British Masters betting tips: Kaymer has more appeal than host
European Tour preview and odds for this week’s event
It is a rare Wednesday start but a very familiar venue as the European Tour touches down in the UK for the first time this year with the British Masters at The Belfry.
The tournament made a welcome return to the schedule in 2015 after an absence of six years, with top British players Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood (twice), Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood acting as hosts.
Former Masters champion Danny Willett takes over hosting duties in 2021 at a venue most famous for staging the Ryder Cup on four occasions (1985, 1989, 1993 and 2002).
The Brabazon course has also hosted 16 European Tour events, including the British Masters between 2006-2008 and last year’s ISPS Handa UK Championship in August, the last leg of the UK swing as golf returned following the coronavirus shutdown.
Fate of the hosts?
It is fair to say the tournament hosts have a mixed record in the event, with extra promotional duties perhaps hampering their preparations and ensuring their focus is split between on and off-course issues.
Westwood was 15th on his first attempt but 70th last year, while Donald missed the cut and Poulter finished 33rd.
Fleetwood and Rose fared much better with both tying for eighth place, but Willett’s recent form shows three missed cuts in his last four starts and a price of 22/1 therefore makes little appeal in terms of British Masters betting tips.
Kaymer to end drought?
On the face of it, odds of 18/1 for Martin Kaymer are equally unattractive given that the two-time major winner and former world number one has not won a tournament since his wire-to-wire triumph in the 2014 US Open.
However, Kaymer threatened to end that drought on several occasions recently and did not do a great deal wrong when in contention here back in August.
Kaymer held the outright lead after his third birdie of the day on the 13th and was unlucky to lip out for an eagle on the 15th before his only dropped shot of the day on the 17th meant he missed out on the play-off by a shot.
The German’s quality ball-striking will be a big asset at The Belfry and he comes into the event on the back of a tie for third in the Austrian Open on his last start.
Dane in great shape
Staying at the top of the British Masters odds, Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen arrives in promising form following a tie for fifth in the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open and joint 12th in the Tenerife Open.
While many players stayed at Costa Adeje to contest the final leg of the Canary Islands swing, Olesen perhaps wisely took the week off and is an interesting prospect at 28/1 given his closing 68 here last year.
With Coral paying eight places it is also worth looking at players further down the market, with England’s Marcus Armitage priced at 66/1.
Armitage was seventh at The Belfry in August and although his results in the Canary Islands were nothing to write home about, he was fourth in Austria at a venue offering more of a similar test to this week.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication