Europe's finest remain in the Spanish sunshine this week as Santa Ponsa takes centre stage for the first time in three decades. Barry Plummer has everything you need to know

As predicted the Andalucia Masters offered a tormenting but highly entertaining week of golf, and as I kick myself for not considering Matt Fitzpatrick for the win I am now relishing the opportunity to move on to this week’s event. The Mallorca Golf Open makes its European Tour debut, and slots in nicely to the Spanish swing, as many of those who played at Valderrama last week head over to Santa Ponsa. With little course information available I am relying heavily on form to make my picks this week, so tread carefully when placing your own bets…

The Mallorca Golf Open details

Venue: Golf Santa Ponsa, Mallorca, Spain

Date: October 21-24, 2021

Course stats: Par 72; 7,200 yards

Course summary: The course appears to be your typical pristine Spanish resort style track, with tree-lined fairways slaloming towards generous greens. There doesn’t appear to be a lot in the way of challenge, with a birdie-fest expected, although water lurks on a few holes and will need consideration.

Purse: €1 million

Defending champion: N/A

The Mallorca Golf Open TV coverage

Thursday: Sky Sports Golf from 12.30pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf from 12.30pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf from 12.30pm 
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf from 12pm

The Mallorca Golf Open betting tips

Bazza’s Banker: Alexander Bjork @ 28/1 with Bet365

Bjork was fantastic at Valderrama last week, and will feel frustrated not to have had a better start after coming up just short. Two under-par rounds over the weekend are seriously impressive when in contention at a tricky venue such as that, and when you consider he played well on the Canary Islands swing earlier in the season he really does catch the eye.

The courses used for those events where typically easier than most European Tour venues, and with birdies on offer, it is comforting to know Bjork can keep up with the pace. The Swede also fits the bill with his statistics this season, ranking 12th for SG: Approach and 3rd for SG: Putting. If he can kick on from a 4th place finish last week, he should prove great value at this price.

The Each-Way Play: Joachim B Hansen @ 33/1 with Bet365

One thing we know about JBH is that he has been very consistent of late, and that is exactly the sort of form I am looking for at a win-able event like this.

Hansen has finished in the top 24 on four of his last five starts, and he also finished 7th on what looks to be a similar course at the Gran Canaria Open. Four rounds over 72 or better at Valderrama last time out show again the sort of form he is in, with a second round 66 at the Open de Espana two starts ago demonstrating he has the ability to go low when necessary. With an all-round steady game and a savvy golf brain, I think he has a great chance.

The Long Shot: Marcel Siem @ 66/1 with Bet365

I put Siem up on the preview only a few weeks ago, and despite a disappointing finish he actually played some really good golf. What I like most about this selection is the value you are getting for a player with relatively good form and appealing statistics in relation to this course.

In terms of form, Siem has finish in the top 15 in four of his last eight starts and performed brilliantly to finish T15 at the Open. Furthermore, In his last 28 rounds of European Tour golf he has posted an under-par score on 24 occasions, again highlighting the consistency on offer for a player at this price.

Siem also currently ranks 10th for Driving Accuracy, 18th for Driving Distance, 22nd for SG: Approach and 1st for Putts-per-GIR. Need I say any more?

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