The European Tour’s first of two consecutive events at the historic Celtic Manor Resort gets underway on Thursday. Those looking to get some money down on the festivities in Newport, have a peek at my Celtic Classic prediction.
But first, let’s have a look at the odds to win.
Celtic Classic Odds to Win
Andy Sullivan +1200
Joost Luiten +1200
Thomas Detry +1600
Thomas Pieters +2000
Kurt Kitayama +2200
Renato Paratore +2500
Ryan Fox +2500
Sam Horsfield +2500
Chris Paisley +3300
Gavin Green +3300
Alexander Bjork +4000
Brandon Stone +4000
Jordan Smith +4000
Scott Jamieson +4000
Thorbjorn Olesen +4000
Aaron Rai +5000
Adri Arnaus +5000
Jason Scrivener +5000
Justin Harding +5000
Lorenzo Gagli +5000
Nicolas Colsaerts +5000
Pablo Larrazabal +5000
Ross Fisher +5000
Adrian Otaegui +6600
Antoine Rozner +6600
Jorge Campillo +6600
Min Woo Lee +6600
Richie Ramsay +6600
Sean Crocker +6600
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Had the best golf bookies not inserted Andy Sullivan at the top of the betting sheet we’d all be a bit miffed.
Here’s a guy who made 25 birdies and four eagles last week on his way to posting a European Tour 72-hole scoring record. Considering Andy shot four rounds in the 60s en route to a fourth-place finish at the British Masters, his victory at the English Championship was anything but surprising.
Joost Luiten and Thomas Detry round out the top three, but it’s Detry’s former Fighting Illini teammate Thomas Pieters that has me intrigued. The 28-year-old long-hitting Belgian hasn’t played competitively since finishing 21st at the Qatar Masters in March, but give the guy a break and buy into the nappy factor in golf.
Pieters and his partner welcomed a baby girl, Florence, on July 24th.
A Celtic Classic Sleeper Worth A Look
15th at the Hero Open and a top-10 at the English Championship has Sean Crocker in a perfect spot to pounce at Celtic Manor.
I followed Sean up-close during the final round of the 2016 Southern Highlands Collegiate and he didn’t just hold his own that day playing alongside Jon Rahm and Beau Hossler. He beat Rahm by three that afternoon (and tied Hossler) and wound up finishing runner-up in the golf tournament. Incidentally, Sam Horsfield won that week bringing us full circle to making a Celtic Classic prediction.
Horsfield won two weeks ago and is already on everyone’s radar. On the other hand, Crocker is lurking at +6600 to and will be mostly overlooked.
Those looking for a European Tour sleeper to get behind in Wales, look no further than this 23-year-old who generally plays his best in spurts.
My Celtic Classic Pick
Kurt Kitayama struggled to find a rhythm during a three-tournament stretch in the states, and I’m not typically a fan of backing a guy who has to travel some 5,200 miles to arrive at a tournament.
With that being said, the two-time winner on the European Tour is much more comfortable playing on this side of the pond. And let’s be real – this isn’t the strongest field the European Tour has put together.
Case in point – Kurt joins Thomas Pieters as the only two players ranked inside the top 90 in the OWGR set to tee it up at Celtic Manor.
With a couple of European Tour victories already on his resume, Kitayama can carry a bit of positive momentum on that long plane ride from how he finished up at the PGA Championship. Paired with Rory McIlroy on the final day, Kitayama bounced back from a poor front nine to card a bogey-free 32 on the back.
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