2013 ISPS Handa World Cup - Vegas Odds, Free Picks, + Tee Times

While not an official PGA Tour event, the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf has the feel of a World Golf Championships event given it's inherent international flavor. For the 2013 ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf, there will be 60 total players spanning 34 countries. Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Victoria, Australia will be the host for this year's event. Many might remember this venue for the 2011 Presidents Cup recently, so it's no stranger to high-profile international competitions.

Players will compete in a 72-hole stroke-play format which is mostly based off of individual play, but there is a team component as well. For the United States, the 2013 team will be comprised of PGA professionals Bill Haas and Matt Kuchar.

First round action will get underway on Thursday, November 21st, and conclude on Sunday, November 24th. Coverage of the event will be seen throughout the week on Golf Channel.

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Royal Melbourne GC, Victoria, Australia

A massive 36-hole golfing facility, the Royal Melbourne Golf Club is frequently ranked among the top golf clubs in all of Australia. In fact, its western course is ranked as #1 in the entire country, and the East Course is ranked #6.

Founded in 1981, the Royal Melbourne is the oldest continuously operated golf club in Australia. It is also one of the most prestigious. It has hosted a number of prominent golfing tournaments, and was chosen by the PGA Tour to hold the Presidents Cup in 1998—making it the first non-U.S. course to ever host this famed event.

Golfers can play on either of the two courses, or they can play on what is called the Composite Course. The Composite draws on 21 holes, drawn from both the eastern and western courses. (The Presidents Cup itself draws from composite holes.) The holes here are deceptive; at first blush they seem to be identified largely by their rolling, gentle green hills, but many players have found the course's seemed simplicity to mask some truly daunting challenges.

Vegas Odds For 2013 ISPS Handa World Cup

The 57th playing of the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf will get going this Thursday. Beginning on November 21st, 60 players from 34 countries will compete individually and on a team by representing their country in an international event.

Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia will be the site of the 2013 edition of this tournament. The field is led by two top-10 players in No.2 Adam Scott and No.7 Matt Kuchar. It shouldn't be a surprise that they would also be the top favorites to win entering the week. But remember, there are two aspects of this event. One is for the individual scoring title while the other is centered on the team component.

Below, we've assembled the full list of betting odds to win the 2013 World Cup of Golf as shown at Bovada Sportsbook. These lines to win include not only individual odds, but the team betting lines as well. Check these out and if you want to bet any of them, PGABettingOdds.com can help you with that... all you need to do is click on who you want to bet to go to Bovada right then!

ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf: Individual Betting Lines - odds found at Bovada on 11/18/2013

Top-5 Favorites To Win Individual Title

Adam Scott 3/1 (+300) - Scott continued his solid play from the end of the FedEx Cup season into the fall season, winning the Australian Masters this past week. Bovada Sportsbook believes that Scott will continue to play well and contend at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf this week, installing him as a 3 to 1 favorite to win the individual title. Playing at home in front of his native crowd should be an enjoyable week for him, making him very comfortable at Royal Melbourne.

Matt Kuchar 7/1 (+700) - Kuchar made his mark last season as a very consistent player, not once missing a cut. He has played in a few tournaments in the fall, tabbing a T7 finish at the McGladrey Classic in Georgia two weeks ago. He has experience at Royal Melbourne, playing in the 2011 Presidents Cup. That also happened to be an international competition where the pressure is very high.

Jason Day 15/2 (+750) - Oddsmakers really like the Australians this week. With two of the top-three favorites from Australia, it's easy to predict which team will be favored within those payouts as well. Day is an excellent ball striker and has one of the smoothest swings you'll see. But Day will play this week with a very heavy heart, as eight of his relatives were lost in Typhoon Haiyan when it struck the Philippines earlier this month. How that affects him playing remains to be seen.

Graeme McDowell 14/1 (+1400) - McDowell last teed it up at the WGC-HSBC Champions at the end of October. He nearly won it, coming in 3rd at 20-under par. McDowell has been streaky over the last couple of years, but when he gets things rolling he can be very tough to beat. He appears to be on one of those hot streaks, which almost guarantees that he will be in contention this week.

