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2019 Tour Championship Betting Preview And Tips

August 22nd – 25th, 2019
East Lake G.C., Atlanta, Georgia
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,346
Defending Champion: Tiger Woods (does not play)

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Justin Thomas starts around 2.5/1, a price I've never seen before for a golf tournament.  That's after his runaway win last week which sees him start the Tour Championship on -10. Can he be caught? With three top-7 finishes at East Lake from three tries it doesn't look likely.

Doc's Top 3 Best Each Way Bets

Jon Rahm (-4) 14/1

There's only 30 in the field, no cut this week and a pre tournament virtual leaderboard which sees him start six shots behind JT, but if you're looking for an each way banker this week it has to be Rahmbo.  Since winning in Ireland he has gone T11 at The Open, T7 at the St Jude, T3 at the Northern Trust and T5 at the BMW. IF he gets the measure of the greens early Rahm can do this.

Tony Finau (-3) 40/1

Fourth at the BMW Championship and what an exhibition of blunt force trauma Finau put on.  Four rounds in the 60's at Medinah included an average driving clip of 328 yards and a field leading 59 greens in regulation.  Starts seven shots back but overpriced each way at 40/1.

Webb Simpson (-4) 30/1

Possibly under the radar but still within striking distance this week is Webb Simpson.  He comes in with three runner up finishes in his last seven starts (Wyndham, St Jude, Canada) and knows how to manage his ball around East Lake. Has three top-5 finishes from six appearances at the Tour Championship.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Kevin Kisner (-2) 125/1

Too far back to win most probably but played super last week at the BMW Championship and finished T3 last time he made the Tour Championship in 2017.

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Warning: There's a lot of use of the word 'shit' in this post.

There's no denying it; the PGA Tour Playoffs this year are shit.  They are boring, there's no drama, it all feels a bit monotonous and low key.  But why has everything suddenly gone to shit?

Here's my reasoning.

1. Tiger Woods is playing shit. We all got excited when Tiger won The Masters, we all thought his back was magically better again, we all thought he gave a shit about golf again.  Well his back is still banjaxed and he has family and has other shit to worry about.  He hasn't made the Tour Championship. We have to deal with it.

2. Rejigging all the Majors has made the end of season turn to shit.  It was fun while it lasted, The Open was a massive climax, Shane Lowry winning was class, and everyone just switched off after.  Having a WGC event (the old St Jude) with exhausted players the week after The Open was a shit move.  They should have had a lie in.

3. The bloody rain delay at the cricket has more drama than The Playoffs.  Bet you don't remember who won the Northern Trust, the first event of The Playoffs. Come on it was only a couple of weeks ago?  It was Patrick Reed.  But when Patrick Reed wins, nobody gives a shit, because nobody likes him. Then Medinah, great Ryder Cup Miracle venue, turned out to be pure shit.  Holes like airport runways, boring and monotonous.  25 under winning? Not a test, just a birdie fest.  Throwing bloody darts for these guys. Ridiculous shit.

And I'll leave the last word to Jamie Weir of Sky Sports on the new Tour Championship scoring system.

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An article on the ultra serious Bloomberg business website suggested that online golf balls formerly referred to as "Pure Shit Balls" and "Joke Exploding Balls" may soon take over from Pro V1s.

Scientists have discovered that balls like Snell are actually not shit at all, and despite having a name sounding like 'Snail' and being a quarter of the price of Titleist Pro V1's they are actually bloody good.

After extensive tests against the Pro V1 scientists, who all fucked off out to the golf course one day last week, have published results showing Snell balls performed "pretty decent"

Bloomberg says of Snell:

It wasn’t what Snell envisioned when he decided to start his own company. He’d been an engineer in the golf-ball business for 25 years—first with Titleist and then with TaylorMade Golf Co., where he worked with such pros as Dustin Johnson and Jason Day and was instrumental in developing the Tour Preferred line. His name is on dozens of patents, including one for the original Titleist Pro V1, the most popular ball on the tour. (Gary Woodland played with it for his U.S. Open victory in June; Brooks Koepka used the Pro V1x when he won this year’s PGA Championship.)
But Snell figured he could bring his knowledge of materials, patents, and processing to the public and “eliminate big tour contracts” that pay pros handsomely to use specific products. His premium ball would have the performance characteristics of market leaders while passing the savings back to the consumer. The base rate for a 12-pack of Snell’s new MTB-Xs is $33; a dozen Pro V1s cost $52.

