GolfTwitterTipster - @GolfTwitTipster
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3rd September 2014
NEW LEADER ALERT.....NEW LEADER ALERT....
Eventually after over 6-months on top of the leaderboard Sam (@EatValue) has been gollowed up, chewed and gnawed a little then swallowed up by @PeteThebet, who has stormed to the summit after an epic weekend.
Sorry Sam, but life had got just a little dull with you at the top for so long, a bit like Tiger for all of those years at Number One, but there are now four GTT'ers within £50 of the lead as we head for the last couple of months of the competition.
Pete leads the way with a profit of £349.92 for a £1ew stake, after successfully tipping Chris Kirk, the 150/1 of the Deutsche Bank, and runner-up Geoff Ogilvy at 250/1. He leads by £20.08 from the long-time leader @EatValue, and there is a further £16.11 back to third place Paul Darling (@PaulDarling17) who sits on a profit of £310.91. Also in contention is Mark Healey (@the_kauto_boy) who is £309.85 to the positive.
A big word out for the William Hill Golf Podcast chaps who are both still showing a nice profit deep into the season. Dave Kelner (@dkelner) is showing a keen profit of £218.90 for a £10ew level stake, whilst his compadre Mike Grenham (@mgrenham) is in an even healthier state showing profits of £669.10 for the same stake on each selection. There's only one place to go to find winners, and that's http://news.williamhill.com/c/golf/
All to play for......can Sam eat into that lead over the next few weeks and regain the lead? Will Petethebet continue his red hot form? Lots of questions, only one place to find the answers.
16 June 2014
Ok, so it’s been a while….but as I have some time this week, I’m updating this Latest News page for the first time in a few months. Apologies for the lack of content here, but running this competition takes a few hours every single week, and there are just two of us here at GTT Towers, we’re unpaid, understaffed and overworked! So if you want more updates, more often, then next time we ask for helpers…..you know what to do!
The US Open, the second Major of the season has come and gone, and it was won with a display of meticulous German efficiency by Martin Kaymer (40/1). Leading from start to finish with a front running display to rival Desert Orchid ( a racehorse in the 1980’s for those whippersnapper’s amongst us), Kaymer can rarely have putted so impressively. He was absolutely lethal inside of 10-feet, and that was the difference between him and the rest of the field.
Erik Compton (250/1) showed plenty of heart (well he is on his third one) to hold on for a tie of second with Rickie Fowler (80/1). After a challenging start to the season it is good to see the flamboyant Oklahoma man recapturing his form and it surely won’t be long before he has a Major to his name.
The GTT Leaderboard has a similarly imperious front runner of its own with Sam (@EatValue) taking the lead on March 17th, and slowly stretching it out ever since. He now sits handsomely on a profit of £403.00 for a £1 ew stake on each selection, great consistent, relentlessly good tipping Sam, very well done.
In second place sits Jack Hawkins (@noseforthejob) who himself has a very healthy profit of £260.93, and only £7.07 behind him in 3rd place is John Craddock (@CraddockJohn), both very impressive totals in their own right.
The existing June Monthly competition is currently headed by Christopher Keyes (@keyeso1) who has posted a profit of £116.00 during the first 3-weeks of June, which is a cracking good effort. He’ll need to keep up the good work though as there’s still 2-weeks left this month and Dean Allen (@yorkshireflash) just £5.50 behind.
Our sponsors William Hill Golf Podcast are also showing a nice profit from the first half of the season, with Mike Grenham posting a £22.03 profit for the season so far, and Dave Kelner £12.81 to the good for the £1ew stake. If you’re not listening to the Podcast each week then you’re really missing out not only on great tips, but also a whole load of golf chat, information and ‘banter’. Do yourself a favour, and get to iTunes and search for the William Hill Golf Podcast.
31 March 2014
Another week, another big price winner! Following hot on the heels of recent 200/1, 50/1, 80/1, 66/1. 125/1 and 66/1 winners, Steven Bowditch pops up at 300/1 to grab the glory in the Texas Open.
It will be no great surprise that nobody tipped up the Aussie, who was securing his maiden victory on the PGA Tour. In fact I'm not sure that he's been tipped up by anybody in any tournament this year so far......I would imagine that our friends at William Hill were rubbing their hands in glee at this week's result.
The ever smiley Matt Kuchar (18/1) held the lead at various stages in the tournament, but proved he is not altogether infallible to the wobbles, but still it was an encouraging display from him in the lead up to The Masters. Kuchar is never short of followers in the GTT World.
Also popular was Daniel Summerhays (100/1) who shared the runner-up spot with Will MAcKenzie (40/1), twelve of you selecting Summerhays and reaping the rewards of a 100/1 full place. Completing the Each Way places was Andrew 'lightning' Loupe (300/1) who I believe has just this second finished his final round!
All of this was good news for the Overall Leader Sam (@EatValue), who with a stonking profit of £384.40 still heads the table. Sam it is that wins the £50 March Free Bet courtesy of William Hill, posting a profit of £377.59 throughout the month, a really impressive effort.
Jack Hawkins (@Noseforthejob) and John Craddock (@CraddockJohn) can both count themselves rather unfortunate in that they both posted profits of over £300.00 for the month, yet have nothing other than a nice mention in this column for their efforts...
This week it's the Shell Houston Open and the NH Collection Open to get your teeth into.
Don't forget the William Hill Golf Podcast for clues and pointers for the tournaments, an invaluable part of the week's homework and humorously presented by Dave and Mike.
It's a new month, so everyone starts at zero in the quest for the £50 Free Bet for April, good luck GTTers.
24 March 2014
Firstlly, apologies for the lack of updates on this page recently, as many of you may or may not know, this isn't a paid job, more of a labour of love, hmmm ok, well somewhere between that and a reason to escape from the missus for a few hours anyway.
A great deal has happened in the last few weeks and Nick Plater secured his £50 Free Bet, namely Sam (@EatValue) has just about tipped up every winner during the month of March! He has a barnstormingly impressive profit of £390.40 after just 6-weeks of the competition. Hopefully you've been backing those winners yourself Sam and are just booking the holiday in the Maldives!
Those winners include John Senden (125/1), Russell Henley (200/1) and also Robert Garrigus (100/1) who secured an Each Way place, fine chooting there Sam.
This week it was the turn of Matt Every to reward his faithful followers and GTT tippers (of which there are many of you), and 18 of you stuck with him and were fully justified in that decision. At 66/1 Every secured his maiden title and now has the opportunity to progress his career.
Those of you on Adam Scott (16/1) would have been counting your pennies on Friday night, but he proved again that he is still prone to the putting jips when put under pressure.
24 February 2014
Nick Plater maintained his position at the top of the GTT Leaderboard and is the first recipient of the £50 Free Bet courtesy of William Hill.
