The European Tour moves to Surrey this week and a quality field is lined up to compete in the British Masters starting on Thursday.
The old course at Walton Heath in Surrey plays host to this event for the first time. The course is a par 72 layout and has similarities to a links layout as it is exposed to the elements and there are a host of bunkers scattered around the course which needs to be avoided. There is no recent course form to go on but this does look to be a course where accuracy will be more important than distance.
Justin Rose makes his first appearance since the Ryder Cup and he is the 7/1 favourite for the tournament ahead of Ryder Cup hero, Francesco Molinari at 9/1. Tommy Fleetwood is in action again, having finished second last week and he is priced at 10/1 with the balance of the field at 22/1 or better.
2017 – Paul Dunne -20
2016 – Alex Noren -18
2015 – Matthew Fitzpatrick -15
(All at different venues)
2009 – 2014 – No tournament held
Justin Rose 7/1
Francesco Molinari 9/1
Tommy Fleetwood 10/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 22/1
Lucas Bjerregaard 25/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 25/1
Eddie Pepperell 28/1
30/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but subject to change.
Matt Wallace each at 35/1
Wallace was a bit disappointing last week when he faded to finish just inside the top 30 but he is a man who can go from having average form to winning a tournament without warning and given I have collected on him a few times this season, I am going to give him another chance.
Tom Lewis each way at 50/1
Lewis won on the European Tour just a few weeks ago but what really hurt me is that I was not on him having backed him on numerous occasions this season. He is a guy who does well at links courses and will have taken a lot of confidence from that victory which he followed up with a top 10 finish last week.
Brandon Stone each way at 60/1
The South African hasn’t been at his best this year but he is showing signs of returning to top form as a couple of top 10 finishes in a row suggests.
Lee Westwood each way at 45/1
Westwood is someone who hasn’t been at the top of his game for some time but like many golfers in his forties appears to have refocused himself and if he can reproduce the form he showed when finishing top 5 in the Italian Open, he must have a chance.
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