We have fond memories of the British Masters having tipped Eddie Pepperell to win the event at 33/1 last year. Fast forward a year and we are hoping for another profitable week. Tommy Fleetwood heads the market and is this week’s host.
Hillside Golf Club will play host for the 2019 edition of the British Masters. It is a new venue for the European Tour and it promises to provide a true links test.
It measures just under 7000 yards in length with five Par 5’s to attack. By modern standards, these Par 5’s are short and they could be the key to getting around at Hillside Golf Club.
The main challenge for the players this week will be coping with the windy conditions, getting their strategy right on a new layout and avoiding the treacherous pot bunkers.
Matt Wallace 22/1
Wallace is one of the most improved players on the European Tour. His world ranking has improved so much that he has made the jump from the European Tour to the PGA competing as a global player.
He is a four-time winner on the European Tour and all his wins have come in the last few years. It has grown his reputation and proved that he knows how to get over the winning line.
In his breakthrough season of 2018, where he won three times, he was the most traveled golfer on the European Tour – he played more golf than any other player throughout his success.
Wallace will relish playing in England in front of his home fans and I can see a big performance coming from the Englishman.
Jordan Smith 28/1
Smith is the form horse going into this event; 7th, 14th, and 5th in his last three starts make very impressive reading. He is young, hungry and ready to win again on the European Tour.
He was 3rd in this event last year, which highlights he can cope with the expectation and pressure of his playing in England.
His iron game is razor sharp leading the field last week for Greens in Regulation with 90.3%. If he can maintain this level and find his form with his putter he will be a factor over the weekend.