With a profit of £53,25 from the first two weeks of the competition, he finished £7.75 ahead of Jimmy K (@CorkRebel69) courtesy of tipping up Jason Day the 20/1 winner of last weeks Matchplay tournament.
Well done Nick!
17 February 2014
A week is a long time in football, or so the saying goes. Well it would be fair to say that a year is a long time in golf or so Nick Plater (@nickplater123) is proving.
Bottom of the GTT table in 2013, the wooden spoon safely in his custody, Plater has sprung out of the traps smartly this year and is proudly heading the leaderboard after Week 1. He obviously spent the off season honing his tactics, studying the formbook, (that’s right eh Nick?) and after his selection Bubba Watson (33/1) held on at the Northern Trust Open he is reaping the rewards with a Week 1 profit of £34.25.
Only three of you tipped up big hitting Bubba despite him being quite well fancied in the betting, but Plater also tipped up Jaco Van Zyl (16/1) and David Horsey (35/1), both who placed at the Africa Open in East London, to top the pile. It was Thomas Aiken (10/1 favourite) who secured that title after getting the better of Oliver Fisher (125/1) in a play-Off.
In second place lies a familiar figure to all GTT regulars in Ross McDowell (@rossmcdowell1), who also tipped up Watson and lies just £3.00 behind Nick.
This week it is just the one event, The World Matchplay in Tuscan in amongst the cactus plants. Our Each Way terms are revised for this tournament, to ¼ the odds 1,2,3,4. Good luck…..you may well need it this week.
18 November 2013
The last week of this year's competition and it was a very special week for our 2013 Golf Twitter Tipster Champion - Ashley Beighton (@Ash051988).
As you may remember, Beighton went into the final week with a lead of £55 over his closet pursuers, and was by no means guaranteed to walk off with the prize. He put the title to rest and beyond doubt however with a display of golf knowledge which fully endorses his title of champion tipster.
In the DP Tour Championship, Beighton not only put forward the runaway winner Henrik Stenson (11/1), but backed that up by suggesting Victor Dubuisson (50/1) who finished third, and Joost Luiten (66/1) who followed him home in fourth, spectacular punditry.
If that wasn't enough to leave the chasing pack down on their knees begging for mercy, he delivered the knockout blow by putting up Chris Stroud (40/1) in the OHL Classic, Stroud finishing runner-up to Harris English the 25/1 winner there.
So yet another profitable week for Beighton, and the hopes of the rest of us, forced into selecting speculative picks in the hope of catching him, were well and truly laid to rest.
Throughout the GTT golfing season, which began back in February at the AT & T and finished last week, Beighton has tipped up FOURTEEN winners, FOURTY-SIX each way places, and posted a remarkable profit of £538.20........what hope did the rest of us really have!
Just to put the icing on the cake, Beighton's great form this week has seen him carry away not only the overall £500.00 Free Bet courtesy of William Hill, but also the £50.00 monthly prize for November.....plenty of ammunition for the Christmas period coming up then Ashley!
Some honourable mentions also, firstly to Shaun Cooper (@Toffeelover7) who finished in second place with a profit of £436.75, and must be wondering just what he has to do to win a competition after that fantastic display. Also ILikeSport (@SportTalkSport) in third with an impressive profit of £417.00 and the long time leader Ross McDowell (@rossmcdowell1) who finished fourth with a profit of £348.25, well done all of you.
All in all a £1ew level stake on each selection by every contestant in this competition would have yielded a handsome profit of £7,755.50, that's a rather decent return! As we have said many time this year, you guys and girls sure know your golf.
Our thanks go out to Dave Kelner and Mike Grenham of the William Hill Golf Podcast for their generous sponsorship and fantastic support of this competition. The Podcast will still be running every week througout the winter, so make sure that you tune in for some great tips, information and lively golfing banter.
FInally thanks to all of you have competed and joined in the sometimes lively exchanges on twitter, it feels like we've got a great golfing community within GTT and we will be back in February with the 2014 competition where we can all try and better Ashley Beighton's magnificent achievements this year.
11 November 2013
Relentlessly good tipping - that could apply to quite a few of you, but particularly to Ashley Beighton (@Ash051988) our overall leader who has now smashed through the £500.00 profit mark for the season. This week his predictions included not only the McGladrey Classic winner Chris Kirk (50/1), but also Brian Gay (125/1) who was placed, and Jamie Donaldson (40/1), the runner-up in Turkey. Just to clarify there, that is a £500 profit from just a £1 Each Way stake on every one of his selected players, quality tipping.
Remarkably despite this impressive achievement, he still is not assured of winning the £500 Free Bet that is offered for the highest overall profit over the season, courtesy of our friends at the William Hill Golf Podcast. Entering the final week of the competition he has a nice lead of £55 over his nearest pursuer, who is now Shaun Cooper (@Toffeelover7), who also tipped up Kirk and kept the pressure up on Beighton.
Another GTTer in good form has been SportTalkSport (@ILikeSport), who tipped up Raphael Jacquelin, and was rewarded with a 300/1 place and bumped his profita up to £411.00 and keep him in contention, especially if he can pull a decent winner or another place of that magnitude this week.
Jacquelin chased home Victor Dubuisson who was the 80/1 winner of the Turkish Airline tournament.
Just one person successfully tipped up the Frenchman, so well done Nick S (@SE5_Leeds).
Kirk was a little more popular, and other than those already mentioned, was successfully predicted by @freegolfwinners, @heavytrunks and @mickymcc1976. We must not forget the guys at the William Hill Golf Podcast who had another splendid week’s profits to report, Mike Grenham included Kirk in his McGladrey selections for another healthily priced winner, and colleague Dave Kelner tipped up Timmy Clark who sneaked into a 100/1 place……..good work chaps.
This is the final week of the 2013 Golf Twitter Tipster competition, the standard has been high, so high. A £1 Each Way staked on every single player selected by every single contestant would show ith a profit of over £7,000.00…….WOW!
The DP World Tour Championship in Dubai brings the curtain down on the European Tour season, as well as ours, and over in the US it is the OHL Classic, which will be the final chance to catch our leader Ashley Beighton.
Good luck all
Just two weeks remain until the Golf Twitter Tipster winner is announced, and it remains tight at the top and wide open amongst the leading contenders.
£500 awaits the member of the twitterati that tops the Leaderboard at the end of the World Tour Championships, and Ashley Beighton (@ash051988) still holds the lead, but now by just £16.50 as Shaun Cooper (@Toffeelover7) crept a little closer and moved into second place last week.
Dustin Johnson was the 35/1 winner, recovering from a shaky start to his final round by powering away from the finish, to the raucus approval of the Toffeelover as it enabled him to leapfrog over Ross McDowell (@rossmcdowell1) and into second place overall.
