European Tour Betting Picks and Predictions: Canary Islands Championship

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021 1:43 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 4, 2021 1:43 PM UTC

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Canary Islands Championship for

<div><p style="text-align:center"><strong>May 6-9</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Golf Costa Adeje</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Tenerife, Canary Island</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Par 72, 6816 yards </strong></p><p>Post Covid-19 pandemic the European Tour has utilized back to back week’s at the same course on several occasions and this is another of those at the easy Golf Costa Adeje after the course played host to last week’s Tenerife Open. What did we learn about the course last week? Nothing new basically from the last time it was used on the European Tour in 2003 and therefore we know unless there are strong winds and an easy low scoring fest awaits the players for the Canary Islands Championship.</p><p><strong>Sami Valimaki</strong></p><p>The Flying Finn, Sami Valimaki had a perfect preparation last week at Golf Costa Adeje after a few weeks off.</p><p>Last week, the Oman Open Champion of 2020, Sami Valimaki had an under the radar performance on his return to the European Tour. That was his first tournament since the end of February when he played in the WGC Workday Championship at Concession in America and his presence in such an elite event showed a sharp progressive upswing for a second-year professional. The twenty-two-year-old Finn, Valimaki made a serious impression in his rookie year on the European Tour and the Oman Open was only his sixth event.</p><p>This week we can expect his short game to be sharper and last year he played well on the back to back events held at Celtic Manor in Wales where he progressively finished 8th and 6th.</p><p>Later in 2020 Valimaki performed creditably in the back to back weeks in Cyprus. We know his short game will be sharper this week and Valimaki has been a serial winner at all levels but we also know that if the local winds kick up, he is the perfect player type to cope as his win in last year's Oman Open on an exposed more difficult track illustrates. Take the seven places available each way with Ladbrokes on Sami Valimaki.</p><p><strong>European Tour Golf Pick:</strong></p><p><a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sami Valimaki – each-way @ 26.00 Ladbrokes </a></p><p><strong>Louis De Jager</strong></p><p>Just over a year ago, the ability to play progressive golf on back to back week’s at the same course, would not have been a trait considered. It is now! It means we have to consider Louis De Jager this week.</p><p>Yes, post-Covid-19 there have been changes for us all but one consistent change for the professionals of the European Tour has been back to back weeks at the same course.</p><p>Like Sami Valimaki, Louis De Jager has shown an affinity for the new tweak in format and has put together progressive weeks on several occasions. In Wales, he started with a 15th on the opening week and followed with a missed cut but in Cyprus and Kenya, his second week was the slightly more progressive of the two. Like Valimaki, De Jager was under the radar last week but finished the event strongly.</p><p>Despite being relatively new to the European Tour the thirty-five year old South African is the more experienced player of the two with a long apprenticeship on his native Sunshine Tour where he has accumulated four tournament wins. He has already shown his prowess on the European Tour with several consistent efforts with four top 4 finishes and he is a sporting each way and solid top 20 selection.</p><p><strong>European Tour Golf Pick: </strong></p><ul> <li><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis De Jager – each way @ 61.00 Bet365</a></li> <li><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis De Jager – Top 20 @ 3.50 Paddy Power</a></li></ul><div> </div><p><strong>Joachim Lagergren</strong></p><p>Swede, Joachim Lagergren is back to form and suited by this week’s test.<br /><br />I noticed last week that Joachim Lagergren snapped a run of poor form to kick start his 2021 European Tour campaign. The Swede’s only European Tour win was at the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open of 2018 which was a similar coastal test.</p><p>Last week’s Tenerife Open gave the twenty-nine year old his first cut made after a slow start to 2021. His best performance of 2020 was a 3rd place finish at the Portugal Masters which again is a similar easy low scoring test at a coastal track. He has the perfect form profile this week for each way and top 20 bets.</p><p><strong>European Golf Pick:</strong></p><ul> <li><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joachim Lagergren – each way @ 91.00 Bet365</a></li> <li><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joachim Lagergren – Top 20 @ 5.00 Unibet</a></li></ul></div>
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