2017 Andalucia Valderrama Masters

THE COURSE

Real Club Valderrama – The Real Club Valderrama should prove to be quite the test this week. The 6,991-yard, par 71, Robert Trent Jones track has tested these players before. Last year the aggregate winning total was (an unusual) one over par and this year the course is aiming to be challenging once again. The layout consists of tree-lined fairways, some significant undulation, and bentgrass greens that will be rolling quickly.

This year’s field at The Real Club Valderrama is fairly light, with many of the euro players opting to get a head start for the HSBC in Shanghai in two weeks’ time. Last year’s Open de Espana was won here by Andrew “BEEF” Johnston, with Joost Luiten, Sergio Garcia, and Soren Kjeldsen all close behind. Other notable names finishing well at last year’s tournament are Martin Kaymer and Gregory Bourdy.

PAST WINNERS

(Only events played at Real Club Valderrama shown)

2016  + 1  Andrew Johnston    (Runner Up:  + 2  Joost Luiten)

2011  – 6  Sergio Garcia   (Runner Up:  – 5  Miguel Angel Jimenez)

2010  – 3  Graeme McDowell   (Runner Up:  – 1  Soren Kjeldsen)

ODDS    (Bovada 10/16/2017)

Jon Rahm  +450

Sergio Garcia  +500

Shane Lowry  +1400

Soren Kjeldsen  +1600

Martin Kaymer  +1800

Joost Luiten  +2000

Andy Sullivan  +4000

Gregory Bourdy  +4000

Joakim Lagergren  +4000

Nacho Elvira  +4000

Alejandro Canizares  +4500

Matt Wallace  +4500

Nino Bertasio  +5000

Andrew Johnston  +5000

 

WHO’S HOT

Gregory Bourdy

Joakim Lagergren

Nacho Elvira

Nino Bertasio

Robert Rock

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Sergio Garcia

Joost Luiten

Soren Kjeldsen

Andrew Johnston

 

LONGER SHOTS

Jamie Donaldson  +6600

Gregory Havret  +7000

Mikko Ilonen  +7000

Robert Karlsson  +7000

Pablo Larrazabal  +7500

Robert Rock  +7500

Thomas Detry  +8000

Bradley Dredge  +10000

Chris Paisley  +10000

 

FAITHFULS

Sergio Garcia

Soren Kjeldsen

Martin Kaymer

Padraig Harrington

Gregory Havret

 

WHO WE LIKE

Soren Kjeldsen – This tournament is probably Sergio Garcia’s to lose. However, he didn’t show too well last week in Italy and although Lowry plays extremely well on tough courses, we’re going to pass on him as well. That leaves Kjeldsen as our low odds pick. He has excellent course history here and shines when the 4-day aggregates are in the higher range.

Gregory Bourdy & Joakim Lagergren – In the mid-range of the pack we are going with Gregory Bourdy and Joakim Lagergren. Both are in excellent form over the past several weeks and this weak field is a prime environment for either of these names to find their way to the top of the leaderboard.

Gregory Havret – At the high-odds end, Havret gets the nod. He has history on the this track going back to 2010 and will also be looking to notch a high finish among a light field.

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