ISPS HANDA UK Championship Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- The tournament is the sixth and final event of the UK Swing
- Sam Horsfield tops UK Swing mini Order of Merit
- Host course, The Belfry, has staged more Ryder Cups than any other venue
ISPS HANDA UK Championship Odds
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ISPS HANDA UK Championship Picks and Predictions
Andy Sullivan has a special connection with The Belfry and comes in hot after a recent victory. Back him at +1800 with DraftKings for the win.
Bernd Wiesberger and Danny Willett are both returning from the PGA Tour where the Austrian was more consistent. He can win their 72-hole match bet at -110 with bet365.
Local man Aaron Rai has made the cut in all five events on the UK Swing and can make the top 20 here at +250 with bet365.
Andy Sullivan to win +1800 at DraftKings
Bernd Wiesberger to beat Danny Willett in a match-bet -110 at bet365
Russell Henley to land a top 20 +250 at bet365
How to Watch the ISPS HANDA UK Championship
|ISPS HANDA UK Championship Event Information|
|What||ISPS HANDA UK Championship|
|Where||The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England|
|When||Thursday, August 27 – Sunday, August 30|
|How to Watch||Thursday & Friday 7 am-9 am ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 7.30 am-8.15 am (Golf Channel), Sunday 7.30 am-9.15 am (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
ISPS HANDA UK Championship Profile
The European Tour heads back to one of its iconic venues as the six-tournament UK Swing comes to a conclusion this week.
The Belfry in Warwickshire became synonymous with the Ryder Cup and staged the biannual battle between Europe and the USA on four occasions: 1985, 1989, 1993, and 2002.
It’s also staged numerous European Tour events although this will be the first since Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the British Masters there in 2012.
Heading to The Belfry, Sam Horsfield tops the UK Swing after victories at both the Hero Open and Celtic Classic. But despite those two wins, the Englishman hasn’t wrapped up the first prize just yet.
In theory, four players – Thomas Detry, Andy Sullivan, Rasmus Hojgaard, and Renato Paratore – can still catch him in this mini of Order Merit although Detry and Paratore aren’t in the line-up.
The first five of the six UK Swing events were also used as qualification for next month’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
The top ten earned spots and joining Horsfield, Detry, Sullivan, Hojgaard, and Paratore were Wales Open winner Romain Langasque, Finland’s Sami Valimaki, Spain’s Adrian Otaegui, Scotsman Connor Syme and South Africa’s Justin Harding.
Sullivan Can Score Home Win
Sam Horsfield has won two of these UK Swing events and there’s good reason to believe that English compatriot Andy Sullivan can repeat the trick.
Sullivan hails from this part of England and attended Europe’s 2002 Ryder Cup win at The Belfry as a youngster so this place holds very special memories for him. But beyond it being a nice story, there are solid reasons to think he can get it done.
Take a look at the winners of the last seven events to be played at The Belfry and five have either played on a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team.
Sullivan fits the bill here has been part of Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine in 2016. It could also be significant that the first three of his four European Tour wins all came in the same calendar year (2015). That shows he’s a horse to follow when hot so a quick follow-up after his English Championship win at the start of the month could be on the cards.
Also fourth at the British Masters at the end of July, Sullivan’s long game has been stunning in recent weeks and he ranked 1st for Strokes Gained: Tee To Green in the last two events, gaining a combined 29+ strokes.
The strong iron play has been a key component of those previous classy winners at The Belfry so, if his putter comes for the ride, Sullivan could act out a boyhood ambition this week and get the ‘W’.
Take Sullivan at +1800 with DraftKings.
Wiesberger To Outscore Willett
Bet365’s 72-hole match bets this week have pitted players who have been either contesting the UK Swing or are flying back from the PGA Tour. And the one I like comes from the latter category, with Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger tipped to outscore England’s, Danny Willett.
Willett played eight PGA Tour events before heading home and posted an impressive fourth place at the Rocket Mortgage. He was also in contention for 54 holes at Memorial before crashing to a closing 82 and he hasn’t yet recovered, going on to miss cuts at the PGA Championship and Wyndham Championship.
Add in early exits at the Charles Schwab Challenge, RBC Heritage, and Travelers Championship and he’s missed the cut in five of his last eight events.
Wiesberger had a gentler schedule in America, playing just four events, but he played the full 72 holes in three and was generally far more consistent than Willett. At the 3M Open, he finished with laps of 66-66-68 to take T26 and he was in the top 20 after 54 holes at the PGA before letting it slip on Sunday and taking T43. But his Tee To Green numbers at TPC Harding Park was impressive (gained 7.643 strokes) and reaffirmed his reputation as one of the European Tour’s best ball-strikers.
Willett, by contrast, has recorded negative Tee To Green numbers in his last four tournaments so looks vulnerable at a course like The Belfry.
It’s a pick ‘em at –110 with bet365 but Wiesberger is the call.
Rai Can Crack Top 20
Having tipped Sullivan to win, I’ll again play the local angle and back Aaron Rai for a top 20. Not only is the 25-year-old an Englishman, but he also resides in nearby Wolverhampton. A European Tour winner at the Hong Kong Open less than two years ago, Rai has been in solid if the unspectacular form on the UK Swing.
He owns a 5-for-5 slate to this point with finishes of 21-10-44-31-44. Rai has only carded two rounds over 71 in those 20 laps and, notably, his Tee To Green play has been of a high level throughout.
A lukewarm putter is holding him back from better finishes but adds in his local knowledge and the fact that The Belfry looks a great fit and he’s well worth backing for a Top 20 finish at +250.
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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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