Golf: British Masters
Venue: The Belfry, England.
Dates: 12th – 15th May 2021
The European Tour returns to British shores for the first time in 2021 as the flagship British Masters moves to the Belfry. The nomadic existence of the event sees it move around the country each year, with a different host and former Masters Champion Danny Willett is the man orchestrating proceedings this week. First hosted in 1946, the British Masters is a hugely influential event on the British golfing calendar with winning alumni including Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros – the prestige of the event speaks for itself. The prize pot of £1.6 million is one of the most impressive on the European Tour too and with most players looking to find form with the Ryder Cup looming, it could be a special week at the Belfry.
The European Tour is as hotly contested as ever and there are a whole host of names gunning for glory here in Warwickshire: –
Scotsman Robert Macintyre has enjoyed an excellent start to 2021, epitomised by his top 20 finish at the Masters last month and he looks to be the man to catch this week.
Despite a 5 year hiatus from the winners circle, Martin Kaymer is still one of the most feared golfers in the world and his 3rd place finish at the Austrian Open last time out suggests he could be finding form.
Matthias Schwab is a real prospect on the European Tour, and few would bet against him backing up his back-to-back top 10’s with a win here.
Belgian Thomas Detry is a prolific performer on the European Tour, and he should relish the conditions here at the Belfry.
Englishman Sam Horsfield was an unstoppable force in 2020, winning three events on the revamped British Tour and with conditions sure to suit, he could sneak under the radar this weekend.
1st Round Leader
Producing the goods over 72 holes is often the most difficult thing for any golfer to do therefore here are our first round leader picks:-
Host Danny Willett is very familiar with the surrounds at the Belfry and how he would love to get off to a fast start here and transfer his decent form over from the PGA Tour.
Former Ryder Cup player Andy Sullivan has struggled for his best form in recent seasons but has always gone well at the Belfry and looks to be somewhere near his best once more.
Jamie Donaldson has been featuring at the top end of European Tour events for the best part of a decade and he has the potential to get off to a flyer here.
Top Ten Finish
With so many quality players assembled here at the Belfry, getting into the winning enclosure could be tough but there are plenty of candidates to finish in the top 10 come Sunday:-
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger is a serial winner on the European Tour, and he should be knocking at the door on the home stretch on Sunday afternoon.
Dane Thorbjorn Olesen has been rekindling some excellent form over the past few outings and on a course that should suit his game, could be very much in the mix on Sunday afternoon.
Andrew Johnston or ‘Beef’ as he is known, is one of the longest hitters on the European Tour and he should relish the conditions here at the Belfry.
British Masters Betxchange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Robert Macintyre – 11.00
1st Round Leader: Andy Sullivan – 40.00