Welcome to the Spooky Express’s weekly golf breakdown, where we dive in head first to this week’s tournament and look for your best options for betting. In this week’s article, we will take a look at the course, course history, recent form and many other variables that we feel will have a bearing on the outcome of this week’s tournament.
European Tour has been really good to us this year and we are looking to keep our winning ways this week with another big tournament. Without any further delay, let’s take a look at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters.
This week on the European Tour, the Pro’s will tee it up in Sotogrande, Spain for the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters. This will be the fifth straight year that this tournament is played after taking a hiatus from the European Tour from 2012 through 2016.
All in all, the tournament has been played 6 times, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 with Sergio Garcia winning 3 of the 6 tournaments. As you may remember, last year, we cashed in nicely with Christian Bezudeinhout, who won the 2019 Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters.
The reason the tournament did not take place from 2012 to 2016 was not due to the European Tour or anything being wrong with the course but rather because the government wanted to cut costs and felt that it wasn’t advantageous to host the tournament.
This year, the Andalucia Masters is once again a part of The Open Qualifying Series, which will give three non-exempt players entry into The Open Championship.
Real Club Valderrama Golf Course Details
The Andalucia Masters is played at the Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande, Spain. This course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and is a regular classic tree-lined course that Jones is known for.
This course is tough, undeniably one of the toughest courses that the pro’s of the European Tour will play on this year. In the five times that the tournament has been played, the scores were just -12, -12, -10, -6 and -3. Needless to say, you shouldn’t expect a ton of scoring this week and more of a competitive game where golfers need to just try to hover slightly below par.
The course measures just over 7,000 yards and will play as a Par 71.
The greens at Real Club Valderrama can be difficult to play on. They are small and have undulation and are made up of bentgrass, which make them a headache to play on.
The fairways are tree-lined and are extremely narrow. Golfers must stay on these fairways or they will find themselves way behind in the score very quickly! These fairways are no joke and are some of the most difficult to hit on tour.
There are water hazards in play here in Spain. Water will be in play at holes 4, 10 and 17, which will make it even more difficult on those holes.
Andalucia Masters System Attributes
When we started looking at the previous tournaments held here at Valderrama, we found that one thing kept standing out and that is Driving Accuracy. No real surprise here, with the fairways being very small and the greens being very small! All of the winners here have always had strong driving accuracy so that is the top attribute that we will use this week.
We will also focus a decent amount of weight into Greens in Reg. I can't emphasize enough that golfers must stay on the fairways and must hit the greens or they are in serious trouble this week. While on that same thought, you also want some decent scrambling numbers just in case you do fall off those fairways and greens, you need to be able to recover.
The complete list of attributes we are using this week are as follows:
- Driving Accuracy
- Greens in Reg
- Driving Distance
Andalucia Masters Golfers
Adri Arnaus +2800 for 1 Unit
Martin Kaymer +2800 for 1 Unit
Matthias Schwab +3500 for 1 Unit
Richard Bland +3500 for 1 Unit