With just £47.75 seperating the top 5 overall, this is going to go down to the wire.....tactics are coming into play, do the leaders play safe, do they select less players, or do they go for it......be interesting to see.
Meanwhile the final £50 monthly competition kicked off this month and a swift start by David McCarthy (@davidbmccarthy) enables him to jump into an early lead. He tipped up Dustin Johnson and had Sergio Garcia too which enabled him to shade ahead of the other DJ backers. Lurking in his shadow are the others who put up 'Dustbin' Noel O'Keefe, William Hill's own Dave Kelner, Adam Ralph, Martin Jones, David Blake, Adam Hunter, Ed Pearce and finally GTT's own Paul Sexton.
Turkey is the penultimate stop for the GTT tour bus this week, for the Turkish Airlines Open, and over on the PGA Tour it's the McGladrey.
After Kelner's winner last week, it's well worth tuning into the WIlliam Hill Golf Podcast before making final selections to hear the pearls of wisdom that he and Mystic Mike Grenham have to offer.
28 October 2013
The evenings have drawn in, the clocks have gone back, and that means that we all have to get up at the crack of good old Dawn in order to watch any golf action, as it's the 'Asian Swing'.
One man who didn't mind getting up early to see Ryan Moore 33/1 secure the CIMB Classic by beating Gary Woodland in a play-off was Ashley Beighton (@ash051988). That victory for Moore enabled Beighton to overtake the long time leader Ross McDowell (@rossmcdowell1) at the top of the Golf Twitter Tipster Overall Leaderboard sponsored by William Hill.
Beighton not only enjoyed selecting the winner, he also tgipped up Aphibarnrat 50/1 who grabbed a place, and followed that up with two placed golfers in the BMW Masters in Luke Guthrie 90/1 and Peter Uihlein 35/1. He storms to the summit of the leaderboard with a profit now of £422.75.
It wasn't as though Ross McDowell had a bad week, he successfully tipped up Moore, so will have been very surprised to find a £60 swing on the leaderboard, and find himself now £24 behind Beighton. Also remaining in touch were @QComber84 who put up Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 80/1 as the winner of that BMW Masters and he remains in touch with @Toffeelover7 who tipped Moore too.
As you can see, these boys at the top really have proved that they know their golf, consistently picking winners week after week, month after month, well done guys.
The October competition closed out last week and our hearty congratulations to Ian Yates (@deaddogsmoking) who wins the £50 bet from the Dave and Mike the William Hill Podcast boys. Mr Deaddogsmoking ended the month with a profit of £161.50, very nice work. He withstood a late challenge by Kamal Chowdury (@kamikazekamal) who got within £3 of the winner, good effort all round. That £50 free bet is winging its way to you Ian.
This week is the beginning of the final month of this years Golf Twitter Tipster competition, and the person at the top of the Overall Leaderboard come the end of the Tour Championship in Dubai in 3-weeks will be the recipient of £500 free bet. Good Luck
21 October 2013
Two low-key events this week and in the Perth International there were plenty of you waking up Sunday morning and thinking that Ross Fisher 14/1 was a certainty in a Play-off against the rather unknown Jin Jeong 250/1. They ended up rather bruised as the Korean played the hole to regulation and Fisher's short game failed its test s he bogeyed the first Play-off hole. No surprises that none of you tipped up Jeong, but plenty of you tipped up Danny Willett at 50/1 and he bagged an Each Way placed finish for those of you.
Over in the US, Webb Simpson 17/1 was turning the Shriners into a procession as he finally strung four rounds together and strolled home by 6-shots from his nearest pursuer Jason Bohn 150/1. Only three of you put up Simpson, whereas four of you were more speculative and put up Bohn, despite him being nearly 10 times the price. Well done to @tomwba1982, @deaddogsmoking and @wanchope43 for successfully putting up Simpson.
Overall Ross McDowell still leads, but Ashley Beighton clawed back a bit of the deficit courtesy of WIllett, and has chipped the lead down to just £22.25. With @SportTalkSport and @Toffeelover7 also within £50 of McDowell, this is going to go right down to the wire.
In the monthly competition @deaddogsmoking extended his lead by tipping Simpson, and is nicely clear of the field at the moment with just one week of the October competition remaining.
This week both events are taking place out in Asia, the CIMB Classic and the BMW Masters. There are some high class field in both events, and as such we are going to run a side competition this week.
As mentioned last week, one of the GTT contestants Stephen O'Connor (@SOC300) kindly organised for a programme from the Portugal Masters to be signed by several top golfers including messrs Kaymer, Molinari, Jimenez, Colsaerts, and Ryder Cup captain McGinley.
Whoever ends up with the most profit from this week's tournaments will win that prize, so a good incentive to get stuck in again this week. Our thanks to Stephen for going to the trouble of organising that.
14 October 2013
After a week's absence GTT was back with a bang this week, and @deaddogsmoking - AKA Ian Yates - was obviously putting the week off to good use studying the golf, as he found the winners both side of the Atlantic.
David Lynn (80/1) broke his duck in Portugal with a storming final round, much to the delight of Yates who was the only one amongst you that tipped up Lynn. Also worthy of mention was Justin Walters, who's putt at the last secured him his playing card for next year, and also gave @saddl3r (Miles Cumberlidge) a 300/1 Each Way boost. I'm sure those tears that Walters shed were tears of joy for @saddl3r really........
Over Stateside and that old GTT nemesis Jimmy Walker (30/1) also broke his duck, this time on the PGA Tour, a long overdue success for a player of his undoubted ability. On a typical week earlier in the season Walker would have had around 20 of you GTT'ers following him off of a cliff (me included!). This week just 8 of you kept the faith, whilst numerous others had lost the faith (me included!).......
October's leader therefore is obviously the aforementioned @deaddogsmoking who commands a healthy £121.50 profit after the first week. Overall it's pretty much as you were, our old friend @rossmcdowell1 still out in front with half a dozen challengers trying desperately to claw back the lead. The latest man to move into contention is @adamshawcross who picked out Jimmy Walker this week and moves up to 6th place overall.
Finally a mention of thanks to Stephen O'Connor (@SOC300) who was out in Portugal this week and has kindly got us a souvenir programme signed by a host of top names, such as Martin Kaymer, Jamie Donaldson, Francesco Molinari, Miguel-Angel Jimenez, Nicolas Colsaerts and many many more. We'll be giving you all an opportunity of winning this over the next couple of weeks......as soon as we've dreamt up a suitable competition for you to contest........with the greatest respect to the Shriners Open and Perth International, we'll wait for a field that attracts a few more of the bigger names
30 September 2013
Just the one tournament this week, much to the relief of Ashley Beighton (@ash051988), the man leading the September competition going into the weekend and who held on to secure the £50 free bet prize courtesy of William Hill.
