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 and Pablo Larrazabal among the contingent. We will have a new champion this year with 2019 winner Christian Bezuidenhout not entered. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of tournament matchup odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
Andalucia Masters Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Joachim B. Hansen -135 vs. Alexander Levy +105
Lorenzo Gagli -120 vs. David Horsey -110
Adrian Meronk -105 vs. Kalle Samooja -125
Justin Walters +100 vs. Jamie Donaldson -130
Guido Migliozzi +103 vs. Steven Brown -133
Rasmus Hojgaard -127 vs. Andy Sullivan -103
Sean Crocker -113 vs. Justin Harding -117
John Catlin -113 vs. Maximilian Kieffer -117
Connor Syme -146 vs. Wade Ormsby +116
Joost Luiten -158 vs. Haotong Li +126
Robert MacIntyre -119 vs. Victor Perez -111
Marcus Armitage -112 vs. Alexander Bjork -118
Bernd Wiesberger -156 vs. Haotong Li +124
Jordan Smith -107 vs. Jason Scrivener -123
Pablo Larrazabal +105 vs. Scott Vincent -135
Andy Sullivan -120 vs. Thomas Detry -110
Bernd Wiesberger -116 vs. Joost Luiten -114
Wilco Nienaber -107 vs. Victor Dubuisson -123
Sebastian Soderberg +125 vs. Adrian Otaegui -157
Lee Westwood -124 vs. Robert MacIntyre -106
Renato Paratore +112 vs. Thorbjorn Olesen -141
Matthieu Pavon +101 vs. Soren Kjeldsen -131
Martin Kaymer -104 vs. Andy Sullivan -126
Craig Howie +106 vs. Jeff Winther -136
Calum Hill -138 vs. Brandon Stone +108
Benjamin Hebert -148 vs. Marcus Kinhult +118
Martin Kaymer -108 vs. Thomas Detry -122
Matthew Jordan -115 vs. Jorge Campillo -115
Sami Valimaki +147 vs. Romain Langasque -186
Rasmus Hojgaard -136 vs. Thomas Detry +106
Rasmus Hojgaard -134 vs. Martin Kaymer +104
Lee Westwood -130 vs. Victor Perez +100
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I’ll hurt my shoulder patting myself on the back after going 5-0 in matchups last week for a scintillating 9-0-1 record over the last two weeks. Moving out of the UK could be a problem for me and the field with distractions increased. I’ll do my best to continue the heater. Valderrama isn’t long, stretched to just over 7,000 yards this week at par 71, but it is considered one of the more difficult courses on Tour. One of the tightest tracks in Europe with tree-lined fairways and heavy rough, it puts an emphasis on accuracy over distance. Once on the greens the tiny, undulating surfaces are a test for any player’s putting ability. The course underwent a facelift following Andrew Johnson’s 1-over win at the Open de Espana in 2016. Scores have dropped, but the difficulty remains. Course experience will play a big role this week.
Andalucia Masters Matchup Picks
Maximilian Kieffer -117 vs. John Catlin
As I mentioned above, past experience at Valderrama will come in handy on the tricky layout. That’s why we’ll see plenty of Spaniards on the leaderboard. Kieffer knows the layout well having played the last three editions with a T5 in 2018 his best showing. He went 4-under in the rain-shortened event carding a final round 66, which is noteworthy. He’s been one of the most accurate off the tee during his career and enters in decent form with a T6 at the Hero Open and T14 at the Celtic Classic.
Pablo Larrazabal +105 vs. Scott Vincent
At his current price Larrazabal holds some value due to the amount of time he’s spent at Valderrama. He’s played through the weekend in three of his last four starts at the lot finishing inside the top-30 each time. Recent form makes this a risky pick, but I’m betting that a homecoming brings the player who won the Alfred Dunhill Championship last November to the surface.
Andy Sullivan -120 vs. Thomas Detry
Course form and current form put Sullivan right up at the top of the odds board. He faces a tough matchup in Detry, but I like the fact that Sullivan has a pair of top-20s in his last two starts at Valderrama and he comes in with a lot of confidence. He’s 5 for 5 since the restart winning the English Championship with a 27-under score. He also has a T4 at the British Masters and grabbed a top-10 at last week’s UK Championship.
Jorge Campillo -115 vs. Matthew Jordan
Local players take a lot of pride in this event and Campillo is the one Spaniard in the field that to me stands out. He has a win on Tour this season at the Qatar Masters and his short game was clicking in a pair of top-10 finishes over his last two starts. He shot even-par at Valderrama last year earning a share of 15th and he likely would have had a better finish in 2018, bowing out in the final round when he was sitting at 1-under.
Marcus Kinhult +118 vs. Benjamin Hebert
I passed over other matchups looking for value and I came across this one. Kinhult experienced Valderrama the last two years grabbing a share of 22nd in 2018. He missed the cut last year but the layout has that effect. Recent form also caught my eye with some strong showings surrounding his MC at the PGA Championship. He was denied a better finish at the British Masters with a Saturday 74. He posted a T15 at the Wales Open and a T13 at last week’s UK Championship. I’ll take the plus odds and strong form.
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