Cazoo Open Supported by Gareth Bale Preview, Picks & Predictions
- Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale puts his name to the tournament
- Celtic Manor Resort, the 2010 Ryder Cup venue, plays host
- This is the fourth leg of a six-week swing in GB and Ireland.
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Cazoo Open Supported by Gareth Bale Odds
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|Matt Wallace||+900 |
|Sam Horsfield||+1200 |
|Justin Harding||+1600 |
|Aaron Rai||+1600 |
|Laurie Canter||+2000 |
|Adrian Otaegui||+2200 |
|Jordan Smith||+2500 |
|Matthew Jordan||+2800 |
|Connor Syme||+3300 |
|Calum Hill||+3300 |
|Chan Kim||+3300 |
Cazoo Open Supported by Gareth Bale Our Picks
Connor Syme, who played against Open champ Collin Morikawa in the 2017 Walker Cup, is a course horse at Celtic Manor. Back the Scotsman each-way at +3300 bet365.
Sam Horsfield won at this venue last year and much prefers parkland golf. He can beat fellow Englishman Aaron Rai over 72 holes at +105 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Sebastian Heisele made the top 20 in both events at Celtic Manor last summer and the German is a good bet to repeat the feat at +300 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Cazoo Open Supported by Gareth Bale
|Cazoo Open Supported by Gareth Bale Information|
|Tournament||Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale|
|Location||The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales|
|Time||Thursday, July 22 – Sunday, July 25|
|How to Watch||Friday 3 am-5 am (Golf Channel), Saturday 3.30 am-5.30 am (Golf Channel), Sunday 3.30 am-5.30 am (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
Cazoo Open Supported by Gareth Bale
Seeing an unfamiliar title on a golf schedule can put punters in a spin.
What’s this? A new event at a new venue? Bad news for #Teamcourseform. Let’s allay those worries then. Cazoo is an online British car retailer with an increasing interest in the sports market.
Gareth Bale, of course, is the highly-decorated Real Madrid and Wales footballer and his name on the title gives away the geographical location. Yes, this is basically the Wales Open and Bale’s love of golf and high profile make him an appropriate sponsor.
The good news for bettors is that it’s being played on Wales’ most well-known course – Celtic Manor Resort which played host to the 2010 Ryder Cup. Even better is that the Newport venue staged not one but two European Tour events last summer, giving us a good bank of recent course form.
They were the Celtic Classic won by England’s Sam Horsfield and the ISPS HANDA Wales Open won by Frenchman Romain Langasque.
Celtic Manor is listed as a 7,393-yard par 71 on the official European Tour website. However, it still has the full complement of four par 5s (2nd, 9th, 11th and 18th), the par of 71 due to five par 3s (3rd, 7th, 10th, 13th and 17th).
Designed by Ross McMurray, the Twenty Ten Course also staged seven editions of the Wales Open between 2008 and 2014.
It’s fairly flat and exposed while water is in play on 10 holes. Greens in regulation has been a key stat down the years.
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Syme Ready to Chime Again
Connor Syme will certainly have had this week’s date circled in his diary early. The Scotsman was one of the stars of the show when Celtic Manor staged back-to-back events last summer as the schedule was revamped due to COVID.
In both, Syme was the 54-hole leader despite differing weather conditions although he eventually had to settle for third in the Celtic Classic and eighth in the Wales Open. Looking at his numbers, he reproduced similar stats in each.
Strong iron play and short game are needed at this course and Syme was ranked 12th and 13th for Greens in regulation and 8th and 4th in Scrambling. As for form this season, he was third in the Kenya Open (1st for GIR), fifth at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open, 12th in the Canary Islands Championship and 18th in last month’s BMW European Open.
Syme’s last tournament was his home Scottish Open two weeks ago where he ranked 8th for GIR, shot 69-68 on the weekend and posted 35th. He’s definitely a player on the up and, after some near misses, this could be the week in what looks a weak field.
Syme played in the 2017 Walker Cup match against an American side that featured Open champ Collin Morikawa and has the class to add a win of his own sooner rather than later.
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Horsfield Can Win English Duel
English pair Aaron Rai and Sam Horsfield have been paired together in a match bet at DraftKings Sportsbook and on the world rankings that’s 100th v 101st. But Rai is the clear favorite at -125 due to some notable recent form on the links when he posted 35th in the Scottish Open and 19th in the Open Championship at Royal St George’s.
Horsfield missed the cut at the Scottish and had to settle for 67th in the Open so, on first glance, the odds seem fair. However, that’s discounting course form. Horsfield will much prefer this type of test and there’s some obvious evidence.
Last year he fired 67-64-68-67 to win the Celtic Classic here while at the end of June he was fifth on another parkland track at the BMW International Open.
Rai played in the two Celtic Manor events last year but had to settle for 31st and 44th. Horsfield grew up in Florida so, with the European Tour moving away from the links this week, he should be ready to thrive again on this more American-style track.
Back Horsfield to outscore Rai over 72 holes at +105.
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Heisele to Land Top 20
I won’t use any rocket science for this week’s top 20 bet. Just three players finished in the top 20 both times when Celtic Manor doubled up on the European Tour schedule last year.
Syme, the outright pick, is one while the other two were Callum Shinkin (11th and 8th) and Sebastian Heisele (14th and 15th). Shinkwin is out of form but Heisele has done enough recently to carry our money.
The giant German, who has a degree in architecture, was ninth in May’s Canary Islands Championship, 29th in the European Open last month and fired a closing 66 in the Scottish Open two weeks ago. He’s clearly a fan of Celtic Manor and produced some solid numbers there last August.
Back him to crack the top 20 for a third straight time at +300 DraftKings Sportsbook.
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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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