With David Howell a 125/1 shot winning, only one of you tipped him up this week, so well done and nice work David Blake, AKA (@nevblake). Nev adopted a shrewd and clever policy this week, he selected all 5 players beginning with the letter 'H'. So as well as Howell he tipped up all three Hansen's and David Horsey...and didn't you come up smelling of roses Nev! A massive reward for such a shrewd selection policy is a move up to 13th place overall and within striking distance of the overall lead.
Overall Leaderboard news is pretty much 'as you were', with Ross McDowell still leading up from Ashley Beighton. With just under two months to go now it's getting serious for everyone as the award of the £500 free bet prize for the overall winner is fast approaching.
With no tournaments this week due to the Presidents Cup and Seve Trophy it's a week off for everyone, before we reconvene next week for more action.
23 September 2013
Julian Quesne at 80/1 secured the Italian Open and despite just under 20% of you deciding to make a play in the European Tour this week, eight of you found the winner, so hats off to you eight.
Over in the US, Henrik Stenson 16/1 walked away with over £10million dollars and The Tour Championship with four of you picking him out as the winner.
Several of you have upped your game and are setting off on the long chase after long time leader Rosss McDowell who now has a profit of £419.50. Closing him down are @SportTalkSport on £381.25, @ash051988 on £373.75 and @Toffeelover7 with £367.50.
Next week it's just the Dunhill Links to choose from, and it's the last week of the September competition, @ash051988 heads up the monthly competition at the moment with a profit of £329.75 and he has a healthy lead of over £50 to his nearest pursuer.
16 September 2013
Some staggeringly good efforts from you this week out there, I really don't know where to start, as there are so many efforts worthy of a mention.
OK, I think the best effort of the week award, has to go to be shared by @garyphan and Ashley Beighton (@ash051988) who not only successfully tipped up both winners (Joost Luiten at 20/1 in the KLM Open and Zach Johnson at 40/1 in the BMW Championships), but also had three placed golfers across the two tournaments, really top quality work there Gary & Ashley.
There were another three of you that predicted both winners this week and will celebrate in the glory of the facespitting double @Toffeelover7, @bobby_peru @ash051988, well done chaps, hope that you backed the double and enjoy the financial rewards as well as the plaudits of your fellow competitors!
Other noteworthy efforts this week include both McCarthy's, David and Justin (any relation guys?). David (@davidbmccarthy) selected four players for the BMW Championships, they finished 1st, 3rd, Joint 4th and Joint 4th.....all winners for this competition, splendid work there David. Namesake Justin was almost as impressive tipping up Zach Johnson and then four other placed golfers across the two tournaments......well done guys
The September Leaderboard is hotting up, and the current custodian of the top spot is Adam Hunter (@adhunter1984) with a profit of £156.00. He has picked three winners already, and a couple of heftily priced placed golfers have boosted his total. He is being chased hard by Ashley Beighton (@ash051988) who is just 25p behind after his aforementioned efforts this week. It literally couldn't be any closer.
The Overall Leaderboard is still headed by Ross McDowell (@rossmcdowell1) who yet again tipped a winner this week in Zach Johnson to take his profits for the season over the £400.00 mark for a £1ew stake, seriously impressive work. Chasing him hard though and narrowing the gap this week is Shaun Cooper (@Toffeelover7) who has a profit of £381.00 now and closing to within £42.00 of Ross.
These two are nearly £100.00 clear now of the third placed Steve Laurie (@stevelaurie42) who himself has an excellent profit of £297.50.
WIth less than two months to go, it is going to take a Herculean effort from the majority of us to chase these boys down, especially if they maintain the extremely high standard that they have been setting throughout the year. The beauty of this competition however is that one 400/1 winner can blow the competition wide open and haul people from the middle of the leaderboard, right to the top........as the saying goes....."It ain't over until the fat lady sings"
This week it's the Italian Open in Europe, and the Coca-Cola Tour Championship, the finale of the FedEx Play-Offs over the pond.
9 September 2013
With only the Omega European Masters to get your teeth into this week, several of you decided to take the week off, and unless you were one of the eight that successfully tipped up The Great Dane, Thomas Bjorn at (40/1), then you were probably wise to do so.
Bjorn triumphed over Scotsman Craig Lee (150/1) at the first Play-Off to break one member of the GTT Office’s heart, (he had backed Lee), but allow eight other GTTers to punch the air with delight and check to see how many places they’ve climbed in this week’s table (it’s not just us that does that….is it?.......OK, it probably is).
Amongst those eight of you were SteveLaurie42, last month's Leaderboard winner, continuing his excellent recent form. AdHunter1984 and Billwoddie deserve special mention too, they have tipped both European Tour winners this month now, well done chaps.
The leader of the September Leaderboard however is @SportTalkSport with a profit of £92.25. He too has tipped up Bourdy and Bjorn, and also has a couple of EW places too. This has enabled him to roar back up to the business end of the Overall Leaderboard, rising up to fourth place now with a total profit of £286.75.
Overall leader Ross McDowell took the week off and saw his lead extended at the top as his closest pursuers Toffeelover7 and QComber84 had a losing week. He leads now by £54.50 with a total profit of £370.00.
Still all to play for, and this week we have the KLM Open in Holland in Europe and the BMW Championship over in the US. Entries in by Thursday AM please.
2 September 2013
Gregory Spring-boardys Toffeelover up to second
Ok, ok, it’s a rubbish headline……..but trying to think of a headline for Gregory Bourdy, that doesn’t go along the lines of ‘Birdies for Bourdy’ like I’ve seen all week is pretty tough work…….if you can do any better (and let’s face it, it shouldn’t be too difficult), then please feel free tweet us your best effort.
You get the picture anyway, Gregory Bourdy 40/1 produced a scintillating finish, littered with birdies to secure the Welsh Open, and there were 13 of you who predicted the Frenchman would win in Wales. They included the two nearest challengers to current overall leader Ross McDowell, Toffeelover7 and QComber84, who have gradually pegged the lead back to under £52 now, inded Shaun Cooper (AKA @Toffeelover7) is now just £44.50 behind long-time leader McDowell.
Over in Boston the Monday finish saw Henrik Stenson make up for a couple of high profile near misses and take away the Deutsche bank Championship at 28/1, six of you out there tipped up the resurgent Swede.
The September competition kicked off this week and the Toffeelover heads up the leaderboard with a profit of £60.50 from the first week. Chasing him are Ashley Beighton (@ASH051988) and the confidently named @Iwillwin2013 (Mark Johnston), who also started the month in good fashion.
26 August 2013
Rather belatedly, we can now announce the winner of the £50 Free Bet courtesy of William Hill from the month of August........and it's congratulations to @steveproimpact for his impressive work this month, as he secures the prize with a profit of £161.00 from the past month.
