The ISPS Handa World Invitational Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Hosted by singing sensation Niall Horan
- Innovative format with two fields – one men’s and another women’s
- Return to Galgorm Castle, home of last year’s Irish Open
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The ISPS Handa World Invitational Odds
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|Andy Sullivan||+1100 |
|Justin Harding||+1100 |
|Laurie Canter||+2200 |
|John Catlin||+2500 |
|Masahiro Kawamura||+2500 |
|Wil Besseling||+2500 |
|Marcus Armitage||+2800 |
|Adrian Otaegui||+3000 |
|Calum Hill||+3000 |
|Connor Syme||+3000 |
The ISPS Handa World Invitational Picks
Adrian Otaegui is the outright pick at +2800 with William Hill
Take Jennifer Kupcho in the women’s event at +2500 with bet365
Hugo Leon to miss the cut at +210 with BetMGM
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How to Watch The ISPS Handa World Invitational
|ISPS Handa World Invitational Event Information|
|Tournament||ISPS Handa World Invitational|
|Location||Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Antrim, Northern Ireland|
|Time||Thursday July 29 – Sunday August 1|
|How to watch||Thursday & Friday 9am ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 9.30am & Sunday 8.30am ET (Golf Channel). And all four days on Sky Sports.|
The ISPS Handa World Invitational Predictions
It’s taken a little while, but pop sensation Niall Horan and his Modest! Golf Management company’s ISPS Handa World Invitational has made it to the big time.
Horan is passionate about the sport and is also determined to expand its profile beyond the male, middle-aged, and middle-class demographic.
This tournament first emerged on Europe’s second tier, the Challenge Tour, as the Northern Ireland Open.
Then, in 2019, Modest! Tore the rule book up and created this new version: two fields of 144 players, two courses (Galgorm Castle and Massareene), two trophies, two equal prize funds, maximum publicity for the women’s game as well as the men’s.
That first renewal was sanctioned by the Challenge Tour for the men and was unofficial for the women’s event, but a year later it was all set to become the event it is this year: European Tour, LPGA, and Ladies European Tour co-sanctioned.
Covid got in the way, but now they’re ready to rumble.
The two host courses will host 18 holes each prior to the cut, with Galgorm Castle the sole venue for the weekend.
It’s a track that everyone has got to know over the last few years. It’s hosted the second tier eight times and last September it stepped in to host the Irish Open at the last minute.
It’s a modern, tree-lined parkland test and last year America’s John Catlin lifted the trophy, but the defenders of the tournament titles are England’s Jack Senior and Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow.
Otaegui Can Land Win Number Four
At first glance Spain’s Adrian Otaegui has good recent form.
But take a closer look at he really looks as if he’s on the brink of grabbing a fourth win on the European Tour.
That run started in very solid fashion, with seven cuts made in eight starts.
He burst into life with second in the Scandinavian Mixed, when he missed a short putt to force extra holes, and since then he has added three top 30s.
But in each of those starts he was close to the lead at some point during the week: ninth at halfway in the BMW International Open, fifth at halfway in the Irish Open, eighth heading into the final round at the Scottish Open.
True, he missed the cut last week, but that allows a little reset and he can push on this week.
For one thing he’ll be happy to return to Ireland after going close a few weeks ago, but also he will find a course that suits.
Players who have thrived at Galgorm Castle keep their long game under control and Otaegui does that.
Over the last year he ranks seventh for Driving Accuracy and 13th for Greens in Regulation in this field.
That makes him the best each way option in the outright market at +2800 with William Hill who pay a handy seven places.
Kupcho Can Make Her Breakthrough
The men’s market looks right on the money for the most part so let’s take a glance at the women’s event where there might be an opportunity.
The top of the market sees Jeongeun Lee6 hold favoritism one week after she blew a commanding lead at the Evian Championship.
Quite how she responds to that is anyone’s guess.
Behind her is the Thai wonder kid Atthaya Thitikul and then a good crop of players, but not ones who win as often as prices below 20/1 suggest they should.
So my eye is drawn to a player who might soon mount the winner’s rostrum and maybe even this week.
Jennifer Kupcho has got off to some poor starts in recent weeks before playing some really good golf and if she can keep that dodgy first-round score off her card she can definitely contend.
She was tied ninth in the Marathon Classic just three starts ago, she hits a straight ball, and she hits a lot of greens in regulation.
She’s a three-time runner-up at this level and this field provides her with a golden chance to go one better.
She’s available at +2500 each way with bet365 in their outright market.
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Leon To Get the Weekend Off
Chile’s Hugo Leon is one of the nice guys to bump into on Tour (assuming that was still a relatively easy thing to happen).
He’s cheerful, he’s fun, and he appreciates that traveling around the world playing golf is a great way to spend a life.
Back in 2018 he graduated from the Challenge Tour to the European Tour and had a little amount of success, landing six top 20s which wasn’t quite enough to earn him full playing rights for 2020.
The lockdown really hurt him and led to his career being disrupted, but he’s returned to Europe this summer and has recorded T13th on the second tier in Spain followed by tied second two starts ago in France.
He backed that up with T13th last week in Wales, but that result might have seen him over-estimated to make the cut this week.
He’s made the weekend in just 15 of his 32 full European Tour starts and only one of his last seven.
BetMGM offer him at +210 to miss the cut this week and that’s the wrong price.
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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]