Tied for 20th position was our best return in Robert MacIntyre last week at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, followed by Perez and Ramsay in a tie for 36th.
A mixed week which involved a lot of birdies for our guys but most of them were heavily penalized by the conditions that all players faced during all of their 2nd rounds. A wind/rain affected day with winds reaching 40mph presenting ‘sideways rain’ was not to be taken lightly. Needless to say, there were a few casualties scores wise because of this.
New Zealand’s Ryan Fox got the job done with a sublime last round where he held off challenges from the likes of Rory McIlroy and a late surging Callum Shinkwin. Longtime leader Richard Mansell unfortunately didn’t have the best of Sundays but ass a 7th place into what is turning out to be a really consistent year for Richard, having secured full playing rights for next year in Europe.
Open de Espana Betting Odds
Our run on the DP World Tour goes on, with the PGA Tour events ramping up, I am keeping a close eye on trending players and will look to preview something over in America the end of the month so stay tuned for that.
The DP World Tour moves onto its first of three legs in Spain for the national Open, hosted at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, located in Spain’s capital Madrid. Local favourite and World Number 6 Jon Rahm makes the trip back to his home country and is quite rightly the market leader at a small 10/3. Lets see what we have in store this week;
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid – The Club de Campo course
- Par 71, 7110 yards approx.
- Course designer – Javier Arana in 1956, latest renovations by Manuel Pinero
- Tree lined fairways, plenty of dog legs and is undulating – Resort style course
- Fairways/Rough – primarily Bermuda/Rye grass
- Greens – Bentgrass/Poa Annua
- 4 x Par 3s – ranging from 177-210 yards
- 11 x Par 4s – ranging from 362-505 yards
- 3 x Par 5s – 526, 536 and 564 yards
Early Weather forecast this week
Back to normality this week for the players after the antics of the Scottish coastline last week. 4 days of low 20 degrees Celsius, with hardly any wind, gusts are set to reach a massive maximum of 12mph across the week. No draw bias it seems, the best golfers will be sure to have a great week with eagle/birdie opportunities aplenty!
Last 2 winners and their stats
2021 winner – Rafa Cabrera-Bello -19
- 24th OTT
- 20th DA
- 3rd T2G
- 25th GIR
- 6th APP
- 2nd SCR
- 22nd Putting
2019 winner – Jon Rahm -22
- 1st OTT
- 3rd DA
- 1st T2G
- 12th GIR
- 6th APP
- 3rd SCR
- 1st Putting
Average stats for the past 2 winners – Score -21
- 13th OTT
- 12st DA
- 2nd T2G
- 19th GIR
- 6th APP
- 3rd SCR
- 12th Putting
The Madrid Masters and the Open de Madrid was held here 04, 05 and 08 won by Rich Sterne, Raphael Jaquelin and Charl Schwartzel so there are further stats for these events if you fancy a dig.
Stats to consider this week
SG: OTT – hint of accuracy/SG: T2G
Fairways here are generous but they are tree lined and they do need finding in regulation in order to score low. With 8 out of the 11 Par 4s being under 450 yards an emphasis will always be on the tee shot to get as close to the green as possible. Lots of dog legs and water in play on occasions, players will be in 2 minds on occasions as to what club to take off the tee.
An average of 3rd from the winners of the 2 previous Open de Espanas, undulating fairways/greens with severe run offs in places will cause a headache when trying to get up and down, so a player who does this well won’t go amiss.
Stroke Average/Birdies made
Short Par 4s, short Par 5s, a winning average of -21 for the last 2 events means there is eagle/birdie opportunities so a guy who consistently shoots low scores will be on the cards this week.
Par 4 performance
As mentioned above, 72% of the Par 4s are under the 450 yards mark. Meaning that the majority of them can be deemed as easy/scorable holes. Players that conquer Par 4s week in week out will be a good indicator on who will go well here this week.
This week’s Open de Espana selections
5 each way selections again this week, all 8 places. Good luck!
- Thriston Lawrence 35/1
- Pablo Larrazabal 50/1
- Eduardo Molinari 66/1
- Louis De Jager 66/1
- Alejandro Canizares 150/1