Laurie Canter 5/4
Matthew Fitzpatrick 11/4
David Lipsky 10/1
Bernd Wiesberger 12/1
Min Woo Lee 20/1
Renato Paratore 25/1
Romain Langasque 28/1
Sebastian Soderberg 40/1
Edoardo Molinari 50/1
Fabrizio Zanotti 80/1
Alexander Björk 100/1
Ryan Fox 100/1
Julien Guerrier 125/1
Robert Rock 200/1
Alejandro Cañizares 250/1
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez 250/1
Joachim B. Hansen 250/1
Matthias Schwab 300/1
Matthieu Pavon 300/1
Scott Jamieson 300/1
Rafa Cabrera Bello 300/1
Andrew Johnston 300/1
Wil Besseling 400/1
Aaron Rai 400/1
Jordan Smith 400/1
James Morrison 400/1
Adrian Meronk 400/1
Pablo Larrazábal 400/1
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 400/1
Callum Shinkwin 750/1
Masahiro Kawamura 750/1
Marcus Kinhult 750/1
Daniel Gavins 750/1
George Coetzee 750/1
Joakim Lagergren 750/1
John Catlin 750/1
Thorbjørn Olesen 750/1
Tapio Pulkkanen 750/1
The European Tour stays in Spain but moves down to Andalucía and pitches up at the beautiful Real Club Valderrama.
The Andalucia Masters is now in its sixth year of its comeback with the backing of Sergio Garcia’s Foundation and teeing up at Europe’s very own “Augusta”, the Robert Trent Jones designed Valderrama.
Originally known as Los Aves sitting above the Andalucian village of Sotogrande, billionaire Jaime Ortiz-Patino purchased the course and asked Trent Jones to come back out and reshape the course in 1985. The course has hosted the Volvo Masters but is most notably remembered for Seve’s captaining of the 1997 Ryder Cup matches.
The 17th hole is the most memorable hole from those Ryder Cup matches and became the perfect risk and reward hole. Named Los Gabiones it was once just a long par five before Trent Jones' redesign and by adding the water feature just in front of the green, it became a must watch hole during the 1997 matches.
In June 2014 King Juan Carlos of Spain granted Valderrama the Royal title, the club is now known as Real Club Valderrama.
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My tips to Win:
I am sure that Jon Rahm 16/5 – with OddsChecker – was thinking he would be coming to into this event after making it three Open de España titles on the spin, but to not even be in the mix on Sunday will no doubt have irked his pride a little, so he will be going all out to make sure he comes away from his sojourn home with at least one title to his name.
I do think it was a tough Ryder Cup for Matt Fitzpatrick 14/1 – with SportingBet – and I think everyone by now knows my thoughts on why, but he will be looking to put that disappointment behind him this week. Real Club Valderrama is a ball strikers golf course and with his short game skills the course should suit the Yorkshireman's game, having said that he did miss the cut in the only other time that he teed it up here two years ago, but I expect him to be challenging come Sunday.
I think we are about to see what Adri Arnaus 28/1 – with SportingBet – is made of. After playing some great golf at the Open de España losing in a play-off is tough hopefully he takes the positives that he managed to put himself in that situation, but we all no what the mind is like when left alone and the if and buts start to creep in. Adri had a runner-up finish in this event two years ago and arrives here on the back of three Top 25 finishes from his last four starts, a solid first round on Thursday and he should be challenging again on Sunday.
It’s great to see Jamie Donaldson 66/1 – with UniBet – coming back into form and apart from his Top 25 finish at the weekend he has also had a runner-up at the BMW PGA Championship and a third place finish at the Cazoo Classic and coming back to a course where he has had a couple of Top 10s – one a fourth place finish – he will fancy his chances of challenging again this week.
After a couple of missed cuts Wil Besseling 75/1 – with OddsCheck – showed what he is capable of at the Open de España and just missed out on a Top 5 spot. We did tip Wil for the Dutch Open, but coming into that event with high expectations and playing in front of home support was maybe something he couldn’t cope with mentally. A great performance at the weekend and coming back to Real Club Valderrama where he had one of his best finishes last year in some testing weather conditions could be the twin positives he needs to finally take that step up and win.
There are several players this week who played well at the Open de España who will arrive in Andalucia in confident mood and another of those is the big hitting South African Wilco Nienaber 80/1 – with OddsChecker – who finished in the Top 10 at the weekend and also had a Top 10 finish at Real Club Valderrama last year. It has been a tough year for Wilco who finished 2020 in great form and started this year with a lot of expectations and so far he hasn’t lived up to that billing, although some players just prefer the back end of the season and this is where Nienaber starts playing his best golf.
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