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Lay Spieth to Win the PGA Tour Money List

June 25, 2015

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Jordan Spieth is the hottest property in golf right now and bookmakers are falling over themselves to price up exotic markets but most of them represent poor punting value.

Before one gets stuck into some of more sensible markets, it is worth singling out Ladbrokes for what must rank as one of the most ridiculous betting options ever. Ladbrokes has odds of 2.25Bet €100 to win €2255/4Bet £100 to win £225+125Bet $100 to win $2251.25Bet HK$100 to win HK$2251.25Bet Rp100 to win Rp225-0.8000Bet RM100 to win RM225 that Spieth wins more major championships than Rory McIlroy by the end of 2035. Yes, that is right. One can bet at odds of 2.25Bet €100 to win €2255/4Bet £100 to win £225+125Bet $100 to win $2251.25Bet HK$100 to win HK$2251.25Bet Rp100 to win Rp225-0.8000Bet RM100 to win RM225 and, if one is lucky, one will get paid out in 20 years from now. One would get the same return if one put one’s money into a bank account and earned an annual interest rate of 3.3 per cent. Ladbrokes must think that there are punters out there with peanuts for brains.

Obviously, the possibility of a Spieth Grand Slam is the talk of golf world. Spieth is the sixth golfer to win the Masters Tournament and the US Open in the same year, with Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951 and 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002) having achieved the feat in past seasons. Wood did not have the opportunity to play in the Open Championship off the back of two major titles because World War II was taking place in 1941. Hogan did not play in the 1951 Open Championship and the 1953 Open Championship, which he won, clashed with that year’s PGA Championship, thereby denying him the chance to win all four events in the same year. Palmer placed second in the 1960 Open Championship, as did Nicklaus in the 1972 edition, while Woods was tied for 28th in the 2002 event.

Winning four major tournaments in a row is possible – Woods achieved what is known as the Tiger Slam across 2000 and 2001 – but bookmakers are not being overly generous with their odds of 34.00Bet €100 to win €340033/1Bet £100 to win £3400+3300Bet $100 to win $340033.00Bet HK$100 to win HK$340033.00Bet Rp100 to win Rp3400-0.0303Bet RM100 to win RM3400 about Spieth winning all of them in 2015. Thanks, Ladbrokes, but no thanks. Spieth ought to be trading at double those odds to make history this year.

Perhaps the biggest Spieth trap, though, are his odds about winning the PGA Tour money list, with Bet365 quoting him as short as 1.16Bet €100 to win €1164/25Bet £100 to win £116-625Bet $100 to win $1160.16Bet HK$100 to win HK$116-6.25Bet Rp100 to win Rp1160.1600Bet RM100 to win RM116 and Coral’s offer of 1.36Bet €100 to win €1369/25Bet £100 to win £136-278Bet $100 to win $1360.36Bet HK$100 to win HK$136-2.78Bet Rp100 to win Rp1360.3600Bet RM100 to win RM136 being the best.

After the US Open, Spieth tops the PGA Tour money list with $7,863,838 – more than $3.5m ahead of Dustin Johnson and an additional couple of hundred thousand dollars in front of McIlroy. But you will be shocked to find out how often the winners of two major tournaments in a year fail to top the PGA Tour money list. Twenty-four times in the PGA Tour money list era that began in 1934 has a golfer taken out two major events in the same year and just 12 of them have ended the campaign as the biggest earners. For the record, the dozen two-time major champions who failed were Wood (1941), Hogan (1951), Jack Burke (1956), Nicklaus (1963, 1966 and 1980), Lee Trevino (1971), Gary Player (1974), Tom Watson (1982), Nick Faldo (1990), Mark O’Meara (1998) and, most recently, Padraig Harrington (2008). There is so much money on the PGA Tour these days that anyone who backs Spieth at such short odds deserves to lose. One thinks that Coral has done its homework and that it wants to lay Spieth at odds of 1.33Bet €100 to win €13333/100Bet £100 to win £133-303Bet $100 to win $1330.33Bet HK$100 to win HK$133-3.03Bet Rp100 to win Rp1330.3300Bet RM100 to win RM133

No-one likes a killjoy but, seriously, the only way to bet on Spieth from an exotic perspective is to jump on a betting exchange and lay him to win the PGA Tour money list. If you can lay Spieth at, say, 1.40Bet €100 to win €1402/5Bet £100 to win £140-250Bet $100 to win $1400.40Bet HK$100 to win HK$140-2.50Bet Rp100 to win Rp1400.4000Bet RM100 to win RM140, then effectively you are getting 3.50Bet €100 to win €3505/2Bet £100 to win £350+250Bet $100 to win $3502.50Bet HK$100 to win HK$3502.50Bet Rp100 to win Rp350-0.4000Bet RM100 to win RM350 about someone else winning the competition.

Tips Summary

Lay Spieth for PGA Money List
Odds: 1.40Bet €100 to win €1402/5Bet £100 to win £140-250Bet $100 to win $1400.40Bet HK$100 to win HK$140-2.50Bet Rp100 to win Rp1400.4000Bet RM100 to win RM140
Where to Bet: Betfair

  • Grand Slam
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Masters Tournament
  • PGA Championship
  • PGA Tour money list
  • US Open

    About the author

    Eric Roberts
    Eric Roberts

    Sports Journalist

    Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.