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My Betting Tips For The Masters 2014

The long wait is nearly over as the first major of the year is just around the corner and it feels like an eternity since we saw Jason Dufner lift the PGA Championship at Oakhill back in August last year. 

The players have arrived at Augusta today and they will playing their practise rounds, either on their own or in groups. For some players this will be a new experience, especially the likes of European players such as Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson and Joost Luiten. The last debutant to win The Masters was Fuzzy Zoeller back in 1979, so it doesn’t happen that often. Just to make the cut would be a major achievement for these players, and I’m sure they will be seeking advice for fellow European players before teeing it up on Thursday.

So the big question is….Who is going to win?

It’s always hard to pick a winner at any tournament, but even harder in a major championship. Augusta is a well known course, and The Masters is the only major that is held at the same golf course each year so you can kind of get an idea looking back through previous results who does well, and who doesn’t. So if you are going to bet, this is a good one to bet on.

Here are my tips for this year:

Phil Mickleson 12/1

Dustin Johnson 25/1

Rickie Fowler 66/1

Jimmy Walker 55/1

Zach Johnson 33/1

For more betting odds visit Paddy Power.

Good luck if you are having a bet and enjoy watching the golf this week, this really is a spectacular event that never fails to be exciting!


Jamie Donaldson Is Hanging Out With The Big Boys

Late developer Jamie Donaldson enjoyed a share of second place at the WGC-Cadillac Championship last week and the 38 year old Welshman is feeling at home amongst golf’s elite.

Unbelievably it took Donaldson 255 events to claim his first win on the European Tour which was the Irish Open, and since that win he has had an impressive run finishing 19th and 5th in consecutive years in The Race To Dubai and also winning the HSBC Golf Championship.

His performance last week shouldn’t be underestimated, he claimed second place on a tough golf course amongst the top 60 golfers in the world. He may have started performing well later on in his career, but he is certainly making up for it now.

His latest run of form has propelled him to second spot in the European Points List, and top of the Race To Dubai Standings, which will pretty much guarantee him a spot on the Ryder Cup Team at Gleneagles in September.

Maybe he could feature in the Majors this year? Probably the US Open and The Open will be the most suited to him. Looking forward to finding out.

Poulter Crashes Out Of WGC Accenture Match Play

Ian Poulter’s dream of becoming the WGC-Accenture Match Play champion was shattered yesterday when he was defeated 2&1 by Rickie Fowler on the Dove Mountain course in Arizona.

It was the first game out in this years event, and the first three holes were halved, but Fowler took the game by the scruff of the neck by winning three out of the next four of which he only had to birdie one of those holes to Poulter’s disappointment.

Then another par on the 10th was good enough to see Fowler stretch his lead to three up for the second time in the match and then an eagle on the 13th looked like Poulter’s fate had been sealed.

But we know Poulter never gives up and he battled back with a birdie at the 14th, but unfortunately the putter went cold when he had chances to claw back the deficit on the next three holes.

It’s Jimmy Walker up next to face Fowler, Walker is the man in form at the moment already winning three times on the PGA Tour this season, he knocked out South African Branden Grace with a comfortable 5&4 victory.

You can read my blog post HERE about how Jimmy Walker claimed his second PGA Title of the season.

Loads of good matches to come today, as we head towards the weekend.

Rumford Returning Home After Busy Schedule

Brett Rumford is one of the most travelled golfers around this year and is happy to be back in his home country for the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

Rumford has had back-to-back victories on the European Tour earlier this year winning in Korea and China. He will playing in his 21st event of the season having taken advantage  of the tour’s International schedule.

He’s been flying all over the planet recently which makes coming back to his home country even more special as he looks to claim his third win of the season against a field which includes Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson.

As well as clocking up thousands of air miles he’s also clocked up thousands of pounds and will be one to watch this week.

Europe End 13 Year Wait As They Beat GB&I In France

Europe regained the Seve Trophy for the first time since 2000 as the singles went down to the final match in France.

The side captained by José María Olazábal’s side have lost the last six contests to Great Britain & Ireland, and after leading for the first two days found themselves tied going into the final days singles after Sam Torrance’s team made a great fightback in the foursomes.

It was all very reminiscent of the Ryder Cup in Medinah last year as Francesco Molinari played the anchor role and took victory by beating Chris Wood 3&2.

