this year, it might not be this week but at 150-1 with 8 places I’m happy to ride this one.

All Bets are 1 pt unless noted

Other notables

Richard Bland 125-1

An incredible price considering the year he had, eight top 10s & his 1st victory. How will he knee hold up after surgery? Only time will tell.

Haotong Li 125-1

A player who has won me plenty over the years with wins & Places. Lost his way a little of the past year but looks to be trending in the right direction he was 2nd before Christmas in an unofficial China event before finishing 2nd in the Volvo Open & a very good performance last week on the PGA tour but how much will the mammoth travel day take out of him from Hawaii to Abu Dhabi?

All odds correct as of 14:30 Monday 17th January

Good Luck with all bets

Ryan Hamilton – @Golftipster5

The Singapore International Preview & Tips

The Asian tour enters its penultimate event this week before the Order or Merit champion is crowed. After a few last-minute withdrawals 129 golfers will tee it up looking to gain more money points on the end of season leader board. This week will be the 1st tournament since the tours restart that isn’t in Thailand, with Singapore hosting the last two events of the season. The Singapore International is a brand-new event on the tour which was added to increase the events on Covid hit season which currently spans over 3 years 2020,2021 & 2022. Everything is still to play for this week with just over 130,000 USD between 1st & 10th in the Order of Merit with one win enough to advance even the lower ranked players up the leader board

Course Guide

The Singapore international takes place at Tanah Merah Country Club on the Tampines Course which is adjacent to the airport & only 15minutes away from the iconic Marina Sands hotel. 

The Course was opened in 1988 but in 2017 it was redesigned by Phil Jacobs. Par 72 makes up the scorecard with 4 par 3s,10 par 4s & 4 par 5s. The course this week is a monster at 7533 yards with the longest holes being the 5th at 635 yards & 18th at 626 yards. Water is in play on 12 of the 18 holes which keeps being a regular occurrence on the Asian tour so again accuracy off the tee will be key this week. Players will want to keep their balls in play off the tee. The ability to be able to get the pace of greens will also be vital with the huge greens on this course. Being able to hit the perfect lag putt when out of position will be very beneficial. There should be plenty of drama down the last hole with the guys in contention. A par 5 with water in play could be the decision maker when it comes to determining the winner. Who will be able to keep their nerve the best on Sunday afternoon?

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Wade Ormsby 28-1 5 places

The current order of merit leader will look to cement his place at the top this week with another good week before next week’s finale. After winning in early 2020 at the Hong Kong open Wade had two more top 10s before covid struck, since golfs restart he has been playing on the DP World tour & has only managed just one top 10. However, since the Asian tour restart, he has had a T23 & T14 finish which should inject some much-needed confidence going into this week. Even without the high finishes on the DP Tour Wade was still ranked as one of the best drivers on tour hitting 65% of fairways which ranked him 7th best. His accuracy has always been one of his best assets never ranking below 20th in the last 5 years on the DP world tour. ese development tour so far in his career.

Jeong Woo Ham 33-1 5 places

Jeong is a two-time winner on the Korea tour most recently just 4 starts ago in the KJ Choi invitational.  He finished 5th in the money list on the Korea tour in 2021 having played in all 17 events. To go with the win, he has 5 more top 10 finishes & just 3 missed cuts.  The 27-year-old hit 65% of fairways & 70% of greens in regulation last season which will be required this week to stay out of the water. This week will be his debut on the Asia tour having only played on the Korea tour & Japan

Yoseop Seo 45-1 5 places

One of my players to watch from my 2022 preview. He was a 2-time winner on the Korea tour last season. He finished 2nd on the money list so I was quite surprised when I saw he was a lot higher in the betting that fellow countryman Jeong Woo Ham.  The world no 297 is another very accurate player off the tee hitting just under 65% of fairways & over 70% greens in regulation. Seo is currently 50th on the order of merit so will want a good week to climb the leader board going into the final event of the season next week.

Udayan Mane 125-1 5 Places

Mane won the season ending event in India to claim the order of merit title. He won four times over the 2020 – 21 season with four more top 10s in seventeen starts. Incredible form. He didn’t quite manage to bring that form over to the Asian tour at the back end of the year with a MC & T68 finish, but he won on his next start back in India. Hopefully this boost of confidence will bring his A game to the Singapore International. A win this week could put him right in the mix for the order of merit title.

Chen Guxin 1000-1 5 places

If you look at Chens form last season on the China tour you do have to wonder, why he is the price he is. He won twice with two 3rd place finishes & only missed one cut. The 18-year-old for me at that price even in a higher quality field is just a no brainer. There are far worse bets to be made. He is currently the 5th best ranked Chinese player in the world ahead of Haotong Li who he only finished 2 shots back on in his latest start at the Volvo China Open. He turned pro in 2020 after a Stella amateur career where he racked up over 10 wins & many more stop 10s. A player to keep watch for in the coming years.

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