ISPS Handa World Invitational betting tips: Sullivan heads pack
Odds and preview for Thursday’s four-day tournament
This unique event, comprising a field of both men and women, makes its European Tour debut and we look at the field for some potential ISPS Handa World Invitational betting tips.
Three rounds take place at Galgorm Castle, with one round at Massereene – and this event is masquerading as the Northern Ireland Open. This venue hosted the Irish Open in 2020 when John Catlin beat Aaron Rai.
Jack Senior and Stephanie Meadow were the winners the last time this event was held in 2019.
The 7,087-yard par-70 (men) and 6,402-yard Par 72 (women) Galgorm Castle is a treelined park course while Massereene is much shorter, with narrow fairways and small greens.
Andy Sullivan is a worthy joint-favourite at 10/1 given his recent form.
He returned to the winner’s circle after a five-year absence with victory at the 2020 English Championship, which was a fourth European Tour win.
He had a T5 at the BMW Open with a 13-under final score and followed that with a 12-under T12 at the Irish Open earlier this month.
His T26, three-under at the Open Championship at Royal St George’s was another solid effort and with driving accuracy vital this week, he is among those who should flourish.
Justin Harding is the other joint-favourite at 10/1 on the ISPS Handa World Invitational betting tips list.
The South African comes here following a play-off defeat to Nacho Elvira at the Cazoo Open, which followed on the heels of a T19 finish at the Open Championship.
T5 at the Irish Open, Harding’s biggest win this season came at the Qatar Masters, which was his fifth worldwide victory in 12 months.
Laurie Canter has looked on the verge of breaking his duck for a while. He is hitting plenty of greens in regulation (71.82%) and if getting a better start than he did at the Cazoo Open, where he rallied to finish at two-under and a T40 finish, this is a course that plays to his strengths. He is a 20/1 chance.
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American Catlin has been climbing the rankings since he committed full-time to playing on the Asian Tour in 2017 and having tasted plenty of success there, he earned his European Tour status in 2018.
Catlin (pictured below), a 25/1 shot on the ISPS Handa World Invitational betting tips list, has not looked back.
In 2020, he broke through with a composed display at Valderrama, seeing off former world number one Martin Kaymer in a thrilling battle that went to the very last hole. Three weeks later, this time in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, he won again.
While he has had a relatively lean time this year, he produced a seven-under par final round in Austria and defeated Maximilian Kieffer on the fifth play-off hole to win a third tournament in 13 starts.
His aim is to crack the world’s top 50 and his three-under T32 finish at the Cazoo Open was another solid effort.
Masahiro Kawamura, fifth at Celtic Manor last week and T7 at the Scandinavian Mixed last month, is still seeking his first European Tour win but his game is coming together and it would not be a surprise should he justify odds of 25/1.
Connor Syme, third in Kenya and T5 in Gran Canaria, has posted three under-par finishes in his last three tournaments and is another looking to break his European Tour duck.
His consistent driving accuracy will always put him in with a chance and he is a 28/1 shot.
Garrick Porteous 80/1 has strung together a couple of decent efforts, including an eight-under T26 at the BMW Open last month. While his Irish Open T61 was spoiled by a third-round 75, he is in the hunt for a first Euro Tour win and his game is coming together.
Three-time Challenger Tour winner Oliver Farr is another who is showing consistency.
Among the best in driving accuracy, he will be full of confidence after decent finishes at the Irish Open and his T14 at the Cazoo Open last week. He is a 90/1 chance on the ISPS Handa World Invitational betting tips list.
Accuracy off the tee is vital here and while David Drysdale missed the cut at three tournaments prior to his T32 three-under performance at Celtic Manor last week, if he can find the form that saw him record a T10 finish at the Scandinavian Mixed last month, his 125/1 odds will start to look attractive.
All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publication