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Great White hosts Shark Shootout and Tiddlywinks is the favourite

| 08.12.2010

Great news for golfing punters, the golf season never stops.

Last week’s Chevron World Challenge was officially the last money event of the 2010 season but while the PGA Tour waits for January 7th and the beginning of the 2011 season to roll around, punters are afforded the opportunity to bet on some non-official events.

The first of these is the Shark Shootout which is hosted by Greg Norman and takes place in Naples, Florida, and with a $3m purse to play for, don’t expect the professionals to treat is as a friendly.

The tournament sees 24 of the world’s best golfers split into pairings and Ryder Cup rivals Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson will join forces and are the tournaments 3/1 favourites.

The two have a better cumulative world ranking than any other pairing and are close friends off the course which should make them difficult to bear.

No less than 10 players that lit up the Celtic Manor in October will be competing, and European player of the year Graeme McDowell and his Ryder Cup vice-captain Darren Clarke are the second favourites at 5/1.

But best mates Steve Stricker and Jerry Wilson will once again pair up and the defending champions are the team to beat, and they offer plenty of value at 7/1 to win the Shark Shootout.

Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson form one potentially electrifying pairing as the two youngsters aren’t afraid to have some fun on the golf course, and with the jovial atmosphere that surrounds this event, the 5/1 might be worth taking.

Host Greg Norman is paired with this year’s PGA Tour money list leader Matt Kuchar, but despite Kuchar’s incredible season with 11 top-ten finishes, the pairing are the outsiders at 20/1.

A £10 stake on Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson winning the Shark Shootout would return £80. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.