The DP World Tour stays in Spain this week, with the Son Muntaner Golf Club in Palma, Mallorca hosting the Mallorca Open.
Adrian Otaegui is gunning for back-to-back DP World Tour victories in his homeland this week, after landing the Andalucia Masters last week, much to the delight of Lap of the Odds subscribers. He must have a chance given how well he played at Valderrama, but this is a different course, and we think the more open, more straightforward Son Muntaner will play more into the hands of longer hitters.
Rasmus Hojgaard is already an island winner courtesy of the Mauritius Open and is firmly the man to beat given the strength of his form. We think the upcoming Danish star is a Ryder Cup player in the making, and we look for him to win this weekend.
We also note that the last four DP World Tour events staged in Spain have been won by a Spaniard, and we’ll take a punt on Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez to shine this week. He is a superb putter and an easy course in his homeland is made to suit.
The U.S. PGA Tour heads to South Carolina, with the Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland hosting the CJ Cup, and managing to attract six of the world’s top ten players.
Coming just a week after the Tour was in Japan, we favour players who haven’t had to make the exhausting trip half way around the world. Additionally, the course plays long at 7,655 yards, so the best and longest drivers in the field look to be at an advantage.
With world number one Scottie Scheffler having a disappointing Presidents Cup and Rory McIlroy at quite short odds, we’re going to side with Jon Rahm. This long hitter took last week off after winning the Spanish Open, so should be fresh as well as clearly in form.
Mallorca Open: Rasmus Hojgaard to win, 1 pt, at 12/1, bet365
Mallorca Open: Garcia Rodriguez 0.5 pts each way at 66/1, 1/4 the odds for the first 5 places, bet365
CJ Cup: Rahm to win, 1 pt, at 9/1, Paddy Power
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