Ladies and Gentlemen, your four off the tee at the Handa!

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Not our best week last week but I suspect we would have got bigger odds on World Number Two Dustin Johnson missing the cut that those we took for him to win the tournament, the results were that strange over the weekend!

This week we move over a different sea to the wonderfully named Galgorm Castle and Massereene Golf Club, in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland, for the ISPS Handa World Invitational. Played on not one but two courses, the first a short 7,005 yard par 70 with just the two par 5’s (Galcorm), the second a par 72 7,299 yard track with four par 5’s, and as if life isn’t confusing enough, there will be 144 women and 144 men competing on the same courses at the same time – someone cleverer than me can explain that set-up to you!

This will be the first time I have tipped anyone on the Ladies Tour, but the good or bad news is we will now have four selections – two for the men and two for the Ladies – here’s hoping we get a result that goes in our favour.

Selections with reasoning:

***NOTE*** Different bookmakers are offering different each way terms so do shop around – and make sure you only partake non-runner no bet – covid has seen last minute withdrawals all season and we don’t want to be throwing money away. DO shop around for best odds and best place terms and any special offers with the bookmakers to steal the most value.

1pt each way Justin Harding 11/1 best price, top 7 places William Hill.

Losing in a play-off at the Cazoo Open isn’t high on anyone’s list of achievements, but most of us will never get to that stage, and hopefully he will have learned plenty from that experience and won’t see it all as negative. With most of the top golfers you would normally expect to be competing here away at the Olympics, he won’t get many better chances, and with a 2021 win in Kenya on his CV and clearly more than happy with his game, you can understand why he sits near to the tip of the betting market for this one.

1pt each way Oliver Farr 80/1 best price, top 7 places Betway.

The shorter course here requires more accuracy than length, and that is why I feel the Welshman has a decent chance. He sits fourth for driving accuracy on the stats which is a huge positive in my view, and one day he will put four good rounds together and I want to be on when he does. Somehow, he seems to consistently put together one or two not good, but outstanding rounds (a 64 and a 65 at the Irish Open would be a great example), yet he lets himself down with the other rounds – though surely no-one can be more frustrated than he is. On the bright side, his putting is getting better all the time and maybe, just maybe, this weekend will see him make the breakthrough at this level.

1pt each way Olivia Cowan 66/1 best price top 6 places Unibet

I must be missing something here, because I just cannot see why she is such a huge price? Firstly, she was third in this in 2019, one box nearly ticked off, but more than that, she has finished in the top ten in four of her last seven tournaments, and runner -up twice in her last nine – hardly the form of a 66/1 chance. I can’t pretend I know the Lady’s game inside out but I am learning all the time, and all I can say is the stats suggest she is overpriced and she looks well worth a quid or two each way.

2pts each way In Gee Chun 10/1 best price top 6 places Paddy Power One short price and one long price this week may be the way to go, and the South Korean oozes class. Already the winner of two Majors and the US Open as an amateur (amazing), she hasn’t own for three years now, but this isn’t a sport where people dominate (OK, forget Tiger Woods), and she hasn’t been playing badly with a sixth last week in France suggesting she is getting back to her best. She may well find this field that little bit less competitive, and if she gets it all together, I cannot see her out of the top five – but then again I thought that last week about Dustin Johnson, so what do I know.

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