2016 World Cup of Golf Betting Preview

The World Cup of Golf takes centre stage at the Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, from Thursday and it should be a fascinating betting heat on Sky Sports as two-player teams from 28 countries do battle. This year's edition reverts to the 2011 format as the first and third days feature fourballs action, with days two and four involving an 'alternate shot'...

Thursday 24th November - 1.00am Odds Won/Lost Bet

World Cup of Golf
Japan (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 8 / 1  
Ireland (each way) @ 16 / 1  

Japan To Pip The Hosts

It is no surprise to see that Australia are favourites for their title defence on home soil, albeit they go into this edition without Jason Day but they are still well represented by Kingston Heath member Adam Scott and Marc Leishman.

Australia are 5/1 favourites (Betfred) and tick plenty of boxes in what is a relatively weak field but we fancy Japan could be the team to beat as good friends Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa pair up. 

Matsuyama is the form man in world golf as he has won three of his past four starts, including a runner-up effort at the CIMB Classic, and the highest ranked player in the field can inspire Ishikawa on to better things. The world number six has been superb and it bodes well that Ishikawa was tearing it up in Japan recently, winning and picking up three other top-tens in four outings, and he has previous in Australia having flourished during the 2011 Presidents Cup here, while he finished 5th in the individual event at the 2013 World Cup.

Japan are an 8/1 shot (Boylesports) and well worth consideration.

The Other Leading Contenders

The 24-time World Cup winners, USA (9/1), are the only team with two players who are both in the top-20 of the world rankings as they are represented by the rusty USPGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker and his mate Rickie Fowler.

Meanwhile, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Jon Rahm feature for Spain (9/1) and Chris Wood has overlooked Lee Westwood in favour of Andy Sullivan after Danny Willett withdrew from duty with England (14/1).

Meanwhile, Russ Knox rewarded his friend Duncan Stewart for his decent showings on the Challenge Tour by selecting him to play for Scotland (50/1) and Wales (150/1) are relying on Bradley Dredge and Stuart Manley.

Luck Of The Irish

Finally, Ireland are well worth consideration as there is a nice chemistry between Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. Both players are finding their touch towards the end of the year as Lowry's top-20 at the Dubai World Tour Championship was the sixth successive cut that he has made, while McDowell tied 4th at the British Masters recently to secure a fourth top-25 finish in eight starts. The wily Irishman also has previous at Kingston Heath as he tied 8th at the Talisker Masters there in 2012 and we are going to take a punt on Ireland at 16/1 (Betfred.com).

2016 World Cup of Golf Odds