It wont bother me. I get mine from the lake.

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2019 BMW Championship Betting Preview And Tips

August 15th – 18th, 2019
Medinah C.C. (#3 course), Medinah, Illinois
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7613
Purse: $9.25 million with $1,665,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Keegan Bradley

Betting Tips

Doc's Top 5 Best Each Way Bets

Justin Rose 18/1

Always the way in golf isn't it? Once you start putting well the irons go wonky!  Maybe I'm oversimplifying it a bit but Justin Rose's putting form since joining Phil Kenyon has been off the charts good but the rest of his game has slipped a fraction. But there have been signs of late that everything is starting to come together with an 11th at the St Jude and T10 at the Northern Trust.  Second in the last two stagings at Aronimink and Conway Farms and should enjoy Medinah's bentgrass greens.

Adam Scott 25/1

Trending in the right direction with a solo fifth at the Northern Trust but then again every seasoned  punter knows there's no trending with Adam Scott; he's streakier than a rasher. A T19 greens in regulation clip allied to a T13 in the putting stats indicate his game is there so I'm giving him the benefit of a full Irish breakfast.

Jordan Spieth 33/1

The road to redemption for Jordan Spieth has been long and bumpy and it looked at the Wyndham that he had hit a wall. But Spieth is nothing if not resilient and some of his putting at Liberty National was incredible.  But the most impressive part of his T6 there was that he co-led the greens in regulation stats, and that’s a massive plus for the punters. Super odds and cannot wait to see how he goes this week.

Louis Oosthuizen 40/1

Trending up after T20's in Portrush and Memphis and a T6 last week in New Jersey.  Key for Louis is he's dominating the field with his irons; and whenever I see a guy cumulatively under par on the par-3's AND par-5's over successive weeks he gets into my five.  And hopefully makes you money!

Ian Poulter 55/1

Bound to be an emotional return to Medinah for an in form Ian Poulter, where he went unbeaten for the week at the 2012 Ryder Cup winning four massive points. Comes in off a solo 8th at St Jude (where he topped the putting stats) and a T10 at the Northern Trust last week.   

Long Odds Glory Shots

We've tipped Jason Kokrak 66/1 for the last few weeks and he's still on my radar. T6 at the Wyndham and T12 last week and hits it a country mile off the tee.

Jim Furyk 100/1 hasn't made the BMW Championship since 2015 but back in the day he was always a contender at this stage of the season.  Could he be up there again?

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The PGA Tour's agenda at the moment must be to try and deflect attention away from the Bryson DeChambeau slow play controversy by tweeting some of the downright nonsensical and hurtful votes ever.

Yesterday the PGA Tour asked its twitter follower to vote for their favourite "Must See Moment" between Dustin Johnson meeting a girl with cancer and Shane Lowry winning The Open. Come on now? Must see moment?

A week ago they asked followers to vote if DJ Poston's win was better than Lowry's

And today they are asking their twitter audience to vote between dead sex offender Jeffery Epstein partying it up with the President and Shane Lowry's win. Really?

When will the PGA Tour learn?

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I don't think many would disagree when I say Patrick Reed follows his own path and the Nike athlete extends that to the clubs he uses.

In his winning bag at the Northern Trust was a Ping G400 driver, TaylorMade M6 fairway, Titleist utility, "old" Callaway irons, an artisan wedge and a 2017 Pro V1 ball!

Top Story: PGA Tour Vet To Humanely Put Down "Too Slow Now" Bryson DeChambeau

What's In the Bag Patrick Reed

What's In The Bag Pat Reed

Driver: Ping G400 (9 degrees) with an Aldila Rogue Silver 125 70 TX shaft.
3-wood: TaylorMade M6 (14 degrees) with an Aldila Rogue Silver 125 80 TX shaft.
Irons: Titleist U-500 (3) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue AMT X100 shaft.
Callaway X Forged CB 2013 (4), Callaway RAZR MB (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.
Wedges: Artisan Prototype (51 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (56, 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 3
Rangefinder: Bushnell Pro XE
Ball: 2017 Titleist Pro V1

Winning Highlights

Stats Report: How Reed Did It

Using a Ping G400 driver Pat Reed hit 44 fairways for the week and 11 of 14 on Sunday, averaging 301.6 yards from the tee. Every one of the top four finishers also posted top-10's in the greens in regulation stats with Reed hitting 51 greens (T5) using predominantly Callaway RAZR MB irons.
Three bogeys were offset by five birdies on Sunday for Reed,  rolling in three from between seven and 14 feet with his Odyssey White Hot Pro 3 putter. On the greens Reed dug deep when it mattered posting 1.187 Strokes Gained: Putting with 27 total putts, saving par twice from between seven and 10 feet. He ended the week with 20 birdies versus just four bogeys.

