Hero World Challenge Betting Preview

The Hero World Challenge may be just a pre Christmas cash grab for the lucky few in The Bahamas but there’s nothing that brings out the competitive edge more than a wheelbarrow full of cash!

It also signals the return to golf of Tiger Woods.  Fingers and toes crossed for Tiger.  That he gets through four rounds healthy and plays steady golf would be all anyone could ask; I certainly wouldn’t disrespect his brilliance by including him in a betting tips post.

Bearing in mind the select field and no cut, here’s my tuppence on who will do well.

Win Only Market

 Jordan Spieth 11/2

Jordan Spieth is 11/2 and in form after winning in Oz.
Jordan Spieth can be had at 11/2 in the win only market and there’s a lot to be said for his chances.  Some will argue he didn’t feature in the PGA Tour Playoffs but I wouldn’t call T10, T21, 9th, T17 too shabby at all!  But what gives Jordan the advantage here is he’s coming in off his second win at the Australian Open in three years.  The way he systematically dismantled the field was a lesson in Tour golf.  If he’s in the mood Spieth is a solid win only bet.

Each Way Best Bets

Brooks Koepka 10/1

Brooks Cupcake. Close enough.
Playing great golf at the end of the year.  Second to surprise winner Rod Pampling at The Shriners then Brooks and Rickie won the Dunlop Phoenix Open last time out in Japan.  So I make that wins in Japan, USA, Turkey (also November), Italy, Spain and Scotland for team Koepka.  And this week we are in The Bahamas. His game travels well. Go figure!

Russell Knox 25/1

Knox doing his Oddjob impersonation this year!

The value bet in this select field for me is Russell Knox.  He is up to tournament pace having played with bestie Duncan Stewart at the World Cup of Golf last week and if jetting across the pacific hasn’t worn the Scot out he’s a great each way shout.  Knox is not the type of guy to give an event anything less than 100% and he’s coming in off a third at the Mayakoba, T9 at the WGC HSBC Champions and T10 at the CIMB Classic.  That’s a nice formline which suggests odds of 25/1 are a little generous.

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