Betting Preview for the 2020 Cyprus Showdown With Odds, Predictions, Sleepers, and Best Bets

| November 2, 2020 11:55 pm PDT

Callum Shinkwin shot the lowest score Sunday at the Cyprus Open, and he also happened to win the golf tournament. The difference this week is that whoever shoots the lowest score on Sunday at Aphrodite Hills will be crowned as the champ – regardless of what happened beforehand.

The European Tour introduces a new format this week – one that promises to deliver drama and unexpected results.

Following 36 holes, the top 32 players and ties will advance to Saturday’s third round. Scores are reset, and only the low 16 and ties from Saturday will earn a tee time for Sunday’s shootout. Once again, the scores will be reset and whoever fires the lowest number (on Sunday) walks away with the trophy.

Let’s dive into some Cyprus Showdown predictions and try and gauge how this thing might play out.

2020 Cyprus Showdown Odds to Win

The unique shootout format for this week’s event explains why the odds for the Cyprus Showdown are so bunched up. The more holes you play, the easier it becomes for the cream to rise to the top.

On the flip side, anything can happen during a single round of 18 holes.

Of course, it’ll take stellar play in order to have a shot in Sunday’s last man standing format.

Cyprus Showdown Pick – 2020 Winner

The easy thing to do with a Cyprus Showdown prediction is to pick a player who played well on this golf course last week. It’s a bit off the wall to target a 19-year-old kid who has to take a 10+ hour flight to hop from one island to the next.

Then again, Rasmus Hojgaard isn’t some random teenager showing up to Paphos just to have a good time. This is a dude who means business having already captured two European Tour titles.

Including one at The Belfry at the end of August.

All things considered, T37 in his PGA debut last week at the Bermuda Championship was a solid result. Rasmus flashed his length (5th in driving distance) and has displayed his ability to go low during the final round on multiple occasions.

Case in point – Hojgaard fired the low-final round in back-to-back tournaments (English Championship, UK Championship) not long ago.

  • Rasmus Hojgaard

Best Bet for the 2020 Cyprus Showdown

Rather than put all of your eggs into a basket held by Hojgaard, here is another Cyprus Showdown prediction you can apply directly to the betting arena.

Marcus Armitage to Finish Top 10

I was on Armitage to win last week and boy did the good-natured Englishman give me a decent sweat. The co-leader after 36 holes played in the final grouping on Saturday and Sunday at Aphrodite Hills and will be licking his chops for another crack at the par-71 layout.

Marcus only bogeyed one par-4 the entire week and knows he has lots of room to improve on the par-5s.

Armitage played the par-5s two-over-par on Sunday and just four-under-par for the week. For perspective, Callum Shinkwin, Kalle Samooja, and Robert MacIntyre each played the par-5s -13.

I’m not against taking another stab on Armitage winning the tournament at +4500, although a top-10 bet gives a little margin for error.

Cyprus Showdown Sleepers

As you have probably gathered, this is as good of a time as any to roll the dice on some dark horses. I’ve got two sleeper picks for the Cyprus Showdown in mind.

Wilco Nienaber +5500

A disastrous 79 last Saturday is likely to scare away any potential backers of Wilco Nienaber this week. However, the European Tour’s leader in driving distance demonstrated he’s got a short memory by firing a sizzling 64 on Sunday.

I think we can all agree that making seven birdies and two eagles in the final round constitutes as “garnering momentum” for the following week – especially when the next takes place at the same golf course.

Julian Suri +7000

21st last week at this same venue included 65s in the second and fourth rounds. What bodes well for Julian’s somewhat erratic play is you actually don’t need to put it together for four rounds this week to win. Just play well enough to move on to Sunday and then a hot putter can take over.

So, which of these Cyprus Showdown picks attracted your attention the most?

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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