19th September 2017 at 10:02 pm #118924aceventurerModerator
The Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course hosts the Portugal Masters for the tenth year in a row, infact it is the only course to host this event. The Dom Pedro is a resort course in Villamoura, on the Algarve and low scoring is the norm here. Rough is never deep and this week will be no different. WIth hardly any rain over the last few weeks the course is going to be fast. Putts per GIR and scrambling will be the important stats this week.
Two players stand out for me this week, Thorbjorn Olesen and Austin Connelly.
The Dane is a very up and down player and can be a bit wayward off the tee but that wont matter on this course. However he has an excellent short game and his putting isn’t too shabby either. His course form isn’t good and I can see why a lot of people will avoid but this guy is a star of the future and I’ve no qualms of backing him this week.
Putts per GIR: 1.725 (7th) Scrambling: 59.8 (38)
The 21-year-old Canadian came to the fore in the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 in Perth when he finished T9. He also had a T8 in the Nordea Masters but shot to prominence in The Open when three good rounds earned him a spot in the penultimate group on the Sunday with Brooks Koepka. He is 71st on the Road to Dubai which puts him in with a chance of playing in the World Tour Championship at the end of the season. He has the same swing coach as Jordan Spieth and if he continues in the same fashion we can expect a lot from him in the future.
Putts per GIR: 1.738 (14th) Scrambling: 58.6 (50th)
1.50 ew Thorbjorn Olesen (Ladbrokes 20-1)
1.50 ew Austin Connelly (Bet365 66-1)
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