I would really like to think that I appreciate the professional golfers we are about to talk about just that little bit more now after hacking my way round some of the better courses near Barcelona last week, which is my way of explaining why we had no article and no tips – a few days off came ahead of work for a change I am sorry to say – though the Spanish connection does at least lead me in to this week’s tournament of choice, the Mallorca Golf Open from (you guessed it) – Mallorca.
Welcome to Golf Santa Ponsa, a course I am yet to even attempt to destroy, but a popular one with those tourists who have deeper (and fuller) pockets than mine, though we could be in for a golfing treat with the course set up for some very low scores as far as I can see.
A “standard” resort course, par 72, 7,200 yards tree lined fairways, large greens that even I might hit, and the occasional bit of water (that shouldn’t trouble the pros too much), and as we can sit back and watch it all on Sky Sports Golf, beer (or cocoa) in hand, you now know why I picked this event over those Stateside this weekend coming.
Selections with reasoning:
***NOTE*** Different bookmakers are offering different each way terms so do shop around – and make sure you only partake non-runner no bet – covid has seen last minute withdrawals all season and we don’t want to be throwing money away. DO shop around for best odds and best place terms and any special offers with the bookmakers to steal the most value, and DO check the exchanges for bigger prices – I can’t put them on here as they differ by the minute. Betfair prices quoted are as indicators only and were correct at the time of writing.
1pt each way Ryan Fox 22/1 Paddy Power top 7 places (26.0 Betfair)
The occasional wayward strike from the tee has caused Ryan more problems than he would like to be reminded of, yet he still managed to come home fourth at Valderrama last week which is not a course set up to suit him at all. Although he was far better there, the fact is this course gives him a little bit more to play with, with the fairways that little bit wider and positions a fraction less important. He seems to save his best for the breezy tracks near to the sea with a win in the Super Six in Perth and a solid effort in the Vic Open at 13th Beach, and although further inland, his sixth at the Saudi International looks good in the context of this field at the very least.
1pt Each Way Alexander Bjork 28/1 Paddy Power top 7 places (42.0 Betfair)
Valderrama may be a very different course but it is also one on the toughest on the tour, yet our Swedish pick tied for fourth spot, coming with a late run after a bit of a sluggish or even cautious start. His stats see him sitting third on strokes gained putting this season, and that may be the telling number to look at here – the greens are big and receptive and if he can keep the putter going all weekend he has to have an outstanding each way chance. His biggest win was back in 2018 in the China Open but that did prove he has the bells to win a tournament unlike some of his rivals here, and I will be bitterly disappointed if he fails to place in this company.
1pt each way Andrew “beef” Johnston 20/1 William Hill top 6 places (26.0 Betfair)
Those who listen to Ron on the podcast (blatant advertising there, do tune in this week!), will be well aware that we do like to play around with the statistics and that is exactly what I have done here. I won’t bore you with the list (it’s a long one), but if you add up all the figures for strokes gained (off the tee, approach, tee to green, and so on), he hits the top 10 in the majority of them, suggesting that if he can bring his best game here, he has an outstanding chance. If I’m honest, I don’t think his career has really taken off as many of us thought or even hoped it would (golf needs characters, now more than ever), but there is no doubting his ability when he puts it all together, and with that beaming smile of his and the numbers in his favour, a small each way bet could yet pay dividends in the Spanish sun.