Celtic Classic Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- European Tour returns to scene of the 2010 Ryder Cup
- UK Swing passes the halfway mark
- English players chasing a hat-trick of wins
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Celtic Classic Odds
|Andy Sullivan||+1200 |
|Joost Luiten||+1200 |
|Thomas Detry||+1800 |
|Ryan Fox||+2500 |
|Sam Horsfield||+2500 |
|Thomas Pieters||+2500 |
|Kurt Kitayama||+3000 |
|Chris Paisley||+3300 |
|Gavin Green||+3300 |
|Jordan Smith||+3300 |
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Celtic Classic Picks and Predictions
Hero Open winner Sam Horsfield can bounce back from his missed cut last week and is worth backing at +2500 each way with bet365.
Exciting young South African Wilco Nienaber can ride the wave of his fourth-place last week – DraftKings make him an enticing +600 to land another top ten.
Back course specialist Joost Luiten at -105 in his BetMGM tournament match-up against last week’s winner Andy Sullivan.
Sam Horsfield to win +2500 at bet365
Wilco Nienaber to land top 10 +600 at DraftKings
Back Joost Luiten against Andy Sullivan -105 at BetMGM
How to Watch the Celtic Classic
|Celtic Classic Information|
|Where||Celtic Manor Resort, Wales|
|When||Thursday, August 13 – Sunday, August 16|
|How to watch||Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6-7 am ET (Golf Channel). All four days on Sky Sports.|
Celtic Classic Profile
The UK Swing has been kind to English golfers, with victories in the last two weeks for the impressive youngster Sam Horsfield and also former Ryder Cup performer Andy Sullivan. But the high-quality English golf has gone deeper than that because there have been another seven English top fives across the three weeks of action.
Can they maintain that supremacy as the tour moves across the Welsh border to the Celtic Manor Resort, famously home to the Ryder Cup ten years ago?
The 2010 course will play host to this week’s action and also next week’s resumption of the Wales Open, which was last played in 2014.
Favoritism is shared by last week’s winner Sullivan and Joost Luiten, who was the last man to win on the course. They are followed in the betting by Thomas Detry who continues to play well without winning and is now five starts shy of his 100th appearance on the circuit.
Play It Again Sam
It’s been an interesting few weeks for Englishman Sam Horsfield.
During the lockdown, he thrashed a brilliant 59 in practice on a par-72 and rode the wave of that scoring excellence to add a 61 in the first week back at Close House in the British Masters.
That effort earned him a confidence-boosting tied tenth and he used that to good effect as well, spinning off it to claim the first win at this level in the Hero Open at the Forest of Arden, when he again went low, this time with a second-round 63.
In the circumstances, a somewhat flat pair of 73s at Hanbury Manor was not entirely unexpected and it might be wise to remind ourselves that one missed cut alone is not disastrous.
After all, last week’s winner Andy Sullivan finished fourth in the British Masters three weeks ago, prompting his price to drop to around +1600 a week later. But when he missed the cut in the Hero Open he immediately bounced back to +2800 – and then lapped the field on his way to victory.
Can Horsfield achieve something similar? Following the win, his price dropped below +2000 and now he is back above that mark. He finished T14th at Le Golf National at the end of last year, a course that is a decent pointer towards success on this week’s track at Celtic Manor. He’s got bags of potential and it might well be that the oddsmakers have been a little too swayed by last week’s effort.
Stick with his promise and back him each way with Bet365 at +2500.
Another South African Star?
Did we witness the beginning of an exceptional career last week in the English Championship?
In truth, 20-year-old South African Wilco Nienaber has been a professional for just over a year, but when American John Catlin was forced to withdraw after breaking COVID protocols he handed the youngster an opportunity which he grabbed with great purpose.
Nienaber carded rounds of 68-65-67-66 to land solo fourth and the assurance with which he attacked the pin on the final day, and also saved his par when necessary, was notable for its panache and sureness of touch. He has admitted that last season, which saw him transfer from the amateur to the professional ranks, was something of a shock to the system. But he was T24th at Leopard Creek to start this European Tour season and before lockdown, he was T28th in the Qatar Masters.
When the lockdown was eased he moved in with his manager in England and found success on the mini-tours, collecting wins which boosted the confidence ahead of his return to European Tour action.
DraftKings go +600 that the South African will quickly add a second top ten to his first last week.
Joost in Time
When Joost Luiten likes a course he really does tend to play well there time and time again. Take the Diamond Country Club where he has five top-seven finishes in six starts – even his bad week reaped T18th.
Or Al Mouj, home of the Oman Open, where he has visited three times and always landed a top 12. He likes Valderrama, too, collecting five top 20s, four of them T11th or better, in just six attempts. And then there is this week’s course, which has reaped second, fourth, and a win from his trio of stars.
Unsurprisingly Luiten is a hot ticket this week and he’s been paired up with last week’s winner Sullivan at BetMGM.
There is wariness in backing the Dutchman because Sullivan was outstanding in claiming his fourth European Tour win by seven shots, but there are also good reasons to take him on. The first is that Sullivan has missed two of three cuts on the Welsh course, with his other finish T17th. The second is his record after a good performance.
He’s made 19 top-fives in his career and only four times landed a top 20 in the follow-up. Moreover, his first three wins were followed by T57th, a missed cut, and T60th.
Back Luiten to continue his Celtic Manor love affair at -105.
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