European Tour: British Masters - Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks

British Masters 2020

  • Julian Suri claimed a mini tour win earlier this month and with strong long-term form on the European Tour his each way odds of +80000 are too high.
  • Local lad Chris Paisley, who was seventh on his last start, can atone for struggling under the weight of home expectation in 2017 and land a top ten at +500.
  • Fan-favorite Marcus Armitage has already grabbed two top 20s in the 2020 season and he can make it three on a course he knows better than most at odds of +355.
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WhatBetfred British Masters
WhereClose House GC, Newcastle, England
WhenWednesday 22 July – Saturday 25 July
How to watchWednesday-Thursday 6:30-8:30am ET (Golf Channel), Friday 8am-12:30pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 7:30am-12pm (Golf Channel). All four days on Sky Sports.

After two weeks of Challenge Tour co-sanctioned events in Austria, the European Tour returns in full glory at this week’s Betfred British Masters hosted by Lee Westwood.

The tournament kicks off a six-week swing in the United Kingdom and the quality of the fields has seen an immediate improvement in quality.

In recent years the British Masters has toured England and now it returns to the undulating fairways of Close House GC, which previously hosted in 2017 when Irishman Paul Dunne held off a final-round charge by Rory McIlroy.

British Masters Odds

Check out the latest odds for the winner of the British Masters Tournament.

Lee Westwood+900
Thomas Detry+1200
Eddie Pepperell+2800
Ryan Fox+2800
Marcus Kinhult+3000
Jordan Smith+3000
Mikko Korhonen+3000
Ross Fisher+3300
Andy Sullivan+3500
Adri Arnaus+3500

Odds taken from BetMGM.

Dutchman Joost Luiten started both the Austrian event as a hot favorite, but both times he failed to reward supporters who had backed both his talent and ruthlessness.

Will that be repeated this week? Tournament host Lee Westwood is a +900 shot and was second at halfway when conducting the same duties three years ago, but faded to T15th over the weekend.

Second in the market is promising Belgian Thomas Detry at +1200 who, unlike many in the field, traveled to Austria and collected a top ten, but he continues to search for his first win at this level.

Only one other player in the field is rated a less than +2000 shot – the 2018 tournament winner Eddie Pepperell.

However, the Englishman is available at all prices from +1600 to +2800 hinting that this week’s action is deemed wide open by the layers.

Suri Drops Mini Tour Hint

After an injury-ravaged end to the 2019 season, American Julian Suri might have actually welcomed lockdown.

The Jacksonville-based player had thrived during his first 24 months on the European Tour, claiming one win and finishing second another four times. In fact, his consistency is such that in this field only Westwood and Pepperell have a better stroke average than he does over the last three seasons.

With Detry tucked in behind him at fourth that shows you that Suri is in the exalted company and yet whilst that trio hog the top of the market, he lurks at a far more attractive price. Some might counter that he’s made just one top 30 in his last ten completed starts and hasn’t been seen in Europe since withdrawing from October’s Open de France. But he played those events with injuries which prompted rehab over the winter followed by lockdown and he confirmed his return to fitness with rounds of 62-67 to win a mini-tour event in Florida earlier this month. It’s also far from the only reason to like his chances this week.

2017 course winner Dunne has always thrived at Himmerland, finishing fourth, tenth and 14th.

Meanwhile, his fellow Irishman Gavin Moynihan is another winner at Close House (on the third tier) and he also enjoyed Himmerland, landing a rare European Tour top 20 there despite an appalling start in 2019. Like Close House, Himmerland is a modern course design with elevation changes and Suri’s win came there in 2017. He looks great value at +8000 each way.

Home Comforts For Paisley

Three years ago Englishman Chris Paisley, who hails from just 20 minutes up the road from the course, was thrilled at the prospect of playing in front of family and friends. Unfortunately around one 74 flattened the party atmosphere and even though he struck a fine 67 in round two he failed to make the weekend. He spent lockdown in Florida, where he lives with his American wife, keeping his hand in on the mini-tours and is keen to make full amends for 2017. He knows what went wrong last time and there are no galleries to distract him either so his course experience can shine.

It is far from the most difficult examination, but many players did highlight that the trickiest element of the test are the many blind shots and hard-to-pick lines from the tee boxes. Paisley was the winner of the South African Open in 2018, claimed victory in England on the Challenge Tour, and finished seventh in his final start ahead of lockdown, at the Qatar Masters.

If that Himmerland link proves strong it also helps that he’s made four cuts in four appearances on the Danish track, landing third there in 2017 and fourth in 2018. He’s +550 to make the top ten with DraftKings.

Armitage To Ride The Wave

Back in 2015, Englishman Marcus Armitage won a mini-tour event at Close House in a season that led to him progressing to the Challenge Tour and ultimately the main tour.

His initial forays at that level were frustrating as he showed glimpses of talent whilst also struggling to contend, but he has turned that situation around in the last 12 months.

The first time he threatened to win, in South Africa, he responded with a final round 83 that dropped him down the leaderboard.

Undeterred he finished third in the South African Open and T12th at the Qatar Masters.

In lockdown, he has maintained his form with a series of quality performances back on the mini-tours, including two wins.

DraftKings go +355 that he’ll make a third European Tour top 20 of the season on a course he knows well.

British Masters – Our Picks

In the outright market, don’t miss out on the big each way +8000 odds of Julian Suri at bet365.

Chris Paisley’s local knowledge shouldn’t be overlooked at +500 for a top ten with DraftKings whilst the same firm price Marcus Armitage +355 to use his winning course experience to log a top 20.

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