JORGE CAMPILLO (SPA) 60/1 – £5EW SKY BET 6 PLACES

MARCUS ARMITAGE (ENG) 45/1 – £5EW WILLIAM HILL 6 PLACES

JOAKIM LAGERGREN (SWE) 45/1 – £5EW PP 7 PLACES

JACK SENIOR (ENG) 100/1 – £3EW PP 7 PLACES

LOUIS DE JAGER (RSA) 100/1 – £3EW PP 7 PLACES

PETER MALNATI (USA) 40/1 – £5EW PP 8 PLACES

HENRIK STENSON (SWE) 40/1 – £5EW BOYLE SPORTS 8 PLACES

HANK LEBIODA (USA) 100/1 – £3EW PP 8 PLACES

BILL HAAS (USA) 200/1 – £3EW PP 8 PLACES

ANIRBAN LAHIRI (IND) 80/1 – £3EW WILLIAM HILL 8 PLACES 

APHRODITE HILLS GOLF

This is not just a golf course… it is the crème de la crème of its kind; destined to put a magic spell on you. With your passion for golf, create the most enchanting memories possible.

Aphrodite Hills is a coastal resort in the Pathos district, Cyprus. It is named after the goddess Aphrodite and the resort is only one mile away from Aphrodite’s Rock.

The resort is built on two elevated plateaus divided by a natural ravine. The resort has many features of a Mediterranean town; Greco-Roman architecture dominates, locally quarried stone is used in buildings and the town square has a market, restaurants, souvenir shops, a chapel, fragrant gardens, splashing fountains and an art gallery. The resort also has a spa, golf course, and leisure facilities.

Nearly all landscaping vegetation and development has been planned in advance, and therefore the resort is spacious and lacks the typical sprawl and density of most villages in Cyprus.

The resort has an 18-hole golf course (230–hectare) of championship standard. In fact, Aphrodite Hills Resort has recently been licensed to become the PGA National Cyprus, joining the PGA family of other well-known resorts worldwide.  Most of the holes have views over the Mediterranean. Its 7th hole has become a talking point among golfers worldwide.

Golfers, golf clubs, and landscape designers have ranked it as among the very finest courses in Europe

No Previous History

The tournament is intended to be a one-off event and is the first of back-to-back Cyprus based events on the European Tour calendar during the 2020 season. It will be the first time that the European Tour has hosted an event in Cyprus

Our Picks

JORGE CAMPILLO (SPA) 60/1

What with the wave of Spanish winners of late on both sides of the pond, it could be a great week for Jorge here to shine in Cyprus.

Winner of the Qatar Masters this year back in March and this course has the same feel and similar set up as the Education City golf club that he won on with an impressive 13 under par.

He just seems to like report type courses as he spent most of his junior life playing on similar tracks around Spain.

He was very rusty after lock down missing two cuts in a row, but he is too good a player not to be able to bounce back with some solid golf. His run in the UK was pretty good reading as well as Spain:

  • Wales Open – 8th
  • UK Championship – 7th
  • Andalucía Masters – 17th
  • Portugal Masters – 8th

We should get a solid performance from him this week, well I bloody hope so. He should be licking his lips at this track.

Going £5EW with Sky Bet 60/1 6 places   

MARCUS ARMITAGE (ENG) 45/1

Yet to win on the European Tour but has built a couple of great weeks to gain that confidence in order to try and push for the maiden victory.

We followed him at the Irish Open where he had a costly couple of poor rounds in the middle that week that cost him a better finish, it was still a good tied 23rd finish. But he seems to be trending his weekend rounds in a fashion that I and the team seem to liking. His last three final rounds have been 69/66/66 so if in contention we know he has the game on a Sunday.

He has been around for quite some time now and I feel he is ready to pick up some silverware very shortly. Known as a strong player having gone back to Q school five times since 2008. Winner at the Lucrative Foshan Open on the Challenge Tour so can get the job done and to be honest not much difference now between both Tours.

Going for a £5EW with William Hill 45/1 6 places.        

JOAKIM LAGERGREN (SWE) 40/1

Well he has been a very good banker for us over the past couple of months with place returns.