Wins from Patrick Reed (150/1) and Jason Dufner (40/1) contributed the bulk of his haul, four other placed golfers enabled him to consolidate the position.
Only three of you correctly tipped up this weeks Johnnie Walker champion Tommy Fleetwood (80/1) , @simmo14unda, @blaxyblak and @nevblake were the three and were all rewarded with significant moves up the Overall Leaderboard. That Leaderboard is still headed by @rossmcdowell who is still leading by almost £100 despite the charge of @QComber84 who courtesy of Graham DeLaet's 150/1 second place has promoted him up to the runner-up position at present.
Adam Scott was the 16/1 winner of The Barclays but was surprisingly unpopular with you GTTers.
19 August 2013
There's not many of us out there that would like to take the wife out with us when we play our rounds of golf...for most of us it's a sanctuary from our domestic life. There's even fewer of us who'd have the bunions to ask her to carry your clubs for you.....so hats off to Patrick Reed (80/1) for pulling off that masterstroke. Clearly the wife telling him to clean up after himself, not to bite his nails in times of pressure and stress, and to make sure that he's not eating Mars bars, but healthy snacks, has a positive effect on young Patrick as he kept his nerve to secure the Wyndham Championship in a play off over young starlet Jordan Spieth (40/1).
Our current leader Ross McDowell was one of the nine of you to tip up Reed, and therefore extending his lead to over £105 now, Ross really is a man to follow for anyone considering to place any golf bets, consistently impressive tipping from him.
Despite McDowell's impressive run he is still not topping our August Leaderboard as Steve Augur (@steveproimpact) is in barnstorming form. He followed up the Jason Dufner selection last week with not only Reed, but Matt Jones (100/1) who was placed this weekend and a popular choice with you GTT'ers. Steve has a monthly profit of £171.00 for August and heads the race for the £50 monthly free bet.
This week the European Tour roars (well purrs gently) back into action with the Johnnie Walker at Gleneagles, and it's the Barclays in New York on the PGA Tour.
12 August 2013
I'd like to think that kids up and down the country are down at their local Golf Club practicing the 'waggle' after Jason Dufner's fantastic display under pressure over the weekend. After his course record 63 on Friday had taken him to the head of the field, he kept his composure all weekend, hitting fairway after fairway, and green after green to secure his virgin Major success.
At 40/1 he was excellent reward for the twenty of you GTT'ers out there that tipped him up, some great work there from those of you that put up The Duff. The gnarled features of Jim Furyk (80/1) kept the mop haired maestro honest, but he lacked the creativity to mount an aggressive challenge and relied upon churning pars out whilst hoping that Dufner faltered.....he didn't. Henrik Stenson (25/1), Jonas Blixt (200/1), Adam Scott (18/1) and Scott Piercy (250/1) filled the other places, nobody out there tipped up either Blixt or Piercy.
The leader of the GTT Overall Leaderboard, Ross McDowell was one of those score of you that selected Dufner, and he has now stretched his lead at the top once again to £52.50 from his nearest challenger QComber. Ross just keeps churning out a profit week after week and is setting quite a standard, if anyone can usurp him at the top then they will have well and truly earned the £500 free bet from William Hill.
Heading up the August Leaderboard is Tony (@freegolfwinners), for whom Dufner was his second successive 40/1 winner, following on from Gary Woodland in Reno last week. With a profit of £113.75 he is £10 clear at the top from @kriskerfoot.
The best performance this week though must be @jimgilch who selected just two players in the US PGA Championship......Dufner and Furyk........fine work there Jim, and you have been rewarded with a move up to 7th in the August competition.
With the European Tour still enjoying their summer break, there's just the Wymondham Championship to get your teeth into this week, good luck
5 August 2013
Tiger Woods.....a name that divides opinion, he's your definitive 'marmite' golfer, you either love him or hate him. I think that whichever camp that you reside in, you all respect his going ability though, and this week he turned it on. He breezed home by 7-shots in the WGC Bridgestone at a track he could almost call his own backyard, such is his number of wins at Firestone. The 5/1 shot never got out of second gear, and five of you GTT tipsters posted him up, @grayslufc, @jstrack1 @watfordtipster, @nokeefe1 and @peadar85.
Meanwhile over in Reno finally a tournament that all weekend golfers can relate to, Stableford scoring systems, just like many of us use in our weekend fourballs, made a pleasant change from the strokeplay monotany, more please PGA.....If any format was ever designed to suit one golfer, then Modified Stableford and Gary Woodland were a dream made in heaven.....Woodland's season has been a consistent story of inconsistency, birdies and eagles, mixed with bogeys, doubles and much worse. A par on Woodland's scorecard has been as rare as a day without Rioja and cigars for Big Mig 'The Mechanic' Jimenez.
Obviously we're talking in hindsight, otherwise we and all of the other 156 GTT competitors that didn't tip 40/1 shot Woodland, would have been as delighted as the 9 that did. So well done to @freegolfwinners, @deaddogsmoking, @grayslufc, @kriskerfoot, @Mattdhurley, @mgrenham, @QComber84 and @RetfordPaul , good work.
This weeks honours go to @krisketfoot who not only tipped up Gary Woodland a 49/1 winner, but complimented it with Jimenez 200/1 and Keegan Bradley 40/1 both placed at Firestone, some splendid tipping there. A place at the top of the August Leaderboard and profit of £111.25 for the week is the reward.
Ross McDowell maintains his overall lead, but there are now 8 of you posting a profit of over £200 for a £1ew level stake, so the challengers are stacking up behind. McDowell has kept you all at bay for the last couple of months though, can he continue to do so and claim the £500 free bet at the end of the season.
Now you all know that William Hill sponsor this competition and that we enjoy close ties to the Golf Podcast, but this doesn't mean that I am duty bound to mention them every week.....honest.
Podcast stalwart Mike Grenham however is in fantastic form at the moment. I don't know whether this heatwave has meant that he's been spending extra time researching on the laptop/iPad in his deck chair in the garden each evening, but over the last month he has been right on the money with his selections.
He's had winers, near misses, players withdrawing when two shots clear, several placed golfers, and he found another winner in Woodland this week with his only selection in the Rebo-Tahoe. A man to follow.
This week it's Major time again, with the US PGA Championship, get your selections in by midday on Thursday
29 July 2013
Whilst some 50-year olds were playing golf and racing buggies in the dark on Sunday night, another veteran, a GTT veteran Lee Jameson was collecting his £50 Free Bet courtesy of William Hill for winning the July Leaderboard competition.
Jameson was the overall winner in 2012 and secured the free bet this month with a profit of £160.25. Jonas Blixt's 125/1 victory at the Greenbrier was the catalyst to the success, but a 200/1 place, and Mickelson's 20/1 Open victory cemented the prize.
