On top of the superb value selections he provides on a weekly basis for the PGA and Euro tours, the Golf Insider also provides members with his ‘Players to Follow‘ list at the beginning of each year.
In his work as a full-time market-maker, trader, and odds compiler, it is his responsibility to have a firm handle on the ability and winning potential of players who are right at the top of the game… but, just as importantly, those who are considered to be up-and-coming talents.
Maybe more importantly, in fact. Because these “lesser players” are the guys who are often chalked-up at big prices and do the most damage to the layers should they go and win.
Over the past couple of years the annual list has included a couple of very nice winners at 175/1 (Markus Kinhult and Victor Perez), as well as other first-time winners (Robert MacIntyre & Min Woo Lee).
Looking at the figures from the lists in 2019 and 2020… if you had put a level stake on each of the players featured, every time they played, you would have made a tidy profit. And all this despite the major disruptions that took place during last year, when several featured golfers barely played.
On the back of 2020 when the Golf Insider service delivered winners up to $251… add in this list of Players To Follow and you have a formidable arsenal at your disposal to attack the bookies.
Players who can make the list
The Golf Insider’s guidelines for compiling the Players to Follow list remain the same…
- They had to be maidens on both the European Tour and PGA Tour (ie, they couldn’t be have won before at a professional level on either circuit).
- They couldn’t be more than 25-years-old.
This allows us to capture players that are relatively new to the scene and wouldn’t be on the radar of most golf commentators (and bookies!).
After mountains of research and form study, the Golf Insider has come up with ten players to watch in 2021 – five on the PGA Tour and five on the European Tour.
The full list
We’ve reserved the full list for members of the Golf Insider service… as always, members come first. You can join up right now and get full access. It’s one of our best value betting memberships, with members getting full tournament previews plus recommended bets for outright, top 10, top 20, round 1 leader and 3-ball markets.
The Golf Insider covers all tournaments across the two major tours in world golf: the US and European tours. This includes co-sanctioned events such as the four majors.
The Golf Insider had a super 2020, with total profit of 26 units – including the following big winners:
- Shriners Open – Martin Laird (each-way): $201 / $51
- Mauritius Open – Rasmus Hojgaard (each-way): $151 / $39
- Austrian Open – Marc Warren (each-way): $101 / $26
- AP Invitational – Tyrell Hatton (winner): $51
- Bermuda Championship – Peter Malnati (R1 each-way): $46 / $12
- Genesis Invitational – Harold Varner III (R1 place): $36
- Tour Championship – Harris English (R1 leader): $34
- Cyprus Showdown – Robert MacIntyre (each-way): $31 / $9
- Dubai Dessert Classic – Adri Arnaus (place): $26
- Genesis Invitational – KH Lee (Top 20): $26
- Players Championship – Harris English (R1 place): $26
- Wales Open – Connor Syme (R1 leader): $26
- AP Invitational – Talor Gooch (R1 place): $25
- Scottish Open – Scott Jamieson (R1 place): $24
- Wyndham Championship – Harold Varner III (R1 leader): $23
- Northern Trust – Dustin Johnson (each-way): $21 / $6
- Phoenix Open – JB Holmes (R1 place): $21
- Barracuda Championship – Seamus Power (R1 place): $21
One to watch…
To give everybody a taste of the Players to Watch list, here’s one of his players… he’s very keen!
Wilco Nienaber (RSA) – European Tour
Nienaber is a player who will win in 2021. In fact, once he gets that first success I can see him winning a whole lot more. He’s close to being the finished article as a player.
He’s already had chances to win on the European Tour (a should-have-won second in the Joburg Open) and has posted several other high finishes during what turned out to be a year full of promise during 2020. Nienaber gives it a right belt off the tee, and ranked number one for driving distance in last year’s stats… in fact in the Joburg Open last year he launched one drive 439 yards!
However distance alone will not make him the finished article. Wayward accuracy stats and modest numbers on the greens, mean that Nienaber still has areas of his game to improve before he becomes a better and more consistent performer on the world stage… as we should expect to see plenty of this guy in the States over the coming years.
The question will be what sort of value we see about the 20-year-old when he does tee it up this year because, of the five players in this list of European Tour players, Nienaber will be the
shortest in the odds most weeks.
For me he’s going to be best followed in home conditions that suit his game, but he has shown an aptitude for playing well both on his native Sunshine Tour, as well as posting Top 10
finishes in the UK and Spain.
Wilco Nienaber is a winner-in-waiting and surely must register a first European Tour win in 2021… the first of many.
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