In his weekly golf feature Brent Graham looks to Sportingbet’s unique golf place markets to try and beat the bookie. This week he focuses on the European Tour and the Scottish Open taking place at a new venue The Renaissance Club and links golfers will surely come to the fore.
After joy on the PGA two weeks ago, last week I drew a blank with neither Christiaan Bezuidenhout nor Justin Harding even making the cut. Plenty of pressure then heading into this week especially as The Open is around the corner and I certainly want to have some ammunition to fire at the bookmakers for that one.
BET: 1 Unit Erik van Rooyen Top 10 at 9/2 at Sportingbet (ties paid in full).
Van Rooyen’s form has been a bit erratic of late with 2 missed cuts in his last 3 starts. He did play a Top 20 in between those though and he is well known for his prowess on links courses. I have one eye on him for The Open and I am backing him to tune up well with a Top 10 finish here.
BET: 1 Unit Lucas Bjerregaard Top 10 at 10/1 at Sportingbet (ties paid in full).
Bjerregaard’s game has suddenly dipped after some impressive performances in the Majors earlier this year as well as in the WGC Matchplay where he beat Tiger Woods. He has won on links courses before and is the sort of player who can suddenly pop up with a big result and boy I could use a 10/1 shot arriving right now.
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One of the things I have always enjoyed about Sportingbet is the fact that they pay out ties in their Top 5, Top 10 and in the case of the majors, Top 20 golf betting markets. There have been many times over the years when I have backed a player to finish in the Top 10 and he has ended tie 8th with 6 other players and by the time dead heat rules have been applied it is not uncommon that you actually lose money on the bet. Sportingbet pays out to include ties so in the scenario above I would be paid out in full.