I THOUGHT I was going to pick up my first win of the season when Matt Kuchar pushed for victory in La Quinta but he was pipped by comeback man Bill Haas and only managed to place.

So it wasn't a great weekend but I'm looking forward to this week as we head back to Dubai for the star-studded Desert Classic.

There is a strong European contingent taking part including Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia. Rory’s obviously favourite but at such low odds it's not even worth looking at him.

One man who seems to be coming back to some sort of consistency is Ross Fisher. With two top-10 finishes from three hopefully this is going to be a good year for the 35-year-old.

He won the Tshwane Open last year after three barren years and is looking to get his sixth win on the European Tour under his belt. His stats this year are solid with driving accuracy at 62.86 per cent, GIR at 73.3 per cent and average putts per round 28.9 which is two putts per round better than last year. Good each-way bet.

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger has had a great start to the year with a T6 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Classic followed by third at the Qatar Masters last week. His driving accuracy isn’t up to scratch yet at 53 per cent but with GIR at 79.37 per cent and average putts at 29 he certainly is able to compensate for lack of accuracy.

Still waiting on his first European Tour win, Eddie Pepperell has started off this season well. He was T26 two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi and fourth last week in Qatar.

With driving accuracy around the 57 per cent mark he still manages GIR of 73.8 per cent and average putting at 28 so if he improves his accuracy he will certainly be challenging at the top.

One bad round doesn’t make you a bad player and one bad hole certainly doesn’t. That was the case with Ryan Palmer who had a triple-bogey seven at the weekend and finished three off the lead.

I’m going with him again at the Phoenix Open – he‘s had seven sub-70 rounds from eight and is looking very good.

My final choice is Hideki Matsuyama who T4 at his first appearance here last year. He didn’t have a good Sony Open but finished T3 at Kapalua earlier in the month. His driving accuracy is near 64 per cent and GIR is 73.23 and average putting is 29 so not bad all round.

Recommended Bets

Ross Fisher 1pt ew (60-1, Coral)
Bernd Wiesberger 1pt ew (30-1, Coral)
Eddie Pepperell 0.5pt ew (70-1, unibet)

Ryan Palmer 2pts ew (35-1, Coral)
Hideki Matsuyama 1pt ew (25-1, Ladbrokes)

Ace Venturer

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  1. paul 4 years ago

    hey ace I love the golf betting but i don’t have a great strategy or record i know in my heart i am down a nice few quid and i believe one of my biggest problems is i don’t stick to one tipster, so this season i am going with one and that’s you i was well impressed with your tipping towards the end of last season, so best of luck and hope you can hit a few winners.

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      Mr Fixit 4 years ago

      paul, Ace had a great season last time but it’s never a good idea simply to go with one tipster. My own tactics are to look at Ace, check out Steve Palmer in the Racing Post, look at the RFO, do some searches for golf tips and see if a name pops up more than once. If it does I’m on – plus I watch a bit of the golf too.

  2. Malkster 4 years ago

    Desert classic. All w/o mcilroy .warren pepperell ahn grillo..stenson to win

    Phoenix open.. donaldson steele hoffman koepka and speith to win

  3. paul 4 years ago

    Ya i know what you mean MrF maybe your right, but for example you read 3 or 4 tipsters and they have 3 or 4 picks each so now i have 8 to 12 golfers and maybe less depends how many overlap, so realistically i have to leave some of these picks out because i don’t have the bankroll to pick them all and then the ones i leave out like Bill Hass last week goes and wins, can you see how that can be a bit sicking when you had considered backing Hass.

  4. Scotta 4 years ago

    What about Stevie G for Dubai? 3rd, won, won in the last 3 years at this event. Not in outstanding current form but those finishes surely make him a value bet at 25/1.

  5. Dawgtanion 4 years ago

    Looking at previous weeks form and who is bubbling!
    M laird @phoneix open – laird lives in Scottsdale and regularly practice’s @TPC he said he’s hitting the ball really well and this track could suit him this week !
    M Warren is a streaky player who tends to play well for a few weeks hitting top gear – Warren has been playing well last few weeks and the desert wind could assist the scot be up there come Sunday!
    M Laird
    M Warren e.w singles and e.w double for a Scottish winning weekend ! GL

  6. highlander64 4 years ago

    rickie fowler good bet 25s @ betfred

  7. StevenRG 4 years ago

    Like the look of your picks this week Ace. Can’t poke holes in any of them.
    I’m determined to be on Grillo when le finally gets his W so i can’t let him go unbacked this week. He led the all round stats last week and finished strongly here with a 66 and an Eagle 3 at the last. His putting has improved this year so surely just a matter of time.