This event has started to gain some momentum now in the last few years, it would do so even faster if the top players would stop being so precious about their schedules, maybe they will see sense next year.

Bjorn Again In The Ryder Cup?

Thomas Bjorn has been in a rich vain of form recently and after his win at the European Masters in Switzerland at the weekend he has propelled himself to the top of the European Ryder Cup points list. 

Although he’s  been playing well, it was his first win since he won the same event two years ago and the 14th of his career.

Former peers have been taking notice and Northern Irishman Darren Clarke has tipped him to make the team at Gleneagles next September .

Bjorn has been involved in many Ryder Cup over the years, not only as a player but as a vice captain as well, but he will want to be teeing it up as a player next time round for sure. I mean, who wouldn’t?

Europe Face Tough Test In Solheim Cup

It’s the start of the Solheim Cup  tomorrow and it’s going to a tough test for the European team this time round as they go to the Colorado Golf Club as the underdogs even though they are the holders.

The team has said that they are going to come out fighting against a strong USA team and will take the battle to them from the off.

Having the home advantage is key in these events especially as the Americans have the strong support of their fans behind them, and the European team will have to be mentally strong to keep the fans out of their heads in what is normally a hostile crowd.

The Solheim Cup is live on Sky Sports 1 HD and the opening ceremony will take place at 11pm tomorrow night.

C’mon Europe! 


Can McIlroy Salvage His Disastrous Season?

Well as I’m sure you know, we  have another big weekend of golf ahead. It’s the Bridgestone Invitational in America, at Firestone Country Club, a tournament that has been dominated by Tiger Woods over recent years.

It’s the last tournament before the final major of the year at Oak Hill, and it seems like only yesterday we were talking about the start of The Masters! 

Rory McIlroy who won the US PGA last year will be hoping for a good week at Firestone so he can feel in good spirits when he goes to defend his title next week.

McIlroy says he feels in a positive frame of mind this week, and  feels even better than he did last year when he also had a bit of a slump before the same event.

It really is a big couple of weeks for McIlroy, he will want to get a top 10 finish in either of the next two tournaments and then carry that on until the end of the year. Once you get out of the habit of finishing in the top 10 every week, it can be very hard to get back into that habit, and he will be concerned however much he might come across as not being.

Will McIlroy End Up Chasing Tiger’s Tail?

Rory McIlroy decided not to play at the Bay Hill Invitational this week for reasons he will only know. He didn’t play last year either as he wanted to prepare for the Masters and seems to do this before every major to get his golf game tuned.

I find it a little strange I have to admit,  if you were No.1 in the world wouldn’t you want to deny the guy in second place  the chance of overtaking you? Especially as that guy happens to be Tiger Woods who won’t give the spot up easily after losing it for a few years now.

Even Arnold Palmer was surprised that the Northern Irishman didn’t want to  play at Bay Hill in Florida this week and opted to play in next week’s Houston Open instead.

Well McIlroy could find himself behind Tiger in the World Rankings when he tees it up in Houston and in my opinion could be chasing Tiger’s tail for a very long time!

It’s a great week of golf ahead and an exciting time of year to be interested in golf. Let’s just hope it lives up to expectation!


Casey Puts Things Into Perspective

It’s been quite a while coming but Paul Casey is looking forward to being reminded that he has got one of the best jobs in the world going at this week’s Omega European Masters at the the simply stunning Crans-sur-Sierre.

It’s been a tough year for Casey so far, injuries have kept him out for a while and his comeback hasn’t exactly set the world alight. It all started with a rare case of “turf toe” before a shoulder issue hampered his progress more recently.

Because of all the problems it’s meant Casey has been unable to rediscover the superb form that got him to a career high third place in the World Golf Rankings three years ago.

All of these worries will be at the back of the Englishmen’s mind as he gets ready to play at the picturesque Crans-sur-Sierre course in Crans Montana this week. It’s as spectacular as they get when it comes to golf.

The best hole on the course has to be the seventh hole, the players are greeted by a quite amazing view of the neighbouring Alps, which lives long in the memory.

“When you’re out at the seventh tee, the classic image you see, it’s stunning,” he said. “It’s a wonderful place to play golf, not just for the views but also for the people and how we’re treated here.

He will get back in the top 10 in the world next season, I think he is too much of a determined character not to. Plus he loves the Ryder Cup which is a big motivation for anybody.