European Tour Golf: Czech Masters live

European Tour Golf: Czech Masters live

Geoff Harvey August 29, 2017 EUROPEAN 0 Comments

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Julian Suri of the United States won the Made In Denmark event last week on the European Tour, which now moves to the Czech Republic. The D+D Real Czech Masters teed off in 2014 and it has always been held at the Albatross Golf Club in Prague. This event comes with a prize fund of just over $1.2 million. The field will be headlined by the likes of Thomas Pieters, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood, as well as Jamie Donaldson and Paul Peterson, who along with Pieters, have won this event before.

Details

Event: D+D Real Czech Masters

Category: European Tour

Date: August 31st – September 3rd

Location: Albatross Golf Club, Prague, Czech Republic

The three winning scores have been -14, -15 and -20, so it is definitely a course where the players can get after it. Five players reached double figures last year.

Past Five Winners

2016: Paul Peterson -15

2015: Thomas Pieters -20

2014: Jamie Donaldson -14

2013: N/A

2012: N/A

The Field

Thomas Pieters is the favorite this week and while he’s had a good season, he is only 11th in the standings in terms of the Race for Dubai. His recent results have not been all that impressive on the EPGA Tour. He finished tied for 94th last week at the Made in Denmark, 133 at the PGA Championship, fourth at the Bridgestone Invistational, 44th at the Open Championship and 129 at the Irish Open. Second in line in terms of the odds this week is Jordan Smith of England. He placed ninth at the US Open and won the Porsche European Open, so he does have a little bit of momentum right now. Rounding out the top five are Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. Kaymer doesn’t have a finish in the top 30 in any of his last six starts.

What To Know About The Course

Albatross Golf Club is a par-72 course that is 7,358 yards long, and there is water on both holes that close out each nine. It is slightly hilly, so players will have use all their concentration and focus to hit good shots to win this event. The closing hole, #18, is especially tough to hit a good drive, and then be able to hit in a short enough club to hold the green. The leader will hope to have at least a couple shots on the field just in case a mistake happens.

A Good Matchup To Bet: Jordan Smith Over Thomas Pieters

It is really tempting to pick Pieters and honestly, you couldn’t be blamed if you did. He won here in 2015 and finished second to Peterson in 2016, but lately, he has struggled as Pieters missed the cut at the Made In Denmark and the PGA Championship. In his last two starts, Smith has won the Porsche European Open and finished T-9 at the PGA Championship. More than that, he has played pretty consistently in 2017 and he should be well-rested as he hasn’t played since the PGA Championship. In this matchup, Smith is rated at +125, while Pieters is favored at -145. Why not take a chance on the 24-year-old Englishman?

Top-Five Pick: Julian Suri

Suri has played in just seven tournaments, yet picked up his first win with a blistering 64 in the final round of the Made In Denmark event. He will be hoping to capitalize on the momentum of that round and this isn’t the first time that Suri has played in Prague, so that could mean something. He played here on the Challenger Tour at the Prague Golf Challenge, in which he placed T-27. He played on a different course, but being familiar with the surroundings could fire the 26-year-old to a top-five finish as he looks to close out the European Tour campaign on a high note.

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