The four golfing majors may be over for 2011 but there are still some important tournaments to be played out, particularly on the European tour where the battle for serious prize money continues. September tees off with the Omega European Masters in Crans-Montana, Switzerland and from a betting point of view, there are some very interesting options.
At this time of year, the field can thin out a little as some of Europe’s top golfers concentrate on the PGA tour in the US but there is still a good group of top players lining up in Switzerland this week, including US Open winner Rory McIlroy and world number two Lee Westwood.
At the time of writing, those two players dominate the betting and McIlroy is favourite at 9/1 with BlueSQ while a gamble on Lee Westwood will return a best price of 10/1 with the same outlet.
Other notable bets here include Martin Kaymer at 20/1 with Bet365 and Coral, the in-form Simon Dyson at 34/1 with Unibet and recent winner Thomas Bjorn at 55/1 with Boyle Sports and Bet Fred.
Any of the above names could be very good value for an each way bet, particularly Dyson who has been fairly consistent in Europe this season.
However, as we’ve said many times, gambling on golf is as close as you can get to playing the lottery as far as sports betting is concerned so where is the outsider who will lift the trophy?
British Open Champion Darren Clarke could be a good bet at 70/1 with Boyle Sports while in form Oliver Wilson is extremely good value at 90/1 with ToteSport.
As always, it’s tough to call and on the whole, we prefer each way bets with golf so any of these could offer very good value in Switzerland this week.