Andalucìa Masters Golf Preview and Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:12 AM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019 7:12 AM UTC

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Andalucìa Masters Golf tournament delivering his best betting predictions 

<div><h2><strong>Andalucìa Masters </strong></h2><p><strong>June 27-30</strong></p><p><strong>Valderrama Golf Club, Sotogrande, Spain</strong></p><p><strong>Par 71</strong></p><p><strong>6990 yards</strong></p><p>The Sergio Garcia Foundation hosts the Andalucìa Masters for the European Tour at the Valderrama Golf Club. The funds donated at this year’s event go to the Madrid University Hospital for children.</p><p>The Valderrama course was constructed in 1974 and designed by the respected English-American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones. In 1999 it was rated Europe’s top mainland course by Golf World magazine. The course originally hosted the European Tour's season ending event the Volvo Masters between 1988-2008. The 1997 Ryder Cup was also played there when home favourite Seve Ballesteros was Captain. This event, the Andalucìa Masters was held at the course 2010-2011 and 2017-2018 while the Open De Espana visited Valderrama in the 2016.</p><p>A rich history of the European Tour's biggest events over many years have made us familiar with the sort of golfers that prosper this week. Like many other Robert Trent Jones it is impossible to overpower but controlled length is often the key. The tough course plots its way through the hills of Sotogrande in between the umbrella tree lines which are often in tight formations. The course is an examination of a player's ability to shape his shots both ways with the many doglegs and adverse cambers.</p><h2><strong>Contenders </strong></h2><p>This year’s host Sergio Garcia is the best place to start with this week’s contenders. Valderrama has become a fortress and haven for Spain’s leading golfer. A winner on three occasions and perennial top 10 finisher, Valderrama is tailor made for one of the sports premier shotmakers. Unless the distraction of playing host affects him, Sergio will be contending for yet another victory this week.</p><p>Fellow Spaniard John Rahm is an interesting entrant this week. I am not convinced the course will suit him however, he did play very well at the US Open coming 3<sup>rd</sup> two weeks ago.</p><p>It is fair to say Spaniard’s have derived home advantage in previous years here with Gonzalez Fernandez-Castano and Alejandro Canizares only ever out the top 40 on one occasion in a dozen tournaments between them. Pep Angles is not as well-known but has a remarkable liking for this quirky difficult track and always worth a look in the top 20 market.</p><p>Netherlands premium golf professional Joost Luiten has three top five finishes at Valderrama and now back to full fitness could contend.</p><p>One player who caught my eye at last year’s Andulicia Masters was Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult who also played well at the US Open two weeks ago. It is only four weeks since he won the British Masters on a tough course so he could win again here.</p><p>England’s Ashley Chesters loves this course and last season he retained his European Tour with a superb 4<sup>th</sup> place finish here when he needed it most. An absolute must bet in the place markets and if he is to break through on the European Tour maybe Valderrama will be the venue.</p><p>Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen is a previous course winner and ideally suited by the course. His season has been inconsistent but good performances at the British Masters and Abu Dhabi Championship tell us he retains the ability to contend.</p><p>A French professional who I really like this week is Mike Lorenzo-Vera who had an eye catching 16<sup>th</sup> place at the PGA Championship in America a couple of weeks ago. A 5<sup>th</sup> in China the start before and 6<sup>th</sup> here in 2016 I expect a breakthrough win on the European Tour soon.</p><p>Young Englishman Aaron Rai is the sort of player I can imagine fitting Valderrama like a glove, 8<sup>th</sup> here in 2017 on debut and already a winner on the European Tour. After a mini slump he was 18<sup>th</sup> at the Made in Denmark event last time out, looking like a player coming into form.</p><p>Sebastian Soderborg is of interest with last week’s effort at the BMW International Open straight after another promising one at the Belgian Knockout. In 2017 he played a solid event here so maybe now he is getting to grips with life on the main tour it is a good time to back him.</p><p>Italian Nino Bertasio has solid course form however, he looks out of form at present on the European Tour. Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan caught my eye last year with an 8<sup>th</sup> place finish and a top 20 finish a few weeks back in Denmark. Lastly Portugal’s Ricardo Gouviea warrants a mention as a real course specialist at Valderrama as a professional and in his amateur career.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Mike Lorenzo-Vera - each way @ 33/1 (34.00) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Marcus Kinhult – each way @ 50/1 (51.00) Betfred</strong></em></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Aaron Rai - each way @ 66/1 (67.00) Unibet</strong></em></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Ashley Chesters – Top 20 @ 5/2 (3.50) Unibet </strong></em></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Ricardo Gouviea - Top 20 @ (11.00) Unibet </strong></em></a></p></div>
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