European Open Betting Tips

STRAFFAN, IRELAND - JULY 08: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland tees off on the 18th hole during the final round of the Smurfit Kappa European Open on July 8, 2007 on the Smurfit Course at the K Club in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)The most valuable betting tip is to be as informed as possible about a chosen player and the golf course he will be playing. Professional punters spend many long hours looking at the statistics of each player, and below is a brief rundown of the stats that are all-important to prospective punters.

Player’s Scoring Average

This is a weighted average which takes the stroke average of the entire field into account. It is calculated by adding a player’s total strokes to a specific adjustment, and then dividing by the total rounds played. The adjustment is computed by determining the stroke average of the field for each round played. It is then subtracted from par to create an adjustment per round. The player will accumulate these adjustments for each round he plays in. Not only does this statistic speak volumes of the player’s form, but it also takes into consideration the toughness of the course played.

Player’s Stroke Average

This statistic calculates the average strokes per round for each golfer. As the game of golf is won by the player who plays the least amount of shots per round, this statistic speaks for itself.

Player’s Putting Average

The putting average counts the average putts taken on the greens. It is a relatively well-known fact that some majors are won by either the long-hitters, as is the Masters, or by the most prolific putters, as with the US Open. This statistic will obviously keep punters up to date as to who the most prolific putter of the moment is. Colin Montgomerie, who won the 2007 European Open, is known as an outstanding putter.

Total Driving Class

This statistic takes into consideration both the driving accuracy and the driving distance of each player. As mentioned above, Augusta National, home to the Masters, is traditionally thought to favour the long hitters like Tiger Woods and John Daly. One point to bear in mind is that the further the drive, the less accurate it will be.

European Open Betting Tips: Hot Picks!

We present our selection of ‘hot picks’ for the 2009 European Open:

  1. Ross Fisher – As the defending champion, Ross Fisher is expected to defend his title at the 2009 European Open after beating Sergio Garcia with seven strokes on the Heritage Course.
  2. Colin Montgomerie (Scotland) – the 2007 champion has to remain in contention for the European Open title. He is one of the most prolific players on the European Tour, winning the Order of Merit eight times, seven of which ran consecutively from 1993 – 1999. His 2007 European Open win has hopefully signalled a resurgence in form.
  3. Jose Manuel Lara (Spain) – In 2006 he finished 30th on the Order of Merit, a career best. In the same year he clinched his first European Tour win at the UBS Hong Kong Open. He tied 2nd at the K Club in 2006, tied 6th in 2005 and tied 5th in 2004.
  4. Peter Hanson (Sweden) – In 2007 he finished in the top 20 of the Order of Merit for the first time, and he recorded his best finish at the PGA Championships – tied 23rd. His European Open record stands at: 2007 – T3, 2006 – T9 and 2004 – T4.
  5. Peter O’Malley (Australia) – In his first European Tour event, the 1989 Dubai Desert Classic, he was runner-up to champion, Mark James. He has been in the top 100 on the Order of Merit from 1989 to 2007, and he has won the Scottish Open (1992), the Benson & Hedges International Open (1995) and the Compass Group English Open (2001). He tied 7th in Dublin in 2007 and tied 2nd in 2004.
  6. Anthony Wall (England) – He has made the top 80 on the Order of Merit from 1998 – 2006. In 2000 he won the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa, and in 2006 he was the leading British player at the Open Championships, tying eleventh. At the European Open he tied 3rd in 2007 and tied 2nd in 2006.
  7. Be sure to keep your eye on the other entries 2009 European Open Golf Tournament too: Greg Norman, Michael Campbell, Nick Faldo, Retief Goosen, Ian Woosnam, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Sandy Lyle.