The Cazoo Classic Predictions, Picks & Odds
- The European Tour heads across the border from Scotland to England
- Host venue, the London Golf Club, last staged a strokeplay event in 2009
- Last week’s winner, Grant Forrest, looks for back-to-back wins
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The Cazoo Classic Odds
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|Bernd Wiesberger||+1400 |
|Andy Sullivan||+2200 |
|Masahiro Kawamura||+2500 |
|Richard Bland||+2500 |
|Vincent Norrman||+2500 |
|Calum Hill||+3000 |
|John Catlin||+3000 |
|Jordan Smith||+3000 |
|Victor Perez||+3000 |
|Mikko Korhonen||+3300 |
The Cazoo Classic Picks and Predictions
Bernd Wiesberger is the outright pick at +1200 with DraftKings Sportsbook
Richie Ramsay can land a top 10 at +350 with DraftKings Sportsbook
Vincent Norrman to beat Victor Perez in their match best +115 with bet365
How to Watch The Cazoo Classic
|The Cazoo Classic Information|
|Tournament||The Cazoo Classic|
|Location||London Golf Club, Kent, England|
|Time||Thursday, August 12 – Sunday, August 15|
|How to watch||Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 7.30 am ET (Golf Channel). And all four days on Sky Sports.|
The Cazoo Classic Profile
The European Tour wants us to play another geographical guessing game this week.
Last month we had the Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale – although the attachment of the country’s biggest sports star kind of gave it away that it was in Wales.
Last week we had the Hero Open which, without knowing, could have taken place anywhere from India to Ireland. It was actually in Scotland.
This week it’s the Cazoo Classic. Location? No clue from the name but the fact that the host course is the London Golf Club gives it away. Even then the course isn’t in London but let’s not get too frazzled by detail.
Of course, the main thing punters will want to know is whether the course has ever been used before. The good news: it has. The bad news: that was back in 2014 and it was a Match Play event.
The track in question is the Jack Nicklaus-designed Heritage Course and, seven years ago, Finland’s Mikko Ilonen beat Henrik Stenson in the final of the Volvo World Match Play held there.
To find strokeplay form, a further rewind is needed. That takes us back to 2008 and 2009 when it hosted back-to-back editions of the European Open.
England’s Ross Fisher romped to a seven-shot win over Sergio Garcia in the former while short-hitting Christian Cevaer produced a shock the following year.
The winning scores were notably contrasting: Fisher romped to 20-under while in windier conditions Frenchman Cevaer eked out a one-shot victory with 7-under.
The course measures 7,327 yards and is a stock par 72. The four par 5s come at 5, 8, 12, and 15 while the closing hole is a tough 468-yard par 4.
As with most Nicklaus courses, iron play is rewarded and Fisher ranked 3rd for Greens in Regulation when winning in 2008.
With greens harder to hit in 2009 due to the wind, short-game skills were magnified. Cevaer, who was 13th for GIR, ranked 2nd for Scrambling while the top-ranked player in that category, Gary Orr, finished runner-up.
Wiesberger Can Claim Win Number Ten
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger is the favorite this week, but with good reason.
He’s a nine-time winner on the European Tour and, while he’s twice lifted a high-class Rolex Series event, he has always been a player who thrives when the Tour’s elite are in action elsewhere.
In fact, the man himself has always struggled to take a step up to WGC and major championship, but regular tour fields are meat and drink to him.
It’s only just over a month since his most recent win, in Denmark, and the course that week was not entirely unlike the test at the London Club – a modern design, on a hill, exposed to the wind.
He’s yet to win on a Nicklaus course, but he did make a play-off at Gleneagles in 2011 and that’s a great sign.
But perhaps the most persuasive factor is his Strokes Gained Approach ranking.
It’s a key category on Nicklaus designs and, in this week’s field, only Mikko Korhonen ranks higher than Wiesberger.
Take him each way in the outright at +1200 with DraftKings Sportsbook which is paying out seven places.
Ramsay Likes a Golder Bear Test
This is not the first time this year that the European Tour has visited a Jack Nicklaus design – last month’s Irish Open was at Mount Juliet, which the great man also created.
Scotsman Richie Ramsay was tied fourth that week and it wasn’t his first brush with success on these second shot examinations.
In fact, he has two top 10s at Gleneagles and a win at Pearl Valley in South Africa.
He’s also continued to bubble since that top five in Ireland, flirting with the lead before recording three top 30 finishes.
He’s also been really consistent in the medium-term, playing four rounds of golf in 13 of his last 14 appearances.
The crucial extra few per cent could be provided by the return to a course that suits – he finished top 20 here back in 2009.
Take him to make the top 10 with DraftKings Sportsbook offering +350.
Norman Can Down Perez
This week’s match-up is based on a straightforward notion of taking on a player struggling for form with a youngster flying high.
Victor Perez enjoyed a wonderful few months either side of New Year 2020, winning for the first time on the European Tour and flourishing at the highest level.
He also made the last four of the WGC Dell Match Play in March but since then has missed five cuts and not made the top 50 in his other two starts.
This week is a great chance to rebuild confidence, but let’s take him on with young Swede Vincent Norrman who has made five starts this season, always made the cut, and ticked off four top 15s.
He’s worth supporting at +115 in the bet365 matchbet.
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Matt Cooper has been a sports journalist since 2009 with his work appearing at ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC, Sporting Life and the Planet Sport Network among many others, in addition to guest appearances on the BBC and CNN. Although a specialist in golf, who has traveled the world to cover the sport, Matt has also covered rugby, cricket, football and the Olympics. Email: [email protected]