The DP World Tour returns to The Belfry this week for the Danny Willett-hosted Betfred British Masters. Barry Plummer has everything you need to know
After two weeks in sunny (or not so sunny if you factor in the untimely weather delays) Spain, we return to home shores for the Betfred British Masters. As it was in 2021, the tournament will be held at The Belfry and will be hosted by Danny Willett, so there is certainly a useful angle in for all you punters out there. Before I share with you my free golf betting tips for the week, here is all the info you need to keep up with the action…
Betfred British Masters details
Venue: The Belfry (Brabazon), Sutton Coldfield, England
Date: May 5-8, 2022
Course stats: Par 72; 7,232 yards
Course summary: This four-time Ryder Cup venue is an icon of British golf, and with two events held there in the past two years we are pleased to see it becoming a European Tour mainstay once more. Heavily tree-lined fairways, water in-play on nine holes, and small, well-bunkered greens await the players here, with the ability to find the green-in-regulation a critical factor. Plenty of risk and reward options should appeal to the brave few in the field, so strap in for a dramatic finish on Sunday.
Purse: £1.85 million
Defending champion: Richard Bland (-13)
Betfred British Masters TV coverage
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 1.30pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 1.30pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf from 1pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 3pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf from 1pm
Betfred British Masters free golf betting tips
Bazza’s Banker: Adrian Meronk @ 22/1 with Bet365
After impressing on both of his previous two starts, Meronk justifies favouritism here for me. I intended to select Meronk prior to the odds being released, and I was under no illusion that I would get a much better price than what is on offer. Back-to-back 3rd-place finishes marry perfectly with a 3rd place finish in this event last year to create a fantastic opportunity for his first DP World Tour title.
If his course form and performance at the Belfry last year are not enough to convince you, then consider the fact that he has finished in the top-6 on four out of eight tour starts this season. That 50% strike rate, plus a perfect record of seven consecutive cuts made since his early season withdrawal, again justifies why he is my headline pick this week.
The Each-Way Play: Nicolai Hojgaard @ 40/1 with Bet365
I tipped brother Rasmus in this event last year, and after an incredible 12 months I am switching allegiances and siding with the other half of these incredible twins.
While I am aware that is a decision that could come back to bite me, especially considering the immense talent of Rasmus, I like Nicolai’s numbers enough to see value in his price. The young Dane won his second DP World Tour title in the UAE just four starts ago, and after a disappointing couple of events that followed he has now steadied the ship with a T13 finish in Spain last time out.
Nicolai ranks 15th for Greens-in-Regulation this season, and 8th for SG: Tee-to-Green, so there are certainly no question marks about his suitability for this test.
His scrambling was also much improved in Spain last week, ranking 5th in the tournament, and that can also be a great indicator for success at the Belfry. At this price, I think you will struggle to find many better each-way shots.
The (slightly) long(er) shot: Justin Harding @ 45/1 with Bet365
Harding is quietly having a fantastic season, and I think that could be the reason he is such a good price for this event. Harding was 7th last time out at the Tour Championship on the Sunshine Tour, but previously finished 5th in his most recent DP World Tour start in Qatar. The South African also finished in the top-10 on three other occasions this calendar year, with six top-25 finishes in eight starts.
Harding’s consistency is also evident in his stats, ranking 27th for SG: Tee-to-Green, 9th for Scrambling and 12th for Putts-per-GIR. As an accurate driver, who holds a 19th place finish at the Belfry last season, I like his chances of a third DP Tour title.
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