British Masters Handicapping Preview and Betting Tips
Matchup at a Glance
Course: Hillside Golf Club
Location: Southport, England
Date: May 8, 2019 – May 11, 2019
We are starting off this week’s golf articles with the 2019 European Tour’s British Masters.
The British Masters is one of the longest-running tournaments however they took a few years a break between 2009 and 2014, before returning in 2015.
The British Masters was originally called the Dunlop Masters, however, the sponsorship from Dunlop ceased in 1982 and thus the tournament became the British Masters. Let’s take an in-depth look at the 2019 British Masters!
The British Masters is played at various courses and this year, will be hosted by none other than Tommy Fleetwood. In 2018, the tournament was hosted by Justin Rose, in 2017, the tournament was hosted by Lee Westwood and in 2016, Luke Donald.
Last year, we won this tournament, with Eddie Pepperell at 40/1, winning by 2 strokes over Alexander Bjork at Walton Heath Golf Club. Don’t forget, this tournament switches courses each year so when you are doing your tournament history, don’t put too much emphasis on tournament history, as this is the first time Hillside Golf Club will be hosting this tournament.
Hillside Golf Club Details
The Hillside Golf Club will host this year’s British Masters. The course has been around since 1911 and is classified as a links-style golf course. The course itself is rather difficult, especially the back nine. All of the holes are located on or around dunes, so approach shots at this course are very important.
This is the first time since 1982, when it staged the Sun Alliance PGA Championship, that Hillside Golf Club will host an official tour event. The 2013 English Seniors Open was also hosted here, as was Open Championship qualifying from 2014-17.
The course measures 6,953 yards and plays as a par-72. Somewhat unique, this course is a genuine links course which also features trees on a number of holes. This is no walk in the park and will cause some headaches for the pro's.
The back-9 is where the course really becomes a headache, as it takes the golfers through the sand dunes for a remarkable experience. Thick rough from off the fairway will catch out the wayward and they will also see some pot bunkers, fescue and brooks throughout the course.
Jordan Smith +2500 for 1 Unit at Intertops
Jordan Smith is fresh off a 5th place finish at the Volvo China Open last week and a 14th place finish the week prior at the Trophee Hassan II. Smith has been consistent all year long, not missing the cut in a single tournament in 2019. He has 3 straight tournaments where he finished inside the Top 15, and I really like his chances here at Hillside.
David Lipsky +3500 for 1 Unit MyBookie
David Lipsky is coming in to the British Masters off back-to-back 5th place finishes at the Volvo China Open and the Trophee Hassan II. Lipsky has been a favorite of mine this year and he has come close to pulling off the win numerous times. This course really fits his playing style, and I think we could see him record his second win in 6 months.
Mike Lorenzo-Vera +4000 for 1 Unit at Intertops
I originally was on the fence with Lorenzo-Vera but decided to play him this week simply because he has been very consistent with playing strong but my concern for the guy is he hasn’t won on tour since 2007! That doesn’t give me a ton of hope but he has a 2nd and a 5th place finish in his last 4 tournaments and the guy has actually been playing well. I had to put him in, you should use caution with him either way!
Victor Dubuisson +4000 for 1 Unit MyBookie
When you look at Victor Dubuisson, you find that this guys playing lights out amazing golf! He has a 10th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 30th, 38th and a withdraw in his seven 2019 tournaments. This guy has sort of floated under the radar and is my top play for the British Masters!
Clement Sordet +12500 for ½ Unit MyBookie
I watched Sordet at the Oman Open and this guy is really underrated. He finished 2nd at the Oman Open and prior to that tournament, was coming in off a 17th place finish at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth and a 8th place finish at the ISPS Handa Vic Open. This guy isn’t a bad golfer and at these ridiculous odds, you must throw a quarter unit on him.
Jeff Winther +15000 for ½ Unit at XBet
Winther is another golfer that shouldn’t be +15000! This guy has played in 6 tournaments in 2019 and finished inside the Top 25 in 4 of them! His best finish was in the Dimension Data Pro-Am over in Africa and he also has a 12th place finish at the Oman Open and a 14th at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.