On the course this week it was Brandt Snedeker the 12/1 market leader who took the honours in Canada after Dustin Johnson's latest example of how to throw away a title winning chance succeeded again. @Mickymcc1976, @deaddogsmoking and @LongRon were the only three favourite backers this week and were rewarded with small gains and movement up the leaderboard.
On the other side of the Iron Curtain Michael Hoey secured his annual success when taking the Russian Open at 80/1. Hoey is one of those golfers that plays very average golf for most of the year, but always seems to put everything together and walk away with a title each season.....a nice habit to have. Just one of you picked him out this week, well done to @heavytrunks, a hefty rise up the overall standings and move into the Top 20 are his reward.
John Craddock's time at the summit of GTT was short lived, as Ross McDowell obviously took exception at being shunted from the top last week.........Ross is back where he has been for eight of the last nine weeks and has a £7.25 lead over Craddock.
A quick mention for the William Hill Golf Podcast guru Mike Grenham again this week....this is getting a bit regular Mike......after giving an honourable mention and bigging up Michael Hoey, but not committing to a bet, he tipped up Hunter Mahan in Canada and Bernhard Langer in the Seniors........Mahan withdrew at halfway whilst sitting in a 2-shot lead....and if that wasn't frustrating enough, Langer double bogeyed the last to throw away the Seniors.....eventually getting beat by Mike Wiebe, who looks like he could be Colin Montgomerie's dad.......two weeks of hitting the post then for Mike......deserves some luck this week. Watch out for the Podcast which is available from Tuesday.
It's WGC Bridgestone at FIrestone this week, but don't forget the Reno-Tahoe Open too, there's big prices to be found in both tournaments as August's competition gets underway.
22 July 2013
Woody Austin…….who would have thought that the man with the lurid shirts would play such a key role in the destination of the Golf Twitter Tipster competition……..but the veteran secured victory in the Play Off of the Sanderson Farms Championship and made John Craddock’s weekend, as the 125/1 winner has taken him to the summit of the GTT Leaderboard.
Austin’s victory has ensured that the 8-week tenure at the top of the general classification for Ross McDowell has now come to an end, with Craddock sneaking £2.75 ahead now. With tipping like that, can Craddock be caught!
The main attention of the week though was The Open, and Phil Mickelson (20/1) produced some of the best golf you will ever see in shooting a 66 and storming clear of perennial nearly man Lee Westwood (33/1), as well as Stenson (50/1), Ian Poulter (60/1) and Adam Scott (25/1). Leftie looked fuelled with intensity as he arrowed irons towards the flags, and sunk any putt within 30-feet on the last half dozen holes to take home the Claret Jug for the first time. Eight of you GTT folk tipped up Phil, who made it a Caledonian double after he’d picked up the Scottish Open last week.
Last years GTT winner Lee Jameson has been relatively low key this year, but he is hitting form at the right time, and was one of those tipping up Mickelson and extending his lead at the top of the July Leaderboard competition> He has also sneaked into the Top 10 overall. With a proven pedigree, Jameson is the man to watch at the moment.
Finally a word for the the William Hill Podcast guru Mike Grenham......his three selections were sat pretty on Saturday night, Tiger, Hunter Mahan and Henrik Stenson........what transpired on Sunday wasn't what wily old Mike would have wanted, with just Stenson remaining in the Top 5, but three selections all in the Top 10 of a Major is something pretty noteworthy. Catch him and fellow expert Dave Kelner on the Podcast this week.
15 July 2013
Teenage star Jordan Spieth (33/1) has had plenty of followers the last few weeks, but just four of you kept the faith in the lad as he held his nerve in the Play-off over the more experienced Zach Johnson (18/1) and David Hearn (125/1). Eight of you kept the faith in Spieth and reaped the rewards
It was a week of contrasts as the youngster prevailed in the US, and the ultimate experienced quality professional Phil Mickelson (22/1) produced a shot of the uptmost quality to see of Brandon Grace (50/1) in a Play-off in the Scottish Open. Just four of you tipped up Leftie, which ensures things remain interesting on the Overall Leaderboard.
The Castle Stuart course cannot help but have captured anyone's imagination as the weather ensured spectacular views across the Moray Firth, and Mickelson's sumptuous wedge shot delivered an equally spectacular climax to the tournament. If that hasn't whetted the appetite for The Open this week, then I don't know what will!
Adam Ralph (aka Iwindpeopleup), is probably living up to his name and winding Ross McDowell up as he steadily chips away at the lead on the Overall Standings. The lead is now down to £31.00 as we enter Major Week.
Some huge prices available this week, get your entries in by 6.45am on Thursday, then put your feet up and watch the highlight of the calender in this country.
8 July 2013
Graeme McDowell, GMac, a very charismatic and popular player you would think........not this week amongst you tipsters out there, with just one of you (@grayslufc) putting him forward as the winner of the French Open at 25/1. GMac continued his bizarre sequence of either winning or missing the cut......I can think of worse habits to have Graeme...
Over in West Virginia, the Swedish putting maestro Jonas Blixt produced a tidy final round to usurp the moustache-less Johnson Wagner and the perrennial 'nearly man' Jimmy Walker amongst others. Delighted with that result were last years champion Lee Jamieson along with Adam Ralph and Ronan Gunn who each soared up the Leaderboard courtesy of the generous 125/1 on offer out there.
Most people were putting Johnson Wagner's return to form down to his removal of that small rodent from his upper lip......but we at GTT Towers ask the question, would he have wilted as he did in the final round had that bushy number remained? It was a formidable looking thing, and the intimidation factor alone must have been worth a shot or two.
Ross McDowell remains at the top of the pile with £289.00 profit, but there are several challengers now lurking in the lower reaches of £200+ profit, and one more winner for them could finally lift someone past the long term leader.
Scottish Open and the John Deers this week, entries in before 7am Thursday.
1 July 2013
Congratulations to Shaun Rea who secured the £50 free bet courtesy of William Hill for topping the June Leaderboard. He held on during the final week and a monthly profit of £171.00 is a cracking achievement.
Ross McDowell still heads up the Overall rankings with a profit of £293.00, the big move this week came from QComber84 who is up to third place overall after tipping up Irish Open winner Paul Casey.
24 June 2013
The oldest swinger in town (44-years old....are you sure Ken? Check that birth certificate someone...) Mr Ken Duke finally secured his first US PGA Tour win at the 187th time of asking. Bo and Luke Duke, owners of the General Lee would have been proud of him this week as he rode his luck, flirted with danger, but ultimately held it together well for a richly deserved victory, Not one of you kept the faith in Duke (150/1) though, so as far as the Overall Leaderboard went this week, it was largely unchanged.
The biggest gains this week were made by @shaunrea who tipped up JJ Henry (200/1) and was rewarded with a place that paid 50/1....it's not always about finding the winners! Shaun has taken over from @RetfordPaul at the top of the June Leaderboard, with a £12.00 advantage as we enter the last weekend of that competition.
