2016 Open De Espana Betting Preview And Tips

 
The 2016 Open De Espana returns to Valderrama. Sergio tops the betting.
April 14th – 17th, 2016
 Real Club Valderrama, San Roque, Andalucia, Spain
Par: 71 / Yardage: 6,991
Defending Champion: James Morrison

Stuff You Need To Know About The Course


With the European Tour back on home soil for the first time in too long and coming after several big events globally it’s very much a clean slate when it coming into the week.  Add to that the host course Valderrama; it’s quite unlike any other on Tour.  Accuracy is EVERYTHING and you could leave the driver at home. Six under for Sergio and three under for GMac won the last two Andalucia Masters held here and even though they were late season events, don't expect a birdie fest.  It’s all shaping up to be a cracker.

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Sergio is pretty much unbackable at 6/1 having won the last big event here (Andalucia Masters) in 2011.  Rafa Cabrera Bello at 14/1 doesn’t fit the course imho but with a T17 at The Masters, 4th in Houston, T11 in Doral and T2’s in Doral and Qatar it looks like he can perform on any course right now!!


Doc’s Top Five To Watch At The Open De Espana


Soren Kejeldsen 16/1

 
Soren could probably jump into an F1 car and beat Lewis Hamilton right now.
Dubai, Malaysia, Florida, Georgia have been Soren’s last four stops and if life after 40 means become a global golf star let’s be having it.  High on confidence after a stunning T7 at The Masters, Valderrama is a course made for Soren.  Had to settle for a T2 when GMac won the Andalucia Masters in 2010 but after a bad second it was a super performance.  If tiredness is not a factor Soren will be up there.

Gregory Havret 80/1

 
Gregory Havret. Which one is he again?
What a swinger of a golf club is Greg.  When looking for courses to compare to Valderrama it’s impossible but my mind immediately jumps to India.  Funny enough that’s where Havret teed it up last coming T6 behind SSP. T10 also before that in Thailand.  The Frenchman will also have good memories of his last visit to Sotogrande; he was solo sixth in 2011.

Richie Ramsay 66/1

 
Richie Ramsay. Temperatures good for kilt wearing in Spain this week.
Any man who can say he has shot 65 under tournament conditions at Valderrama gets my vote and Richie Ramsay is that man.  Lightly raced in 2016 but I know he’s been practicing hard and wasn’t far off when he told me Shane Lowry would have a good Masters.  I have a good feeling for Richie this week. Third here in 2011.

Julien Quesne 45/1

 
Julien Quesne. I cannot pronounce his name. Sounds like "K-Yoon"?
Julien is one of the form players in the field coming off top-10’s in India, Perth and Malaysia.  Strong greens in regulation based game and if there’s one place in the world you don’t want to be stuck under those blasted umbrella pines it’s here.  The don’t just catch your shot on the way down, but on the way up too!

Max Kieffer 100/1

Kieffer. Don't mess with him.


I just think 100/1 are too long odds for Max. T15 last time out in India with a T7 clip in greens hit.  Seems to like his Spanish golfing holidays too with three top 10’s in his last three visits.  The greens this week will suit, if he can hit them.

Long Odds Glory

Loads of guys listed over 100/1 but I see Pelle Edberg there at 125/1.  He had a good solo fifth in Thailand last time out so may be worth keeping an eye on.

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