Betting Tips for 28th April to 1st May 2022
Spanish golf fans had a bonus last week with the rescheduled ISPS Handa Championship moving to Tarragona from Japan. Part of the reason for the switch to Spain was so that the DP World Tour could remain local the following week and we have just a short trip up the road, past Barcelona and to PGA Catalunya in Girona.
This fortnight has been great news for Spanish golfers on the DP World Tour, especially Pablo Larrazabal. The Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya is one of his favourite golf courses in the whole world and he arrives riding the crest of a wave after an excellent closing round of 62 swept him to victory last week. Winning back to back events is incredibly difficult at any level of professional golf but Larrazabal could just be up to the task.
The bookmakers are finding it tough to separate the most fancied golfers this week at PGA Catalunya. Each of Larrazabal, Adrian Otaegui (who was runner up last week), Rasmus Hojgaard, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, Richard Bland, Jordan Smieth and Adrian Meronk are available at around the 25/1 mark. It is possible to make a case for any of those seven but the strongest case is surely for Larrazabal who has already won twice this season and loves this layout having earned his European Tour card at PGA Catalunya way back in 2008.
Larrazabal and those who have contested Qualifying School on the Stadium Course know that it is a serious test of golf. It’s likely that experience battling on tough courses and against high level DP World Tour players will be a serious boost this week which could bode well for Ryan Fox. The big hitting Kiwi hasn’t always been the easiest to follow as he can get in his own way but when firing on all cylinders Fox can be difficult to stop. He’ll have an opportunity to utilise his power off the tee at PGA Catalunya and can build on some positive form from last week to challenge at 40/1.
Laurie Canter is another who can take advantage of his length off the tee this week. The 32-year-old is arguably the best DP World Tour regular without a win at this level and his time is surely just around the corner. Like many British players, Canter has played an awful lot of golf in Spain and Portugal and he got his eye in back in Spain with a decent finish of 30th last week. Canter will need to improve to have a chance of winning but the 40/1 shot is capable of kicking on and is decent value for sure.
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2022: Adri Arnaus
Spanish golf fans may have lamented the fact that their top player was competing in Mexico but they were already very happy ahead of the Catalunya Championship after Pablo Larrazabal won the previous week in the ISPS Handa Championship. Those who were present at Infinitum Golf and made the short trip up the road to PGA Catalunya were positively delighted one week on as Adrian Arnaus made it back to back wins for Spanish players on Spanish soil.
Arnaus was made to work very hard for his victory. He did all he could to edge himself out in front during the final round of the 2022 Catalunya Championship but just couldn’t get past Oliver Bekker. With the two men locked on 11 underpar, a playoff was required and this too took an awful lot of work. Arnaus and Bekker went up the 18th hole five times but neither man was able to find a birdie and so after five straight pars they headed to the 17th hole.
Despite being one of the toughest holes of the week, Arnaus finally fashioned a birdie chance. He fluffed his lines when attempting to win in style but was handed a reprieve when Bekker couldn’t get up and down from a greenside bunker. The manner of the victory was of no concern at all to the delighted Arnaus. The Barcelona native was just thrilled that his first DP World Tour win could come not just in Spain but in Catalunya.