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 have competition from a stiff field, though. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of tournament matchup odds for the 2020 Celtic Classic when you’re ready to place a wager.
Celtic Classic Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Johannes Veerman -117 vs. Guido Migliozzi -113
Nicolas Colsaerts -138 vs. Adri Arnaus +108
Scott Jamieson -131 vs. Justin Harding +101
Min Woo Lee -105 vs. Adrian Otaegui -125
David Horsey +107 vs. Matthew Southgate -137
Joost Luiten -117 vs. Thomas Detry -113
Jorge Campillo +107 vs. Alexander Levy -137
Andrea Pavan -127 vs. Laurie Canter -103
Gavin Green -125 vs. Ross Fisher -105
Pablo Larrazabal +106 vs. Antoine Rozner -136
Oscar Lengden +120 vs. Louis De Jager -150
Jason Scrivener -163 vs. Brandon Stone +130
Scott Jamieson -133 vs. Alexander Bjork +103
Ryan Fox -137 vs. Sam Horsfield +107
Jordan L Smith -138 vs. Chris Paisley +108
Connor Syme -144 vs. Jack Senior +114
Dean Burmester -114 vs. Oliver Fisher -116
Lorenzo Gagli +106 vs. Sean Crocker -136
Renato Paratore -126 vs. Jordan L Smith -104
Andy Sullivan -112 vs. Thomas Detry -118
Kurt Kitayama +108 vs. Sam Horsfield -138
Thomas Detry -140 vs. Thomas Pieters +110
Thorbjorn Olesen -147 vs. Richie Ramsay +117
Aaron Rai -159 vs. Jamie Donaldson +127
Matthew Jordan -115 vs. Scott Vincent -115
Joost Luiten -143 vs. Thomas Pieters +113
Alexander Bjork -115 vs. Justin Harding -115
Renato Paratore -149 vs. Chris Paisley +119
Andy Sullivan -108 vs. Joost Luiten -122
Marcus Armitage +104 vs. Ashley Chesters -134
Andy Sullivan -136 vs. Thomas Pieters +106
Ryan Fox -150 vs. Kurt Kitayama +120
Need to Know
The Twenty-Ten Course at Celtic Manor Resort should be familiar to some veteran Tour players. It was part of the rotation from 2008 to 2014 hosting the Wales Open with Joost Luiten claiming a 1-shot victory over Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry in the last ET event held here. Celtic Manor also played host to the 2010 Ryder Cup. Playing 7,354 yards at par 71, it’s a long and challenging test for the field with plenty of areas to avoid. A combination of holes from the old Wentworth Hills track, it was designed for match play tournaments. There is a links feel over the front nine with water in play on half the holes and thick rough if shots go astray. Luiten shot 14-under in 2014, the first player to go double-digits under par in four editions, so don’t expect a lot of low scores.
Celtic Classic Matchup Picks
Kurt Kitayama +120 vs. Ryan Fox
I’m going to say Kitayama used his recent stint on the PGA Tour as a confidence boost for his return to the Euro Circuit. The results weren’t the best with a T18 at Pebble Beach the highest finish. However, he played the weekend in five of six starts and closed with a T51 following an opening 68 at last week’s PGA Championship. His last start on the Euro Tour resulted in a T6 at the Dubai Desert Classic. He should feel more comfortable in a field to his liking.
Chris Paisley +119 vs. Renato Paratore
If you’re looking to back a player on a run of good form Paisley is your guy. He comes in off a pair of top-20s, including a T3 at the Hero Open where he finished -14. His scoring average in those events is 68. Toss in a T7 at the Qatar Masters before the shutdown and Paisley has 12 red numbers in the last three tournaments he finished. And his season stats line up well for success on this track.
Sam Horsfield +107 vs. Ryan Fox
Now that the excitement and celebration from his first Tour win is behind him, Horsfield can get back to playing golf. We’ll excuse him for missing the cut at the English Open one week after he held on for a 1-shot victory over Thomas Detry at the Hero Open. His play since the restart was superb with a T10 at the British Masters before his win. Horsfield has been considered a star on Tour since turning pro two years ago and now with the maiden win and proper rejoicing behind him he’ll take this matchup.
Nicolas Colsaerts -138 vs. Adri Arnaus
Distance and accuracy off the tee are two strong points in Colsaerts’ game and they will serve him well this week. He’s coming off his best finish of the season with a T9 last week and has a win at Le Golf National, which has a lot of similarities to Celtic Manor. I’m a bit surprised to see Colsaerts at this price since the results have been inconsistent, but if he’s going to break through this is the time. He finished fourth here in 2014 and also has a T12.
Dean Burmester -114 vs. Oliver Fisher
Another player who appears to be a good fit for this course is Burmester, who’s coming off his best finish since the restart with a T6 at the English Championship. Burmester ranks second on Tour in driving distance allowing him to shrink the lengthy layout while setting up scoring opportunities. If he can putt like he did during his second round 63 at Hanbury Manor he’s not only winning this matchup he’s contending for the title.
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