ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf 2018 Betting and Odds Preview
The World Cup of Golf (known as ISPS Hand Would Cup of Golf for sponsorship reasons), is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the golf calendar. It is also one of the world’s oldest golf tournaments and is organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours. The prestigious event is played between two-man teams from 28 nations who play for the honour of their country and a significant cash prize as well. With a prize purse of $7 million for this year’s tournament, the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf 2018 is definitely a tournament every golfer wants to win.
Originally, the World Cup of Golf started back in 1953, when it was called the Canada Cup. Over the course of its history, the event changed names and venues frequently, with the last 3 tournaments being held in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament initially started as an annual event, although that later changed to biannual and odd-numbered years format more recently in order to accommodate the inclusion of golf in the Olympics in 2016.
The inaugural tournament was played over 36 holes, but that didn’t last long. From 1954 to 1999, the World Cup of Golf is played over 72 holes, and from 2000 onward, the format alternates stroke play rounds between fourball and foursomes.
The 2018 edition of the tournament, which will be the 59th World Cup of Golf, will be played between 56 players (1 seeded and 1 unseeded player from each nation). The top-ranked players from each country can pick a partner from the same country ranked in the first 500. The first and third days of the 72-hole team event are fourball, while the second and the 4th (final) day are foursomes. The USA leads the list of winningest countries, with 24 wins as of 2016.
The prestigious event generates a lot of interest among punters and the public. This year’s tournament marks the third consecutive time it is held in the Sandbelt region, and with a winner’s share of $2.4 million, it will certainly be exciting to watch.
Aussies Are the Favourites
After winning the 2013 tournament, Australia didn’t manage to repeat the success in 2016. Denmark’s duo of Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen walked away with the title, winning by 4 shots. However, this year’s Australian team is being given the biggest chances of winning the trophy, and with Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith in the team, they have rightfully been made favourites.
Leishman is a veteran and a former Rookie of the Year (2009) that has time and time again shown he can compete with the best. With 4 PGA Tour wins behind his name, Aussies are hoping that he can bring the title back home. His partner, Cameron Smith, is an up-and-coming golfer currently competing in the Australasian, European, and PGA Tours. Although he lacks the pedigree of Leishman, he clearly has the quality to hand Australia the win.
The Aussies are favourites for the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf 2018 with odds of 9/2 at Fun88, Letou, EnergyBet, and LV BET as well. The Leishman-Smith duo leads the pack of favourites in front of England and the USA as well as reigning champions Denmark who have been pushed back down the list. An Australian win will give you 9 pounds for every 2 you invest, which is a pretty good return if you ask us.
Can England Win Their Third Trophy?
A bit surprisingly, England has only won the World Cup of Golf twice so far, with the last win coming in 2004. Since then, the English haven’t had much success in the competition – they weren’t even close to winning. This year, however, the duo of Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter gives England’s fans hope that the long wait for the World Cup is over.
Hatton is one of the best English golfers at the moment who wasn’t going to pass the opportunity to make his country proud. Although young (27 years old), Hatton already has 3 wins on the European Tour and also played for Team Europe at this year’s Ryder Cup. His partner is Ian Poulter, a veteran with a resume which includes two World Golf Championships and a number 5 in the world rankings. The duo certainly packs a punch which is why bookies have placed them as second favourites right behind Australia.
England’s odds stand at 6/1 at Letou, Fun88, LV BET, and EnergyBet. If the English golfers play to the best of their abilities, England may finally win after a long wait. If this happens and you’ve already wagered on them, you can win a serious sum of money.
Can the USA Continue Its Dominance?
With 24 titles as of 2016, the USA is the most successful nation in the World Cup of Golf. However, their last win came in 2011, and that came after a long wait of 11 years. It’s safe to say that USA’s track record at the World Cup of Golf hasn’t been excellent lately, although that could change this year.
Kyle Stanley and Matt Kuchar is the duo representing the USA in this year’s tournament. Stanley is the higher ranked player, and his decision to pick Matt Kuchar was the smart move. Kuchar has already won the World Cup of Golf before (2011), so his experience will be key in the fight for the trophy. On the other hand, Stanley is a younger player who’s still finding his feet on the PGA Tour but has qualities that shouldn’t be undervalued.
At the moment, team USA is available at 8/1 at Fun88, Letou, and EnergyBet, and 17/2 at LV BET. Although these odds are a far cry from Australia, they’re pretty enticing. Placing your money on Stanley and Kuchar will bring you a nice return if they win, and if you ask Americans, a new World Cup trophy has been long overdue.
What Are Denmark’s Chances of Repeating?
Denmark won their sole World Cup of Golf trophy in 2016, with the pair of Olesen and Kjeldsen trying to repeat history this year. However, the competition is tougher this time around, which is reflected in Denmark’s odds. The Scandinavian country and reigning champion is given quite high odds of 12/1 by EnergyBet, LV BET, Letou, and Fun88, which is quite unusual for a defending champion.
This doesn’t mean that Olesen and Kjeldsen can’t win, which makes Denmark a pretty interesting choice for punters. Place a bet on the Danish pair and if they end up champions once again, and we’re sure they’ll try to, you could be looking at quite the return, especially if you’re a high-roller.