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Following a raft of criticism on social media over Bryson DeChambeau's slow play at the Northern Trust, the PGA Tour have taken swift and decisive action by bringing the old boy to the vet to have him put down.

"It's with a heavy heart that we've decided the best thing to do with Bryson now is just to put him out of his misery," PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan told reporters. "He's been a great servant, always looking at you with those big sad eyes, always trying to to lick you in the morning, but it's painful to watch him moving so slowly now and we've decided the best thing for him and for everyone who cares about him is to end his suffering. Let's face it, he soon wouldn't be able to get around the golf course at all, he'd be dribbling and pissing his pants and his quality of life would be out the window."

The move was greeted with universal approval by DeChambeau's fellow players who vowed to pay tribute to him by holding two minutes 20 seconds of silence over every putt.

More as it emerges.

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Golf weekend warriors, outing outlaws, and twice a year Tigers listen up.  Don't just show up to the golf course with a set of "sticks" in a bag.  Come on you're better than that! There's other vital stuff you need to destroy that golf course and become a legend.

Let me help you on your path to glory.

Filmed in stunning Ashford Castle with Golfbidder.

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Made this explainer video this week over in Ashford Castle to address a question we get a lot in Golfbidder from customers who are confused about fairway woods, hybrids and utility irons.

I've got an 18 degree version of each to show you how they differ and when and where you might use them.

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I'm quite angry at the Golf Channel's Geoff Shackelford today.  He's not into parody or satire or fun, he works on the serious side of golf and lord's it over scum like me.

So when he cruelly put down Billy Horschel's presence in a Presidents Cup Team bonding photo I couldn't let it go.

Of this picture Geoff says....

Meanwhile Billy Horschel, 18th in points with one career major championship top 10, 10 missed cuts in 25 majors and a 0-0-0 record in the Ryder and Presidents Cup, must have been walking by and was invited in? 

So I fixed the pic for him.

Go fuck yourself Geoff.

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A quick thinking Rory McIlroy roasted Matt Kuchar after Kuch dares to slag McIlroy on the subject of money!

Look at Brooks Koepka's face too!!

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2019 Northern Trust Betting Preview And Tips

Liberty National Golf Club,Jersey City, New Jersey
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,353
Purse: $9.25 million with $1,665,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Bryson DeChambeau

2019 Northern Trust Draft Kings Picks

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St Jude Champion Brooks Koepka is 8/1 and seeking his fourth win this season. He's followed by Rors at 11/1 and Jon Rahm at 16/1.

Doc's Top 5 Each Way Bets (and Draft Kings Picks) 

Tiger Woods 28/1

Clearly suffering from  injury at Portrush last time out, Masters champ Tiger hasn't really fired since a T9 at The Memorial. But Woods HAS entered this week, because he knows how to get his ball around Liberty National.  He knows it suits his "still" world beating ball striking skills.  T2 here in 2013 and in 2009, the last two times the playoffs came here.

Justin Thomas 20/1

T12 at the WGC St Jude last time out to go with a T11 at The Open and T9 in Scotland and things are beginning to look up again for JT after a lean spell with the putter.  Top 10'd in the last three stagings of this rotating course tournament and on 43.277 Strokes Gained: Approach he lies second on Tour in the vital stat for his debut at Liberty National.  Converging trends point to a good week IF a few putts drop.

Patrick Cantlay 25/1

Regular season winners seem to come to the fore again in The Playoffs and with just three playoff tournaments this year and what seems an ingenious new scoring system to decide the overall winner at the Tour Championship, Memorial championship Cantlay will be keen to get off to a fast start.  Top 10's in Ridgewood and Glen Oaks the past two seasons and Liberty National should suit his immense ball striking.  T12 last time out at the St Jude should have been better but for a Saturday slip.

Billy Horschel 50/1

Third week in a row tipping Billy and he paid out on a place reduction with a T6 at The Wyndham.  T9 before that at the St Jude and riding a hot putting wave. Liberty National also plays towards Billy's strengths in long par-4 scoring.  T3 last year in Ridgewood.

