Do you ever fancy a flutter on the old golf like I do? I’m not talking huge stakes, mind – ‘er indoors only gives me so much pocket-money a week to play with. But since the suspension of activity on www.webgolfcoach.com, I thought I’d take over the mantle and bring you the latest odds for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Whilst Stateside there is this God-given belief that Tiger’s going to win every time he takes to the first tee – although a few American golf pundits keeping their cleats on terra firma think he’s won three so far this season and that’ll be his lot – it seems PaddyPower is offering similar odds (9/2 compared to 5/1 across The Pond) to US bookies.
However, it would appear that those in the know at PaddyPower are also of the opinion that Tiger’s roared down the last winning fairway this season, too. There offer is simply this: if you place your bet over your mobile phone this week and Tiger wins, they will refund the value of your losing bet by way of offering you the same stake on the US PGA Championship next week. Darrelldoo for me!
But golf’s not just about Tiger Woods!
Let’s take a look at some of the other odds.
Luke Donald is second favourite at 14/1 – he’s due a win and if I had to put a first-past-the-post bet on anyone it would be the current world number one. Especially as he’s paired with Phil Mickleson – they’ll give each other a game and hopefully bring the best out in each other. Funny – Lefty’s not in the top betting here (35/1), but they’re offering thirty-threes, Stateside.
Setting off at the same time but starting on the front nine (Luke & Phil playing the back nine first) is our very own Justin Rose. It’s the first time I’ve not seen him anything like the 35/1 PaddyPower is offering – he’s been a lot shorter at eighteens all season, as far as memory serves.
And although Rory’s been a little off his best golf recently, the bookies aren’t ruling him out, pricing him 18/1 alongside Adam Scott, runner-up at The Open just a fortnight ago. And Twenties for Lee Westwood? Wow! Okay, so The Open was Lee’s worst Major finish of the season but his golf’s been so consistent all year, that’s tempting one of my £1/e/w bets, for sure!
Then to finish the rundown of bookies favourites, you have three names who’ve all made great strides on the American golf circuit this year, Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler. They’ve each already got at least one title under their belts on the PGA Tour in 2012 and are tempting e/w bets at 25/1.
So, with the poorly octopus my wife has given me, it’s £1 each way on Lee and Lefty and £2 on the snout for Luke. Let’s hope none of them get too tyred at the Bridgestone this weekend to make the podium on Sunday evening. (sorry – that was poor – it’s been a long week!)
TTFN, Thet Watson.