The Czech Masters returns this week for only the second running of the tournament. Once again the host venue is the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague. The interesting-looking field will compete over the course’s 7,466 yards which plays as a par 72. It is one of the youngest courses on the European Tour having only opened in 2010 but it has already impressed. The Keith Preston design first appeared on the Ladies European Tour before being put into the rotation of the main tour.
There will be a new winner of the Czech Masters as defending champion Jamie Donaldson is not around this week. The Welshman has had a poor season by his high standards and is taking some time out ahead of the Race to Dubai finals having failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. In contrast to Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson will be looking to recapture some form here this week. The Frenchman couldn’t get to the PGA Tour finals either but his decision to tee it up in the Czech Republic may pay off according to the bookies who have made him the favourite.
Dubuisson looks to be a very different player to this time last season when his form was good enough to get into the Ryder Cup team where he competed with distinction. Dubuisson may have placed inside the top 20 at the PGA Championships but he looks one to avoid this week. Instead, make James Morison your top bet for the week. The Englishman has eight top 20 finishes in his last 10 European Tour outings, has competed among some of the best players in the world this year and looks well placed for a crack at the Race to Dubai. The 30-year-old enjoyed his first experience of the Czech Masters and has all the ability to build on a solid showing to claim his third European Tour win at odds of 22/1 with Betfred.
Another Englishman who can go well this week is Eddie Pepperell. The 24-year-old from Oxfordshire gained valuable experience when he played at the PGA Championships which helped to build on another impressive season. Pepperell is 36th on the Race to Dubai so will feel confident of making it to the finals at the end of the season. He can play with the confidence of knowing that a win will secure his place and he has all the tools to do well this week. He tied for fifth at last year’s renewal and at 18/1 with Coral is clearly fancied to go even better this time around.
We may be seeing more of Paul Peterson on the European Tour in future. Peterson plays the majority of his golf on the Asian Tour but with the two tours looking to operate much more closely in future, the left handed American could become a fixture in Europe. Last week he snuck inside the top 20 at the Made in Denmark and he has solid form on the Asian Tour this year where he is ninth on their order of merit. At 80/1 with Ladbrokes, Peterson could return a nice pay out from an each way bet.