    I would agree with Mr Fixit not to just stick with 1 Golf Tipster. There are so many out there that all have amazing records. The Punter on Betting.Betfair and Dave Tindall (now also on Betfair) are two other standouts but there are many more.
    My advice (for what its worth) would be to make up a shortlist before you look at any Tips. A further step would be to consider what price you would be willing to take. Then once you have your own list, have a read up on what the tipsters are saying and see if it helps you narrow it down.

    The Punter also has the most comprehensive Tournament Preview with links to course information etc.

  8. paul 4 years ago

    Thanks Mrf and Steven for your advice and i am taking that on board with more research these are the players i am going with, Wiesberger, Grace and fisher at Dubai and Palmer, Matsuyama, Mahan and Piercey. best of luck everyone

  9. Ian 4 years ago

    Good tips ace.

    my golf bets

    Rory macilroy 3/1 10pts e/w
    Martin kaymer 14/1 2.5pts e/w

    Bubba Watson 16/1 5pts e/w
    Jorden speith. 18/1 2.5pts e/w
    Scott stallings 150/1 1pt e/w
    Aaron Bradley 175/1 1pt e/w

    Gl lads.

  10. leecunliffe 4 years ago

    Was a near but so far for me in last week’s bets I tipped up kuchar palmer and an ew tip on Justin Thomas at 40/1 who looked at real contender tying for the lead at one point on the back 9 before nerves got the better of him and he found the water

  11. RobertJB 4 years ago

    Sergio Garcia for me in Dubai at odds of 18/1 with BET365

    Bubba Watson for the Phoenix Open at odds of 14/1 with BET365.

    Two weeks ago I tipped Martin Kaymer to start the season off with a victory but he blew in the last round…doh!!!

  12. leecunliffe 4 years ago

    3 bets for me for phoenix

    Matt kuchar 20/1 the form guy at present nearly got home last week

    Bubba Watson 14/1 loves the desert does bubba finished 2nd here last year as r and been in top ten 3 times in last 8 years

    Outsider Brandon steele 40/1 another horses for courses tip has been in each way places the last 3 years

  13. Ryan 180 4 years ago

    Phoenix golf

    Ryan Palmer 28/1- always impressed whenever I watch this guy play, very good ball striker who can go on a birdie spree

    Scott piercy 40/1- been on great form since October always hoovering around the t10s or better. Real form horse and a win looks iniment.

    Ken duke 200/1- huge price for a golfer with a lot a class

  14. Donald Priest 4 years ago

    Daft £1ew double
    Gallagher at 25/1
    Steele at 40/1
    Good luck everyone

  15. SWJL 4 years ago

    I too will be on Brendan Steele at 40/1. Also Harris English at same price. Tony Finau is a big hitter and could be a big price at 125/1.

  16. paul 4 years ago

    Nice start to the european tour Ace with weisberger top after day one, some serious competition in behind though.

  17. Ian Conway 4 years ago


    M.WARREN 66/1 £2 e.w
    P.UIHLEIN 80/1 £2 e.w
    F.ZANOTTI 400/1 £1 e.w


    Z.JOHNSON 66/1 £2 e.w
    R.KNOX 125/1 £2 e.w

  18. Willie McGuire 4 years ago

    Good start to your tips Ace.

    Im on Ryan Palmer, Matt Kuchar, Ross Fisher & Weisberger – E/W Doubles

  19. Malkster 4 years ago

    After 1st rnd..lan…mmmmmm

  20. paul 4 years ago

    Top of each leaderboard Ace nice going, hope they can keep it going.

  21. Ace Venturer 4 years ago

    Thanks guys but theres a long way to go.. Hopefully they can hang in there.

  22. Malkster 4 years ago

    Malkster strikes again..koepka @40/1..unlucky ace..

  23. alasu57 4 years ago

    Malkster, who you going for this weekend ???

  24. Malkster 4 years ago

    Alasu57 Malaysia stal uhlein grillo oleson..had noren w/o rory at weeknd too ,so nice weekend. .
    Pga in Usa…koepka again! leishman steele and perez..good luck bud

  25. Ian 4 years ago

    Hey lads. Sum great tips last week. Well done to everyone who clicked.

    I like malkster tips this week on the European tour. Especially uhlein he spent a lot of time with brooks koepka. I think the win will rub off on him hopefully.

    In the states we have Tory pines a course that tiger has owned over the years. Even me the biggest tiger fan. I find it hard to back him even at 50.1. But maybe 1pt ew. For a laugh.
    Tips this week…

    Bernd wiseberger
    Peter uhlein
    Gary stal

    G. De laet
    A. Cabrera
    S. Stallings
    J. Walker

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