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Eddie Pepperell has bounced back to form and owns two top fives and a top 10 at this week’s course. Back the Englishman for the win at +1800 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Thomas Pieters has two wins and a second on this track. He can beat Albatross first-timer Victor Perez in a 72-hole match bet at -135 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia has both current and location form. Take the Spaniard for a top 20 at +300 with bet365.
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After an extended summer of golf on the British Isles, the DP World Tour heads to Continental Europe for the first time since June.
It stays there pretty much until the end of October although next month also sees a return to England for the prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
But back to this week and an event that was first contested in 2014 when Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson edged out compatriot Bradley Dredge.
Albatross Golf Resort is situated on the outskirts of Prague and has hosted all eight previous editions. There was no tournament in 2020 due to the pandemic.
It’s a parkland track and the yardage of 7,468 yards is tempered by it being slightly at altitude.
Belgian bomber Thomas Pieters has won there twice (2015 and 2019) although short-hitting American Paul Peterson captured the silverware in 2016.
Another US player, Johannes Veerman, fired 15-under to win by two last year.
Pieters’ two winning scores were 20-under and 19-under while Andrea Pavan carded 22-under to take the title in 2018.
Water is in play on half the holes and strong Strokes Gained: Tee To Green numbers hold the key to success rather than putting.
That point was emphasized again last year when the TTG ranking of the first four home was 3rd, 1st, 5th and 4th.
Sean Crocker, another American, was runner-up despite losing over three strokes on the greens. Pieters won with negative SG: Putting numbers in 2019.
The weather forecast shows hot temperatures (around 90 degrees) on day one before it cools to the high 70s Thursday through Sunday. There could also be a chance of t-storms.
We hit the jackpot last week when outright selection Ewen Ferguson of Scotland went wire-to-wire to secure a tasty payout of +2000.
At similar odds, this week’s pick is Eddie Pepperell at +1800.
Observers of the DP World Tour in recent weeks will know that one of the main storylines has been the Englishman’s return to form.
Once 32nd in the world (July 2019), his career path took a downwards turn during the pandemic.
But in a recent three-week burst he bounced back to form with 11th at the Cazoo Classic, was runner-up at the Hero Open and then consolidated with a top 20 at the Cazoo Open.
His SG: Approach numbers were excellent in all three – Pepperell gained a combined 22 strokes on approach across that trio of events – and his putter has warmed up too.
A week off will have freshed him up and now he heads to a course, Albatross, that has been a good one for him.
Pepperell was fifth on debut in 2014, added another top five in 2017 and posted ninth in 2018.
Our streak of 72-hole match bet winners came to an end last week so let’s try and get back on the horse and ride to another win here.
This week I’m heading to the very front of the market and backing Thomas Pieters to win his 72-holer against Victor Perez at -135 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Yes, Pieters is a warm favorite but his case is ultra-solid.
I’ve already referenced his two wins at the course but he also has a second (2016) and a ninth (2018).
In other words, his form in his last five visits reads 1-9-66-2-1.
The last time the DP World Tour visited the European mainland, Pieters was runner-up in the BMW International Open in Germany (2nd SG: Tee To Green) while he was a useful tied 28th in the Open Championship.
Perez pulled rabbits from a hat to win the Dutch Open and followed that with third in June’s European Open but since then his form is average: MC-53-MC-34.
And as for course form… he hasn’t got any. This is Perez’s first start at Albatross.
In short, it’s a huge ask to expect a first-timer to beat the tournament’s course horse so back Pieters at -135.
Alfredo Garcia Heredia has found some good form in recent months and looks worth a top 20 play at +300 with bet365.
Strong SG: Tee To Green numbers bring him into the crosshairs and after tied 26th at the BMW International Open and tied 24th in the Irish Open he cracked the top 20 at last week’s Cazoo Open.
The Spaniard also found time to pop over to the PGA Tour during that run and posted tied 47th at the Barbasol.
He’s not played the course but finished tied 11th in a Challenge Tour event in the Czech Republic last year.
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|Tournament||D+D Real Czech Masters|
|Location||Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic|
|Time||Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, August 21|
|How to Watch||Thursday & Friday 7 am-12 pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 6.30 am-11 am (Golf Channel), Sunday 7 am-11.30 am (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
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