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Newsletter 10

It is getting close to that time of year when my mind starts to focus on getting some antepost bets on the golf in the bag with the remaining three Majors being played on the following dates US Open June 14-17 Olympic Club

Open Championship July 19-22 Royal Lytham & St Annes

US PGA August 9-12 Kiawah Island

I guess the main question is when to have a bet and when to wait? The problem we have at the moment is that with the exception of Paddy Power and Bodog books offer the standard five places for each way bets (the two mentioned offer six) but we know that closer to the off they will probably all offer at least six and some as high as eight. History has taught me that if you are backing at the top of the market I would wait to pull the trigger. With the exception of Tiger Woods I would say that any performance between now and the start of these tournaments is unlikely to result in a massive price movement for those near the head of the market. Often as well you will find bookmakers falling over themselves to get players “in the book” at slightly longer prices nearer to tee off and offer the enhanced place options as well.

With the longer priced players it can often be of benefit (providing you can get on!) in taking early prices once a player starts to hit form especially when they have a pedigree which suits a certain Major. I struck my first Open bet a few weeks ago when Simon Dyson looked like he was going to run away with the Spanish Open on the Sunday morning. I took what was available at 180/190 on the Exchanges and backed him each way at 125/1. In the end he sadly faltered but his price has certainly not lengthened and I remain confident that with his Links pedigree if he gets another win he will not be starting at a three figure price.

One other question which came to mind when considering an antepost bet is – which tournament is easier to get a handle on? In the past I have always said the Masters is easier to bet antepost on as the field is more or less set and they play the same course. I have had very little success in the event over the years (especially antepost) and I guess maybe the answer is obvious – if everything is there for all to see then the bookmakers can see as well – there is nothing hidden. So when you are looking for those antepost bets on the other three Majors look a little deeper and try and find a hidden piece of information, I know I will be over the next few months!

 
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