Golf News, Betting and Opinions from a Young Perspective
The lengthy nature of Firestone makes this little surprise as well — PGA tournaments are always on long tracks, so the comparison is obvious. So, those few names make for very interesting reading. We are now going to be able to whittle the list down even further by looking at Whistling Straits itself. The Pete Dye layout will play as a 7, yard par 72 and is chiselled alongside the shores of Lake Michigan.
Eights of the holes are completely exposed to the lake and there are elevation changes of a staggering 80ft throughout the course. On the surface you would think that driving accuracy will be key, but Singh and Kaymer were nowhere near the top end in that stats category and looking back at their performances, it seems far more important to have your irons in full flow.
Hitting the small, tough greens is no easy feet, especially trying to the ball to stop. Therefore the usual Links skill of scrambling will be vital for our winner. If you look at it — Kaymer and Singh were both inside the top 10 for GIR stats throughout the week as well as the top 20 in scrambling. Now you cannot deny those are some very fascinating names. We are just so adamant Rickie is going to win a major very soon that when a course sort of suits him, we feel our hands are tied.
At the end of the day he won in typical Links conditions in Scotland and got himself into the mix at The Open, so he knows how to play these sorts of layouts. He is an outstanding bunker player as well, which will without doubt come into play at times this week — his sand saves last week were He never propelled forward massively, but was consistent in his scoring and should take confidence moving forward to a major that should suit his game.
Looking at his stats, you have to be impressed as well. With his prodigious tee to green game he could overpower this track and use his expertise on Links tracks to perfection.
So, as well as being in good touch, he suits this sort of track down to the ground. He hits the ball a mile and has the ability to get his irons working ridiculously smoothly — 6th for distance and 19th for GIR, whilst he is actually 49th for scrambling from the rough which bodes well here. Andrews a few weeks back…. The South African therefore has to be considered, especially when you think how close he came at Chambers Bay.
There was no bottle there at all, he genuinely had a chance going down 16 and a T4 finish is still no mean feat. He really is coming into his own now and this could be a perfect fit for someone who is used to these sorts of tracks. His stats on his predominant Tour in Europe match everything perfectly — yards off the tee, 8th GIR and 18th scrambling.
Plus, he fits the trends and history, so there really is little to not like…. Danny Willett has had a pretty stellar year and is consistently recording top finishes. With two wins already this season and a further 4 top 6 performances, you cannot doubt the Englishman is an intriguing shout at 3-figure odds. As we stated in our preview, he fits all the trends and stats for recent winners — a comfortable, if not exciting T17 at the WGC will definitely stand him in good stead — in fact his recent form line is so impressive — T17, 1 st in Switzerland and T6 at The Open.
It was at St. Andrews where we saw the potential big tournament winning Willett really shine — a mini breakthrough if you will. Robert Streb has performed above and beyond this year, pretty much continuing his early season form where he won his maiden title at the McGladrey Classic in October.
He almost won again a few weeks back at the Greenbrier but lost out to Danny Lee in a playoff, but that still shows how far he has come to nearly win 2 in the same season. He was leading at St. Stats wise he is perfect as well — 40 th for distance, 11 th for GIR, 78 th fro scrambling, 84 th sand save and even 25 th for strokes gained putting for a bit of good measure. Well what an enthralling final few hours we all witnessed at Chambers Bay.
He has mainly been playing on the PGA Tour for starters and accumulated some pretty impressive finishes. The main thing they all have in common is that you need to get the ball in play to find and attack pins for birdies. The same can be said for his best two finishes in Europe — 5 th at the BMW all be it with a slight struggle on the final day and a T2 in Spain. Just look at his stats on the PGA — 1 st driving accuracy, 4 th in GIR, 25 th scoring average, 19 th proximity to the hole and most excitingly for this week, 1 st in approaches from yards.
Russell Knox has become a perennial top 25 finisher in PGA events. He will often be in and around before just doing enough and not truly excelling. However he so often has that look and feel of someone on the verge of picking up a title and this could finally be that week. He suits the track perfectly, has finished T13 here before and has actually shown a steady increase in results recently.
Basically, the players are now just gearing up for Chambers Bay, using the next couple of weeks as a warm up and for some this will be their last outing before that next major. Exotic wagers allow you to bet on multiple horses in a single bet, allowing you to increase your profit potential. Basically, keying horses allows you to minimize your wager, while increasing your payout if you pick your horses right. The human tellers are fast, accurate, and friendly. Have your money ready in your hand.
Things move fast at the counter, especially a few minutes before post. Now hand the teller your money and take your ticket. Keep it in a safe place. So now you know how to place a bet at the horse races. You actually want to win some money! But how do you pick a winning horse? There are literally hundreds of books and thousands of websites on handicapping that means picking horses and everyone seems to have a different opinion on what factors are the most important to analyze when choosing a horse.
While plain old luck is the biggest factor in whether you make or lose money especially for beginning pickers , handicapping makes the races more fun because it gives you a sense of control, as well as something to chew over between each race. Get familiar with reading the race day program. Your ability to successfully handicap horses will depend upon your ability to read the race day program.
The program is crammed with information that you can use to make smarter bets. Equibase, the company that creates all the race day programs for every track in the U. Look at what class levels the horse has been racing at.
There are different levels of competition, or classes, in horse racing. There are four race classes: Racetracks try to have races with horses at the same level of competition. Horses move up and down classes throughout the year depending on their performance and oftentimes a change in class can affect whether a horse will win or lose. You have your eye on a horse, so you check its past performance in the program. So it might not be a good idea to bet on this horse to win in this particular race.
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