GolfSixes Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 5th May 2018

The European Tour know that they have to do things differently faced with competing against the might of the PGA Tour. Keith Pelley and his team at Wentworth have been experimenting with innovative formats and tournaments to attract new fans to the game. Golf Sixes is one such tournament and it makes its return this week after an encouraging debut last year.

GolfSixes is a pairs tournament which takes place (you’ve guessed it) over six holes instead of 18. The match play tournament begins with a round robin on Saturday before knockout ties decide the winner on Sunday. The calibre of player taking part has improved for this second year. The South African pair of George Coetzee and Haydn Porteous look particularly strong and it would be no surprise to see them triumph on Sunday.

Top Tips

South Africa @ 8/1

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Course Info

GolfSixes is held at the exclusive Centurion Club in St Albans, Hertfordshire. It was only opened in 2013 but is already viewed as one of the best courses in the area thanks to a strategic design capable of testing players of all abilities. A special six hole loop has been crafted for Golf Sixes which includes two tricky par threes, a couple of very long par fours and two par fives which will should be reachable in two for the longer hitters.

2017’s victorious team, the Danish pairing of Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjorn Olesen, showed that a certain amount of power is beneficial at the six hole course. The greensomes format allows players a fair amount of freedom with their tee shots so those who can give it a rip on the longer holes should gain strokes on the field throughout the week.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
Centurion Club St Albans, Hertfordshire 2,335 Yards €1,000,000

Recent Winners

While some players didn’t take the first edition of GolfSixes particularly seriously, Thorbjorn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard were able to separate the fun of the event from the seriousness of trying to win on the European Tour. Olesen had already tasted victory on the European Tour but appeared especially motivated to help his compatriot to break his duck.

Not only were Team Denmark motivated, they had the game to do well at Centurion. Both men are powerful golfers but they’re also excellent ball strikers so were largely able to simply pick the drive that went furthest before hitting quality approach shots into the greens.

YearWinnerCourseWinning Margin
2017 Lucas Bjerregaard & Thorbjorn Olesen Centurion Club 3&1 versus Scott Hend & Sam Brazel

Analysis: Quirky Format Could be Won by Class or Desire

The GolfSixes organisers will be very happy with the quality of players heading to St Albans this weekend. Not only have they tempted a number of European Tour stalwarts to get involved in GolfSixes but they’ve been able to widen the pool of players by inviting stars of the Ladies European Tour along.

Charley Hull and Georgia Hall form a formidable duo while the experienced duo of Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Matthew will be no pushovers as they form a special Captains Team ahead of their duties at the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup respectively. The South African team do look the standout duo but the quirky nature of the format means it could pay to take a bit more of a risk and back some of the outsiders.

South African Partnership the Pick of the Favourites

Between them, George Coetzee and Haydn Porteous have six European Tour wins and many more victories on the Sunshine Tour. There’s little doubt they’ll be able to cope with the pressure of tight matches this week or that they have the game to go well at Centurion. The South Africa pairing will have the crowd against them with matches against England Men and England Women, but making it through the group shouldn’t be too tough and from then on they have a very good chance of victory at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.

English Women To Outperform the Men

The England men’s partnership of Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace arrive in St Albans on the back of some very good performances this season. They’ll both be targeting a strong finish to move up the Race to Dubai rankings but with so much ahead of them it’s tough to imagine they’ll be overly worried about GolfSixes. In contrast, Charley Hull and Georgia Hall have spoken about how much they want to show what they can do against the men this week.

Hull and Hall are incredibly talented golfers who regularly mix it with the best golfers on the LPGA and LET. They’re also both very young and hugely ambitious. The combination of skill and desire to win could drive England Women on at a big price of 40/1 with Bet365.

Final Verdict: Hull & Hall Each Way Value, SA Duo to Win

GolfSixes was a lot of fun last year but it was not an easy event for punters. The 2018 renewal promises to be every bit as fun and it could work out much better from a betting perspective given everybody knows what to expect now.

We saw a classy, committed duo come out on top last year and if something similar happens this year, South Africa look well placed to strike at 8/1. The welcome addition of women players into the tournament is the big curve ball of this renewal but it could provide the story of the weekend given just how strong the 40/1 Hull/Hall partnership looks.

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