Another difficult week for golf tipsters and golf punters alike…
Ben Crane (150/1) winning the Fedex St. Jude Classic in the States. Although a fifth career win for the American, it was his first since 2011.
Mikael Lundberg (300/1) posting a first win since 2008… the Swede shooting 65 on Sunday to beat the hot-favourites Bernd Wiesberger & Joost Luiten in the Lyoness Open.
Here’s the lowdown on these two unlikely wins…
Ben Crane goes wire-to-wire to land Memphis victory
Ben Crane hadn’t won a tournament on the PGA Tour since the McGladrey Classic in 2011.
83 tournaments later… the 38-year-old from Portland was back in trophy-winning form at TPC Southwind.
And the American had the whole field in his wing-mirrors throughout the four days in Tennessee.
A R1 63 gave him the lead on Thursday, which Crane backed up with 65-69-73 to post a wire-to-wire victory.
It was fairly plane sailing for the leader after R3 as he had built up a four shot lead over a largely inexperienced chasing pack… Crane (-13), Troy Merritt (-9), Peter Malnati (-8).
He was even afforded the luxury of shooting 73 (joint worst round of the Top 20) and still win the tournament.
Here’s the final placings in Memphis along with their outright Fedex St. Jude Classic golf betting odds.
Fedex St. Jude Classic – Results
Crane wasn’t the most obvious pick for the golf tipsters… without a win since 2011 was one thing. But his tournament profile (T18-T73-T12-T14-T39-T33-T6-MC) was steady as opposed to spectacular… more so when paired with his 2014 form on the PGA Tour.
In his eight previous starts Crane this year was T37-MC-MC-MC-MC-T43-MC… posting just one Top 10 finish back in January from 13 starts.
Not this week though!
Lundberg defies the odds to claim huge 300/1 upset
Clearly the 40-year-old Swede didn’t read the script ahead of the Austrian event.
In winning his first European Tour title since the Russian Open 2008, the 300/1 outsider beat not just the local hero (Bernd Wiesberger) but the short-priced market leader (Joost Luiten).
And the win was secured in a suitably bizarre manner…
Lundberg led going into the weekend after shooting 67-68 in the first two rounds, before a 76 on Satruday dropped him to T5th.
Then a final round 65 propelled him back to the top of the leaderboard, where he finished tied with Wiesberger after 72-holes. Beating the Austrian at the first play-off hole.
A cheque for €227,000 and win No.3 for the Swedish golfer in his 240th career start.
Here’s the final placings at the Diamond Golf Club, Atzenburgg along with their outright Lyoness Open golf betting odds.
Lyoness Open – Results
|5.||Miguel Angel Jiminez||-8||200/1|
But make no mistake…
This result was a shock. Lundberg was 125 tournaments ‘between drinks’ and had a previous record in this event of T60-T30-WD-MC. He also hadn’t posted a top 25 finish all season (9 starts, including 4 MC).
So the winner was a pre-tournament 300/1 chance for good reason!
Don’t forget as well…
Joost Luiten started the final round in Austria on -11 (which at the time was two shots clear of the field). The Dutch golfer trading at 1.57 to bag the win and defend the title he won back in 2013.
But a scrappy round from the overnight leader (his R4 72 was the worst round of any of the Top 10 finishers) cost him a winning chance.
Pre-tournament odds of just 6/1 on Luiten proving hard to justify!
The dangers of backing outright golfers at single-figure odds have been highlighted many times in these golf betting features… and Luiten added his name to a long list of failures.
So you have been warned…
This week the players head off to Pinehurst, North Carolina for the 114th US Open.
This second major golf tournament of the calendar is always a severe test of a player’s all-round game.
Minus the still not fit Tiger Woods the market is headed by Rory McIlroy (12/1).
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