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Course: The Gleneagles Hotel
Location: Perthshire, Scotland
Date: August 22-25, 2013
European Tour Golf Betting Odds: From time to time it is nice to add a little spice to your golf wagering online, and the upcoming European Tour event known as the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles is the perfect European vacation for all those needing a change from the PGA Tour.
The top names in Europe will be on hand for what was first known as the Scottish PGA Championship. They will turn up at the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Perthshire (say that five times fast) ready to shoot for a piece of the 1.4 million pound purse.
The locals in Auchterarder (god bless you) were thrilled last year, as native Scot Paul Lawrie took home the championship with a 16-under, one of the top scores in the event's 14-year history. However, the record for this event is so astronomical, it may never be touched. In 2002, Australian Adam Scott came from down under to drop a 26-under, nine strokes better than the previous low mark.
I do not expect anyone in this field to match that kind of weekend, but considering the success of Lawrie a year ago, a pick of a Scotsman in your golf wagering online might be both smart and karmic.
Lawrie's win was the second by a countryman in the Scottish PGA Championship, as Marc Warren won a playoff in 2007 to finish at 12-under and in the lead.
However, the imperials to the south claim the most victories at the event, as England has claimed four victories in the 14-year stretch, two, including the most recent, by Paul Casey.
Still, England is on a current six-year drought, so perhaps the empire's hold on the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles is slipping. Head to BookMaker's live lines to make your golf wagering online and pick a man from the country you support.
How to bet on Johnnie Walker Championship
The odds of a golfer to win the Johnnie Walker Championship will generally look something like:
- Tiger Woods + 150
- Phil Mickelson + 250
- Steve Stricker + 300
- Jeff Overton + 700
- Ernie Els + 700
- Field + 600
These betting odds will be lower when betting on a golfer to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.
A player would have to bet $10 to win $150 that Tiger Woods will win the Johnnie Walker Championship, while the bettor wagering on Jeff Overton stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.
Another commonly placed bet in European Golf golf is head-to-head finish between two players. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the golfer finishes in, as long as the golfer wagered on finishes higher than the other golfer.
A head-to-head betting line for the Johnnie Walker Championship will look something like:
- Tiger Woods - 190 Steve Stricker + 150
In this bet, players wagering on Woods to finish higher than Stricker will be asked to risk $19 to win $10, while bettors believing that Stricker will finish higher than Woods will bet $10 to win $15.
Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to European Golf golf wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of European golf betting without to much trouble.
2013 Johnnie Walker Championship Winner - Tommy Fleetwood wins Johnnie Walker Championship
Tommy Fleetwood of England birdied the first playoff hole Sunday at the Johnnie Walker Championship to earn his first European Tour victory.
Fleetwood also birdied the 18th to finish his round with a 70 and set up a three-way playoff with Scotland's Stephen Gallacher (67) and Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez (70) after all three finished at 18-under 270 on the PGA Centenary course.
Playing the par-5 18th again, Fleetwood narrowly missed an eagle putt from the fringe and then rolled in a three-footer for the win. Gallacher and Gonzalez both made par.
Gallacher overcame a triple-bogey 7 on the 11th hole with a round that included five birdies and two eagles — including one on the 18th to make the playoff.
Fleetwood went into the final round of his 50th Tour event sharing the lead on 16-under with Gonzalez but slipped well off the pace to be 1 over for his round through 15 holes. However, he then eagled the 16th and birdied the last.
2012 Johnnie Walker Championship Winner - Lawrie cruises to Johnnie Walker title
Paul Lawrie carded a 4-under 68 in Sunday's final round to win the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles by four shots.
Lawrie finished at 16-under-par 272. It was his second win of the season and eighth of his career on the European Tour.
The victory gives him momentum heading into next month's Ryder Cup.
Nicolas Colsaerts needed a second-place finish or better to join Lawrie on that team, but he closed with a 72 to share 19th at minus-6. He now has to wait and see whether European captain Jose Maria Olazabal will choose him with one of his two captains picks on Monday morning.
Brett Rumford matched Lawrie's 68 to take second place at 12-under-par 276 on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles.
Fredrik Andersson Hed (65), Maarten Lafeber (69) and Romain Wattel (72) shared third place at minus-11.
Lawrie had a steady start to his round. He birdied the second and parred seven of the first eight holes. He made the turn at 14-under after a birdie on the ninth.
The Scotsman birdied the 11th and 14th, both for the fourth consecutive round. Lawrie hit his second shot left of the green on the 15th and that led to his only bogey.
Lawrie bounced back with a short birdie putt on the par-5 16th. He parred the final two holes to wrap up his third win in his homeland.
2011 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Winner - Bjorn wins Johnnie Walker Championship
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles after an epic five-way play-off on Sunday.
In cold and windy conditions, the 40-year-old - winner of the Qatar Masters earlier this season - secured the title and the 266,628-euros winner's prize on the fifth play-off hole as South African George Coetzee failed to match his birdie.
The Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal and England's Mark Foster were eliminated earlier in the play-off as they came unstuck on the par-5 18th.
The title went into a play-off after the five were on 277 11-under par after the final round. After a poor tee shot on the fifth play-off hole, Bjorn set himself up for victory with a superb chip from off the green that landed just three feet from the hole.
With the 25-year-old Coetzee only able to make par, the Dane sank his birdie putt to secure his first win since turning 40 in July.
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