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Dean Burmester was sixth at The Belfry last year and has strong Tee To Green stats. Back the South African for the win at +3500 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Laurie Canter has a strong mix of current, course and location form. He beat defending champion Richard Bland in a 72-hole match at -120 DraftKings Sportsbook.
Hao-Tong Li has bounced back to form over the last few months. Back the Chinese star for a Top 20 finish at +320 with bet365.
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The British Masters goes back to 1946 although it did once disappear from the schedule.
The event was reinvented, with the help of broadcaster Sky Sports, in 2015 and now takes place at different venues in England with a celebrated English player acting as tournament host.
Lee Westwood (twice), Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood have all taken the role and this time it’s 2016 Augusta hero Danny Willett. It’s actually Willett’s second crack at the job and, as in 2021, he hosts at The Belfry.
Even casual golf fans will know that name as the course famously acted as host for four editions of the Ryder Cup. Europe won the first of those in 1985 when Sam Torrance holed the winning putt to hand the Americans their first defeat since 1957.
In other words, this piece of property in the middle of England is revered by all European golf fans.
Last year, Richard Bland hoisted the silverware after shooting 13-under and winning a playoff against Italy’s Guido Migliozzi.
The course is a stock par 72 measuring 7,310 yards and water is in play on seven holes. That includes the famous 10th hole, a driveable par 4.
The Poa Annua greens are small with plenty of tiers so short game prowess is a definite requirement here. Then again, Bland ranked 1st for Driving Accuracy and 2nd for Greens In Regulation when winning so it’s an all-round test.
Dean Burmester enjoys a tree-lined test in England so I’m going to back the South African for the win.
The World No. 71 is one of the highest-ranked players in the field this week so it would be worth a look anyway. But I like his record both here and at Wentworth, home of the BMW PGA Championship. In the latter, he finished ninth and 12th while at The Belfry Burmester took sixth place in this event last year, firing a 65 on day three.
A deeper delve also shows a sixth at Hanbury Manor in the 2020 English Championship. So does he have the current form to play well at The Belfry this time?
That’s a yes. Burmester has finished runner-up in two of his last five events, the latest coming two starts ago at the DP World Tour’s Steyn City Championship in his homeland.
Across those two latest starts he’s gained over 20 strokes Tee to Green so a decent putting week and he could really flourish. And the good news is that Burmester ranked 1st for Putting Average on these Belfry greens last year.
Back Burmester for the win at +3500 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Laurie Canter did us a favor when beating Matthieu Pavon in a 72-hole match in Spain two weeks ago. And I’m going to back the Englishman again, this time to outscore compatriot and defending champ Richard Bland.
First, the case for Canter. One obvious reason for getting him onside in a match bet is his consistency. Canter is 8-for-8 since late January and five of the last six have been top 30s. His best finish, tied third, came at the Catalunya Championship last week where he was just two shots back from the playoff number.
At The Belfry, Canter finished 30th in this event last year and 13th in the 2020 UK Championship. And on his last start on home soil, Canter was runner-up in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Bland captured this event last year, finally winning for the first time at this level on his 478th start. One angle is that he’ll feel the magic and play well again. Another is that he’ll have extra pressure on him this week and will find it tough. He’s had some great times since that win but was a little flat in last week’s Catalunya Championship so this could be a good time to oppose him.
Back Canter to win their 72-hole match at -120 (DraftKings Sportsbook).
After 2021 saw him miss cut after cut, China’s Hao-Tong Li started to turn the corner at the end of the year.
A top 15 in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship suggested a return to better things and he dropped another hint with a second place at his home China Open.
Li continued the progress with tied 12th in the Sony Open and he’s since added third at the Ras al Khaimah Championship and sixth in the ISPS Handa Championship in Spain two starts ago.
Add in three further finishes between 26th and 33rd and this return to form has been sustained.
Third in the Open Championship on English soil (Royal Birkdale) in 2017 he’s had other good performances in England and was tied 31st at The Belfry in the 2020 UK Championship.
Back him for a Top 20 finish at +320 with bet365.
|British Masters Information|
|Location||The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England|
|Time||Thursday May 05 – Sunday May 08|
|How to Watch||Thursday 8.30am-1.30pm ET (Golf Channel), Friday 8.30am-12pm (Golf Channel), Saturday 8am-12.30pm (Golf Channel), Sunday 8am-12.30pm (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
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