2016 World Cup Of Golf Betting Preview

With none of the World’s top five players competing, and the event being held in Australia, the World Cup Of Golf will come and go on this side of the globe with very little fanfare.  But there’s still plenty of intrigue in the betting.

Shane Lowry and GMac will be in their element on the hard pan sand belt Kingston Heath.  

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Adam Scott and Marc Leishman lead the home charge at 7/1, but many will like the look of Japan at 8/1 with Hideki Matsuyama coming off a win at the WGC HSBC Champions alongside Ryo Ishikawa who found a bit of form again recently at the CIMB Classic.

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Oooo suits you Sir. Fran and Matteo are 22/1.

Personally I will have a little flutter on Ireland at 14/1.  Shane Lowry and GMac are experts at sand belt golf and Kingston Heath with all its nuances will play like a hot Summers day in a hard pan Baltray or Portrush for the guys!  Shane has four top 25 finishes in his last five starts and putting up exceptional GIR stats without finding the putts, while GMac is also showing form too with a T4 at the British Masters and a battling T24 in Mayakoba (where he followed an opening 75 with rounds of 65, 65 and 68.)

Italy are priced at 22/1 with Francesco Molinari and good mate Matteo Mannasero leading the line.  Former winner Fran is in the form of his life having won at home in Italy then finished the season strong with a T6 in the HSBC and T4 last week in Dubai.  Matteo will benefit more than most from having Francesco at his side to instill confidence and though it is easy to dismiss his form, the 23 year old played super golf for three rounds in Turkey recently and is a four time Tour winner including twice in the Southern Hemispere.  I like their games to gel well in the alternative shot rounds.

Soren and Thor for Denmark look an interesting pair at 22/1.  Soren’s straight game will keep him out of that claggy tea tree rough they use in the sand belt and coming off a T4 in Dubai he has form.  Thorbjorn won in Turkey recently and he’s the kind of highly skilled player that can work the nuances of the fabled greens here.  He’s also a former winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links so the links-like bunkering and clumpy non manicured look will not phase him.  The big question with several of the teams is tiredness having played so much recently then jetted to Oz and that’s my biggest fear with Denmark.  In Thor’s case, winning is exhausting emotionally; for Soren it doesn’t get any easier playing and travelling as a fortysomething.  If fresh though, they can feature.

Also 22/1 are Thailand with Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee.  The Barn Rat played great down the road at Royal Melbourne in 2013 and with a man who seems to know how to dunt it round any course as economically as his game allows like Jaidee by his side they will be a pair to watch. 

But what about Wales at 100/1?  They have to be the dream pairing this week.  Dredge is a former winner of this event (in Portugal I think!) and coming off a real comeback year on the European Tour which included close shaves in Ireland and Denmark.  Then there’s Stuart Manley, the man who was denied a car after a hole in hole a stones throw away at Royal Melbourne in 2013, then had an 11 on the next hole, and then regrouped to shoot level par for the round!  If there are Golfing Gods and there is some justice, Wales will feature.

Ireland to win, Denmark, Italy and Thailand to run them close!
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