Accenture Matchplay Preview & Betting Advice

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Updated: February 22, 2012

Many seasoned golf punters take a break this week, preferring just to watch the action rather than trying to pick a winner in a notoriously difficult event, but not us.

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Many seasoned golf punters take a break this week, preferring just to watch the action rather than trying to pick a winner in a notoriously difficult event, but not us.

Although I would agree that this event can be annoying from a betting perspective, sometimes the draw can throw up some nice each-way bets, and this shall be the main aim this week. With bookmakers paying four places you will see a return on reaching the semi-final, then safe in the knowledge that you will be left with a ‘free’ bet on the winner (if it all goes to plan).

As easy as it sounds, the draw this year has thrown many of the in-form players against each other early, and many of my fancies are drawn together (McIlroy, Garcia, Day and Bradley are all vying for the one semi-final spot) so I shall be staying away from certain groups, namely ‘Gary Player’.

One in-form player who seems to have got one of the easier draws is Martin Kaymer. The former world number one has plenty of matchplay experience from his Ryder Cup days and on paper looks the man to beat in the Ben Hogan Group. At 22/1 we are getting a decent return should he reach the semi’s, at which stage he will probably be around a 7/2 shot (depending on what opposition is left). On paper it looks like a good bet, but then they all do…

Last year’s winner and current world number one, Luke Donald, heads the betting in the ‘Bobby Jones’ group and again, on paper he should give you a run for your money. That said I’m going for an outsider in this group, namely Thomas Bjorn at 70/1. Bjorn will more than likely have to beat Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott before even getting a chance at Donald for a spot in the semi-final (and a pay day for us), but his battling skills and vast matchplay experience might give just him a slight edge over players with less matchplay experience, and with Scott and Johnson both prone to one ‘bad’ round per tournament, Bjorn could easily ruffle a few feathers this week.

Lastly, I’ll also take the 28/1 going for Webb Simpson. Simpson should have an easy enough time of it early on, before having to face Woods or Westwood (probably) for a place in the semi-final, but if he does get this far your 28/1 price will be looking pretty good, even if he is facing an in-form Tiger.

This really is a great event to watch, but with such a difficult format, we shall keep the stakes relatively low.

Running total for February 2011: + 51.5 pts
Running total for 2011: +51.5 pts

Bets this week:

1 pts e/w Martin Kaymer to win @ 22/1 win (1/4 odds, 4 places)

0.5 pts e/w Thomas Bjorn @ 70/1 (1/4 odds, 4 places)

0.5 pts e/w Webb Simpson@ 55/1 (1/4 odds, 4 places)

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