For most Spaniards on the European Tour, playing in their national open is an honor and the Mutuactivos Open de Espana has attracted many of the country’s top players. Defending champion Jon Rahm is among them, and he’s the betting favorite at offshore sportsbooks. Rahm is joined in the strong field by fellow countrymen Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello, with each ranked among the world’s top-40. The field has been diluted a bit with other big-name players electing to prepare for next week’s Rolex Series event. That hasn’t diminished the betting opportunities on tournament matchups. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of betting odds and to place your wager.
Mutuactivos Open de Espana Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Ross Fisher -130 vs. Pablo Larrazabal +100
Niklas Lemke +127 vs. Jason Scrivener -160
Ross Fisher -109 vs. Mikko Korhonen -121
Romain Wattel +106 vs. Fabrizio Zanotti -136
Jeunghun Wang -104 vs. Ashun Wu -126
Jeff Winther -109 vs. Nino Bertasio -121
Pablo Larrazabal +105 vs. Mikko Korhonen -135
Hugo Leon -125 vs. Zander Lombard -105
Miguel Angel Jimenez +127 vs. David Lipsky -160
James Morrison +128 vs. Sean Crocker -161
Alvaro Quiros -101 vs. David Horsey -129
Sergio Garcia -129 vs. Rafael Cabrera Bello -101
Jon Rahm -235 vs. Rafael Cabrera Bello +183
Jon Rahm -210 vs. Sergio Garcia +165
Oliver Wilson +113 vs. Edoardo Molinari -143
Wade Ormsby -104 vs. Justin Harding -126
Haotong Li -240 vs. Adri Arnaus +186
Haotong Li -145 vs. Andrea Pavan +115
Andrea Pavan -183 vs. Adri Arnaus +145
Jorge Campillo -139 vs. Rikard Karlberg +109
Jamie Donaldson -106 vs. Dean Burmester -124
Alexander Levy -129 vs. Nacho Elvira -101
Julian Suri -135 vs. Lee Slattery +105
Need to Know
Last year the Open de Espana returned to the Spanish capital for the first time since 2007 with Jon Rahm claiming victory at Centro Nacional de Golf. Rahm is the sixth Spaniard to win his national open since 1972. The event stays in Madrid with a change of venue this year. Club de Campo Villa de Madrid last hosted this event in 1996 and more recently played host to the Madrid Masters in 2008. The layout has been lengthened in recent years and now plays just over 7,100 yards at par 71. It’s not a threatening course and it looks to be in great shape. Weather doesn’t appear to be a factor, which will allow for players to attack off the tee with few hazards. Scoring should be low. My plus-odds picks in last week’s matchups didn’t work out, but I still went 2-3 to keep me in the red. We’ll examine some matchups for this tournament to see where money can be made.
Mutuactivos Open de Espana matchupPicks
Mikko Korhonen -121 vs. Ross Fisher
I’m not about to throw down on Korhonen to win the tournament outright, but recent results suggest he’s the right pick in this matchup. Korhonen won the China Open in May and has gone 7 for 7 since, but he’s failed to put a solid four rounds together denying him the chance at another victory and higher finishes. Fisher has been off target his last two starts and missed the cut last week and I just can’t back the inconsistent play.
Haotong Li -145 vs. Andrea Pavan
Playing in your national open is huge in Europe and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Pavan peeking ahead to next week’s event in Italy. That’s not the only reason why I’m leaning toward Li in this matchup, though. The Chinese star has been solid over the past month and is coming off a pair of top-25s in his last three starts. He’s been strong with the irons and he’s No. 1 in eagles, which hints at a matchup victory.
Sergio Garcia -129 vs. Rafael Cabrera Bello
You can’t go wrong siding with a Spaniard to win this event and triumph in a matchup. But what do you do when fellow countrymen are paired against each other ? That’s the dilemma, and while it might be wise to avoid this one altogether, I’m going with Sergio based on his play in Europe and the fact that he has familiarity with the layout, though it’s from a few years back.
Pablo Larrazabal +100 vs. Ross Fisher
It may seem like it, but I’m really not picking on Fisher. These are just the matchups we have and breaking them down points at Larrazabal. Neither player has torn up the turf recently, but a 62 at Club de Campo a few years back sticks out. Sure it was a decade ago, but Larrazabal has performed well in Spain over the years and that home field advantage has me going with him. Again, Fisher seems to have lost confidence in his game and I confidently fade him in this head-to-head.
Wade Ormsby -104 vs. Justin Harding
Natives aren’t the only ones that play well in Span, and given the recent success Ormsby has had it’s not a stretch to see him triumph in this matchup. His accuracy off the tee will allow him to go low and he has a T6 and T12 in two starts here. And don’t forget about that top-5 at Valderrama two years ago. Ormsby was trending in the right direction with two top-10s before a couple of MCs. However, I like his game in Spain.
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