Heading into the 2014 calendar season, several gaming options are available for savvy bettors to get the best of the number.
According to Ladbrokes.com, Tiger Woods is the outright betting favorite to capture the PGA Tour Money List title. Woods, coming off a five-win season, is the big favorite at 6-to-4 odds especially being World No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson are second best at 12-1 odds, but consider the value of a player like Masters champion Adam Scott (14-1) or U.S. Open winner Justin Rose (20-1). Rose and Scott both played well into the fall/winter season in worldwide starts in Australia, Asia and Dubai.
Matt Kuchar, 7th ranked in the world, won twice in 2013 including the WGC-Accenture Match Play title and the Memorial Tournament en route to finishing third on the Money List. He contended in fall events and seems to be trending in the right direction. At 25-1, he’s worth a wager.
Across the pond, the European Tour’s Race To Dubai futures includes McIlroy as the top pick at 5-1.
Rory won the Race to Dubai in 2012 during his banner season and rise to World No. 1, but is coming off a down season. He did win late in 2013, but be careful of Boy Wonder, who is streaky at best.
Look at player who plans to compete in more events on the tour than in the U.S. like Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn. At a 20-1 selection, the Dane is a great value pick especially considering he leads the Race to Dubai at the moment.
For a higher-profile player (certainly someone who will need to win a major and some higher-profile titles on the European Tour), take a look at Charl Schwartzel (16-1), who should bounce back in 2014. He is finding his game again, but needs to start closing out wins.
For a longer shot, take England’s Luke Donald. He won the title two years ago and should find his stride in 2014 with his new swing. The former World No. 1 is a great pick at 33-1.
Other Golf News:
- Bernhard Langer, at 2 ½-1 odds, is the favorite to win the money title on the Champions Tour in 2014. Langer is just ahead of Kenny Perry, who won it in 2013, and Freddie Couples (6-1). Hall of Famer Vijay Singh is a value pick at 25-1, but his bouncing back-and-forth between PGA Tour and Champions Tour may hurt his chances.
- Davis Love III is expected to compete some on the Champions Tour in 2014 after turning 50. He is a long-shot selection to win the money list title at 50-1.
- There are tri-favorites at Ladbrokes to win the LPGA Tour Money List in 2014 including Rolex Ranking No. 1 Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen and Stacy Lewis. All three are 3 ½-1 selections. Lydia Ko, playing in her first full season as a tour member, is a 10-1 pick.
- Take an under-the-radar look at Wales’ Jamie Donaldson in 2014 on the European Tour. A 33-1 to pick to win the money title, the 26th-ranked Donaldson finished 5th in the Race To Dubai standings to cap off 2013.