Do you fancy yourself a golf tipster?
This week, a group of us in the YGT office have decided to start putting our hard-earned (and egos) on the line by kicking off a Punters Club.
I can hear bookmakers across the country shuddering in trepidation.
Never fear, we won’t be out to anyone broke. We’ll each contribute a lazy fiver (£5) to the coffers every week for some light ammunition aimed at finding winners on the PGA and European Tours.
You can follow our progress every Wednesday at the 19th Hole Blog.
We want you to join in the fun by posting your tip for Thursday’s WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai. Tell us why, in 50 words or less, you fancy that player to win – and we’ll pick the best response to go head-to-head with our tipsters. If your selection finishes higher than both of our picks, you will win a £50 YGT voucher.
Kicking off our campaign this week will be Oliver Gunning, our resident scratch golfer (who these days talks a better game than he plays it) and Trent Hile, a greenskeeper’s nightmare, but who last week steered YGT readers into Ryan Moore to win the CIMB Classic at the very attractive odds of 35-1.
Oliver writes: “For me Peter Uihlein is one of the most impressive young players in professional golf. Since starring on the US college scene at Oklahoma State, where accolades included the US Amateur in 2010 and also being the top ranked amateur golfer, his decision to start his professional career on the European Tour is not the norm but has born fruits already with his maiden European Tour victory in the Madeira Islands Open. His recent form has seen him propelled to 9th in the Race to Dubai and followed up his 2nd place at the Alfred Dunhill with a tie for 5th at last week’s BMW Masters in China. With length required to take on the 7,266 yard course at Sheshan, I’ll be hoping Uihlein, who averages 307.2 yards off the tee, will be in a position to challenge this week.”
Oliver’s bet: £5 each-way on Peter Uihlein at 35-1 with Bet365 (must run in top five for place dividend return)
Trent writes: “I wrote in my tournament preview this week that I fancied Paul Casey as a big hope at Sheshan and I’d be a mug to look back now. The Englishman has endured a tough few years with injury and losing his PGA Tour card, but he looks to be turning things around this season. Casey has three top-ten finishes this year (including a win at the Irish Open in June) and has missed just four cuts in 22 outings. His GIR stats last week were phenomenal (81.9 percent) en route to a T8 finish at the BMW Masters. So often in this part of the world it can be a matter of horses for courses, and Casey is just that, having finished top-10 at six of his last seven starts at this tournament (including 4th here last year and 6th in 2010). I rate him as a serious contender this week.”
Trent’s bet: £5 each-way on Paul Casey at 28-1 with Bet365
Think you can do better than our YGT punters? Post your tips below for your chance to win a £50 voucher.