Jason Kokrak 100/1

T6 last week at the Wyndham and Jason's confidence is bound to be sky high heading to New Jersey.  Lying 6th in Strokes Gained: Approach on the PGA Tour and was T9 the last the event was staged here in 2013.  Each way squeak at 100/1 and 7/1 to finish in the top-10.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Jim Furyk 140/1 saves his best for the season enders and remains a super driver of the golf ball which always gives him a look. Plodding along in the middle order of late but likes the par 71 that is Liberty National. T6 here in 2013.

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Gordon Brand was in Portrush two weeks ago, the headphones on his ears, walking alongside Shane Lowry as he called the British Open for BBC radio.  As healthy as a trout, he has now sadly passed away.


The best tribute I've read to Gordon is from Alistair Tait of Golfweek.  He captures the man who could give a fair old ribbing but could take one too! This was their banter the last time they met at Portrush two weeks ago.

“What do you know?” he said as he sat down to breakfast in the media center.
“The usual: nothing.”
“No change there, then,” Brand replied. “I don’t know why I even ask you anymore. You’re as useless as ever.”
Brandie, as he was known to his friends, liked a bit of banter, actually a lot of banter, and could give it as well as take it.
“And I suppose you’re a font of all knowledge?”
“No, same as you,” he replied. “I know nothing too.”
“That’s probably why we’re sitting together.”
“Yup,” he said.

Brand was playing on the Staysure Tour of late.

Paul McGinley gives a nice tribute.

Richard Kaufmann posted a lovely picture.

And the last word to Sam Torrance.


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While up at The Open Championship recently I noticed, especially during the bad weather on Sunday, that lots of players and caddies and on-Tour staff were wearing a baselayer brand called Zerofit that I must admit I had never seen before.  Obviously I was intrigued and inquired as to what it was, why lots of the guys were wearing it and where could I get one for myself!

It turns out that Zerofit baselayers have their origins in Japan.  The brainchild of a Mr Higashi from Osaka it claims to be five times warmer than the market leader.  They cant say it but I can; they're saying its five times warmer than Under Armour!

The "Heat Rub" range are the ones I mostly saw being worn at The Open.  They are also massively popular with jockeys apparently; check out them wearing them at the Galway Races this week!  The reason for their popularity in sport is that they are not constricting like Under Armour (they don't envelope your upper body and squeeze the life out of it!);  they allow free movement (and could almost be worn as as a sweater) whilst still being warm.

Zerofit baselayers are also super popular in other sports such as motorcycling, rugby, bowls, fishing, sailing and are also widely used by mountain climbers.

In independant testing (by the BOKEN Quality Analysis Insitute in Osaka Japan) the Heat Rub Ultimate was found to have a CLO value of 0.71 while the Under Armour Coldgear had a value of 0.14.

CLO is the basic measurement for the thermal properties of clothing.

Here's some technical stuff I found from Zerofit on their two top products.

Heat Rub Ultimate

This is the real ‘daddy’ of the range and something that is unique to Zerofit. A typical baselayer
simply seals heat in and uses your body heat to warm you up. The ultimate is unique in three
different ways firstly on the underside of the garment there are microfibers that rub against your
skin to generate heat – basically they create heat using friction, secondly as soon as you try it on you
feel warm. Lastly due to the unique knitting process and the mix of 5 different fabrics (so-called four
way stretch fabric) you get incredible freedom of movement – thus two layers not 4 or 5!
According to Mr Higashi this is the #1 product for his company in Japan and is supplied into many
golf stores across the country including the Guinness book of records world’s largest golf chain,
Victoria Golf who have over 500 golf stores across the land of the Samurai!

Heat Rub MOVE

A relatively new product for the company is the Heat rub Move, this is aimed at people that want to
stay warm while doing active sport. The product is made with a unique Zerofit LABO material which
is 45% Polypropylene and 6% Polyurethane (balance is polyester), the fabric ensures that sweat is
quickly removed from next to the skin and placed on the outer shell of the garment where it dries
ultra-fast. The big benefit of this product is that ‘cold sweat’ is no longer – we all have suffered from
‘chill’ after doing vigorous exercise in cold conditions. This is the perfect product for someone where
their exertion levels change over a period of time as the garment reacts to different activities
regulating your body temperature and removing moisture.

Zerofit are endorsed in the UK and Ireland by sports by guys like rugby legend Willie John McBride
and five time European Tour winner Michael Hoey and the whole range can be found at , on Amazon or in golf shops across Northern Ireland.
RRP of the Ultimate and MOVE is £50 (€60).

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