The British Masters | Thursday 08 October - Sunday 11 October | Woburn Golf Club
The British Masters hasn’t been on the European Tour schedule for the past seven years but 2015 marks its return and with Sky Sports stepping up to the plate and sponsoring the event, it promises to be one for golf fans to keep an eye on.
A strong field will be assembling at the Marquess Course at Woburn Golf Club this week for what promises to be a good four days of golf and we’re hoping to make it that much better by finding the winner. The par 72, 7,200 yard track isn’t one which has featured on the Tour over the past few years, but what is obvious after having a look at the layout is that accuracy off the tee will be vital here. The fairways are narrow and lined with trees waiting to punish those wayward tee shots so keep an eye on players who rank highly in the driving stats.
This isn’t going to be the only aspect of the game to look out for though, the course plays long so those who can hit their drives a bit further than the rest should find themselves in contention come Sunday. Once on the fairway things get a bit easier and the greens are said to be fair. Players who can hit their approaches stiff are at an obvious advantage though as making birdies is the name of the game and the more chances these guys give themselves the better. Overall this promises to be a tightly contested affair and one to keep an eye on. Let’s see if we can get things off to a good start by finding some value.
To Win Outright
Shane Lowry 15/1
Francesco Molinari 18/1
Ian Poulter 18/1
Danny Willet 20/1
Graeme McDowell 20/1
Peter Hanson (60/1 a win, 12/1 a place)
If current form is anything to go by, Peter Hanson looks like he has a decent chance of overcoming the odds and walking away with the win here this week. He looked to be in great form in the Alfred Dunhill last week and hit more fairways and greens in regulation than the majority of the field and on this layout, that will go a long way to ensuring that he’s in the mix come Sunday. Hanson fared well here last time out and although that would have been about a decade ago, his game still suits the course. The Swede may not go all the way, but I’m still backing him each way, a place will still offer a handsome payout.
Soren Kjeldsen (25/1 a win, 5/1 a place)
Moving up the betting and onto the more fancied golfers, Soren Kjeldsen is the first to catch the eye. He’s been impressive almost every time he’s teed off over the past few weeks and a second place finish in Denmark was followed by 9th place finishes in Germany and Scotland. Kjeldsen is another player who hits the fairway more often than not and that, combine this with his accurate iron play, makes him impossible to ignore this week. Sure, the competition is stiff but Kjeldsen is due a win and this looks like it could be his week. Each way is the bet for me here.
Eddie Pepperell (55/1 a win, 11/1 a place)
I’m sticking to my guns and backing Pepperell again this week, despite the fact that he never really showed up at the Alfred Dunhill. Having grown up in this area, he will be familiar with the course and the conditions which he’ll be facing, there’ll also more than likely be a whole lot of support for the local lad. That, coupled with his incredible short game, will hopefully be enough to see him finish inside the Top 5 at least. He’s still looking for his first European Tour win, let’s hope this is his week.
Francesco Molinari (18/1 a win, 36/10 a place)
This week Francesco Molinari ticks all the boxes, and for that reason he’s my best bet. There’s no one in this field who finds the fairway off the tee as often as the Italian does and I have a feeling he could walk away with his fourth European title on Sunday. Molinari currently sits at 35th in the Race to Dubai rankings, but he hasn’t played as often as he normally does which explains this. When he has participated, he’s been in great form though and his putting has been nothing short of superb. If he manages to hit as many greens in regulation as I think he will, he’ll be making a lot of birdies so keep a close eye on the second favourite. At this price, Molinari is definitely worth an each way bet, get on it before the price shortens.
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