As there are only 30 players up for this week’s PGA Tour, I’m giving it a miss and looking instead at the DP World Tour, which heads off to Prague for the D+D Czech Masters. But before we go on to that, let’s take a look at last week’s results.
On the DPWT, we managed to get Adrian Otaegui in the places, but as he finished tied for fourth, it was a slightly reduced return there. However, on the PGA Tour, we were back in the winner’s enclosure with Viktor Hovland, who recorded a final round 61 to get the job done by two shots, at a price of 16/1.
As mentioned in my video, I was sure he would go and win one of these FedEx events with the big prize money. I have been seriously impressed with him all year round and this is the second time he has won for us this season. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he can do next year in the Majors, as he’ll be filled with confidence after that big win.
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I have put together a six-man squad for this week’s DP World Tour and I am going in full of confidence. There are a handful of players with chances at the top of the leaderboard like Adrian Meronk, Shane Lowry and a few others, but they are rapidly becoming very skinny in the market, so there is definitely better value elsewhere.
My best betting tip for this week’s Czech Masters is Spaniard Jorge Campillo, who has been a regular of mine this season and paid us back nicely when he won the Kenyan Open at 33/1. He was also part of a cross-tour double with Scottie Scheffler when he won on the PGA Tour, which paid out at 373/1, so he owes us nothing at this stage, but I really fancy his chances this week.
He has all the tools in the bag to get it done too. He is a fantastic iron player and is plenty long off the tee which will really help this week. There are a few Par 5s this week that some players won’t be able to reach, but if Jorge is striking the ball well, which we know he is capable of, then he can take advantage of the length and get to some of the greens in two shots.
When he is playing well, he tends to putt well too and I think he is in for a big week on the DP World Tour. I mentioned at the beginning of the season that I’d like to see him make the Ryder Cup squad and it would be no surprise to see him put in a really big effort here, just before the Ryder captains make their picks.
We’ve had 13 first time winners on the DP World Tour so far this season and we could potentially see another this week, as Marcel Schneider is my second strongest betting tip of the week. He is another really good player and even though he hasn’t won on the DP World Tour so far, he has plenty of Challenge Tour wins, and he has gone close in some big events too.
I have studied his game a fair bit and he ticks a lot of boxes for this week. He has a really nice high ball flight, which helps at this track and seems to play well here too. He was leading after round one last year, when he carded a 66 followed by a 67, and I think he is a player that looks better again this year and could be coming to the boil.
He often plays well off a break and will be confident after some good performances here in the past. The price tag looks plenty big for Marcel Schneider who is more than capable of getting a win and looks to be in a good place this season so far. I definitely think he is good enough to win this DP World Tour event.
My third betting tip for the Czech Masters is another good player from the German crop and that is Yannik Paul, who has been very popular all season. He won the Mallorca Open back in October and has enjoyed a fine season since, without winning any more events. He has racked up five Top 10s which includes two seconds and a third and he has been very consistent throughout.
At the beginning of the season, like Campillo, I thought Yannik Paul would have a really good chance of making the Ryder Cup squad and he still might with a big performance this week. He is a supremely good iron player and even though he will be laying up on a few of these Par 5s, you’ll see plenty of birdie opportunities.
When he’s playing well with his irons, which is most of the time, then he gets noticeably more confident with his putter too, so he has all the tools he needs to go well this week. He’s a really confident player, who has made my squad plenty of times this year and I’m finding it hard to see where it can go wrong for him here.
My fourth squad selection is one of my favourite players on the DP World Tour, which is Frenchman Antoine Rozner, who is without doubt one of the best players on the circuit currently. He is a three-time winner, with his most recent victory being in the Mauritius Open and he has put up a bunch of Top 5s this year too.
One thing I really like about Antoine Rozner, is that even when he isn’t playing his best golf, he is still good enough to compete, which to me is the sign of a real player. From March through June he had loads of Top 25s, despite being a bit off his game. However, he has started to come back to form recently, having finished tied for 20th place in the Open Championship.
Antoine is another player I had in mind for the Ryder Cup team earlier in the season and he has some very good course form here, including a tie for 13th in this event last year, when it was cut short to just the three rounds. He’s as solid as they come and despite a busy stint on Tour, I think he is going to give us a really good run for our money this week.
Next up is Gavin Green, who is another regular selection of mine. Out of all the players on Tour, it never fails to amaze that he hasn’t managed to win on the DP World Tour so far. He’s clocked up plenty of wins on the Asian Tour and also won the Asian Order of Merit, but a DP World Tour win has always seemed to elude him.
He can be a little hit and miss at times, but he is a supremely talented player and everything about his game suits this course. He is very long off the tee, which will give him the option of reaching the Par 5s in two strokes and he also has a very good putting game, a vital combo for this week’s event. Frankly, I’d hate him to go and win this week if I haven’t put him up, so Gavin goes in as my fifth selection.
My final betting tip for this week’s Czech Masters is one of my favourite players, Marcel Siem from Germany. He is a five-time winner on the DP World Tour and also won the Hero Challenge back in February with a superb display of golf. Now if you have been following my column this season you will already know my thoughts on Marcel. He is a revitalised character this year and has a secret weapon in the bag, which is his extra-long putter.
He really does make putts from everywhere and has a knack of getting on a seriously good run when he gets going. He finished Top 10 in the Made In Himmerland tournament and was far from disgraced in the Open Championship, where he played on a course that was never going to suit his game.
The final point to mention about Marcel, is that even if he is five or six shots behind coming into the final day, he isn’t fazed at all, he’ll just get his head down and close the gap very quickly. Marcel may lack slightly in natural talent, but his hard work and dedication counteracts that for sure. He plays well at this type of course, so I think he’s a good shout this week.
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