Bernd Wiesberger 20/1 (+2000) - Wiesberger might not be a name that jumps off of the page as one you recognize, but this player from Germany has got some serious game. He is the 54th-ranked player in the world and has two victories on the European Tour. He finished 7th at the Turkish Airlines Open where Tiger Woods was in the event two weeks ago. His most recent finish last week at the DP World Tour Championship was a T34.

Peter Hanson 25/1 (+2500) - Hanson is the 46th-ranked player in the world with six European wins in his career. He recorded a top-10 finish as the DP World Tour championship in Dubai last week. With plenty of international competition experience as a member of the Ryder Cup for Europe, Hanson should feel plenty comfortable in this type of a setting.

Top Teams Favored To Win World Cup Of Golf

Australia 13/8 (+162) - Adam Scott and Jason Day make up Team Australia. They will be at home and will no doubt garner the loudest cheers from the patrons in attendance. Australia is the heavy favorite to win the 2013 ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf at a payout better than 2 to 1. With Both Scott and Day right at the top of betting odds individually, that is multiplied when it comes to the team aspect culminating in a disparity on the payout between them and other teams.

United States 6/1 (+600) - Matt Kuchar will team up with Kevin Streelman to form the United States’ team. Kuchar is high up on the odds from an individual standpoint, but Streelman is well back at 50/1. Even with the U.S. team second on the team favorites, they are more than three times the payout of Australia.

Ireland 9/1 (+900) - Represented by Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry, Team Ireland has plenty of international competition experience. McDowell got his first win since the 2010 U.S. Open earlier this year and has turned a corner to playing better golf. What a better way to continue that than combining with Lowry to capture this event. A bet on Ireland pays out 9 to 1 this week.

ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf: Team Betting Lines - odds found at Bovada on 11/18/2013

Free Picks For 2013 ISPS Handa World Cup

Individual Winner Pick - It's difficult to stray from the home team in Australia here, but of the two we think Adam Scott will get it done in back-to-back weeks. Scott might feel the need to pick it up a bit for his playing partner in Day because of the tragedy he is going through right now. Scott won last week and won a few weeks ago at the Grand Slam of Golf as well. Expect another great week out of the No.2 player in the world.

Pick To Win Team Competition - While Australia will be right up there, PGABettingOdds.com gives the slight edge to Ireland to win the team event. Europe has a history of getting up for team events, and McDowell has been a big reason for that. Certainly there are other European teams in the field, but Ireland at 9/1 is a nice payout and a smart wager to make.

Darkhorse Value Bet (Individual) - K.J. Choi will represent South Korea this week, and bettors should expect him to be in contention. At 66/1, he's getting a huge payout where a small wager can profit big. Choi finished T7 at the CIMB Classic in October and has been playing well.

Darkhorse Value Bet (Team) - The South Korean team of K.J. Choi and Sang-Moon Bae has the potential to light it up this week. They are right in the middle of the payouts, installed at 33/1. Bae is a rising star and paired with a steady hand like Choi could be a recipe for a winning week.

World Cup Of Golf Lock Of The Tournament - The top-two favorites to win the 2013 ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf are grouped together. But of the two (Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar), Scott is coming off of a win last week. As a result, the 3-ball betting line paying +115 on Scott shooting the low score for the day in Thursday's action is definitely a smart wager to take. It profits above even money, and Scott is playing as well as anyone in the world right now, Kuchar included.

Notable Pairings + Tee Times

The pairings sheet will be out the week of the tournament, so there will be advanced notice as to which players are going out with each other, and how the teams will be formed. As soon as this information is out, we will have it all here for you in one location.

2011- ISPS Handa World Cup Of Golf

The United States won the last World Cup of Golf, which was held back in 2011 on the Blackstone course at Mission Hills located in Hainan, China. The 56th edition of the of the World Cup of Golf was the second event since the schedule decided to move the tournament to once every two years; which started in 2009.

Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar won the 2011 World Cup of Golf with a combined total score of -24. It was a two-shot victory over the team from England and the team from Germany.

2011 ISPS Handa World Cup Of Golf - Leaderboard

  1. United States -24 (264)
  2. England -22 (266)
  3. Germany -22 (266)
  4. Australia -21 (267)
  5. Netherlands -21 (267)