Edwin Huxley - Tuesday 03.12.13, 18:40pm
Rory McIlroy pipped Adam Scott to win the Australian Open and claim his first tournament victory of 2013, with the Northern Irishman clinching the victory on the final hole at Royal Sydney. After a season in which he has failed to produce anything like his best golf, McIlroy was delighted to have recorded a tournament win before the end of the year.
After starting the tournament as the strong favourite with Betfair.com, home-favourite Scott looked on course to win the Australian ‘Triple Crown’ by holding onto his lead during the final round. While McIlroy produced some impressive golf in Sydney, it was Scott who looked to be on his way to victory up until the dying moments of the tournament.
Despite a wobbly few moments on the back-nine that may have worried those who backed the Aussie with Betfair before the tournament, Scott managed to keep McIlroy at bay up until the 18th which he begun a shot clear of the former world number one. A club selection error on the final hole of the tournament saw Scott finish with a bogey while watching McIlroy notch up a birdie to steal the title from under the Aussie’s nose.
The Northern Irishman was obviously relieved to have secured the victory, admitting he had targeted winning a title before the end of a tough year.
“To be able to play your best golf when you need to, when you’re under pressure, you can’t ask for more. The perfect scenario was to achieve a win before the end of the season and thankfully I have done that,” admitted the world number six.
With the monkey now off his back before the end of the 2013, McIlroy will be able to head into the new season with some genuine belief that he can get himself back up the rankings and in the minds of Betfair customers ahead of the Masters.
Edwin Huxley - Tuesday 12.11.13, 08:18am
Golf has been synonymous with betting for most of its history. There are not shortage of variations for golfers wanting to bet on the outcome of their game from the venerable Nassau to countless of more esoteric wagering formats. While betting among golfers is old news there’s another form of golf betting that has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years—betting on professional golf tournaments at Las Vegas sports books.
At first consideration golf would appear to be a poor fit for sports betting enthusiasts. The pace of the game is ‘leisurely’ at best with many considering it downright boring. A tournament takes several days to determine the outcome. It’s the antithesis of fast moving and popular betting sports like basketball or football. Despite all of this, golf betting is one of the fastest growing betting sports in Nevada sports books. It’s popularity now rivals—if not exceeds—long established betting sports like baseball and hockey.
So what makes golf such an attractive sport for sports betting? Statistics—and plenty of them. There’s a wide assortment of metrics that allow handicappers to evaluate golfers, courses and most importantly how individual golfers perform at specific courses or types of courses. In addition to the availability of analytical data golf is a very ‘formful’ sport yet one in which players can go on ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ streaks. There are plenty of tournaments featuring hundreds of golfers every week which creates a myriad of betting opportunities.
There are two primary types of golf wagering. The first is a ‘to win’ wager on the individual tournament. This is definitely the most simple form of golf betting in which the bookmaker quotes odds to win on all golfers entered in a tournament. The bettor selects which golfer(s) he wants to back and if ‘his’ player wins he cashes a bet.
The other common golf bet is the head to head matchup. In a matchup bet, a sportsbook will pair up two golfers and quote moneyline odds on each. The golfer that finishes with the best score wins the matchup. Matchups are posted on the entire tournament as well as each individual round. Many people like to bet on golf due to the simplicity in lines presented to users. For a full list of golf sportsbook reviews, you can take a look at the list on Sports Betting Pal.
There are other proposition wagers offered to golf bettors at some sports books. Players can bet on the nationality of a winning player, whether or not he’ll make the cut, whether he’ll finish above or below par and many other elements of the sport.
At North American sportsbooks it’s almost inevitable that Tiger Woods will be heavily bet for any tournament in which he’s entered. ‘Sharp’ golf bettors look for other players that offer better returns on investment or who might not be as familiar to the casual fan or recreational bettor.
Edwin Huxley - Monday 14.10.13, 18:51pm
Unlike the uniform clothing of sports such as tennis and cricket, golf is one sport that combines fashion with function when it comes to playing clothes. Over the years, golf clothing and fashion has evolved from simply clothes that protect the wearer from weather on the course to clothes that offer a personal statement of style as well as individuality. Even with today’s use of technical fabrics such as Gore-Tex, there still remains that all-important element of unique style.
Back in the 1700s and 1800s, golfers played in knee length-breeches which they wore with tail coats, this emphasis on looking smart and playing smart still stands today. During the early 1900s, golf earned the reputation of being a sport for gentlemen, and conservative playing clothes of long trousers, morning jackets and ties were popular playing attire of the Victorian age.
During the two world wars, golfers began experimenting with their golf clothes – it was at this time that a more casual playing look became favourable, with players opting to wear sleeved shirts rather than suit jackets. It was this playing era that the bow tie became a popular accessory.
The focus on casual clothing continued during the 50s and 60s when relaxed khaki trousers and polo shirts became staple golf wear.
