Aug 29th, 2017
Golf Spiv calls the Czech Masters
Here's where the value lies
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The main attention for the week may be at the Dell Tech Championships across the pond but this week, the Spiv will focus on the Czech Masters. That is where the best value is this week.
Qualification for the 2018 Ryder Cup starts at the Czech Masters as Thomas Bjorn officially begins to think about his European team. Some will be looking to gain points quickly, for others, it is a chance to find some form.
The field might not be the strongest, but in many ways that is what we like from a betting point of view. Thomas Pieters starts as the clear favourite given his record here and the best price is 8/1. Coming in following a missed cut in Denmark, Pieters will be hoping to bounce back to form.
The best of the rest include Matthew Fitzpatrick, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood. This leaves plenty of big odds to consider for this one. Here’s who has caught my eye for this one.
Martin Kaymer 20/1 (BetVictor)
The German is one of the top contenders here and this price is too good to ignore. At 20/1, he is the fourth favourite at the bookies. However, his form suggests that the price is fair. A big name yes, but has done little since his fourth place at the Honda Classic. He is one that will be looking to get hot with the Ryder Cup process beginning.
Aaron Rai: 33/1 (Ladbrokes)
Rai is having a fantastic season on the Challenge Tour claiming three titles. Now he is playing in more European Tour events having gaining his card for next year. So far, he has been pretty solid with a top ten finish in Denmark. Rai is looking good and at these odds, he might be worth a cheeky bet.
Ryan Evans 55/1 (BerFred)
Evans makes the list due to his success at this course last year. A third place finish is what has pricked my ears here. Yet, the Challenge Tour player is making waves. Five top 10 finishes in a row, including two top fives. He is hot right now and knows what to expect here.
Lee Slattery 66/1 (Skybet)
Slatts had a shocking mid season that included seven missed cuts but he has turned things around recently. A top ten at the star studded Scottish Open has seen him find his feet once again. At this price, he is an outsider, but a good outsider. Top E/W for the Slatts.
Justin Walters 150/1 (Bet365)
The South African came 11th here last year and is finding his form following a string of missed cuts. A top 20 in Denmark shows that perhaps Walters is finding his form at the right time. Needs a strong performance to keep his card for next year and there is nothing like experience and pressure to help him.