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Lydia Ko Is Great Value For Her ANA Inspiration Title Defence

The first major of the LPGA Tour golf season gets underway on Sky Sports on Thursday and it promises to be a cracking renewal of the ANA Inspiration, which is shaping up to be a very competitive betting heat…

  • Since winning the ANA Inspiration in 2014, Lexi Thompson has finished 7th in this event in 2015 and 5th in 2016
  • Suzann Pettersen has finished in the top-20 in her last nine appearances at Mission Hills – 2-2-5-2-19-15-3-8-10

30th March – 2nd April Odds Won/Lost Bet
ANA Inspiration      

Lydia Ko (each way)
   Best Bet
@ 20 / 1  
Lexi Thompson (each way) @ 20 / 1  
Suzann Pettersen Top 20 Finish @ 2 / 1  

Where To Start?

Where to start, indeed. Founded in 1972, the ANA Inspiration, as it is currently known, has been held at the Mission Hills Country Club in California since its inception and the players are battling it out for a share of the $2.7m prize purse on offer this week.

Lydia Ko heads here as the defending champion and it is startling to see that the New Zealander can be backed at a price as big as 20/1 (Betfred). Yes, she may have missed the cut at the Kia Classic last time out, which was only the second time she has failed to make the weekend of a tournament since she joined the tour in 2014, but she had racked up three successive top-tens prior to that and she has spent 75 consecutive weeks ranked as the world number one player for a reason.

A fourteen-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Ko has finished in the top-three in five of her last seven appearances in majors and we simply have to jump on the 20/1 on offer this week.
Tip #1: Lydia Ko (each way) @ 20/1 with Betfred.

The Contenders

It is Ariya Jutanugarn who has been installed as joint-favourite and the world number two is pushing Ko hard for the title of ‘best player in the world’. The Thai star has won five tournaments in the past twelve months but memories of her final round meltdown at the ANA Inspiration, where she led for much of the last day before bogeying the final three holes, still linger.

Jutanugarn is joined at the head of the market by last year’s runner-up In Gee Chun (11/1), while 2013 champion and the recent winner of the HSBC Women’s Champions, Inbee Park, is priced 14/1, as is fellow South Korean Sung-Hyun Park, who tied 6th at Mission Hills last year.

Course Form

We are going to side with a couple of other players with form on the 6,738 yard course though and 2014 champion Lexi Thompson looks great value at 20/1. Since winning this title three years ago, Thompson has finished 7th in 2015 and 5th in 2016, while the American has been in decent enough touch this year, going 2-4-25-MC-11 so far.
Tip #2: Lexi Thompson (each way) @ 20/1 with Bet 365.

Finally, Suzann Pettersen has enjoyed a tough 2017 that has yielded just one top-fifteen finish but the two-time major winner has an excellent record at Mission Hills and is worth a look in the side markets. The Norwegian has gone 2-2-5-2-19-15-3-8-10 in her last nine appearances in this tournament and she is 2/1 for a top-20 finish, as well as 11/2 for a top-ten finish (Bet 365).
Tip #3: Suzann Pettersen top-20 finish @ 2/1 with B365.

2017 LPGA ANA Inspiration Odds

Posted: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

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