In what capped off a fine week for those that prefer the more roomy trouser, King of the baggy slacks Ernie Els secured his first win since the British Open, holding off fellow veteran Thomas Bjorn to lift the BMW Championship in Germany. There were five of you that tipped up Ernest, with @Golf_Guru again tipping up a winner and moving right up to 2nd place and chasing down the leader Ross McDowell. The lead is currently £51.25
Just a final reminder, it's the last week of the June Leaderboard, and that £50 free bet is going to be finding its way to someone's account next week. The two tournaments to find the winners are the AT & T National at Congressional, and the Irish Open in County Kildare.
17 June 2013
It may have been Major week, with the US Open dominating the golf scene, but there were no major changes at the top of the Golf Twitter Tipster Leaderboard. It was business as usual for the bang in form @rossmcDowell1 as he tipped up Justin Rose (30/1) and was blooming happy (see what I did there!) when Rosey secured the first Major of his career in fine style at Merion.
Courtesy of Rose, McDowell's profits have now blossomed to £298.00 for a £1ew level stake, a thorn in the side (no stopping me now!) of the chasing pack. In the last 4 tournaments Stateside, @rossmcdowell1 has tipped up 3 out of 4 winners and an Each Way place in the other........not too shabby that.
There were another ten of you GTT'ers out there who succesfully found Justin, so well done to all of you, you'll have rose up the leaderboard as a result....
You won't be shocked to hear that none of you tipped up World Number 764 Simon Thornton in Saint Omer, (yes there was another tournament this week). A few of you found Van Der Walt and Seve Benson who were placed, but it's fair to say that this tournament fell under the radar this week.
The June Monthly Leaderboard is still headed up by @RetfordPaul with £164.25 profit, he's still £20 clear of his closest pursuer who is now @tomwba1982. If the wba in that name relates to West Bromwich Albion then that's the highest that their name has finished in a league table for a serious amount of time, Cyrille Regis days I'd hazard a guess!
Next week it's the BMW International Open in Munich and the Travelers Championship over in the US of A.
It has to be said.......you guys and girls really do know your stuff! There were just over 100 correct selections this week, continuing the really impressive standard that has been set in this competition. In fact, if you'd placed a £1ew bet on every selection, by every competitor, you would be winning the tidy sum of £2,651.50 at this moment in time. That's some serious profit......
This week was an exceptional one even by the incredibly high standards of GTTers.....Paul Sexton and Shaun Rea both tipped up the winners both side of the Atlantic, Joost Luiten (25/1) in Austria and Harris English (70/1) in Memphis. Paul actually backed the 1540/1 double so has the financial reward to accompany the GolfTwitterTipster acclaim......I know which of those two I'd prefer!
Our esteemed sponsors the William Hill Golf Podcast had a glorious week too, with both Dave Kelner and Mike Grenham tipping up Luiten.....a note to self......when these guys agree on something then it's usually worth following. With the US Open teeing off on Thursday, the Podcast is a must listen this week.
Sexton has stormed clear at the top of the June Leaderboard competition, just two weeks in and he is already showing a barnstorming profit of £180.25 and has a lead of £63.75 over his nearest challenger Paul Darling.....can he be caught?
On the Overall Leaderboard Ross McDowell still heads affairs with a total of £268.50, stretching £31.50 clear of second placed Gavin Horsfall. This week's big mover was GolfGuru who storms up to 4th place after tipping up not only Harris English, but also placed players Romain Wattel (66/1) and Scott Stallings (35/1).
It's Major week this week, and as we've proved, if you want winners...Golf Twitter Tipsters are the guys to be following.
3 June 2013
Another decent week from most of you GTTers out there, with 53 of you showing a profit from this weeks golfing action. Those 22 of you that had tipped up the bang in form Mikko Ilonen (35/1) were never in a moments danger in the final round, as he coasted to an impressive three shot victory in the Nordea Masters. Similarly the 23 of you who put forward Matt Kuchar (22/1) for the Memorial were also untroubled as he closed out for the win with the minimal of fuss.
Most impressive performance out there this week was from @jimgilch who found both winners and a £71.25 profit from the weekend. Jim also tweeted that he'd backed the 713/1 double, so the drinks are on you Jim, great work there.
However, just showing that this competition isn't necessarily just about winners, he is only in third place in the standings for this week. @SE5_Leeds heads the June table with a £76.25 profit by tipping up Ilonen, and complimenting that with Bernd Wiesberger (28/1) and Scott Stallings (150/1) who both placed. A mention to for the man behind the concept of GolfTwitterTipster......Mr Paul Sexton. He tipped up Kooooooch, and added Kyle Stanley (150/1), Wiesberger and Jonas Blixt (50/1) who all packed the places and rewarded Paul with a profit of £73.50 for the week/month so far.........just don't ask him if he did the EW doubles though!
Also tipping up both winners were Bolton's finest Adam Shawcross, who has now tipped 6 tournament winners this season, a better strike rate than John McGinley and Mixu Paateleinen in front of goal! SportTalkSport was the other GTTer tipping up the Iloned/Kuchar double, continuing his impressive work this season.
The final word though for the man at the head of our Overall Leaderboard, Ross McDowell. After securing the May Competition free bet, he placed the prize as a £25ew bet on Matt Kuchar, who duly obliged and rewarded Ross handsomely for his shrewd work. It meant he could afford to celebrate in style the birth a new baby girl that arrived just 48-hours earlier......a hearty congratulations from all at Golf Twitter Tipster to you and your family Ross, that'll buy you a few nappies!
27th May 2013
An excellent performance from you GolfTwitterTipsters out there this week, with five of you tipping up the GIR machine Boo Weekley, and eight selecting Matteo Mannassero who prevailed in a Play-Off at Wentworth.
Those on Weekley were handsomely rewarded with a 110/1 winner, and Boooooo showed everyone exactly how to close out a tournament with the minimum of fuss. Mannassero proved equally unflappable on the 18th at Wentworth and secured victory at the third extra hole.
Had the Italian known that the May £50 free bet for Ross McDowell was resting on his young shoulders, who knows what may have happened, but by beating Simon Khan in the Play-Off he thwarted the late charge of SteveLaurie, (who had tipped up Khan). This allowed McDowell to take away the £50 prize courtesy of William Hill Golf Podcast.
McDowell (Ross, not Graeme), has also achieved a feat that nobody has managed since mid March......overtaking Gavin Horsfall at the top of the Overall Leaderboard. By following up last weeks 150/1 winner (Sang Moon Bae), with a 66/1, RMac has soared to pole position with a mighty impressive total of +£249.00, well done Ross.
