The European Tour heads to Spain for the Andalucia Masters.
This week’s host, Spaniard Sergio Garcia, leads the betting with a very impressive record at his home event. Sergio has won the event twice, including last year’s title. He could take some beating this week in front of his home fans.
The course is widely regarded as one of the toughest layouts on the European Tour. The gritty determined characters will be the ones who perform.
The Dane is a former Irish Open champion where he won in some of the toughest conditions I’ve ever seen. He fits the description as a grinder who will be able to cope with the stern test of Valderrama.
Given that the greens are very small, Soren’s accuracy will be crucial. Soren has superb distance control and a repetitive swing that allows him to hit greens consistently – averaging just under 70% for the 2018 season.
Soren struggles to generate the power of a modern day player but when you look at the former winners of this event, distance off the tee is not an important asset. This leveller will play to Soren’s strength; he will use his course management to plot his way around the course and should perform well this week.
The Spaniard has struggled in recent weeks but started 2018 off in impressive fashion, posting three top 5’s. He will be hoping his home support can inspire him back to that kind of form.
Missing greens on this course is somewhat inevitable. Therefore, there is added pressure on player’s short game and ability to scramble.
Like so many Spaniards, Pablo has flair and great touch around the greens. His ability to get up and down regularly is a key advantage over the field.
The field is extremely open this week and it is difficult to predict who will come out on top.
Sergio is a very worthy favourite given his performance in the Ryder Cup and record at the event. However, his price doesn’t provide much value so I would avoid him.
I advise approaching this week with caution and perhaps wait for a round or two before making your outright bets on who seems to have control over all aspects of their game, especially their short game.