Soudal Open Betting Tips & Results

Betting Tips for 12th to 15th May 2022

Belgian golf has been in a good place for a few years now. Pioneers like Flory Van Donck and Philippe Toussaint flew the flag for Belgium at the top of the sport but Nicolas Colsaerts took things to another level when he became the first Belgian to represent Europe at the Ryder Cup. Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry have since followed in Colsaerts’ footsteps to forge successful careers, with Pieters also making it to the Ryder Cup and winning multiple tournaments on tour.

Colsaerts, Pieters and Detry are the star turns from a Belgian perspective as the country once against hosts a top level event this week. The Soudal Open, still known by many as the Belgian Open, is back after a two year hiatus and the fans who turn up to the Antwerp venue will be desperate for home success.

Given that Colsaerts is still working his way back after a horrible illness saw him hospitalised and Detry’s game has been going in the wrong direction, it’s likely up to Pieters to do the heavy lifting. Pieters has had a lot of support in the betting and is second only to the fine Austrian Bernd Wiesberger at the prices. Given Wiesberger’s considerable putting woes currently and the resurgence in Pieters’ game which saw him win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at the start of the season, Pieters should probably be the outright favourite. A strong start will surely see Pieters’ price plummet quickly so it could well be worth taking the 20/1 available about his chances while it lasts. On home soil that seems like huge value for the world number 36.

While Wiesberger doesn’t make great appeal there could be some mileage in backing another player who has had well publicised putting woes of late. Edoardo Molinari has very much gone down the rabbit hole of stats and analytics in his quest to keep improving but he’s so far found it impossible to keep his putting at a high enough level to compete for DP World Tour wins.

That is not to say that Molinari always putts poorly. A solid week on the greens just a fortnight ago saw him finish in a share of sixth place at the Catalunya Championship. With a decent finish of 26th at Rinkven International Golf & Country Club in 2019, Molinari should approach this week with a certain amount of confidence and if he finds something on the greens he could be a danger come Sunday so consider backing him at nice odds of 40/1.

Joost Luiten is a funny golfer. He has always struggled for consistency with his game but has forged an excellent career out of taking advantage of his swings in momentum. Luiten is a six-time European Tour winner and with three of those wins coming in mainland Europe he should be respected here. He has as much experience as anybody playing at parkland courses which should suit him well at Rinkven, even though his sole start at the venue ended with a run of the mill 46th place finish. That performance came in one of the many valleys of his career but recent performances suggest that he is climbing a peak which marks Luiten out as a solid each way bet at 66/1.

Past Winners

Year Course Winner
2022 Rinkven International Golf & Country Club Sam Horsfield

2022: Sam Horsfield

After finishing his four rounds at the Soudal Open, Edoardo Molinari wrote an impassioned post on Twitter in which he urged the DP World Tour to host more quality events at top-class golf courses. Molinari argued that more high-class tournaments held at quality venues like Rinkven International Golf & Country Club would stop the threat of breakaway tours in their tracks. Molinari was far from the only golf fan who thoroughly enjoyed the Soudal Open which produced a thrilling finish in which Sam Horsfield edged out in front to claim his third win on tour.

Horsfield may talk with an American accent after years spent living stateside but the Manchester-born 25 year old loves competing on the DP World Tour and reminded people, once again, that he has the class to compete at the top level. His win was hard-earned thanks to a combination of technical class and mental fortitude as he left Yannik Paul and Ryan Fox trailing in his wake by two shots.

It was Fox who started the day with the lead but he arguably did a great deal to help Horsfield. The final pairing looked like old friends in the way they laughed and chatted throughout their Sunday round but it was very much down to business when it mattered. Horsfield was also helped by his girlfriend Issi who was on his bag as he kept the pressure on Fox until it ultimately told in the closing stages.