KURT KITAYAMA (USA) 28/1 – £5EW PP 7PL
GARRICK HIGGO (RSA) 40/1 – £5EW SKYBET 6PL
THORBJORN OLESEN (DEN) 40/1 – £5EW PP 7PL
JOHANNES VEERMAN (USA) 40/1 – £5EW BETWAY 7PL
LUCAS BJERREGAARD (DEN) 350/1 – £2.50EW UNIBET 6PL
BYEONG HUN AN & SUNGJAE IM 40/1 – £5EW PP 7PL
SCOTT BROWN & KEVIN KISNER 50/1 – £5EW PP 7PL
TONY FINAU & CAMERON CHAMP 14/1 – £5EW PP 7PL
ALEX NOREN & HENRIK NORLANDER 66/1 – £5EW PP 7PL
Lopesan Meloneras Golf combines views of the lovely Canarian mountains with coastal golf at its best, using the stunning Atlantic Ocean and the rocky coastline as its backdrop. The front nine is lined with hundreds of palm trees, shadowed by the volcanic mountains at the center of the island. Make the turn to discover a back nine bordering the ocean, providing more than a few quality picture moments.
Designed by Ron Kirby and opened in June of 2006, Lopesan Meloneras Golf was the 6th golf course to open its doors in Gran Canaria and the first for the Lopesan Hotel Group. The course hosted the 2007 Spanish PGA Championship with great success, showcasing its natural beauty and difficult design to top spanish professionals including Rafa Cabrera Bello and Alvaro Quiros.
Recently, the course celebrated its 10th anniversary.
So not a lot of course history to go on? Having said that one of our GBT team has caddied around here between the years 1989 to 1995 so we know a bit more than most this week and hope our choices will reflect this.
LUCAS BJERREGAARD (DEN) 350/1
First up for me was Lucas, previous winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links back in 2018 so known as a good links pedigree? Ok not the best of season’s and plenty of missed cuts but the team said he has started to turn the corner and should be a matter of time before he turns up again. With these odds if he makes the weekend he could go low and a great each way chance.
Also known to play well at harder courses and this one should suit his game. We followed a lot of his golf at the HSBC and it was only a few poor tee shots of the week that cost him a top ten finish.
KURT KITAYAMA (USA) 28/1
So his last few events have been:
- Omega Classic – 20TH
- Saudi International – 12TH
- Qatar – 9TH
- Kenya Open – 2ND
- Austrian Open – 15TH
He should be a good value bet here for us. I can see no worse than a top twenty finish and his next ET win will be made this year. His best round last week was in fact on the Sunday which is unlike him so this is another good trend the team like.
He has the game to suit it well around here and with a short game as good as he has he won’t be making that many bogies this week. So watch this space.
GARRICK HIGGO (RSA) 40/1
As you might have noticed the amount of talented golfers playing on the European Tour from South Africa at the moment is incredible. This guy is one of the best players we have seen for quite some time.
His recent results show just how confidence can grow your game. He had his best finish for 2021 last week at the Austrian Open and looks to be carrying this form onto this week.
Again scrambling and high greens in regulation count for a lot around here as we have seen in practice, you can afford to be a little wild of the tee so should work in his favour. The flat stick needs to play ball but the work he has been putting in is now really starting to pay off. Great each way bet here.
Other Players on our Short List who we will be backing are?
THORBJORN OLESEN (DEN) 40/1
ZURICH CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS AT TPC LOUISIANA
The Zurich Classic boasts a rich history, with play dating back to 1938 and past winners including golf greats like Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Davis Love III, David Toms and Vijay Singh.
TPC Louisiana has hosted the Zurich Classic since 2005. TPC Louisiana missed hosting the event in 2006 during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That year, many of the PGA TOUR professionals generously donated their earnings to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in the Louisiana area. The Zurich Classic was the first sporting event in the Louisiana region to be televised in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Zurich Insurance Group, an insurance-based financial service provider, became the title sponsor of the tournament in 2005. Zurich, together with the Fore!Kids Foundation – has raised over $18 million for over 40 charities that serve thousands of children in need in the southeastern Louisiana region. The Fore!Kids Foundation, the tournament’s host organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of children, educating their minds, and instilling in them the confidence to pursue their dreams.
During the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Zurich Insurance Group furthered its commitment to New Orleans when it announced its extension as the PGA TOUR event’s title sponsor through 2026.
GOLF AT TPC LOUISIANA: COURSE OVERVIEW
TPC Louisiana was named “the #4 best upscale public golf course” by Golf Digest magazine when it debuted in 2004.
The breath taking scenery at TPC Louisiana’s golf course stretches over 250 acres of wetlands along the Mississippi River Delta, This championship golf course meets the highest course conditions is a grand representation of the natural local habitat. The golf course is part of the Audubon Golf Trail and a proud member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program, providing a landscape that many have compared to a private nature reserve.
The golf course layout incorporates stately stands of cypress and oak trees – with Dye adding plenty of water hazards and bunkers to make for a highly interesting game. The golf course features over 100 bunkers as well as five ponds, which come into play. There are five sets of tees at TPC Louisiana ranging from 5,121 yards from the front/women’s tees to 7,400 yards from the tips, which will test the PGA TOUR’s finest golf professionals.
TPC Louisiana boasts a series of short but compelling par-4 holes to balance the longer ones and delivers a great blend of challenge and playability. The signature hole on the golf course is the par-5, 18th hole. Water is in play for the entire right side of the hole, making for a challenging finish for A Sunday evening showdown.
2019 Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm
2018 Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy
2017 Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith
2016 Brian Stuard
2015 Justin Rose
2014 Noh Seung-yul
2013 Billy Horschel
2012 Jason Dufner
2011 Bubba Watson
2010 Jason Bohn
BYEONG AN HUN & SUNGJAE IM – 40/1
SCOTT BROWN & KEVIN KISNER – 50/1
TONY FINAU & CAMERON CHAMP – 14/1
ALEX NOREN & HENRIK NORLANDER – 66/1