He came close when I backed him at the Portugal Masters at 100/1 where he was the runner up and managed to get us a top 20 bet return. The following week again another top five finish at the Irish Open where his price had dropped to 40/1.

The last time we saw him was at the BMW a few weeks back, again another good performance tied for 32nd place.

The main reason he is getting these great results comes down to the flat stick for me, he is putting out of his skin of late and is ahead of the Tour average by nearly a shot a round on the greens.

Another player who also seems to like the resort type courses, and has some good results in the past on similar tracks.

Going for £5EW with Paddy Power 45/1 7 places  

Below are also a couple of bigger prices that were on the short list from the team last night:

JACK SENIOR (ENG) 100/1

LOUIS DE JAGER (RSA) 125/1

PORT ROYAL GC

Located in the Southampton Parish, Southampton Golf Club, as the course was originally known, was founded in 1965 under the chairmanship of Mr Reginald Tucker, with land being purchased in July 1965 after being given the go-ahead on 15 June 1965 from G.H. Taylor Director of Public Works. The plan however was potentially jeopardised because some of the area was originally farmland and one owner refused to sell his property to the course. Undaunted, construction finally got under way in earnest on 1 December 1967, and the project was renamed Port Royal Golf Course.

The course was the creation of golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones. Design had to be changed several times initially due to land agreements, however this rerouting lead to the creation of the world famous, and much photographed, spectacular 16th hole – the tee and green of which perch precariously on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The course was finally completed and opened in 1970. More recently, it underwent renovation in preparation for the hosting of the 2009 PGA Grand Slam of Golf. A member of the original design team, Roger Rulewich, has headed up this $14.5 million project and the course was officially reopened on 21 July 2009.

Last years Results

2019 Winner – Brendon Todd

Our Picks

PETER MALNATI (USA) 40/1

Here is a first for GBT never backed Peter before now. He has been on our radar for quite some time and feel this is now the time to play him.

What I do like about his chances this week is that it will be against a much weaker field than his last two events and they were not to be sniffed at.

  • Sanderson Farms – 2nd
  • Shriners Hospitals – 5th

So that’s two top five’s over the space of two weeks. Nothing really stands out for us looking through his overall stats but the fact that his total strokes gained is 2.254 per round is something we think will carry on here this week. The team mentioned at the Safeway he gained 2.762 putting and still missed the cut. So this proves his scrambling and short game is on fire which will be a must around here.

Finally his greens in regulation percentage is steadily improving and the team were impressed with how low he can hit is mid irons with trackman to back this up, the wind will be a factor this week so another advantage he will have.

Going £5EW with Paddy Power 40/1 8 places         

HENRIK STENSON (SWE) 40/1

Drifted outside the top 50 in the world has our man from Sweden. Ok his form has not been the best of late but he is still a premier golfer and at an event like this where a coastal course is waiting, I can see Henrik just licking his lips at how many birdies he will make this week.

He played well at the Corales Puntacana Resort back in September just outside the top twenty. He has had a break since his last outing at the Sanderson, the reason he said was he is fine tuning his game ready for the Masters. So this will be a good place to see where his game is on and around the greens.

I was amazed to see how high his price was in the market 40/1 in places.

I will be betting £5EW with Boyle Sports 40/1 8 places    

HANK LEBIODA (USA) 100/1

Hank for me comes in very much under the radar this week. This could be an added bonus for us backing him with odds at over 100/1.

What to like? Well over the course of his first season on the PGA Tour his highlight was his performance at the Bermuda Championship where he carded an impressive 63 final day round to finish in a tie for 3rd place.

Some players suit certain courses and his is clearly coastal report type venues. He has played well in the Bahamas whilst on the Korn Ferry Tour which is also very similar to this weeks set up and design.

Normally a slow starter to events in round one and two is my only real concern so if he can make some putts early on and make the cut then we could have backed a good one here.

Going with £3EW with Paddy Power 100/1 8 places

Below are also a couple of bigger prices that were on the short list from the team last night:

BILL HAAS (USA) 200/1

ANIRBAN LAHIRI (IND) 80/1

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