Course/Event Preview & Key Stats
Venue – Club De Campo Villa De Madrid, Negro (or Black) course
Location – Madrid, Spain
Style – Tree-lined resort course. (Generous off the tee and small tricky greens)
Par – 71
Yardage – 7,112
Architect – Javier Arana (1956)
Event – Open de Espana (Spanish Open)
History at this venue – Madrid Masters 2008 (Charl Schwartzel – 19). Open De Madrid 2005 (Raphael Jacquelin – 23). open De Madrid Madrid 2004 (Richard Sterne – 18). Last time hosting the Spanish Open 1996 (Padraig Harrington -16)
Greens: Bentgrass/Poa. (Expected speed 10.5). Small, undulating with multiple tiers.
Fairways: Bermuda/Rye/Bent. Generous landing areas and undulating throughout
Previous winners and runners up in last 11 years:
Off the Tee – Although this is a tree-lined course, accuracy stats may not be too important here and I would certainly favor those who will create better scoring opportunities by hitting it long and leaving shorter clubs in their hands going into greens.
The fairways are relatively generous and even if fairways are missed the rough isn’t overly punishing. The main risk for players this week will be getting stuck behind the odd tree and being forced to pitch out sideways.
Approach Play – Once again i will be looking at proximity to hole rather than GIR stats. Players will miss their fair share of greens this week but due to the tricky nature of the greens and the multiple tiers they will encounter it will be essential that they get the ball close in order to create realistic birdie opportunities.
Scrambling – Due to the smaller greens and tricky undulations, scrambling skills will be put to test here. Previous tournament stats would certainly suggest this will be key to good performance and those contending come Sunday will need to avoid making bogeys, especially with the anticipated good scoring.
Putting – Definitely a course that I would take putting stats into consideration and would much rather have players showing good form with the short stick in hand
Course Form and Recent Form – Always factored in and no different this week.
Other Factors – The field is deep with Spanish talent and playing on home soil I would expect the leader-board to have a good splattering of home favorites.
Players are now really starting to scrap to keep a card for next year, the season is coming to a close and playing opportunities for many running out quickly.
At the other end of the scale we have players scrapping it out for R2D points and a chance to play in the season finale
European Tour DraftKings Picks
Jon Rahm $12,000 –
Sergio Garcia $11,200 –
Andrea Pavan $9,900 –
Alexander Bjork $9,300 –
Wade Ormsby $8,000 –
Dean Burmester $7,900 –
Alvaro Quiros $7,500 –
Zander Lombard $7,300 –
Miguel Angel Jimenez $7,300 –
Gregory Bourdy $6,700 –
European Tour Betting Tips
- Jon Rahm, 4/1
- Andrea Pavan, 16/1
- Wade Ormsby, 67/1
First Round Leader
- Jon Rahm
- Andrea Pavan
- Wade Ormsby