Another strong field tee off on the European Tour this week. Ross Fisher is the man in form after a stretch of strong finishes, but Bernd Wiesberger is the bookie’s favourite at 16/1.
One thing that’s noticeable from last year’s standings is the predictability. Out of the top 20 or so players in the field, not many finished outside the top 25.
Here are my tips:
Ross Fisher – 20/1
Would have won the European Open three weeks ago if it wasn’t for some poor clutch putting on the Sunday. Competed well again last week as some laser accurate driving regularly put him in position A+ off the tee. A win is surely just round the corner. I’m a little surprised he’s only third favourite but that may be something to do with his missed cut here last year. Seemed in good spirits after his Sunday round last weekend so will hopefully carry that positive attitude south of the border.
Soren Kjeldsen – 25/1
Pushed Fitzpatrick all the way here last year. Dusted off some cobwebs on his way to a 9th place at the Dunhill Links last week so don’t be surprised to be to see the little Dane competing well again here.
Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston – 33/1
Johnston is on his European Tour swansong at the moment – he takes up a position on the PGA Tour next season. Missed the cut last week but difficult to read too much into form at links events – what I prefer is the confidence he would’ve gained from a T4 on the Web.com Tour to earn his PGA card and the third place he earned just before that in Switzerland. Playing just a short drive from his boyhood club, too, which helps.
Alexander Levy – 40/1
Another player that missed the cut last week but who was on fire before that. One assumes the reversion to a traditional parkland set up will favour the Frenchman and he can perform well again this week. Won the “Hero Golf Challenge” last night – a fun event put on by host Luke Donald.
Florian Fritsch – 50/1
My picks this week have frustratingly low odds but my final tip is going to be German Fritsch. He’s registered three top 7’s in his last four events and at 50/1 looks good value for money.
Soomin Lee is 6/1 to be the Top Asian whilst there are some good odds for players getting inside the Top 20 (Fisher: 5/6, Kjeldsen: 5/4, Levy: 15/8, David Lipsky: 11/3).
Selected Bets – £11
Ross Fisher – £1 EW
Soren Kjeldsen – £0.75 EW
Andrew Johnston – £0.75 EW
Alexander Levy – £0.50 EW
Florian Fritsch – £0.50 EW
Soomin Lee (Top Asian) – £2 EW (two places)
Lipsky (top 20) – £2