Challenges always present opportunities to those willing to take a bit of a risk. The European Tour is not an organisation to back away from challenges, thus they took a previously empty period in the 2021 schedule and created the new ‘Canary Islands Swing’. The Tenerife Open is the second of three tournaments in the mini-series of events and the first edition of this tournament since Jarmo Sandelin finished one stroke ahead of Paul Eales and the late, great Seve Ballesteros in 1995.
Back in 1995, the tournament was known as the Turespaña Open De Canaria and was held in Gran Canaria. The revamped tournament moved to Golf Costa Adeje in Tenerife. It’s a course which is usually a temporary home to holidaymakers, not top class professionals but it has hosted European Tour events before including the 2003 Open de España so is by no means a pushover, especially when the coastal winds get up enough to make life interesting.
Betting Tips for 29th April to 2nd May 2021
The 2021 Tenerife Open is the first of two weeks of European Tour competition held at Golf Costa Adeje. Most of the players who competed in the previous week’s Gran Canaria Lopesan Open have made the short hop over to Tenerife for the first renewal of the Tenerife Open since 1995 and will be remaining on the island for next week’s Canary Islands Championship.
Of those who played well in Gran Canaria last week, a lot of attention will be paid to Maximilian Kieffer. The German is available at odds of 28/1 despite finishing runner up in the last two weeks and many will be happy enough with his form to support him each way almost blindly without considering his suitability to Golf Costa Adeje. The same is true for last week’s stylish winner, Garrick Higgo, who may be the second favourite but is still seen as value by many at 18/1.
With no recent course form to go on it is tough to make too strong a case about what it will take to win this week. However, we do know that even this resort course will play much more difficult should the winds get up as they are prone to do, sometimes without much warning. Thorbjorn Olesen has ample experience playing in the wind and showed he is in the mood to go low last week with a fifth-place finish so he warrants support at 30/1 as his comeback continues. Dean Burmester is another who knows how to control his ball in the wind while his power could be a serious weapon so is one to support at odds of 45/1.
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2021: Dean Burmester
The European Tour has not been a regular visitor to the Canary Islands. Some of the players would, therefore, have been surprised by the topography and feel of the courses used during the first two weeks of the Canary Islands Swing introduced by the European Tour for 2021. A number of the South African contingent were pleasantly surprised by how at home they felt in the Canaries and Dean Burmester took advantage of that familiarity to win the 2021 Tenerife Open just a week after his compatriot Garrick Higgo won the Gran Canaria Open.
This was the first edition of the Tenerife Open since 1995 so there were several unknowns but from the moment players began getting a feel for Golf Costa Adeje there was a feeling that we’d see low scores. So it proved to be with Burmester racking up birdie after birdie on his way to a score of 25 under par. His week was bookended by stunning rounds of 63 and 62 which, added to the 68 and 66 he shot on Friday and Saturday respectively, was enough for him to win by five strokes.
The joy of a return to winning ways on the European Tour was made all the greater for Burmester as it was clear from some way out that he would win. It is a great feeling to be able to relax and really take in the victory, savouring every moment of the last few holes. Only a catastrophe would have seen him surrender the lead he built up on Sunday and his compatriots were gathered around the 18th green poised with a bottle of champagne to spray some, time before he strode victoriously down the final fairway.