This week, DownThe18th tallk all things Chris Kirk and Byeong-Hun An

Golf Betting Blog: Outsiders take home the winnings

What sport do you see two guys with a combined age of 96 chasing down a 23-year-old? There can’t be many.

Wentworth proved to be better than ever this week with Byeong Hun An (100/1) adding to the ever-growing list of triple figure winners on the European Tour.

It was a week that promised so much for the Golf Monthly tipster with Francesco Molinari (30/1) holding the 54-hole lead and Miguel Angel Jimenez (80/1) not far behind.

But both had to settle for place money as a Korean announced his arrival on the world stage. The third first-time winner at Wentworth and a record 21-under total to boot.

Despite the relative ease in which he won, An was still available at 9/4 going into Sunday such was the likelihood of a Molinari masterclass.

After over five months on the sidelines, Chris Wood (150/1) finished solo 4th and his place money wasn’t the only prize he took home this week.

His hole-in-one at 14 saw him walk away with a £100,000 BMW, the fifth slam dunk of the week. The most on Tour since 2006. Insurance policies were made for weeks like this.

Thongchai Jaidee (150/1), Tommy Fleetwood (66/1) and Shane Lowry (35/1) were the other people to finish inside the top six.

It’s Lowry and the aforementioned Wood that lead our charge into this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Across the pond, Chris Kirk (33/1) shattered the hopes of both of us as Jason Bohn (125/1) and Charley Hoffman (50/1) missed out on top spot. The latter dropped outside the top 5 all together…

In fact, only Hoffman, Poulter and Na were over-par in round 4 of the top 23 players on the leaderboard.

Much was said of Ian Poulter (45/1) and his Wentworth omission. His record there stands at one top 10 and “19.11” ranking points from 13 events. A T5 and $220,350 later at the Crowne Plaza, we’ll call that one-nil Poults.

Jordan Spieth (6/1) and Brandt Snedeker (50/1) tied for 2nd while Pat Perez (70/1), Adam Hadwin (400/1), Kevin Kisner (40/1) and George McNeil (80/1) rounded out a pretty packed top 5.

And we have to mention Colin Montgomerie (10/1) on his Senior PGA Championship victory, his 3rd major on the senior circuit. Let’s take a look at the numbers: regular majors record (0-for-72). Senior majors record (3-for-10). Oh Monty.

You know the drill by now – head over to https://downthe18th.wordpress.com for the week’s preview and picks.

Current Standings after 19 weeks

Golf Monthly
European Tour:  £-50.62
PGA Tour: £23.75
Total: £-26.87

DownThe18th
European Tour: £-71.95
PGA Tour: £-25.94
Total: £-97.89

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