The tour now moves back to mainland Europe and the fantastic facilities at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid's Negro course for the Open de España. Sitting on the outskirts of Madrid the original club was founded in 1930 with a Tom Simpson and Philip McKenzie Ross design, which was damaged during the Spanish Civil War.
The club reopened in 1952, a nine-hole course which featured seven holes from an earlier Javier Arana design. It took another four years before Javier designed a new nine-holes and remodelled the existing nine and in 1962 the club decided to expand and Arana was commissioned to design another nine-holes, which required rerouting of the existing course with the 15th and 18th holes becoming the 7th and 9th.
In 1993 three times Open Champion Seve Ballesteros was commissioned to design another 9-holes completing the Amarillo course – In a fitting tribute three years later Seve would go on to notch up his 50th European Tour Victory in the Open de España, which was held at the Club de Campo facility.
This week Club de Campo will be hosting its tenth Open de España and has also hosted fourteen Madrid Opens. The course sits on top of the Cerro de Aguila hill and makes full use of the terrain and its spectacular views over Madrid. The course is tree-lined and uses the typograpy to slowly move players down from the clubhouse to the Manzanares planes and using the 8th and 9th – which is a par 3 par played over a gorge – to come back to the clubhouse, this is achieved by the 14th and 15th holes on the back nine.
For another trusted Club de Campo Villa de Madrid review click here My tips to Win:
No surprise with Jon Rahm 2/1 – with Bet365 – who has won two of the last three Open de España held at this venue. Jon is currently tied with his hero Seve on winning three Open de España’s and a win this week will see him tie with Mariano Provencio and Gabriel Gonzalez, who both have four and only Ángel de la Torre in front of him who has five wins
I am going to stick with Yannik Paul 25/1 – with LiveScoreBet – again this week. As I said last week after losing out on a Ryder Cup captain’s pick he will have something to prove and has just had a Top 15 finish at the Dunhill Links. Yannik played at this venue for the first time last year and had a Top 10 finish and I expect him to be in the thick of it again come Sunday afternoon
With his last victory coming on home-soil I am sure Adrian Otaegui 40/1 – with WilliamHill – will be looking forward to this week. It probably hasn’t been the year Adrian was hoping for, but he does have two runner-up finishes and has played some solid golf over the last few weeks and I expect him to be challenging this week
It has been a stop start season for Grant Forrest 66/1 – with Bet365 – who has five Top 10 finishes and instead of pushing on from his third-place finish in the Irish Open he promptly went and missed two cuts. Grant has just had a Top 10 finish at the Dunhill Links and will be coming back to a course where he had a third-place finish two years ago and some confidence in his golf game
The first year that this event came back to this venue in 2019 Jeff Winther 125/1 – with LiveScoreBet – had a Top 5 finish firing a final round 63 that see him storm up the leaderboard. Jeff comes into this week on the back of a runner-up finish at the Open de France two weeks ago and a Top 10 at the Dunhill Links so should arrive in confident mood. And these could turn out to be very good odds
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