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  • BookMaker.eu Kudos to tournament organizers for sticking with it so the European Tour could contest the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this week. First it was on, then it was off due to the global pandemic, and now it’s back on the schedule, albeit in a different location than originally planned. Galgorm Castle Golf Club makes it ET debut, though it should be a familiar sight to many since it has been part of the lower-tier Challenge Tour rotation since 2013. In fact there are a few players in t... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was on the calendar, then it was off when COVID hit, and now it’s back on. When the Ryder Cup was cancelled a few months ago, Ireland’s national open returned to the European Tour schedule, though at a new course and with much less prize money. Galgorm Resort in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, will play host this week for the first time, though it’s not entirely new. Many players who came up through the Challenge Tour probably had a go since Galgorm h... 

  • BookMaker.eu The European Tour stays in Portugal wrapping up the three-tournament Iberian Swing with the dual-ranking Open de Portugal, which returns to the Tour schedule for the first-time since 2017. This is the third event to be ranked with the lower-tier Challenge Tour since the season resumed in July. It’s also the best chance for players to earn their Tour card, so expect some heated competition on the Royal Obidos Resort, which hosts for the first time. George Coetzee returned to the ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The European Tour’s strategy of playing tournaments in groups regionally brings us another new but old event this week. The Open de Portugal returns to the ET schedule for the first time since 2017 as a dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour to complete the three-tournament Iberian Swing. The tournament was first played in 1953 and was part of the Euro Tour schedule from 1973 to 2010. It returned following a break as a dual-ranking event in 2017 and was a Challenge Tour-only... 

  • BookMaker.eu After a brutal week in Spain the European Tour makes its way to Vilamoura for the 14th edition of the Portugal Masters. I say brutal because not one player finished under par at Valderrama. John Catlin survived for the victory with a final score of +2. That won’t be the case at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course where scores routinely hover in the -20 range, a welcome relief for those making the short trip. Pegging it up at the Portugal Masters for the first time in four years, Tomm... 

  • BookMaker.eu The change of scenery will be a welcome sight to everyone as the European Tour heads to Vilamoura for this week’s Portugal Masters. I can guarantee we’ll see lower scores this week than what we had at Valderrama when no one finished under par. John Catlin escaped with his first ET victory despite not recording a birdie in the final round. He finished at 2-over, one swing better than Martin Kaymer to win the Andalucia Masters. Four of the previous five winners on the Dom Pedro Vi... 

  • BookMaker.eu A change of direction is in order this week with the European Tour headed to famed Real Club Valderrama in Spain for the Andalucia Masters. The Tour returns to continental Europe after the successful UK Swing. Fresh off his win at The Belfry last week, rookie phenom Rasmus Hojgaard opened as the betting favorite. He will have to overcome a host of Spaniards, who have traditionally done well on the Valderrama layout. Jorge Campillo is the favorite among locals with Adrian Otaegui... 

  • BookMaker.eu Following the successful six-tournament UK Swing that saw Sam Horsfield win twice, the European Tour ventures to Spain for this week’s Andalucia Masters starting Thursday from Valderrama Golf Club. Horsfield isn’t included in this week’s field and neither is defending champion Christian Bezuidenhout. But last week’s UK Championship winner Rasmus Hojgaard is and he opened as the co-favorite with former World No. 1 and two-time major winner Martin Kaymer. With the entire operation... 

  • BookMaker.eu The UK Swing comes to an end this week when the European Tour assembles at The Belfry for the one-off ISPS Handa UK Championship. It’s been a wacky adjustment on the schedule thanks to COVID, but the six-tournament march through the United Kingdom will conclude with its best field yet. A number of players are returning after competing on the PGA Tour side, significantly enhancing the player pool. Matthias Schwab and Haotong Li have emerged as the betting favorites, but with a st... 

  • BookMaker.eu The final stop on the European Tour’s UK Swing takes place this week with the ISPS Handa UK Championship. For the first time in 12 years the Tour returns to The Belfry for this one-off tournament, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been all kinds of changes to schedules and with the U.S. Open less than a month away, we have a strong turnout, arguably the best since the restart. For a third straight week Thomas Pieters opened as the betting favorite looking to come out ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The penultimate stop on the UK Swing has the European Tour in Newport, Wales – again – for the remaking of the ISPS Handa Wales Open. The tournament was a regular part of the Tour’s rotation from 2000-2014, returning this year as part of the reimagined schedule. Another quirk has the field playing a second straight event at Celtic Manor Resort, a layout that produced a 2-shot victory for Sam Horsfield at last week’s Celtic Classic. It was the second win in three starts for Horsf... 

  • BookMaker.eu The European Tour stays in Newport, Wales, for the second of consecutive tournaments at the historic Celtic Manor Resort with this week’s ISPS Handa Wales Open. The event makes a return to the circuit’s rotation after being discontinued following the 2014 edition. You have to wonder how much of an advantage Sam Horsfield has on the field after last week’s 2-shot win at the Celtic Classic on the same track. Horsfield opened as the second favorite behind Thomas Pieters, who tied f... 

  • BookMaker.eu The fourth stop on the six-tournament UK Swing has the European Tour in Newport, Wales, for the one-off Celtic Classic, the first of two consecutive events played at historic Celtic Manor Resort. Working in the shadow of the PGA Championship last week, Andy Sullivan emerged with a 7-shot win at the English Championship while setting a Tour 72-hole scoring record. With a victory and a T4 in the last month the Englishman is on a heater as the betting favorite in this one. He will ... 

