26th September 2017 at 10:33 pm #119471aceventurerModerator
With the USPGATour now over for this season following the Tour Championship the top players from America are taking on an International Team in the Presidents Cup so I’ll be concentrating on the British Masters at Close House Golf Club, near Newcastle. The Close House estate grounds has two lovingly restored courses, the Championship Colt Course and the Folly Course.
The tournament takes place over the Colt Course which is a tricky course and will suit shot makers, who can shape the ball. You have to stay on the fairway so driving accuracy could be paramount. There are birdies to be had here and I think GIR and Putts per GIR will also be important.
My first thoughts on this event was that Sergio Garcia was an ideal pick, but although all his stats point towards selecting him, since his historic win at Augusta he hasn’t maintained that form during the season so I decided to give him a miss.
One players who certainly came back with a bang last month was Matthew Fitzpatrick after a superb play-off victory over Scott Hend in the European Masters. He hadn’t finished higher than 35th since a T2 at the Nordea Masters in June but it all came together at the Crans-sur-Sierre GC, in Switzerland. Infact he has only had two top ten finishes this season which for a guy with his game is not what you would expect. He won this tournament two years ago at Woburn and with a return in confidence I expect him to be competing at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
Driving Accuracy: 64.9% (34th) GIR: 68.6% (84th) Putts per GIR: 1.762 (52nd)
A T2 and T8 at the Irish Open and Porsche European Open are Richie Ramsay’s two best results this season. The 35-year-old Scot is good player and should be contesting a lot more than he does. Three weeks ago at the European Masters he hit three sub 70 rounds but a 75 in the third round put paid to any chance he had of being contention on the Sunday. He also played some steady golf in the KLM two weeks ago when finishing T25. In those two tournaments he hit 80% of greens and if he can continue that form he will certainly be in contention. All he needs is some putts to drop.
Driving Accuracy: 65% (33rd) GIR: 73.2% (10th) PPGIR: 1.798 (161st)
Alex Noren obviously enjoys playing in Britain as four of his nine wins on the European Tour have come here. He is the defending champion and although he has not equalled his four wins of last year (which would be some feat) he has won in Britain already this year, winning the BMW PGA Championship in May. He also finished T6 at the Open and looked to have regained some form with a T6 at the Omega European Masters earlier this month. Although his stats aren’t the greatest I still think he is worth taking a chance on.
Driving Accuracy: 58.2% (119th) GIR: 67.2% (119th) PPGIR: 1.795 (150th)
1.50 ew Matthew Fitzpatrick (Betfair 20-1)
1.50 ew Richie Ramsay (Betfred 66-1)
1.50 ew Alex Noren (Corals 14-1)
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