The organisers of the D+D REAL Czech Masters have worked very hard to create a tournament worthy of a place on the European Tour but they have had a certain amount of luck with the scheduling. Starting at the end of August, the status of the event is boosted significantly thanks to the pull of the Ryder Cup. Last year there was a strong field in attendance as players looked to force their way into Darren Clarke’s European team and this year the Czech Masters marks the start of the rankings for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris.
This year’s renewal includes Ryder Cup veterans like Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer as well as up and comers looking to force their way into Thomas Bjorn’s plans for Le Golf National. However, whether experienced or novice, the players in this week’s field will have to cope with the challenging Albatross Course to the south west of Prague.
At around 7,500 yards, the Albatross Course is a real test of power off the tee. It’s no coincidence that Thomas Pieters, one of the longest hitters on the European Tour, won this tournament in 2015 and finished just one shot behind last year’s winner, Paul Peterson. However, Peterson ranked only 40th for driving distance but he made up for that by ranking fourth for driving accuracy, second for putts per round and first for greens in regulation. The Albatross Course is a tough test but it’s clear that there are birdies out there if you play well.
Detry Can Follow in His Compatriot’s Footsteps
The Czech Masters served as the breakthrough tournament for Thomas Pieters. He had shown glimpses of his ability before winning in 2015 and in that regard it would be no surprise if Thomas Detry was able to do the same thing this week. The young Belgian has played some quality golf since making the step up from the Challenge Tour, even though he’s never really come close to winning.
Detry has been steadily climbing the official golf rankings and will surely be inside the top 100 shortly. In many ways Detry is a typical modern golfer. He’s a real athlete and has all the power required to be competitive around a long golf course like the Albatross. He’s also a highly skilled ball striker who will hit a high percentage of greens in regulation. Detry can build on some strong recent form to claim a huge win at odds of 30/1 with Betfred.
Evans Set for Another Strong Week in Prague
There weren’t many people who fancied Ryan Evans for a good week at last year’s Czech Masters. However, the Englishman nearly went all the way against the odds. In the end he had to settle for third place but this time around he could go even further.
Evans heads to Prague on the back of five straight top 10 finishes on the Challenge Tour which will give him huge confidence ahead of the chance to compete on the European Tour. He’s made the step up to compete against this standard of golfer before and at 50/1 with Bet365 he looks a very tempting each way bet.