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Here are our golf betting tips for the McGladrey Classic 2013, the PGA tour gets back into its stride following a week off for the WGC event in China, won by Dustin Johnson.  We secured 50/1 places in that event in both outright and first round leader markets, how will we go this week?

The McGladrey Classic 2013

Venue & History

The beautiful links Seaside course at the Sea Island Golf Club, Georgia, is the venue for this week’s PGA Tour event. The course itself was originally opened in 1929, but was adapted and developed in 1999 by architect Tom Fazio. The winds at the southern tip of St. Simon’s Island can whip across the tidal creeks, which can make for a stern golfing test.  With some memorable bunkering and some difficult greens, sensible shot making will be at a premium this week. At just over 7,000 yards and with a par of 70, the Seaside course certainly isn’t one of the longest on the Tour schedule, but the weather conditions can more than play a part at this picturesque location.

The inaugural event was organised by Davis Love III and Zach Johnson in 2010. Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey earned his first PGA Tour victory in last year’s event after carding a course record 60 in the final round. Gainey held off a strong challenge from veteran David Toms to claim the $990,000 winner’s cheque. Expect another close contest this week in Georgia, as the winning margin has never been more than one shot, which includes a play off in 2011 between Ben Crane and Webb Simpson.

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Previous winners

2012 – Tommy Gainey (-16)

2011 – Ben Crane (-15)

2010 – Heath Slocum (-14)

 

72 hole record: 264 (-16) – Tommy Gainey (2012)

18 hole record: 60 (-10) – Tommy Gainey (2012)

 

Selections

David Toms – EW at 50/1 (Coral) Open a new Coral account by clicking this link and get a free £50 bet.

David finished 2nd last year with a final round 63, only to be pipped at the post by a magnificent 60 from Tommy Gainey. Length is something you wouldn’t associate David with in the slightest, averaging just over 277 yards last year on Tour, ranking him 162nd. He’s normally fairly accurate from the tee, finding the short stuff just about 66% of the time last season. The Seaside course only measure just over 7,000 yards in length, so distance off the tee shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the shorter guys in the field. If he is in contention on Sunday, David will certainly be one to watch out for as he was 6th in final round scoring in the 2013 season, averaging 69.38. He has only played one tournament so far this season, finishing T36 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, but did shoot 3 rounds in the 60’s. He did hit 86% of greens that week, so if he continues that from on a course which he knows he suits, he could well be in line for a decent result.

 

Boo Weekley – EW at 33/1 (William Hill) Open a new William Hill account by clicking this link and get a free £25 bet.

Fresh off a T11 finish at WGC HSBC Champions last week, Boo looks to be finding continuing with the form from last season, which saw him finish 12th in the FedEx Cup standings. Boo has struggled to string performances together since a stellar 2008 year, where he shot to prominence in the Ryder Cup. However, after a win and a handful of top 10s last season, he finally seems to be rediscovering some form. He was 7th in total driving and 6th (69.39%) in greens in regulation in 2013 season, statistics which bode well for a short and potentially tricky course. Ranking inside the top 10 for both total eagles and total birdies, Boo certainly doesn’t shy away from some low scores. His trouble in the past has been with the short stick, but if he can get it going on the greens this week, look for him to be challenging come the back 9 on Sunday.

 

Jeff Overton – EW at 40/1 (Winner SPORTS) Open a new Winner account by clicking this link and get a free £25 bet.

Jeff will look to build on a promising start to the season this week in Georgia, in search of his first PGA Tour win. With two T16 and a T9 finish in his first three events this season, there is a marked improvement on last season’s erratic performances, which saw him produce just two top 25 finishes. His all-around ranking so far this season puts him 18th on Tour, compared to 93rd in the 2013 season. This shows that he’s driving the ball much better, and finding more greens. This is backed up with his efforts with the putter. He is 2nd for total eagles and 6th for total birdies so far this season, and is ranked 1st in par 4 performance. He seems to be doing the basics right at the moment, and if he can string another four good rounds together this week, he could well be good value for an each way finish.

 

Webb Simpson – Win at 10/1 (Sporting Bet) Open a new Sporting Bet account by clicking this link and get a ‘Risk Free’ £50 bet.

Webb has started just one even this year, which he happened to win. His win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last month was a performance which many will be taking note of. He made just four bogeys all week, and shot no worse than 67 for his four rounds. Although 2013 wasn’t an outstanding season by all accounts, he only missed 4 cuts in the 25 events that he entered, and racked up 15 top 25s. Webb has only been pro for five years, but seems to have a wise old head on those 28 year old shoulders. He already has a Major under his belt, winning the US Open at The Olympic Club in 2012, and along with Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, is definitely one of, if not the favourite this week. He knows this place well, having lost in a playoff to Ben Crane in 2011. He’s had almost three weeks off since the Shriners, but will be looking to continue his strong start to the season in Georgia. If he’s on the leaderboard come Sunday afternoon, don’t be surprised if he mounts a charge on the leaders. He was 10th in final round scoring average last season, and many of the field won’t want to see a Major champion breathing down their necks.

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