European Golf: Fitzy of the North…

Thursday sees the start of the British Masters, being held this year at Close House, near Newcastle, a course only opened in 2011.

Lee Westwood hosts the tournament and he has managed to attract a stellar field, with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and defending champion Alex Noren teeing up.

Although the course will be new to most, it won’t be to Chris Paisley, who acts as one of the club’s professionals. Paisley has been is good form, finishing 12th last week in Portugal and posting two top five finishes in August. At 80/1, he is worth some each way money.

Our win bet will be on Matthew Fitzpatrick. The young Englishman did us a favour a few weeks ago in Switzerland (Kerching!! Fitzy delivers at 30/1)), and we expect the course to suit again – not particularly long but requires accuracy. A past winner of this tournament, Fitzpatrick is clearly in form and can cope with the likely unsettled conditions.

Finally, we are going to take a punt on Adrian Otaegui. The young Spaniard also helped our balance sheet in August, winning the Paul Lawrie Matchplay. (Kerching !! 28/1 Adrian putts a smile on our faces…). He hasn’t done much since, missing the cut last week, but he shot a 66 in the second round while doing so. We’ll take a chance.

Recommendations:

Fitzpatrick to win at 20/1, 1 pt, widely available

Paisley 0.5 pts each way at 80/1, Boyle Sports, first six at 1/5 odds

Otaegui 0.5 pts each way at 125/1, SkyBet, first 7 at 1/5 odds

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