European Tour Race to Dubai Preview

November 19th, 2012 by Benjamin Coley

This week, the 60 biggest earners on the European Tour in 2012 tee it up at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

It’s an event designed to provide a thrilling climax to a lengthy season and struck precisely the right chord in year one when Lee Westwood stormed to victory, in the process passing Rory McIlroy and taking the inaugural Race To Dubai title.

A year later, joint-players of the year Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer battled long and hard for the Race To Dubai, the German ultimately prevailing when McDowell failed to finish inside the top three, eventually sharing 13th alongside Kaymer in a fittingly tight finale. While all that was happing, a dramatic play-off between two European stalwarts ensured an entertaining end to the season.

2011 saw Luke Donald enter the week needing a top-nine finish to guarantee success, although with sole rival McIlroy under the weather it was known early on that Donald would take the glory, in the process becoming the first man in history to win money list titles on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year. Meanwhile, Alvaro Quiros made a stunning eagle to beat Paul Lawrie to the tournament title.

So far, so good.

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Battlefield Promotion Leaves Its Scars

October 22nd, 2012 by Benjamin Coley

In April of this year, 25-year-old Kristoffer Broberg won the Nordic League’s Abbekas Open by two strokes. It was his first professional victory.

Less than four months later, he sealed his third Challenge Tour victory in four weeks, and a tee-time at the Omega European Masters alongside Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Ross Fisher.

At around about the same time, previously unheralded Ben Kohles made his professional debut in the Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, and beat Luke Guthrie in a play-off.

One week later, a closing 62 gave him victory in the Cox Classic, before he left the stage clear for Guthrie to win back-to-back events of his own in September.

While Guthrie had long been touted as a future PGA Tour star and Kohles gained an invite to the scene of his first title due to his All American status, Broberg was on very few radars.

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Open Championship Free Bets

July 11th, 2012 by Paul Wilson

The countdown to the 141st Open Championship has begun in earnest… This year, The Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire will host this famous, old golf competition over four days between the 19th-22nd of July 2012.

Last year’s winner Open Championship winner, Darren Clarke, hasn’t had the best of preparations. His poor performance in the French Open, although he wasn’t the only one who struggled, has seen him fall out of favour with the bookies that Darren Clarke is now offered at a best bet of 150/1 from Bet 365 to repeat his Open Championship success.

Englishman, Luke Donald, the current World Number One will warm up for the Open by contesting in the Scottish Open (12 – 15 July) at Castle Stuart. Donald won the Scottish Open in 2011 and is favourite to repeat this achievement again this year. Despite his #1 world ranking, Donald has yet to win a major, something he’ll be looking to overcome at Lytham and St Anne’s next week.

Rory McIlroy is third favourite in the pre-Open Championship bets list, yet the likeable Northern Irishman failed to even make the cut in the US Open last month. In fact Rory McIlroy’s last success was at the Honda Classic at the very beggining of March. It’s a serious dip in form and I’m not convinced he’ll start playing the type of golf which won him the US Open back in 2011 – especially under the spotlight and pressure which The Open brings.

Of-course, the bookies have reverted to form and made Tiger Woods favourite ahead of a major championship once again. Woods has shown signs of being back to his best, he won the AT&T National at the end of June but then tied in 77th place at the Greenbrier Classic a week later. Frustration is the keyword with Tiger… It would be fantastic if Woods could turn the clock back and emulate his hat-trick of previous Open wins (2006, 2005, 2000) but as each year passes the chances of Woods winning a major again gets wider and wider.

Perhaps one of the best bets for homegrown talent to win the Open Championship this year is Justin Rose! The englishman has been extremely consistent with his form this year, and has made the cut in his last ten tournaments, winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship back in March of this year.

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