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Newsletter 15

I guess some of you might have read this but Curious About Golf  asked me to write an article based on an average week in my life betting on golf. I have copied it below so you can gain an insight into how my week progresses

My week actually “starts” at the weekend following leaderboards. I‘m not just looking at how that week’s bets are going, but also keeping an eye on who I might want to back next week. I make a list of which events are being played the following week and re-read what I have written in years gone by.
This week, with no PGA Tour event scheduled, things are going to be a little quieter but I like the look of Bernd Wiesberger in the Italian Open because he has just finished two good weeks in Switzerland and Holland, on courses he has never played well on before. I also think Tommy Fleetwood is coming into form. This prompts me to leave some money on Betfair. It’s often the case that big prices are matched overnight on Sunday and I hope it happens with this pair.

First job is to see whether I have been matched on Betfair, but sadly no joy as people are taking far shorter prices on the Austrian than I would like. Despite thinking he has a great chance I simply have to pass. His decent finish from last season in Italy has obviously been spotted and golf betting prices are often a bit like 0% interest deals – everything is built into the price!
With the Austrian out of the running I wait for the bookmakers’ prices to come out around 1 pm which gives me time to look in greater depth and explore other avenues. In the end I just back Tommy Fleetwood and start looking at other tournaments.

I notice Robert Rock has the best record at Royal Park (the Italian Open venue) so ask myself where else he plays well? Leopard Creek is the obvious answer and, with a quick look at pictures of the course, it’s easy to see why because the courses are very similar – this leads me towards South African Garth Mulroy who won on that course in November. As a winner around the world I am surprised to see 200/1 available and have a bet hoping he can replicate his form on this week’s course.

I often bet in small events but will only actually publish a tip if three or more bookmakers get involved. Having looked at the Taiwanese event on the Asian Tour, where I know only two books will price up, I have small bets on top locals Wen-Tang Lin and Wen-Teh Lu at 125/1 and 66/1.

I do tip on the tour (because usually at least seven books price it up) and that’s my next port of call. I really like the look of Peter Tomasulo who has some great course form. Initially I am put off by the lack of recent form but a Twitter search reveals that he shot the magical 59 in a charity event at his home course on Saturday so he goes on the list! I will have to wait a day to see what prices I can actually get on at.

My attention then turns to the last major of the year, the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Hoylake, and with poor weather forecast it’s time to look for course form. I make the fatal error of Google searching “British Amateur Girls”. I rapidly add the word “Golf” before the wife looks over my shoulder!

Before the day is out I add Raphael Jacquelin to Fleetwood and Mulroy in the Italian Open, and for good measure add a few small bets on local lad Domenico Geminiani.

This is usually the day when I manage to get my bets on all the smaller tours so bets are placed on Tomasulo and local player Troy Merritt in the Boise Open and small bets on Carly Booth and Caroline Hedwall in the Women’s British.
I suddenly notice I have a lot of new Twitter followers and closer inspection reveals that Ben Coley of SportingLife has mentioned that I do well on the tour. Hopefully him singing my praises will reap a reward!

In the afternoon it is time to put some flesh on the bare bones and provide some insight for the betting blog as to how I actually arrived at the weeks selections.

A quiet day that starts by loading up the leaderboards with an element of trepidation. It’s a mixed bag. In Asia Lin lies fourth but it is bad news from Hoylake as Hedwall is already five-over. Time to write that one off. As the day progresses things are looking good in Italy with Mulroy having a cracking start. Hopes are raised for the next three days.

I open up the leaderboards to discover that play is suspended at both Hoylake & Taiwan! Another quiet day, watching a bit of golf when possible.

They are not having much luck in Taiwan as a typhoon hits – it will be a Monday finish now.

We now come full circle and I am looking at next week already. I will not be touching the PGA’s Tour Championship as prices have been set for a week and there is a limited field of just 30 top players (battling it out for an obscene amount of money). There is nothing in Europe so I will just have the Challenge, and LPGA Tours.

Switching back to this week’s events, Mulroy takes a one shot lead into the final round in Italy and it’s nice to read in his interview that I was pretty much spot on.
“I said on the first day the course reminds me a lot of a South African course,” said the 34 year old, who almost holed his approach to the 13th. “The trees, the shape, and the ball goes a little further too.”

Fingers crossed for tomorrow – as I have backed him at 250/1 on Betfair as well. It is time to use that money to trade, trying to lock in a profit, so bets are left up for the following day’s play

A day of highs and lows as I lay Mulroy at 5/1 and then at Evens but it is not to be as he keeps pulling the ball to the left and ultimately pays the penalty on the 17th. It is frustrating as he only has Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano to beat, but he holes everything all day. But it is still a very profitable week.

A quick postscript: Lin finishes tied fourth in the weather-delayed Taiwanese event to add to the profits for the week and I now sit here waiting for the bookmakers to get their fingers out and price up the small tours for the week. It might be some time!
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