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Final round
scores from the
Open de Espana

Jon Rahm -20
Paul Dunne -18
Nacho Elvira -17
George Coetzee -16
Jorge Campillo -15
Brett Rumford -15
Henric Sturehed -15
Marc Warren -15
Julien Guerrier -14
Jacques Kruyswijk -14
Hideto Tanihara -14

Final round
betting odds
Open de

Jon Rahm 13/8
Paul Dunne 13/8
Nacho Elvira 4/1
Henric Sturehed 20/1
Andy Sullivan 22/1
Brett Rumford 22/1
Jorge Campillo 45/1
Aaron Rai 66/1
Marc Warren 66/1
Andrew Johnston 80/1
Jacques Kruyswijk 125/1
Maximilian Kieffer 125/1
Callum Shinkwin 200/1
Alexander Bjork 250/1
Bradley Neil 250/1
Robert Rock 250/1
Seung-Su Han 250/1
Hideto Tanihara 300/1
Matthias Schwab 300/1
Ashun Wu 400/1
Charlie Ford 400/1
Jeff Winther 400/1
Pedro Oriol 400/1
Jonathan Thomson 500/1
Samuel Del Val 500/1


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Review & Betting Guide for the Open de Espana


Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm
James Kennedy

Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne
James Kennedy

Andrew Johnston
Andrew Johnston
Open de Espana

Jorge Campillo
Jorge Campillo
James Kennedy

Stephan Gallacher
Stephan Gallacher
Cyrille Bertin

Branden Grace
Søren Kjeldsen


After the excitement of the Masters the European Tour pitches up in Spain for the Open de Espana on the National Golf Center. The Royal Spanish Golf Federation commissioned Dave Thomas to design this course, which is located 10km away from the centre of Madrid.

The course opened for play in 2005 and has hosted the 2009 Madrid Masters, the 2007 Spanish Open and the 2006 Challenge of Spain. Measuring 7,244 yards it is open to the elements with few trees and its main defences being water, bunkers, and the wind that blows across the open fairways.

The course is a long and challenging one and is reminiscent of an inland links style design, and will prove a test for the players this week if the wind picks up. Seve Ballesteros played an instrumental role in helping in the creation of the National Golf Centre, and stated, “It's been 15 years, but the project is finally a reality for Spanish golf. Most importantly it is a golf course of public character, and this fills me with satisfaction, because it's something I've always fought throughout my life. With this project, we all win.”

My tips to Win:

After a disappointing final round at the Masters Jon Rahm 9/2 – with SkyBet – will be looking forward to competing again this week especially on a course he knows very well and will be inspired playing in front of his home supporters. These are not great odds in golf terms but he is the forth best player in the world right now and he will be desperate to get his name on his home open trophy along side his idle Seve Ballesteros who won this event three times.

One player who should be in confident mood crossing back over the Atlantic is Paul Dunne 22/1 – with SportingBet – who has finished inside the Top 10 on his last two PGA Tour starts. Paul didn’t start this year well on the European Tour and has only teed it up once before competitively in Spain, which was at this event two years ago when he finished just outside the Top 15 but I expect him to be challenging come Sunday afternoon.

The defending champion this week is Andrew Johnston 28/1 – with SportingBet – although the Open de Espana wasn’t played last year which has given “Beef” and the media a break from the usual circus that surrounds a defending champion. Johnston comes into this week on the back of three Top 15 finishes in his six starts this year one of which was a runner-up finish at the Hero Indian Open and he also started the year well with a Top 10 in Abu Dhabi.

My each-way tips:

It is hard to compete in front of a home crowed, but as most of you know who follow my guide I do rate Jorge Campillo 40/1 – with Coral – quite highly and feel he has what it take to become a top player. Jorge has started six events this year and has been inside the Top 15 in four of them and has had two Top 5 finishes in his last three outings. Campillo also knows this course well and had a Top 10 finish here at the Madrid Masters and I think he will be in the thick of it come Sunday.

The last time this event was played over the Centro Nacional de Golf, Stephen Gallacher 50/1 – with SportingBet – played some steady golf shooting in the 60s in his final three rounds to finish inside the Top 10. Stephen has been in good for lately finishing inside the Top 10 twice in his last three starts and with a bit of local knowledge and his good form I think these are great odds for the Scot.

My outside tip:

I know Søren Kjeldsen 110/1 – with BetFred – ambition to play on the PGA Tour have not exactly gone to plan, but I must admit I was surprised to see him this far down the betting odds considering he had a Top 5 finish in the event last year and was inside the Top 10 the year before. Søren also has a runner-up finish in this event and two of his four tournament victories have come on Spanish soil.

Longer odds:

Try Gregory Bourdy 225/1 – with Bet365 – who had a Top 10 finish the last time the event was held on this course.

As always good luck

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