Betting Tips for 21st to 24th October 2021
The life of a professional golfer looks like a glamourous one to us fans watching from the outside. It is undoubtedly sweet at the top level but a lot of the players who have fought, worked and scrapped their way onto the European Tour have to deal with a whole lot of stress, especially at this time of year. Time is running out for those players who have yet to secure their tour cards for next season so the heat is really on as the European Tour remains in Spain for another week with the Mallorca Golf Open.
The strength of the field for the Mallorca Golf Open isn’t quite at the level of the previous fortnight in Spain. However, the strength in depth on the European Tour is such that there are potential winners throughout the field. Somebody could earn a truly life-changing win this week but at the same time, others may see their careers at this level really start falling through their fingers.
It’s fair to say that golf has changed a lot since the European Tour last visited Golf Santa Ponsa. Back in the 1990s, it posed some of the European Tour’s best players with a considerable challenge but the increasingly powerful nature of professional golfers could mean that this short resort course yields many more birdies than 15 years ago.
Laurie Canter will feel as though he is well placed to take advantage of a golf course that could be generous to the players. The 31 year old does not need a win to maintain his playing rights for next season but he is desperate to break his duck on the European Tour. He found himself in a great position to get that first win at Valderrama last week but his challenge fell away alarmingly in the final round of the Analucía Masters. Canter is level headed enough to take the positives from that performance and it’s all useful experience for the next time he gets into contention. His highly impressive performance off the tee suggests that next time could be this week and Canter is rightly towards the head of the betting at odds of 18/1.
Ryan Fox is another big hitter who has not been missed by the market this week. The New Zealander is one of the most powerful players around and although he sprays the ball off the tee more than most, the wide fairways at Golf Santa Ponsa and the lack of too much penal rough should negate those concerns. He plays well in the wind which is a factor on the Balearic island and is another to support at a price of 22/1.
Spanish golfers have done well at home in the last fortnight and Alvaro Quiros can pick up the baton after two decent showings in Madrid and Cadiz. He has always based his game around the distance he hits the ball and has the tools to take this short golf course apart. Quiros needs some big performances and can deliver at a chunky price of 66/1.
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2021: Jeff Winther
What does Jeff Winther have in common with Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy? Well, as of Sunday evening at Golf Santa Ponsa, Winther joined those two and many more on the list of European Tour winners thanks to his victory at the Mallorca Golf Open. More specifically though, Winther joined those two on the list of golfers to suffer comical mishaps ahead of vital tournaments.
Johnson fell down the stairs before the 2017 Masters and McIlroy messed up his alarm before the final round of the 2012 Ryder Cup. Winther experienced the sense of panic those two felt after he found himself locked in his hotel bathroom with his wife on the Sunday of the Mallorca Golf Open. “We were in there for 45 minutes I think,” said Winther after seeing out his maiden European Tour win. “I thought, ‘Jeez not today, not Sunday, you’re leading the freaking event.’”
Fortunately, Winther’s six-year-old daughter got help from reception and Winther was able to concentrate on his golf. The popular Dane started Sunday with a two-shot lead but became embroiled in a real battle for the title and ended up winning by just one stroke from Sebastian Soderberg, Jorge Campillo and Pep Angles. “It’s unbelievable, it’s not sinking in. I couldn’t have had a better week. I’m overwhelmed,” said a delighted Winther who broke his duck on his 129th European Tour start. That earned him a very tidy cheque for just over €150,000 and so we certainly hope he bought his daughter plenty of toys!