Course/Event Preview & Key Stats
Venue – Albatross Golf Resort
Location – Prague, Czech Republic.
Style – Parkland
Par – 72
Yardage – 7,467.
Architect – Kieth Preston (2010)
Event – 6th staging of the D+D Real Czech Masters.
Greens: Bent Grass, running at around 12ft on the stimp reading. Generous in size but pins can be tucked into segments.
Fairways: Cut narrower than what you would get if visiting on a golf break but still generous in width. Gently undulating and very obvious targets to hit.
Rough: Less lush than previous years due to prolonged spells of dry weather that consequently still have Prague in a yellow warning area for forest fires. Playing patchy in places, wispy and not to punishing to play from in most areas.
Alterations: In recent years there have been a few changes to the course, including the introduction of four new lakes, the revamping and redesigning o a handful of bunkers and the relocation of the 18th green bringing it much closer to the lake in hope to bring more drama to the close of the round.
Previous winners and runners up:
|Year||Winner||Country||Score||To par||Margin of
|2018||Andrea Pavan||Italy||266||−22||2 strokes||Pádraig Harrington|
|2017||Haydn Porteous||South Africa||275||−13||2 strokes||Lee Slattery|
|2016||Paul Peterson||United States||273||−15||1 stroke||Thomas Pieters|
|2015||Thomas Pieters||Belgium||268||−20||3 strokes||Pelle Edberg|
|2014||Jamie Donaldson||Wales||274||−14||2 strokes||Bradley Dredge|
European Tour DraftKings Picks
- Eddie Pepperell $10,800 – The free speaking, green hitting Englishman is due a win and this could be the perfect venue for success. Eddie clearly enjoys the layout here, in his 5 attempts to date he has managed 3 top tens, placing 5th on 2 occasions. A little luck this week on the greens to compliment his usual ball striking abilities will hopefully change a recent run of below average performances that I hope limit his ownership somewhat.
Andrea Pavan $9,500 – Last years winner is coming into this event, feeling comfortable and confident in his game. Its never easy to defend a title, but I believe the confidence from both his win here last year and a win 2 months ago in Germany will put him in a great state of mind and present that edge to go out and win again.
Julian Suri $9,100 – He isn’t coming into this with the best of recent form, however it would seem that during his break he has been working hard and his swing looks to be in a good place. His style of play should very much suit this course and if he gets hot could very easily feature in the final groups on Sunday
Lee Slattery $8,800 – Very much a course form course and for me a great reason alone to play Lee. He finished 4th last year and 2nd the year before. Even better is that once again during this time of the season he has started to find his game again and post results, including a 9th place finish in his last event, the Scottish Open.
Paul Waring $8,500 – A few weeks off would of done Paul the world of good and a great opportunity to find confidence in his putter. Performances throughout the year have been very solid. Statically this year one of the highest ranked players for greens in regulation, however I would say his driving is probably his strongest attribute and on a course of this length will at times present far easier opportunities to score and climb the leader-board.
Adri Arnaus $8,200 – Very solid all round player, long off the tee and doesn’t miss his target too often when playing into greens.. this all adds up to stress free golf and plenty of opportunities. A hot putter and it could be a 4th top ten of the year.
Haydn Porteous $7,800 – Great price for a recent past winner. Haydn won here only two years ago and has been showing signs of playing some very nice golf. Hopefully he goes out there birdie hunting and plays aggressively. Even if he doesn’t feature amongst the leaders he could potentially score fantastically.
Alexander Levy $7,500 – Time to take a punt on one of the European Tours most aggressive players.. His ownership should be low due to what can only be described as awful form for a player of such high calibre. I’m playing him more on a gut feeling basis rather than based on stats so will only feature in gpp and in only a few line ups.
- Paul Peterson $7,400 – Even better price for a previous winner and player showing signs of improving form and good scoring. Paul achieved victory here in 2016 and comes into the event after a decent showing at The Wyndham.
JC Ritchie $6,000 – This pricing is absolutely ridiculous, the bookies have him at 66/1 to win and yet we find him at the very cheapest price option on DraftKings.. Incredible value, that should at very least make the cut and in all honesty has the ability to push a top 20 (hopefully even better).
- Other inclusions in player pool -Andrea Pavan, Gavin Green, Callum Shinkwin, Grant Forrest.
European Tour Betting Tips
- Andrea Pavan, 20/1, 1 point e/w
- Julian Suri, 28/1, 1 point e/w
- Paul Waring, 50/1, 1 point e/w
- Grant Forrest, 70/1, 1 point e/w
First Round Leader
- Julian Suri, 45/1, 1 point e/w
- Gavin Green 40/1, 1 point e/w
- Alex Levy 60/1, 1 point e/w