The 70s and 80s brought the arrival of golf wear in bright colours and patterns – this period also marked the arrival of the funky golf trousers (patterned, checked or bright trousers that remain popular even today). Leading golfers such as Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros led the trend in wearing vibrant colours on the green and golfers around the world followed suit by opting for golf wear such as bright orange sweaters, bold pink socks and eye-catching blue polo shirts.
It was the turn of the 21st century that sports brands started to take focus in golf wear. The world’s most successful golfers are frequently seen wearing brands such as Oscar Jacobson, Callaway, Galvin Green, Nike and Adidas. While offering comfortable and functional fits and materials, these brands still pay tribute to the golf wear of the past through creating eye-catchingly bright polo shirts, funky golf trousers and even smart golf wear to ensure players always look the part on the course.
To keep on top of the latest golf trends, visit online golf clothing store Function18.
Edwin Huxley - Monday 14.10.13, 18:19pm
In January, Golfplan Insurance and its parent company, Canopius announced their sponsorship of the PGA Pro Captain Challenge, one of the most significant club events on the calendar. Having completed the 10 UK Regional Finals, the event will conclude at the phenomenal PGA Sultan Course at Antalya Golf Club in Turkey on the 21st and 22nd of November.
The PGA Pro Captain Challenge has traditionally been amongst the most popular events. Since the early 1990’s finalists from Wentworth would endeavour to watch the final day of the PGA Championships, before competing in their own final over the same course played by Europe’s elite the following day. After a six-year break off the calendar, the Challenge returned in 2004 as the International Pro Captain Challenge.
In 2013, the announcement of Golfplan International Golf Insurance as main sponsor in a three-year deal ushered in an exciting new era for the Challenge. Under it’s parent company, Canopius Golfplan is a formidable force with an eminent reputation amongst golfers with its wide-ranging cover across an extensive variety of golf-related liabilities.
PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones said: “I am delighted that Golfplan has demonstrated its commitment to the game at club and professional level by agreeing to become the new sponsor of the PGA Pro-Captain Challenge which is one of our best events, bringing together our members and their club professionals. Golfplan is a very welcome addition to our family of sponsors and we look forward to a successful relationship.”
The event’s finale will be held at the truly remarkable PGA Sultan Course, which tests the very best of golfers with its par 71, 6,477-metre challenge. Created by David Jones and the European Golf Design, it is seamlessly blended into the local forest environment, without sacrificing any of its competitive level.
On the exciting new era introduced with this partnership, Roger Harvey, Managing Director of Golfplan, commented: “We are delighted to be the sponsors of the PGA Pro-Captain Challenge. With the backing and financial strength of Canopius, we are firmly committed to growing the Golfplan brand.
This sponsorship is an ideal step in establishing closer relationships with golf professionals and club members to ensure that our superior insurance products are readily available to match our golfing customers’ needs.”
Terry Lane - Monday 07.10.13, 21:54pm
With such a long hot summer drawing to a close, there’s been plenty of time for golf this year. Courses throughout the UK have been lush and busy throughout. So like me you may have managed to play a round or three at many of your local golf courses; some for the first time, and others with more regular visits. We’re pretty lucky here in the south-east corner of England as Kent, Essex and Surrey are full of great golf courses to play, including some fantastic pay and play courses. But if you were looking for a weekend getaway or golf holiday abroad that’s not going to break the bank or take too long, then why not consider golf break in France?
Kent is the closest point in the UK to France with its ferry terminals and Channel tunnel. There are plenty of fine courses waiting for British golfers on the other side of the English Channel. But for something a little more adventurous, why not take a ferry from Portsmouth or Poole to one of the French Atlantic ports, situated on the French west coast.
The French Atlantic Ports includes Le Havre, Rouen-Honfleur, Cherbourg, St Malo, Brest, Lorient, Nantes-St Nazaire, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Bayonne-Saint Jean de Luz; and part of their beautiful countryside is a wealth of beautiful golf courses, all of which welcome tourists and golf lovers, alike.
Cherbourg is very close to the Channel Islands and hosts many golf courses including the Golf De Cherbourg which is probably one of the most beautiful nine holes you will find in the whole of Normandy. The course is relatively short (5686m) and very flat. The fairways are long and narrow with small beautifully kept greens. The Golf De Cherbourg is close to the ferry terminal and therefore an obvious place to visit. But Cherbourg has other courses that are well worth a visit. Why not book a round at the nearby18 hole Golf de la Presqu’île du Cotentin or the Golf de la Côte des Isles?
For those planning a longer stay there is Golf de Coutainville and Golf d’Omaha Beach further along the coastlines or the lovely Golf Centre Manche further inland. This beautiful part of France is truly beautiful and loves its golf. So I can’t really think of any good reasons not to book Brittany Ferries golf holidays and enjoy the beautiful French cuisine, culture and play a few rounds. Can you?