15 – 18 JUL 2020
Euram Bank Open
GC Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria
CRAIG HOWIE (SCO) 80/1 – BET £5 PP paying 7 places
MARCEL SIEM (GER) 90/1 – Bet £5 EW William Hill paying 6 places
OLIVER LINDELL (FIN) 66/1 – Bet £5 EW William Hill paying 6 places
FIRST ROUND LEADER BETS :
NICOLAI HOJGAARD (DEN) 50/1- £2 EW various bookies
JOOST LUITEN (NED) 12/1- £3 EW various bookies
ABRAHAM ANCER (MEX) 50/1 – Bet £5 EW William Hill paying 8 places
BILLY HORSHEL (USA) 70/1 – Bet £5 EW Paddy Power paying 8 places
GARY WOODLAND (USA) 40/1 – Bet £5 EW Paddy Power paying 8 places
KEVIN KISNER (USA) 90/1 – Bet £5 EW Paddy Power paying 8 places
JOAQUIN NIEMANN (CHI) 66/1 – Bet £5 EW Paddy Power paying 8 places
TROY MERRITT (USA)-TOP 20 BET – 6/1 Paddy Power – Bet £10
Location Ramsau, Austria
Course(s) Golf Club Adamstal Par 70
Length 6,476 yards (5,922 m)
Tour(s) Challenge Tour
European Tour (2020) Prize fund €500,000
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 Calum Hill (2019) To par −18 as above
Current champion Calum Hill
The same with the field from last week pretty much a lucky dip, but to see our good friend Marc Warren winning was a big surprise. The team spoke to him on the Tuesday and he said he couldn’t even hit a barn door with his irons, so we stayed well clear. Let’s hope to change that this week.
Location Dublin, Ohio
Established 1976, 44 years ago
Course(s) Muirfield Village Golf Club Par 72
Length 7,392 yards (6,759 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play Prize fund $9.3 million
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 268 Tom Lehman (1994) To par −20 Tom Lehman (1994)
Current champion Patrick Cantlay
2019 Calum Hill Scotland 262 −18 Ewen Ferguson
2018 Darius van Driel Netherlands 263 −17 David Law
CRAIG HOWIE (SCO) 80/1
Let’s kick off with his stats the team gathered from his challenge tour season to date:
- Driving Accuracy – 78.57 – Rank 1st
- Driving Distance – 315.50 – Rank 9th
- Greens in Regulation – 73.52 – Rank 6th
- Putt per GIR – 1.80 – Rank 15th
- Average Putt per Round – 28 – Rank 6th
History also tells me that the Scottish players seem to play well in Austria, as was proven last week with him managing a great tied fourth place. His last eight rounds have all been under par and what with him going bogey free in one of those which he has not done for quite a while, should be all lights green for this week.
Staying with a £5 EW bet at 80/1 with Paddy Power paying 7 places.
MARCEL SIEM (GER) 90/1
We always follow and catch up with him and boy has he been putting in the work to get back to the descent golf we know he is well capable of. Coming of a lot of fitness and injury worries over the past years he looks like he is nearly back to full fitness, and what a welcome back last week finishing in 23rd position that will only boost his confidence.
Seasoned professional and well experienced against a much higher standard of field, so could be right up his alley this week. What the team did like about his play last week was his marked improvement in strokes gained tee to green. His last win was way back in 2014 but he reason why he could not go close this week. We will be flying the German flag for him this week, go get them Siem!!
Will bet £5 EW at 90/1 William Hill paying 6 places.
OLIVER LINDELL (FIN) 66/1
The team walked with him yesterday and he hit every green in regulation, so we should see plenty more of this from him this week when we get started. His average on the Challenge Tour is 74% greens in regulation for the season. So I am sure will be setting himself up for plenty of birdies and could be going low. The putter is the big problem where his average is at around 33 putts per round.
If the putts decide to drop this week then he could be in the running.
Betting £5 EW with William Hill at 66/1 paying 6 places.
