ISPS HANDA UK Championship 2020 Betting Preview – Picking A Winner at The Belfry
After a couple of weeks at the acclaimed Celtic Manor Resort, the European Tour descends on another historic venue. The Belfry – home of four Ryder Cups and three British Masters – is back on the schedule after a 12-year hiatus.
Before we get to an ISPS HANDA UK Championship prediction, let’s take a quick peek at the odds.
ISPS HANDA UK Championship Odds to Win
Let’s zero in on the three guys at the top because it’s a bit surprising Matt Wallace leads the way.
Not only has Wallace gotten progressively worse over his last three starts (59th-77th-MC), but he hasn’t even teed it up on this side of the pond since golf resumed in early June. In fact, all nine of Matt’s appearances since the restart have come in America and he’s produced just a pair of top-35 finishes.
Like Wallace, Matthias Schwab has opted to play in the states over the last few months and generated less-than-stellar results. A T-3 at an opposite-field event in Lake Tahoe was Schwab’s only top-30 showing.
On the flip side, 19-year-old Rasmus Hojgaard has been playing lights out over the past month and looks to be closing in on a breakthrough performance.
My ISPS HANDA UK Championship Pick
Inside the top 19 in four of his last five starts had me tempted to go after Ryan Fox for my ISPS HANDA UK Championship prediction. The problem is the long-hitting Kiwi is a sketchy putter and that makes it hard to trust him at The Belfry. And while there’s a lot to love about Rasmus Hojgaard and his current form, being installed as a co-favorite is a lot of pressure for a kid who is yet to celebrate his 20th birthday.
Instead, I’m going to target a player who seems to be on the brink of picking up his first victory on the European circuit.
Gavin Green has won on the Asian Tour, he’s finished runner-up on the European Tour, and most importantly, is a great fit for what it takes to prosper at The Belfry.
The 26-year-old University of New Mexico product is the total package off the tee – slotted 11th in driving accuracy and 15th in driving distance. He’s hit nearly 73% of his greens this season and ranks 17th in putts per GIR, so it’s no surprise he’s currently 4th in stroke average.
Green’s done everything out here but hoist a trophy on a Sunday. Perhaps that changes this weekend in Sutton Coldfield.