A word also for a relatively new player in this competition, PeteTheBet has only been participating for 5-weeks, but he's tipped up 3-winners (50/1, 25/1 and 110/1) as well as a 66/1 place, quite some achievement Pete. He's up to 4th on the overall standings now, behind McDowell, Horsfall and the consistent JohnCraddock, who keeps racking up the profits. So it's not too late to join GolfTwitterTipster, all that you have to do is find the winners, and as PetetheBet has proved, you're right in contention.
20th May 2013
A great week if you're a McDowell! Graeme lifted the Volvo Matchplay out in Bulgaria, whilst Ross McDowell (any relation Ross?) tipped up the young Korean Sang Moon Bae at 150/1 and storms up to second place on the overall leaderboard with a handsome profit now of £184.75. Still on top is Gavin Horsfall who sat out this week (tactical move Gavin?!), and still sits proud with a profit of £231.50.
Ross McDowell (I think we'll start to call him call him R Mac) is unsurprisingly the new leader of the May Leaderboard and is now in prime position for the £50 free bet courtesy of William Hill. Petethebet is his nearest challenger but over £90 to catch up R Mac now going into the final week of the May competition.
13th May 2013
Kevin Streelman has rapidly become the key player in this years Golftwittertipster competition. His win in Tampa Bay gave Gavin Horsfell the overall leader a 200/1 boost, and since that day he has also placed twice at 100/1 and now 90/1 to reward followers handsomely. If there were a GTT Player of the Season, he'd be a shoe in for it at the moment.
One of the 18 of you that picked him this week was Justin McCarthy (@justintime4tea) who not only put up Streelman, but also Martin Laird (125/1) and Henrik Stenson (66/1) for the place hat-trick and a £63.25 profit for the week....who needs to find winners eh!
Amazingly not one GTT picked Tiger Woods this week, so that meant that Justin made good progress up the overall leaderboard into 11th now, and he leads the monthly competition for May with a profit of £53.00. Chasing him is @richardscrim just £3.00 behind.
Others making significant gains this week were @GolfBetInfo, @Benjy2104, @TJRycroft and @WatfordTipster who all tipped up Stenson and Streelman for two places and a good profit.
6th May 2013 - NEW RECRUIT LEAPS STRAIGHT TO THE TOP IN MAY
What were you all playing at this week.......Derek Ernst.....I mean, he was such an obvious winner wasn't he? I'm not sure many of us had even heard of this 400/1 kid before the weekend, but he prevailed in the Wells Fargo and broke the heart of Richard Scrimshaw in the process. Scrimshaw had tipped up 200/1 David Lynn and was denied a huge leap up the leaderboard in that not so dramatic Play-Off
Brett Rumford.......now if I'd said to you a month ago that he'd win a European Tour event, you'd have given me a slightly strange look and a good price about it happening......if I said to you that he'd win two on the spin, you'd have considered me a close friend of Mario Balotelli, and a sandwich short of a picnic......but that is exactly what has happened..
Surprising only one of you had the faith to roll with Rumford again this week in China, and that was new player Pete The Bet who heads up the May Leaderboard accordingly.
We've almost become quote blase about Gavin Horsfall being on top of the Overall Leaderboard, but there he remains, and still with a very impressive £48.50 cushion. That's 8-weeks at the top now for Gavin, a tremendous effort.....will he ever be caught?
29th April 2013 - SPORTTALKSPORT RIDING THE RUMFORD ROLLERCOASTER
Some fine performances this week with four of you twittertipsters putting up Aussie Brett Rumford at 80/1 and an impressive 18 of you with Billy Horschel at 33/1. One of those on Brett Rumford was doubly delighted, as they snapped up the April Golf Twitter Tipster Monthly £50 FREE BET prize.
Rumford in particular put his backers through the mill, holding a comfortable looking 2-shot lead deep into the final round, he went into the bushes, was forced into a penalty drop and carded a double bogey 6 at the 17th hole to send his supporters into a spin. Holing an 8-footer for par at the last ensured he made a 3-way play off. I'm not sure many would have fancied him for the trophy at that stage. He responded in style though and fired in a gorgeous 2nd shot to the Par5 Play-Off hole, held his nerve from 5-feet to send his backers, and one tipster out there in particular, delirious.
Still Gavin Horsfall with a now £50 lead at the top of the overall leaderboard, SportTalkSport was the big mover at the top this week, after tipping Rumford he is now up to 3rd place overall, but still £74.50 behind the wily leader Horsfall.
Another barnstorming finish to the April competition and you have to feel sympathy for John Craddock who has been the front runner all month, and despite posting a profit of £135.75 has been collared late home by a rattling run from SportTalkSport. Brett Rumford made it three winners and three placed golfers this month and a whopping profit of £195.50 for the month of April. Congratulations to SportTalkSport, you win the £50 FREE BET courtesy of the boys at William Hill, what a finish.
22nd April 2013 - CRADDOCK & HORSFALL STILL IN CHARGE
It's still Gavin Horsfall leading the way with +£249.50 now, and still £40.00 clear of Adam Shawcross. The only one of the Top 5 to increase their total was Keitth Punter, Magnus Carlsson's impressive final round grabbed him a place and inched the wily old Punter a touch closer. There's now 11 of you showing profits over £100, so the standard is incredibly high this year.
John Craddock consolidated his lead at the top when Raphael Jacquelin eventually secured the Open De Espana at the 248th extra hole in the Play-Off, 'Sport Talk Sport' is hanging onto his coat tails after also putting up 'Jacq' in Spain'
8th April 2013 - CRADDOCK EXTENDS LEAD IN APRIL COMPETITION
Hats off to John Craddock who successfully tipped up Flying Scotsman Martin Laird at 100/1 to storm up 95 places on the leaderboard into the Top 10. But even a 100/1 winner leaves him still £168.50 behind the runaway leader Gavin Horsfall.
The first week of the April competition and with only Mr Craddock finding the winner, then it's no surprise that he's got a substantial lead at the top of the monthy leaderboard. NJ Carter with a couple of placed tips (Hoffman and Horschel), is his nearest challenger.
31st March 2013 - IT'S THE GAVIN HORSFALL SHOW!!
For any of you old enough...this was the golf equivalent of the 1973 Grand National....Crisp (Brett Millman), stormed into an early lead, but Red Rum (Gavin Horsfall) kept chipping away at the lead. They came to the elbow and Keegan Bradley's two bogeys in the first three holes on Sunday was the equivalent of Crisp wandering under pressure when Richard Pitman showed him the whip... and Miko Ilonen's three birdies in the first four holes were like Red Rum thundering down the outside, the relentless progress enabling Horsfall to collar him on the line and triumph by a slender £2.75.
Congratulations Gavin, March Winner of GolfTwitterTipster the £50 free bet courtesy of William Hill Golf Podcast will be with you today.