FIRST LD LEADER TIPS
NICOLAI HOJGAARD (DEN) 50/1- Markets to open
JOOST LUITEN (NED) 12/1- Markets to open
|2009||Tiger Woods||276||Jim Furyk||277|
|2010||Justin Rose||270||Rickie Fowler||273|
|2011||Steve Stricker||272||Brandt Jobe||273|
|2012||Tiger Woods||279||Andres Romero||281|
|2013||Matt Kuchar||276||Kevin Chappell||278|
|2014||Hideki Matsuyama||275||Kevin Na||275|
|2015||David Lingmerth||273||Justin Rose||273|
|2016||William McGirt||273||Jon Curran||273|
|2017||Jason Dufner||275||Rickie Fowler||278|
|2018||Bryson DeChambeau||273||Byeong Hun An||273|
|2019||Patrick Cantlay||269||Adam Scott||271|
JOHN RAHM (SPA) 22/1
- Hero – 2nd
- Sentry – 10th
- Farmers – 2nd
- Waste – 9th
- WGC – 3rd
He has made three straight cuts now following a tied 27th last week on a course he is still finding his feet on. But hold on he shot an amazing 64 on Sunday to climb up the leader board. The team stayed watching Jon after his front nine where he carded five birdies going out in 32, they thought the magic number was on, but then a bogey on ten saw the end of that. He then followed that with an eagle and a further three birdies. So the putter is hot, the driving is hot and his iron play is even hotter.
I might even look to do a bet to win outright and cover an each way bet as well. Top ten is around 3/1
ABRAHAM ANCER (MEX) 50/1
So some of the most important factors to winning at the Memorial has to be strokes gained around the green and scrambling. His scrambling is a high 67.36% and even better reading from the rough at 76.47%.
His worst round of golf since returning is 70, his combined scoring average over his past 12 rounds is 66. Scoring average ranks as the third most important around Muirfield to win. Yet to win on the PGA he will get a win soon I feel. Fingers crossed his consistent play continues.
Sticking with a £5 EW bet here.
BILLY HORSHEL (USA) 70/1
The other positive with his play is when he does make the cut he normally finishes strong and shoots low on Sunday’s which could be good for us if he is the picture Sunday evening.
Pervious course history does mean a lot playing at Muirfield and that was proven last week with him, but we also like the that he has managed two top twenty’s here and a top ten finish here last year. I believe at this price he goes ahead of the other player the team had in Kevin Streelman around the 70’s mark.
Same bet here £5 EW. 70/1 in many places paying 8. William Hill / PP / Bet Fair
GARY WOODLAND (USA) 40/1
He will be licking his lips at the course changes for this week compared to the Workday Open. He started slow last week but then rounded of in style closing his last three rounds with 68/66/69 to manage a top five place.
Driving distance will be more of an advantage this week than last, so not much better in the field than Gary averaging 307 yards sitting inside the top twenty on the PGA Tour.
Birdie machine averaging over 4.5 a round, despite an overall poor driving accuracy, he still manages a high 72.47% greens in regulation. Also the team pointed out he is trending his best ever strokes gained putting for a long time.
If everything clicks and he can get off to a much better start than last week he could be flying away at the top of the leader board.
Betting £5 EW – I am going with William Hill 40/1 paying 8 places – Bet365 have 45/1
KEVIN KISNER (USA) 90/1
This could be his time again. We know he found something with his overall game at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, he admitted that himself and said he really feels the next win is not that far away just have to keep doing what he is doing.
He is also coming back to a course and set up he likes, with two top ten finishes here in the past five years. Three time winner on the PGA Tour and a top 40 in the world rankings over the past three years, plenty of pedigree and should go well.
Going with a £5 EW bet with William Hill 90/1 paying 8 places.
JOAQUIN NIEMANN (CHI) 66/1
What stands out for us when watching him on the practice ground this week has been his overall ball striking on trackman? It is clear to see why his strokes gained tee to green has improved and his approach to the green stat massively since the return.
I think he will be up to around 75% greens in regulation this week like he was at the RBC Heritage, purely down to the set up here will be good for him. He also has good stats around here finishing 6th in 2018 and 27th here last year.
I feel he could be adding to his PGA Tour titles this week if he sticks to a game plan.
Will be going for a £5 EW bet with Paddy Power at 66/1 paying 8 places.
TROY MERRITT (USA)-TOP 20 BET
6/1 PADDY POWER BET £10 – RETURN £70