I’m back this week with two events to focus on and I think I’ve got two really strong squads lined up for you. First, we’re going to look at the DP World Tour, where we have the Andalucia Masters in Spain, and then we’ll move on to the PGA Tour for the Zozo Championship in Japan.
Last week was an unusually poor week for my selections, but both of this week’s events bring us some really good betting opportunities, so I’m advising singles, plus half-point cross doubles this week, in search of more profit for the season.
With two really strong events for us to get into this week, I have a generous bet £5, get £20 in free bets offer from the evergreen Ladbrokes, who are also offering eight places for both of this week’s events.
The DP World Tour stays in Spain for another week as Real Club Sotogrande plays host to the Andalucia Masters for the very first time. The previous eight renewals were all held at Valderama, who have now signed to host LIV Golf instead, but make no mistake about it, the Real Club is an excellent alternative for this week’s event.
The course spans 7099 yards and has four Par 5s. It looks very inviting with its wide fairways and big fast greens, so I imagine we will see some low scores this week. I have a four-man squad for this week’s event and I’m confident there’s a winner among them.
My strongest selection for this week’s Andalucia Masters is world number 28, Ryan Fox, who is playing better than ever right now. He comes into this week in great form and is the standout selection for me, despite him being just 12/1 in the market.
He finished third in the Irish Open, before winning the BMW Championship a week later and then last week he capped it off by finishing second in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He’s playing exceptionally well at the moment, he’s fully in control of his golf swing and his soft fade is very consistent, so he has plenty of chances to make birdie. If he comes here in that same form, then Ryan Fox will take a lot of beating.
My second pick for this week’s DPWT event is Joost Luiten, who I think is one of the most consistent players on the circuit and his iron play is almost definitely the best on Tour. He has a total of six DP World Tour titles to his name and he should really like this course.
He has finished in the Top 10 in six of his last nine starts and I can definitely see him winning a seventh title before the year ends. 28/1 is short enough, but Joost Luiten is a fantastic bet this week regardless.
Rasmus Hojgaard might only be 22, but he’s already a four-time winner on the DP World Tour circuit, so I think he has as good a chance as anyone this week and I think he could be on for a real good week here.
He won the Made In Himmerland in really good style, he has remained consistent since and I believe he is the player whose game is most closely matched to the course this week. A very fair 25/1 for Rasmus could be the winning answer for this event.
My final selection for the Andalucia Masters is Alex Fitzpatrick, who did let us down a couple of weeks ago, but gets this chance to redeem himself. Generally speaking, he has had a superb rookie season on the DP World Tour and I can see him winning in the near future.
While the DP World Tour was on a break during August, Alex went and played on the Challenge Tour, which is where he originally graduated from. He went on to win by five shots, proving that he fully deserves his spot on the DP World Tour and taking up to world number 135. He is rapidly becoming a notable player; he clearly has the game and I’m certain it won’t be long before he breaks his maiden. At 50/1, I’m willing to give him another chance this week.
The PGA Tour heads to Japan this week, where the Narashimo Golf Club hosts the Zozo for the fourth time. This will be a true test of golfing abaility and it’s an event I’m very much looking forward to watching.
This 7079-yard course has a very tight tree-lined layout and you definitely can’t afford to miss the fairways by much here. Five of the holes have water and there are plenty of bunkers to catch out unwary players, so you need to be good straight off the tee. This is going to be a really fantastic event to watch, which gets under way at 04.00 UK time, so get those alarms set ready.
My strongest selection for the Zozo is Rickie Fowler, who I think will be bang there this week. He has pretty much reinvented himself over the last few months, finding his best form to win the Rocket Mortgage in a playoff, which will have done him the world of good. He is a real momentum type of player and looks the real standout candidate for this week’s event.
It takes a seriously classy player to win the Zozo and if you look at the list of players who have won this event over the last five years, you can see Rickie Fowler fits right in. I think a lot of the boxes are ticked for him to go out there and play his best golf this week.
Next up is Sungjae Im, who oozes class and I think he will just mop up birdies round this course. His distance control has been noticeably impressive of late and at this course if you are finding the flat spots on the green, then you have a big advantage over those that aren’t and his consistency with his irons makes him a very dangerous contender.
He is already a two-time winner on the PGA Tour already and he is destined to get better and better over the next few years, so I find it hard to see him out of the Top 10 here. His 14/1 price tag makes him a win bet only, but I think he has a great chance of bringing in title number three this week.
I think Aaron Rai is another player who could have a good run at the Zozo this week. He has very good course management and if he can keep it short off the tee here, then he has an excellent chance of posting a good score. When he is in form, Aaron Rai is really consistent with his irons, which makes his 45/1 price look very generous indeed and I’m happy to take a chance on him this week.
Vincent Norrman has enjoyed a fine season, having wins on both the DPWT and the PGA Tour in recent months and he really is becoming a force to be reckoned with. Even though he really let himself down in the Shriners last week, the 45/1 price tag is still a real insult to his ability.
He does need to put the missed cut from last week behind him, but as a player that’s been thriving over the last few months, he should be able to put it to the back of his mind very quickly. That big price has to be taken advantage of and I’d be very frustrated indeed if he won and I had left him out this week.
The Andalucia Masters on the DP World Tour
The Zozo Championship on the PGA Tour
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