Golf: ISPS Handa UK Championship
Venue: The Belfry, Warwickshire, UK.
Dates: 27th – 30th August 2020
The UK swing of the European Tour continues to gather momentum as the best players on the continent head to The Belfry for the ISPS Handa UK Championship. Played on the famous Brabazon Course, the event will be the first played at the Belfry on the European Tour for 12 years, adding to the sense of occasion in the West Midlands. The knock-on effect of the COVID 19 pandemic has seen many events on the European Tour cancelled this year but it has also presented an opportunity for British courses to stake their claim to hold big events in the future. And with over €1 million in the prize pot – there are plenty of Order of Merit points and prize money to play for here at the Belfry.
The European Tour continues to find its feet once more following the pandemic and it promises to be another excellent week at the Belfry: –
With back to back top 15 finishes on the European Tour, Belgian Ryder Cup player Thomas Pieters looked back to his best and he leads a strong field here at the Belfry.
Chinese superstar Haotong Li has been plying his trade on the PGA Tour for most of the season and looked in excellent form when finishing 8th at Celtic Manor last weekend.
Local lad Andy Sullivan has picked up a win on the European Tour since the season restart and he could be one to watch in familiar conditions here at the Belfry.
German Martin Kaymer is always one to watch in any event he plays, with his streaky style of game often propelling him into contention in the big events.
Malaysian Gavin Green had been taking tentative steps back to action on the European Tour but his T8th placed finish at Celtic Manor last time out suggests he is finding some form once again.
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:-
Young Austrian Matthias Schwab has been in solid form since the season restart and his quality could shine through from the off here at the Belfry.
Englishman Matt Wallace is a proven performer at European Tour level, and he has a tendency to play his best golf in streaky periods.
Jordan Smith is a classy operator and his flying start at Celtic Manor last week was a clear indicator of the form he’s been in.
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:-
Ryder Cup hero Lee Westwood is always in the mix in the big European Tour events – especially on home soil and he could go well this week.
Former Masters Champion Danny Willett hasn’t been in the best of form since the season restart, but he could well relish the conditions here at the Belfry.
Frenchman Victor Perez has been one of the most consistent performers on the European Tour since the restart and few would bet against him featuring heavily on Sunday this week.
BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Andy Sullivan – 20.00