New year, new you?
We’re not quite there yet, but the 2019 European Tour tees off in Hong Kong on Wednesday night GMT ahead of the World Cup of Golf in Australia and the Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson pantomine in Las Vegas.
Iain McLoughlin was the big winner last week with Abraham Ancer’s victory in Australia and has gone for Shubhankar Sharma @ 33/1 as his main bet while Steve Palmer has opted for England’s finest Matthew Fitzgerald at little closer to the top of the market @ 11/1.
Steve Palmer: This course is made for Matt Fitzpatrick, finished third as a Euro Tour rookie in 2015 and he’s a straight and accurate from the tee. Comes here fresh and the 24-year-old has five Tour wins in Europe. Jason Scrivener looks a fair price to become the third winning Aussie on the bounce and at 28/1 with Paddy paying the first 7 places. Finished alongside Fitzpatrick in 2015 when a rookie also and backed that up when 10th in 2016.
Iain McLoughlin: Shubhanakar Sharma was primed for a top 10 finish last week but shot a final round in the 80’s to drop down the leaderboard to finish 41st. He won the Jo’burg Open last December and won in Malaysia in February. His tenth here on debut last season is an eye-catching piece of form and is suited by a test on a tight track.
Phil Mickelson bet $100k that he’ll birdie the first hole during The Match. Tiger doubled it.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 20, 2018
In the World Cup Of Golf Steve think home advantage will give Team Australia victory while Team Spain are floating Iain’s boat in Melbourne.
Both are more or less agreed that it could be closer than the odds suggest with Phil Mickelson causing an upset in the match-play format.