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GOLF: WGC Bridgestone Championship by John Sharp

Sport Tipster: "We would like to welcome the addition of John Sharp as our weekly Golfing expert. John is very knowledgable is this sport so hopefully he can help us all pick out some big winners for the impending tournaments".

My main goal is to find value golfers normally 50/1 plus, but if I feel that a low odd or favourite is in my opinion a sure thing I will still put a bet on. I also sell finishing positons via a spread betting company (I find www.sportingindex.com quite good) Spread betting is very simple. It's the old saying of buy low sell high... however I'm just doing it the other way round by selling high (quoted finishing position, say 45 – 47) then buying low, which happens automatically at the players final position on Sunday. As an example, last week in the RBC Canadian Open Retief Goosen was being quoted at 45 – 47. I sold the 45's at £5 per point on the basis he has made several cuts in a row and thus back to decent form. Retief finished 15th. So I effectively bought him back at 15's.. that's (30x£5) £150 profit.

Now onto this week's tournaments – with the WGC Event at Firestone, Ohio this week there is no main European tour golf and just the secondary PGA tour event called the Barracuda Championship.

WGC Bridgestone Championship has been held on the same course since its inception. Tiger by far has the best course form – winning 5 out the 11 times its been played, but I'm happy to disregard him this week and probably for a for another few weeks too due to his recent injuries and lack of form.. I hope I'm not eating my words come Sunday but I feel, for now, he has certainly lost his shine. It's a long beast of a course over 7,400 yards with a par of 70, designed by Bert Wray back in 1928 with its wide fairways a premium is on iron pay as the greens are somewhat small. Only Quality players win here.

Two players that I see huge value in this week are Jimmy Walker and Mark Leishman. Who are 69/1 and 94/1 respectively on Betfair.

Jimmy Walker: This will be Jimmy's first look at Firestone so with lack of course form he is further down the betting list for most bookies.. however he is top of the Fedex cup with 3 wins this season with 15 top 25's in his 21 tournaments played. He's a very classy player and showed he can play new courses when he was t4th in birdies made (19) in the British Open last week. I think he's well worth backing at 69/1 and more to the point he's certainly worth selling on the spread where he is quoted as finishing 32 – 35.

Mark Leishman: Hitting form... 5th at the open and 8th 2 weeks before that means he is peaking nicely – the only reason he is 94/1 is due to the lack of course form. In a field of 76 players 94/1 for an in form player like Leishman deserves to be taken. He, like Jimmy is 32 – 35 on the spreads and its worth selling the 32's.

Adam Scott: As a none value player but one I think is hitting the ball amazing at the moment is Adam Scott... He will be hurt with not getting really close to Rory at Hoylake. His Slow start is to be ignored as had the slightly worse side of the draw. He is world number 1 and will want to respond to Rory's win and with a win and good course form at firestone I think he is still worth backing at  11/1.

Onto the Barracuda Championship which uses the modified stableford format. It's a Par 72, 7,472 yards long Jack Nicklaus designed course which always gives up a lot of birdies. Birdie machines will go well here.

Just going with one bet in this tournament – Retief Goosen: He's made 8 cuts in a row – the former 2 time Major winner is regaining some of his old form and by finishing 15th last week at a course he hadn't much form on means him teeing it up for the first time at this event is almost irrelevant.. when you are playing well you are playing well. And as all the top guys are at the WGC it means he has even more of a chance. He's 40/1 with most bookies and I will be selling him on the spread (37 – 40) at 37's.

All the best!

Sharpie

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