The British Masters returns to the European Tour this week after a seven year hiatus. It was always a popular event but with its rebranding courtesy of new sponsors Sky Sports, this looks to be a tournament that will grow in terms of prestige as the years go by. Sky have signed up some big name golfers to host the event at courses that are important to them. The first host is Ian Poulter who is proudly presenting the Marquess Course at Woburn Golf Club.
Poulter is a member at Woburn and will be hoping to use any local knowledge he has to good effect. Unfortunately for the man who has often been the hero for the European Ryder Cup team, his form this season has been patchy at best so it would take a big change in fortunes for him to win this week.
The Marquess Course plays a little over 7,200 yards and is a par 72. That means it is by no means the longest on the European Tour but some of the holes are very testing. The real challenge here is keeping the ball on the narrow fairways because they are lined with hundreds and hundreds of tall trees. We’re going to see some embarrassing chip outs this week but we could also see some low scores if the players can get to grips with the tricky greens.
If accuracy is very important at Woburn then Francesco Molinari should have a good chance. He ranked as the most accurate driver on the PGA Tour this season and should be able to keep the ball out of trouble. He’ll need to be solid with his approach play to give himself the best chance of making birdies. The Italian managed that for three rounds at Wentworth earlier on in the year but in the end had to settle for fifth place. Good form at Wentworth should be an indicator of having a good chance this week so get involved on Molinari at 20/1 with BetVictor.
There are a number of English players in the field who could have a good week here. Among them are Ryder Cup winners and players who have won tournaments all around the world. But, away from the likes of Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and David Howell, the Englishman who looks to have the best shot at winning this week is Andy Sullivan. The 29-year-old picked up his first two wins on the European Tour this season and he’s turned in some other strong performances. A solid driver of the ball, Sullivan should have what it takes to come good again at odds of 66/1 with Ladbrokes.
Woburn looks and plays quite a bit like Wentworth. The player who wins this will have to show the same strengths needed there so it’s worth looking at players who did well at the BMW PGA Championship this season. The winner there, An Byeong-Hun, has been quiet since so add the ever popular Miguel Angel Jimenez to your betting options. He keeps surprising us and defying age, looks to have what it takes to go low and is available at tempting odds of 60/1 with Betfred.