Golf Tips for Genesis Open and NBO Oman Open Plus Betting Offers and Free Bets
The action on the PGA and European Tours is split between the established and the brand new this week. While the PGA Tour sees the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy head to the historic Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Open, the European Tour welcomes a brand new tournament, the NBO Oman Open. They’re very different events but both present punters with a chance to land a winning bet or two so let’s see if we can pick out the value options.
Golf Betting Tips and Offers
Before taking an in depth look at the action on the PGA and European Tours, let’s looks back at another contrasting week for the two tours.
It was all about a new approach to golf on the European Tour. A collection of big name European players, Australian stars and top class Asian Tour players headed to Perth for the second instalment of the World Super 6. The hybrid stroke play/match play tournament is proving to be increasingly popular and Kiradech Aphibarnrat produced some stunning golf (including an eagle on the par four, fourth hole in the final) to claim a much deserved win.
In stark contrast, it was all about tradition on the PGA Tour with another stop off in California for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The historic course was all set for a big name winner with Dustin Johnson and Jason Day in prime position on Sunday but Ted Potter Jr. had other ideas. The 34-year-old American and 500/1 shot climbed almost 200 places in the official world rankings by keeping his cool and seeing out an impressive win at perhaps the most recognisable golf courses in the world.
Genesis Open Betting Tips and Preview
Talking about the golfing year ahead, Rory McIlroy said that he hopes to fly a little under the radar at the upcoming US Masters due to the return of Tiger Woods. Woods is the main attraction wherever he plays, that will be the case at Augusta National and at Riviera Country Club, host of this week’s Genesis Open.
Not only did Woods make a solid return to the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines a few weeks ago, the Genesis Open is hosted for the benefit of his charitable foundation. It’s a tournament that he puts a great deal of stock into and yet it’s not a tournament that Tiger’s ever won. It would be a big ask for that to change come Sunday afternoon but you can profit from another good week from Tiger by backing him to finish inside the top 20 at 2/1 with Coral.
Like many of those in the Genesis Open field, Tommy Fleetwood is too young to have competed against Woods in his pomp. The 27-year-old Englishman has played alongside Tiger more recently though at the Hero World Challenge. Fleetwood may privately have to pinch himself that he’s playing alongside the best players in the world but that’s a group that he very much belongs in.
Fleetwood has shown glimpses of his best form to American crowds and can wow those who make the trip to Riviera this week. He certainly looks to be well matched to the classic course. Alongside his best mate and caddie, Ian Finnis, Fleetwood will have a solid game plan to tackle this strategic layout. He also has the top class ball striking required to hit these tricky greens while his putting continues to improve.
Everything looks set for yet another huge week in the golfing career of Tommy Fleetwood so back him to win the Genesis Open at 30/1 with Coral.
NBO Oman Open Betting Tips and Preview
The NBO Oman Open is technically a brand new event to the European Tour but it’s a little more complicated than that. The host venue, Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, has played host to five Challenge Tour events. That includes the last three season ending NBO Golf Classic Grand Finals and several of the last few year’s leading protagonists are in the field for this week’s event.
It feels a little like the tournament has won a promotion to the big leagues more than it being a completely new event but it’s certainly new for the majority of those competing.
Those making their first appearance at Al Mouj will be expecting a coastal, links style course. That’s how the Greg Norman designed venue is described and while it has plentiful bunkers and is exposed to the elements, it’s far from a traditional links. Moreover, the weather forecast suggests little in the way of punishing wind so the class of player competing at the NBO Oman Open could take full advantage of the wide fairways and large greens awaiting them.
This is set to be a real birdie fest which should play into the hands of Alex Levy. The early bookies’ favourite loves a course at which he can play aggressive golf and he certainly should be considered at 16/1 with Coral. However, the value may well lie with Scott Hend at 80/1 with Betfred.
The hard working Australian missed the cut last time out at the Maybank Championship but will be revitalised after a relatively rare week off. He’s won at a variety of courses around the world and especially enjoys a course at which he can utilise his driving prowess.
Few players at Al Mouj will match Hend for pure distance off the tee. That stands him in good stead at a course that has par fives which are reachable in two and par fours that vary significantly in length. Hend can be erratic at times so rather than betting on him to win, back him each way.
Other each way options worth considering this week are the improving Jamie Donaldson (80/1 with Coral) and the classy Chris Wood (90/1 with Betfred).