Thursday sees the start of the British Masters, played this year at the Hillside Golf Club, near Southport in north west England.
Hosting this year’s tournament is local boy Tommy Fleetwood and he will undoubtedly be keen to be back playing links golf near where he grew up after relocating to the States. He is the highest ranked player in the field and should know the course, but he’s a short price and also has hosting duties to attend to. We’ll pass.
Instead we’ll side with Tyyrell Hatton. The Englishman hasn’t had the best of results recently in the US, but he has great links form, including winning the Alfred Dunhill Links twice. He’s twice the price of Fleetwood, but we don’t think he has half the chance of winning.
Our second selection is Tom Lewis. This up and coming Englishman made his name by winning the Boys Amateur at Royal St George’s before claiming the St Andrews Links Trophy in 2011. A dip in form was arrested with victory in the Portugal Masters, another windy tournament, late last year. We’ll take a punt.
Hatton to win, 1 pt, at 18/1, bet365
Lewis 0.5 pts each way at 40/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places, SkyBet
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