Insider trading: USPGA Championship
The 95th USPGA Championship begins at Oak Hill on Thursday and is the final major of the season. Here at William Hill we're paying a massive SIX places on each way bets and Acca Insurance is back. Place a 5 or more selection three ball (Thursday and Friday) or two ball (Saturday and Sunday) accumulator and if one selection lets you down you get your money back as a free bet.
Here's the early feeling around William Hill...
Phil Mickelson winning The Open was a terrible result for us; only Tiger Woods winning would've been worse. We've seen plenty of bets on Lefty but mostly at small stakes with our punters taking advantage of a decent each-way price of 16/1. Unlike at Muirfield we'll be cheering on Mickelson at Oak Hill as if he can win we'll see a tidy five-figure profit.
Tiger Woods, as expected, has been popular in the betting with our higher-staking customers, seeing nearly half of all turnover in the Tournament Winner market at the time of writing. In terms of volume of bets he's not the most popular but should Tiger win his 15th major this week we're looking at a substantial six-figure loss. The money continues to come for Tiger and it will be great for us if he fails in yet another major this year. It surely won't be long before he wins one though.
Our other big danger is Hunter Mahan. He's 25/1 and is clearly our second most popular bet in terms of stakes, seeing nearly twice as much money as anyone else in the field besides Woods. If he can claim his maiden major title at Oak Hill it will be by far our worst result with a huge six-figure loss on the cards. Mahan has played extremely consistently in majors this season, tying for fourth in the US Open and ninth in The Open so it would not be a massive surprise if he wins this week.
In terms of numbers of bets the most popular players in our book have been Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood. Although all these players will no doubt continue to see plenty of bets, we're only really worried about Stenson and Poulter as bad results. Stenson is in great form coming into this tournament and is clearly our most popular each-way bet of the week at 22/1.
Punters are always looking for players at big prices in golf majors and with six places each-way it's definitely worth taking a chance on a long shot. At 125/1 Miguel Angel Jimenez has been popular with each-way backers as have Padraig Harrington at 150/1 and Jordan Speith at 100/1. While three-figure winners will always be good for the bookies, these three and a few others will not be welcome winners by any means at William Hill!