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The Punter: Rory can tame Tiger

Rory is the story on the golfing front and the world is young McIlroy’s oyster after that brilliant win in Dubai - his first professional success at the tender age of 19.

The Holywood teenager is now being compared with the great Tiger Woods and Paddy Power have wasted no time in striking up a few specials on Woods v McIlroy.

Rory is 200-1 to win the Grand Slam at a younger age than Tiger which gives him up to 2013.

He is 5-1 to win the Open at a younger age and 2-1 to pick up more points than Woods in the next Ryder Cup.

There is also a market with Rory against Jack Nicklaus.

Mind you, all of them are tough asks but McIlroy has what it takes and the best is to back him to gain most Ryder Cup points than Tiger at 2-1.

Paddy Tohill, spokesperson for Paddy Power, said: “Rory is really making a huge impact on the world of golf. Now, with a win under his belt, his confidence will grow and he looks like he will be taming a few of Tiger’s records, and bringing more trophies back to Holywood.”

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Rory v Tiger specials: Refers to Rory McIlroy winning these at a younger age than Tiger Woods.

5-1: Rory to win Open Championship before Tiger (up to and incl 2013)

200-1: Rory to win career Grand Slam before Tiger (up to and incl 2013).

14-1: Rory to win US Masters before Tiger (up to and incl 2011)

100-1 Rory to beat Woods in Major play-off in 2009

300-1 Rory to win more majors by age of 30 than Woods (11 or more)

2-1: Rory to score more points in 2010 Ryder Cup than Woods, (draw no bet, bets void if both don't play in Ryder Cup)

9-4: Rory to beat Woods in Ryder Cup 2010 Singles (bets void if they don't play each other)

Majors 2009: To win most majors (bets void if both don’t play all four majors): 28-1 McIlroy; 6-4 tie and 4-9 Woods.

Rory v Jack: Refers to Rory McIlroy winning these at a younger age than Jack Nicklaus.

7-2: Rory to win Open Championship before Jack (up to 2015)

150-1 Rory to win Career Grand Slam before Jack

9-1: Rory to win US Masters before Jack (up to and inc 2012)

100-1 Rory to win more majors by age of 30 than Jack (8 majors or more).

Rory McIlroy specials: 2-5 To Play in 2010 Ryder Cup ; 7-4 To win a Major by age of 25; 12-1 To win the 2009 Irish Open.

Delayed game proves costly for customer

It has been said countless of times that the onus is on the customer to check a bookmaker’s rules before placing a bet, if he or she is uncertain about the terms.

Take, for example, a query raised by Lisburn’s Sammy Jamison regarding a rugby bet he did with McLean’s Bookmakers.

It was a winning accumulator and included Munster to win in France on Saturday, January 24.

But when he went to collect, he was told that Munster’s game was void under company rule. The bet was settled on the remaining selections.

Munster’s game did not take place on the Saturday but the following day due to bad weather and McLean’s rule is that if a match, whether rugby or football, is abandoned or does not take place on the scheduled day, it is void.

A spokesman for McLean’s said: “We believe it is fairer all round and stops customers complaining if the selection is beaten on a different day, that they only wanted the bet to apply on the day they placed it.

“With rival firms, the selection would have stood as most have a rule which says rugby team selections will stand if the game is played within 48 hours.

And that is why Sammy was paid on a bet with Ladbrokes which included Munster.

Where football is concerned, the selection is valid provided the match is played in the same week, which is Monday to Monday.

There are also differences in horse match-betting. Some firms make it that one of the selections must finish the course for the bet to stand (Ladbrokes) but Hill’s and Paddy Power take a different line and they base their settlements on the horse that goes furthest in a race.

Another query centres around distance betting and how the total lengths are calculated.

A distance or finished alone, in a National Hunt race equates to a maximum of 30 lengths but on the Flat the maximum is 12 lengths. while a walkover on the Flat is worth five lengths and in National Hunt 12 lengths.

The default distance for an abandoned race is two lengths on the Flat and 10 on the NH scene.

Get on early for festival

In the current financial difficulties, everyone is looking for value and punting is no different.

Star Racing in Belfast’s Donegall Lane are offering 11-4 the double Master Minded and Binocular to win at Cheltenham up until this Saturday only.

Taking the best prices available, the double works out no better than 5-2 so those who think the selections are nailed on, should get round there this week.

Master Minded only has to stand up to win so effectively, it is 11-4 Binocular to win the Champion Hurdle provided, of course, they turn up on the day.

The same firm are offering other specials from this week such as money back if your selection is beaten a short head up to a maximum of £200. The same applies to greyhound racing .

In football, customers will get half their money back if a game ends scoreless, again subject to a maximum refund of £200.

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