Tips Re-Cap

  • WEBB SIMPSON (USA) 12/1 – £10 To Win Bet  
  • BRYSON DECHAMBEAU (USA) 20/1 – £5 EW 4 Places  
  • HENRIK STENSON (SWE) 30/1 – 5 EW 5 Places Betfred 
ALBANY, NEW PROVIDENCE, BAH

 

DECEMBER 4 – 7, 2019

 

The Course

Albany’s 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Ernie Els, combines the best of links and desert features with windswept dunes and numerous scenic and strategically challenging water features. In addition to the par-72, 7,400-yard golf course, Albany features first-class practice facilities including a 400-yard driving range, short game area with chipping and putting greens, and a cutting-edge swing performance center. Albany is also home to the Hero World Challenge, a PGA TOUR tournament featuring a field of the world’s top professionals.

Albany is named after a historic pink Bahamian colonial mansion called Albany House, which was formerly owned by French film maker Jean Chalopin, the creator of the animated television series Inspector Gadget.

Albany House also served as arch villain Dimitrios’ beachfront home in the 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale.

Not really that much value in the market here at the Hero this week. So will only give you two picks who I think could do well and be contender to win.  

Past Results at Albany Golf Course

  • 2018 – Jon Rahm
  • 2017 – Rickie Fowler
  • 2016 – Hideki Matsuyama
  • 2015 – Bubba Watson

WEBB SIMPSON (USA) 12/1 

Very low odds for one of my choices. He has to go in as a win bet here this week, as the other two to really get any value.  

He ticks all the boxes around this resort type venue, key factors of the winners at the course over the years has been. Around the green and putting, he sits inside the top twenty for putting on the PGA Tour this season. Tee to green also very impressive add to that he averages nearly six birdies a round. So, should be going low here this week.  

Out of the other contenders this week around the same odds, I would put him ahead of Tiger, Xander, Cantley and Thomas.  

BRYSON DECHAMBEAU (USA) 20/1

Gaining valuable experience around here is key as you can see by the past winners. Bryson played this course for the first-time last year and by Sunday had got used to the course layout and finished strong with a closing 68 just outside the top ten.   

Jon Rahm will of course be the strong favourite this week, but with odds of 4/1 for an event that has not started yet is a bit of a joke. There are seven players under 12/1 so this is why Bryson goes in for a bit more value at 20/1.  

HENRIK STENSON (SWE) 33/1 

Here is a value bet if ever for this week. If you are looking for a player who matches and ticks all the boxes then Stenson is your outsider bet this week.  

Sky Bet have him at 33/1 paying 4 places.  

He is also playing some of his best golf of late: 

  • Scandinavian – 3rd  
  • BMW PGA – 17th  
  • WGC HSBC – 20th  
  • Nedbank – 17th  
  • DP World Tour – 44th  

My record with him for 2019 is not great, so he is well overdue a good return for me.   

The thing that has impressed the team whist watching him in practice has been the driver, normally we hardly ever see him hitting the big stick. But he is launching it miles and straight if he carries that on during the week, should be a big advantage. 

Tips Re-Cap

  • ROMAIN LANGASQUE (FRA) 20/1 – EW 
  • OLIVER BEKKER (RSA) 80/1 – EW 
  • JACO AHLERS (RSA) 80/1 – EW
  • TAEHEE LEE (KOR) 600/1 – EW
  • LOUIS DE JAGER (RSA) 1ST ROUND LEADER BET 66/1 – 6 PLACES EW   

05 – 08 DEC 2019

Heritage GC, Heritage Bel Ombre, Mauritius

The Course

The Heritage Golf Club is a multi-award winning championship golf course. Located in the southern part of the beautiful island of Mauritius, the course is set on an idyllic piece of land between rolling mountains and the turquoise lagoon of the Indian Ocean. Accompanied by beautiful vistas from every green and tee, it is one of the most spectacular golf courses in Mauritius. The Heritage Golf Club offers a truly exceptional and enjoyable experience of golf in Mauritius for golfers of all handicap levels.

Established in 2004, this 27-hole tropical golf complex was designed by Peter Matkovich and represents a gem amongst Mauritius golf courses. It boasts an 18-hole championship course, a 9-hole Par 3 course, exceptional practice facilities, golf academy, clubhouse, restaurant, and a golf shop. The complex offers five teeing options on each hole, making it the ideal golf resort for golfers of all levels.

Situated between mountains and the sea, the golf course is certainly one of the most beautiful on the island with amazing views of the lagoon on one side and the hills of the Black River Gorges Nature Reserve on the other. The naturally hilly landscape features many lakes, streams and tropical flora, the natural fauna is prolific and includes a wide variety of protected bird species and a family of deer!

Past Results

  • 2018 – Kurt Kitayama
  • 2017 – Dylan Frittelli
  • 2016 – Jenghun Wang
  • 2015 – George Coetzee

ROMAIN LANGASQUE (FRA) 20/1 

He has to win very soon and his first European Tour title is not too far away. How close has he been this year. 20’s did seem a little bit too low for me but one to maybe have a few extra pounds on after your winnings from November.   

  • 2nd Place at the South African Open  
  • 5th Place at the Volvo China Open 
  • 3rd at the Made in Denmark 
  • 6th Place in Keyna  
  • 9th Place in Turkey 

Lots of very good golf on a number of different type courses. He seems to be a creature of habit and if he has played or like’s a course he seems to always deliver.   

Let’s take a look at his performance here back in 2017, played at the Heritage GC. We never really saw him outside the top ten all week, he finished off will a good 67 finishing two shots back from the overall winner.  

    OLIVER BEKKER (RSA) 80/1 

 

This player could be going low here this week. The team caught up with Oliver when he played the Sibaya Challenge on the Sunshine Tour. He said he was so looking forward to Mauritius and loves playing the Heritage. His form right now is not great, last week his weekend rounds was well below par, shooting 80/84.  

In a way that is a good thing for us this week, as we get a much higher price from the bookies. His previous results here: 

  • 2018 – 7th  
  • 2017 – 9th  
  • 2016 – 18th  
  • 2015 – 8th  

Pretty impressive reading and I see no reason why this does not continue this week. Great driver of the ball and gets it out there. I would also like to see a top ten bet here this week.  

    JACO AHLERS (RSA) 80/1 

 

Jaco is another one of those playing most of his golf on the Sunshine Tour. He has won twice already this season with both wins coming quite recently. The Kings Cup he won in September by three strokes and the Vadacom Origins in October by two shots. 

He is a player who is on such a good run at the minute. His last six starts read like this. 

Winner / 21st / 5th / Winner / 25th / 24th  

What with South African golf on such a high right now, I see no reason why Mr Ahlers could be picking up this trophy come Sunday.  

TAEHEE LEE (KOR600/1 

Yes, that is the correct 600/1. Has he got the ability to win this event yes, I reckon so?  

Mainly based on the Asian Tour and currently placed fourth on the Habitat for Humanity Standings, the order of merit for the Asian Tour. With the likes of Jazz, Scott Hend ahead of him in the rankings he has game. Winner back in May beating a strong field. He also had a top thirty a couple of months ago so the game is still there. 

I feel the cut he made at the WGC HSBC was a big milestone for him. He will be coming in with some confidence this week, and on this type of course there could be some upsets. 

Don’t bet your house here a very small wager is in order, if his game is on early doors, he could make the cut, then who knows. A big ask, that is why he is at 600/1 with Sky Bet paying 7 places. 

     

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