The European Tour returns to one of golf’s toughest tracks this week for the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama, where Sergio Garcia can continue his impressive record, writes Dave Clark.
The Spaniard was a runner-up three years running from 2004 when the season-ending Volvo Masters was held at the Sotogrande venue, and won the Andalucia Masters here the last time it was staged in 2011.
Garcia was third when the Open de Espana was played at Valderrama last year, and the Masters champion is the first of our Andalucia Masters betting predictions at odds of 11/2.
The 37-year-old Ryder Cup star also has some decent form behind him coming into the event, having notched a top-10 finish at the Tour Championship before shooting three rounds under 70 at last week’s Italian Open.
Sub-70 scores are likely to be at a premium this week, with Andrew Johnston having won last year’s Open de Espana here with a one-over-par total.
The Englishman is 50/1 to win again, but without a top-10 finish since March and having struggled for fitness lately, our attention in the Andalucia Masters betting is drawn to another player with plenty of course form behind him in Dutchman Joost Luiten.
Runner-up to Johnston last year and fifth at the 2010 Andalucia Masters, the five-time European Tour winner is 22/1 to convert some steady rather than spectacular form into victory.
A player whose form is not in any doubt is English rookie Matt Wallace. Fourth in Italy last week, the 27-year-old has already secured a breakthrough win in Portugal this season and has since added further top-10 finishes in Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands.
A four-time winner on the Alps Tour last year, Wallace also claimed the Challenge Tour Grand Final and so clearly knows how to get the job done on a Sunday. Wallace can be backed at 45/1 to do so in the south of Spain.
Those looking for a big price in the Andalucia Masters betting odds should consider classy Swede Peter Hanson at 80/1. The two-time Ryder Cup player has endured a barren couple of years but has six top-25 finishes from eight appearances at this venue.
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