Catalunya Championship Predictions, Picks, Betting Odds
- This is the second leg of the DP World Tour’s two-week run in Spain
- PGA Catalunya has previously staged the Open de Espana and Q-School
- Last week’s winner, Pablo Larrazabal, shares favoritism
Catalunya Championship Odds
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|Bernd Wiesberger||+2200 |
|Pablo Larrazabal||+2200 |
|Adrian Otaegui||+2200 |
|Rasmus Hojgaard||+2500 |
|Richard Bland||+2500 |
|Jordan Smith||+2500 |
|Adrian Meronk||+2800 |
|Adri Arnaus||+3500 |
|Marcus Armitage||+3500 |
|Laurie Canter||+3500 |
|Nicolai Hojgaard||+3500 |
Catalunya Championship Picks
Adrian Otaegui finished runner-up last week and won his tour card here at Q-School. Back the Spaniard for the win at +2200 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Richard Bland continues to excel and has good memories of PGA Catalunya. He can beat Jordan Smith in a 72-hole match at -115 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Fabrizio Zanotti is 6-for-6 in 2022 and has two second places at PGA Catalunya. Back the Paraguayan for a Top 20 finish at +320 with bet365.
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Catalunya Championship Predictions
After local man Pablo Larrazabal captured last week’s ISPS Handa Championship in Spain, the DP World Tour enjoys a second week in the country.
This time it’s a short 120-mile hop to the ancient town of Girona and a venue that will be familiar to plenty of players in this week’s field. Designed by Angel Gallardo and Neil Coles, the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya has hosted a number of events in the 21st century.
The most recent was the 2014 Spanish Open, while the tree-lined parkland track also staged the 2000 and 2009 editions of that event. The top six in that 2014 Spanish Open were short-hitting Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, big-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters, Aussie left-hander Richard Green, Dutchman Joost Luiten, Scotsman Richie Ramsay and German Max Kieffer.
The undulating par 72 measures 7,353 yards from the tips with the four par 5s coming at 3, 7, 12 and 15. The latter measures just 492 yards.
As well as those Spanish Opens, PGA Catalunya was also the home of Q-School Final Stages from 2008 to 2016 so that’s a good form guide too.
After these back-to-back tournaments in Spain, the DP World Tour heads to former Ryder Cup venue, The Belfry, for the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett.
Otaegui can make it another home win
The home galleries had plenty to cheer for last week when Larrazabal led home a Spanish 1-2 at the ISPS Handa Championship in Spain.
The runner-up there was Adrian Otaegui and I’m going to take the 29-year-old from San Sebastian to go one better here.
That second place followed a top five at the Qatar Masters and three starts before that Otaegui was third in the Ras al Khaimah Championship. In short, he’s one of the DP World Tour’s form players.
As for the course angle, it goes beyond the fact that it’s situated in Otaegui’s homeland.
The three-time DP World Tour winner has very happy memories of PGA Catalunya because he was joint-medalist at the 2015 Q-School held there, finishing in a three-way tie at the top with 18-under.
Otaegui’s Strokes Gained: Approach and Greens In Regulation numbers are excellent: he was second in both categories last week.
PGA Catalunya is a strong tee-to-green test so it looks a great fit for him in this form.
Back Otaegui for the win at +2200 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Bland can outscore Smith
Last week’s 72-hole match bet landed again as Laurie Canter (tied 30th) took down Matthieu Pavon (missed cut).
This time I’m going to focus on the all-English clash between Richard Bland and Jordan Smith and my money is on the former.
Bland’s Indian summer continued as he made it through the group phase of the WGC-Dell Match Play in Texas, halving with Bryson DeChambeau and then beating Talor Gooch and Lee Westwood. He followed that with tied 29th at the Texas Open so Bland will be walking tall on his return to Europe this week.
The good news for the Englishman is that PGA Catalunya is one where he’s performed well before.
The 49-year-old, who won last year’s British Masters and lost a play-off to Viktor Hovland in Dubai a couple of months ago, was 14th there when it staged the 2014 Open de Espana. And on his previous visit, Bland finished fourth at 2011 Q-School. Add in a ninth place in last October’s Open de Espana and this is a part of the globe he enjoys visiting.
Rival Smith was hot on the Desert Swing at the start of the year with a run of 12-9-2 in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras al Khaimah.
But he missed the cut at the Qatar Masters last time out and hasn’t pegged it up for over a month so could be a little rusty.
He also struggled at PGA Catalunya in 2015 Q School, being eliminated after the fourth of six rounds, and his form in Spain is fairly modest since then: MC-36-MC-56-33-20-15-MC.
Smith is a fine player but Bland appears to hold the aces this week.
Back Bland to win their 72-hole match at -115 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Zanotti for a Top 20
Continuing the course form theme, let’s try Fabrizio Zanotti for a Top 20 finish.
The Paraguayan star was runner-up there in the Open de Espana in 2009 and returned four years later to take second place at Q-School and win his playing privileges. That’s a long time ago but Zanotti has always enjoyed trips to Spain where he can speak his native tongue.
His last two starts there show fourth place in October’s Andalucia Masters and 12th at the previous week’s Open de Espana. He’s a perfect 6-for-6 on the DP World Tour since the calendar flipped so looks to have a nice blend of converging trends ahead of his return to a familiar venue.
A top 20 is priced at +320 with DraftKings Sportsbook and that looks well worth a bet.
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How to Watch Catalunya Championship
|Catalunya Championship Information|
|Location||Stadium Course, PGA Catalunya, Girona, Spain|
|Time||Thursday April 28 – Sunday May 01|
|How to Watch||Thursday 8am-1pm ET (Golf Channel), Friday 8am-12pm (Golf Channel), Saturday 8am-12.30pm (Golf Channel), Sunday 7am-11.30am (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
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Dave Tindall is former golf editor at SkySports.com and Golf365.com and has been writing betting previews for the PGA Tour and European Tour since 1997. He has also written for a range of betting companies, including William Hill and Betfair, as well as being a regular columnist for Rotoworld, The Guardian, Sporting Life and Planet Sport. His other area of speciality is football while he's also covered cricket and tennis.
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