Mar 30th, 2016
ANA Inspiration Betting Tips
Who to back at the first major of the season
Words: Nick Kevern
This week I'm skipping the Shell Houston Open, and betting on the first Major of the season. It’s the LPGA's ANA Inspiration, formerly known as the Kraft Nabisco. The first Women’s Major of the year.
Last year’s champion was Brittany Lincicome. You can get her at odds ranging from 66/1 to 90/1. So best to shop around. The hot favourite, however, is Lydia Ko. Fresh from her victory at the Kia Classic, her odds have been slashed to around 4/1. If you like Ko then be prepared for extremely low odds.
The Americans have performed strongly at the ANA Inspiration. Three Americans have lifted the title in the past five years.
So with all of this in mind, here are Spivs top tips for the ANA Inspiration.
Lexi Thompson 16/1 (Ladbrokes)
Lexi has already won once this year in a season dominated by South Korea. She also knows her way around here. She won in 2014 and finished 7th in her defense of the title. The only American to have won so far this season on the LPGA.
Ha Na Jang 16/1 (Ladbrokes)
The Golden rule of betting on the LPGA, include a South Korean. Jang has won twice on the Tour this year and enters this major in top form. She is converting last year’s runner-up positions to victories and has already beaten Ko this year. Looks strong.
Brooke Henderson 28/1 (BetVictor)
The Canadian is good, really good. Won her first LPGA title as an Amateur, and was given her tour card the next day. Has been consistent on tour and a regular top 5 performer. This is a darkhorse that really could contend.
Paula Creamer 100/1 (Skybet)
This might seem like a long shot but for those who keep tabs on the LPGA will know that these odds need to taken advantage of. A recent change of swing coach has seen Creamer vastly improve and is becoming a contender again. Great each way value here.
Morgan Pressel 125/1 (Coral)
Once held the record of the youngest Major winner by winning this event back in 2007. Her record here is amazing and doesn’t reflect the odds on offer. 3rd last year, 11th in 2014, 3rd in 2011. She feels at home here and well worth an Each Way punt.