  • BookMaker.eu They are still playing golf on the European Tour even though we haven’t covered them in a few weeks. To manage the season through a global pandemic changes to the schedule were necessary. One of those changes is the hastily organized UK Swing, a stretch of six straight tournaments taking place in the United Kingdom. This week’s fourth stop on the swing takes the Tour to Newport, Wales, for the one-off Celtic Classic hosted by the Celtic Manor Resort. While the PGA Championship was stealing headl... 

  • BookMaker.eu The European Tour officially gets underway this week with the playing of the Betfred British Masters following a couple of low-key dual-ranking events with the Challenge Tour. Some of the bigger names on Tour make their initial appearance post-shutdown, but the field is missing elite players who have decided to test their mettle on the PGA Tour. That doesn’t take away from the importance of this event, especially for the UK-based players, who view this as their major. Tournament host Lee Westwoo... 

  • BookMaker.eu After a pair of dual ranking events the European Tour goes solo kicking off its six-tournament swing through the UK with this week’s Betfred British Masters. We saw a number of Euro Tour players compete in the opening two events but this marks the restart for many of the top golfers, including the past three winners of the British Masters. Serving as tournament host, Lee Westwood has a serious advantage of terms of course knowledge having played Close House Golf Club a number of... 

  • BookMaker.eu The European Tour moves to the Austrian Alps Wednesday for the Euram Bank Open, the second of two dual-ranking events with the Challenge Tour before the circuit goes on its own. Last week’s competition, which revived both tours after a four-month COVID-inspired hiatus, turned into a spectacular time for Marc Warren, who took the title by one-shot at the Austrian Open as a big underdog. We have a similar field gathered at GC Adamstal with a number of interesting matchups featurin... 

  • BookMaker.eu Being the betting favorite in the European Tour’s first tournament since the restart didn’t help Joost Luiten. So why not try it again? Remaining in Austria for this week’s Euram Bank Open, Luiten hit the board as the betting favorite for the dual-ranking event with the lower-tier Challenge Tour. Like last week we’ll see a lot of unfamiliar names on the roster with nearly all of them looking to put their stamp on a potential career-defining victory. Anything can happen when this... 

  • BookMaker.eu It took a little longer for the European Tour to get back on the links and they will take it slow with the first two events of the reconfigured season playing as dual ranking tournaments with the developmental Challenge Tour. That gives lesser-known players a chance to grab a victory at the Austrian Open starting Thursday. The tournament has a long history with both Tours and has been hosted by Diamond Country Club since 2010. This event wasn’t played last year so players will h... 

  • BookMaker.eu With a long history on both the European Tour and the European Challenge Tour, it’s only fitting that the Austrian Open welcomes back both in a dual ranking event. Last we saw the Euro Tour at Diamond Country Club was in 2018 when Mikko Korhonen won the innovative Shot Clock Masters. That was the first professional golf tournament to use a shot clock on every shot. There is no such rule in place this year to worry about. If you’re not familiar with the Euro circuit’s development... 

  • BookMaker.eu One last stop in the Arabian Peninsula completes the European Tour’s desert swing. This week the field attacks a brand new course for the playing of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. This event has undergone a number of changes over the years with a different slot on the schedule affecting the prize pool and field strength. And for the first time since its inaugural playing the event has a... 

  • BookMaker.eu After Sami Valimaki stunned the golf world with a longshot victory in Oman, the European Tour remains in the Middle East for this week’s playing of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Can we see another +25000 upset winner when the field assembles at the Education City Golf Club in Doha? In all likelihood the answer is no, but that’s why they play the game. Things have changed for this event over the years. A move to later in the schedule affected the prize money and strength of the field. And this year there’s a new host for the first time since the tournament’s introduction in 1998. Valimaki moved up the odds board this week, but he’s well behind online sportsbook favorite Martin Kaymer with odds suggesting a wide open field. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of betting odds and to place your wager. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Following a one-week hiatus the European tour returns to the Middle East when the field pegs it up at the third playing of the Oman Open. With players getting ready ahead of The Masters and the start of the Florida Swing on the PGA side, the field has been thinned out. That doesn’t mean it lacks star power, though. Joost Luiten, the 2018 champ at Al Mouj Golf is returning and former World No. 1 Martin ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The European Tour is back on schedule after taking a break last week to allow players to compete at the WGC in Mexico. The field gets back to work this week with a return visit to the Middle East for the third playing of the Oman Open, the first of two straight events in the Persian Gulf. Most high-profile Euro players are in the states competing ahead of The Masters leaving our field thinned out, but there are some well known players who will compete for the title. Thomas Pieters opened as the betting favorite at online sportsbooks with former World No. 1 Martin Kaymer and 2018 champ Joost Luiten at the top of the odds board. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of betting odds and to place your wager. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The European Tour heads down under this week for a cross-over event with the women’s pros at the ISPS Handa Vic Open in Victoria, Australia. Now in its second year co-sanctioned by the Euro Tour, the event has actually been played since the late 1950s with eight former winners pegging it up this week. Both the men’s and women’s tournament will run concurrently on the Beach and Creek Courses of the 13th Beach Golf Links. In order to accommodate the large field both groups of pros will play a roun... 

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