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The Valero Texas Open kicks off today and with it comes the final chance for many to play themselves into form ahead of the Masters which starts next week. The event in Texas this week will be without some of the biggest names in golf as the likes of Rory Mcilroy and Scottie Scheffler prepare behind closed doors for the first major of the year.
Matt Kuchar is one of the favourites to win the tournament this week with the 44-year-old needing victory in Texas to qualify for the Masters next week. On day one he is playing alongside Matt Wallace and Nicolas Echavarria who are both ranked outside the top 100 in the world.
Kuchar was once one of the best golfers on the planet and has enjoyed something of a mini-resurgence over the past couple of months. He has enjoyed four top-ten finishes already this season and he is playing better than both Wallace and Echavarria.
Unlike Kuchar, Francesco Molinari has already secured his place at the Masters next week so is playing the Valero Open to try and play himself into some form ahead of the biggest event of the season so far. On day one, he is playing alongside Padraig Harrington and Lucas Glover.
While Harrington has enjoyed some decent results in recent times, Molinari is by far the best player in this 3-ball and should come out on top if he plays at his best level on Thursday.
Ten years ago, Rickie Fowler was considered one of the best young players in golf and many predicted that he would one day win multiple major championships. In the past, he has finished second at the Masters, US Open and British Open and third at the PGA Championship.
In recent years, however, his form has fallen off a cliff and he found himself outside the world’s top 100 last year. This season, he is working his way back into form and enjoyed a match play victory over Jon Rahm at the WGC-Dell Match Play last week. In addition to that, he has enjoyed positive results at some of the biggest tournaments of 2023 to date including top-ten finishes at the Phoenix Open and Farmers Insurance Open.
On day one in Texas, he is playing in arguably the strongest 3-ball alongside Hideki Matsuyama and JJ Spaun. Like Kuchar, Fowler needs a win to qualify for the Masters and he will be putting everything into it.
These odds were correct at the time of writing. We recommend checking with the bookmaker before placing the bet.
Our coverage of golf includes various events across different tours. With the launch of LIV Golf last year, we are providing more free golf tips and predictions than ever before.
Like many individual sports, there are different levels of tournaments in golf with all of them offering different prizes and ranking points. Here are the events that we cover:
Golf has four major championships which occur in consecutive months from April – July. The first major on the calendar is the Masters in April, followed by the PGA Championship in May, the US Open in June and the British Open in July. Expect plenty of tips and predictions ahead of, and during, each of these prestigious events.
The PGA Tour is the biggest golf tour on the planet and historically the most prestigious. There is typically at least one PGA Tour event every week from September – August although only certain events will attract the best players. These events are known as “designated” events and they are exclusively for the best-performing golfers on the tour and boast the largest prize money.
The DP World Tour is the second-biggest golf tour on the planet and typically features the best European golfers in the world. The best players on the DP World Tour events are also allowed to compete on the PGA Tour which ensures the best Europeans aren’t constantly lost to the bright lights of the USA. We will cover the most prestigious events on the DP World Tour, otherwise known as their Rolex Series events.
LIV Golf is a whole new entity that launched in 2021. Its first full season came in 2022 and the Saudi-backed tour offers players the opportunity to play in smaller fields, over fewer days for more money. Players who have defected to this tour have been suspended from the PGA Tour but we will still be offering tips on each of its 12 events this season.
The Ryder Cup takes place every two years and sees the best European golfers take on the best American golfers over three days of match-play action. It is arguably the best spectacle in golf and we will be offering predictions and tips in the build-up to the 2023 edition in Rome in September.
Golf doesn’t have as many betting markets as sports such as Tennis and Football but even the main outright markets offer fantastic value due to the sheer number of players in a typical tournament. Here are some of the markets that you can expect to see us predict:
This is the market where you back the winner of an entire tournament. The best value is usually found before a tournament starts although we will also be offering in-play tips on this market when available.
This market is where you back a player to finish a certain round on top of the leaderboard. Most tournaments have four rounds of action so there will be plenty of tips relating to this market.
After two rounds of golf, the bottom half of the field is “cut” and sent home. Some bookmakers offer odds on who is going to make the cut, especially on day two of an event. If we believe there is value, we will offer tips on this market.
Most of the time, three players will play alongside each other at a golf tournament. While these players won’t be directly playing against each other, some bookmakers offer odds on who will do the best out of each 3-ball. It can be a fun market to bet on, particularly if you enjoy following a certain group when watching golf.
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