GolfSixes Betting Tips & Predictions – Friday 7th June 2019

The Belgian Knockout once again proved its worth as an innovative new tournament on the European Tour. Whether it was able to genuinely attract new fans to the game is questionable and it’s GolfSixes that did more work going after a younger audience last year. After winning over fans with the first two editions at Centurion Club in St Albans, GolfSixes moves to Portugal for this year with a number of big names following it to Oitavos Dunes.

There are some strong teams with big wins to their names competing in this year’s GolfSixes but it’s the Australian team of Scott Hend and Wade Ormsby who may just represent the best value. Those two are genuinely global golfers and can utilise their experience and teamwork to outlast the competition.

Top Tips

Australia @ 9/1

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Course Info

Oitavos Dunes makes a welcome return to the European Tour schedule with the GolfSixes. As the tournament is only held over six holes of fast, entertaining golf, those watching on TV won’t be treated to the full splendour of this rugged, coastal course but they’ve chosen the holes well (three par threes, three par fours) to provide a real taste of what the course is all about.

In many ways, Oitavos Dunes looks and plays like a typical links course. The coastal wind is always a factor, there are plentiful sand dunes ready to punish errant shots and large, sloped greens. Scoring well over the short format of the GolfSixes matches will require some real imagination into the greens and a steady hand once aboard the putting surfaces.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
Oitavos Dunes Cascais, Portugal 1,971 Yards €1,000,000

Recent Winners

GolfSixes is obviously not everybody’s cup of tea. Fans of a more traditional bent and players who are focussed on winning tournaments at the very top level will stick to 72 hole stroke play events in the main but the European Tour have been able to coax some very good players from both the men’s and women’s game to compete. The Danish pairing of Lucas Bjerregaard & Thorbjørn Olesen have competed in some of golf’s biggest events and were able to show their class when winning the inaugural GolfSixes whilst Paul Dunne reminded everybody of his class alongside Gavin Moynihan when the Irish pair won last year.

YearWinnerCourseRunners-upScore
2018 Paul Dunne &
Gavin Moynihan (Ireland)
Centurion Club Beat Michael Lorenzo-Vera
& Romain Wattel (France)
2-0
2017 Lucas Bjerregaard &
Thorbjørn Olesen (Denmark)
Centurion Club Scott Hend &
Sam Brazel (Australia)
3-1

Analysis: Confidence on Links Courses Important

GolfSixes is still seen by many golf fans as a novelty event but the format of the tournament has been replicated at many different levels of the sport. It certainly provides excitement as players have to very carefully straddle the line between attack and defence. You need birdies to win holes but cannot afford to make costly mistakes from which there is little time to recover.

Layering on the challenge of links golf on top of the GolfSixes format suggests that it will take some very good, very consistent golf over two days to win this tournament. Players who have previous links form should be favoured as should those who have had a taste of GolfSixes before.

Australia Duo Have the Tools for the Task

As Australian golfers plying their trade all over the world, Scott Hend and Wade Ormsby have played all sorts of different golf courses in many far flung places. The pair of them have certainly amassed a great deal of links golf experience over the years and will feel nice and comfortable early on at Oitavos Dunes.

In Hend, Australia have one of the very biggest hitters teeing it up this week and the format should allow them to make the most of his prodigious distance. From further down the fairway than most other teams, the Australian duo will need to capitalise on their experience and shot making to set up birdie chances. If they are able to get a handle on the greens, Australia will surely challenge for the title at 9/1 with bet365.

Resurgent Scottish Golf Could Get Another Boost

After struggling to pull its weight in the professional ranks for some years now, Scottish golf is going through something of a resurgence. David Law and Stephen Gallagher have played their part in this with European Tour wins already this season and they’re looking to combine for another in Portugal this week.

Law has plenty of links golf experience and has been competing as a professional since 2011 but you can be sure he’ll be turning to the experienced Gallagher for some advice and support during GolfSixes. If the Scottish pairing can utilise their links golf experience and dovetail well, they’ll be tough to beat in the group stage and can use the momentum topping their group brings to kick to become genuine contenders at 16/1 with Coral.

Final Verdict: Australia to Win

The Scottish pairing of Law and Gallagher are tempting options in the betting as are the defending Irish duo but preference goes to Australia. Scott Hend enjoys this tournament having made it to the final in 2017 and the multiple winner around the globe has a good friendship with Ormsby who has ample links experience to suggest Australia are good value at 9/1 with bet365.

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