Top Bets for the 2021 ISPS HANDA World Invitational

| July 28, 2021 10:15 am PDT

While 60 of the best male golfers in the world are battling for a gold medal in Tokyo, 144 others are in Northern Ireland competing at Galgorm Castle. The format this week is rather unique as another golf tournament co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour is also taking place. At the same time and same venue, tee times will apparently alternate between men and women groups.

It’s a bit confusing, I know, but the unusual arrangement doesn’t have to stop us from getting money down on the action.

On that note, I’ll now move into my top ISPS HANDA World Invitational picks specifically focusing on the men’s side.

ISPS HANDA World Invitational Sleepers in 2021

Given the nature of its position on the schedule (coinciding with the Summer Olympics), this tournament’s field isn’t exactly robust. Just two players inside the top 100 in the OWGR are here (Andy Sullivan and Justin Harding), neither of which are ranked inside the top 80.

Scanning the odds, searching for sleeper picks for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational, here’s who caught my attention.

Jack Senior (+6000)

Winner of the 2019 ISPS HANDA World Invitational at Galgorm Castle when it was part of the Challenge Tour, Jack Senior, will stroll into Ballymena with lofty expectations. For starters, he’s won this tournament before. Secondly, his recent form is on the uptick despite an MC last week in Wales.

Senior parlayed a top-10 finish at the Scottish Open into shooting a bogey-free 67 Thursday at The Open. Jack got it to five-under-par in round two and was a fixture on page one of the leaderboard for the majority of Friday. There appears to be some more good golf in store upcoming for the 33-year-old Englishman.

Grant Forrest (+5500)

A four-time winner at the University of San Diego, Grant Forrest has taken some time getting his feet wet as a professional. Now seasoned in his 6th season as a pro, Grant will arrive rested and recharged, ready to drop bombs (he’s 22nd on the European Tour in driving distance).

Riding a streak of three consecutive made cuts, Grant’s best finish on the European Tour (T4) came earlier this month on Irish soil at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Connor Syme Top-20 Finish (+140)

After carding five bogeys in his opening round at the Cazoo Open, Syme made just four bogeys over the next 54 holes. He steadily climbed the leaderboard each day, ultimately posting his second top-20 in his last five starts.

Among the many intriguing things, this 26-year-old Scotsman fired 61-62 on back-to-back days earlier this season at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open (T5). Syme finished 3rd in Kenya and 12th in the Canary Island Championship to give him an early boost, and his recent game log hints at a golfer who’s trending in the right direction.

Connor Syme’s Last Three Starts
Date Tournament Finish
7/4/21 Irish Open T41
7/11/21 Scottish Open T35
7/25/21 Cazoo Open T18

In this soft of a field, +140 on a top-20 finish is too alluring to pass on.

Matchup Bet – Vincent Norrman (+117) Over Calum Hill

I’m all over Vincent Norrman in this matchup bet. The 23-year-old Swede recently turned pro after a standout season at Florida State in which he ended the year as one of the top-ranked collegiate golfers. Since turning pro in June, Norrman has picked up right where he left off.

In four events as pro – all in the last six weeks on the European Tour – Norrman has made all four cuts. He’s registered three top-12 finishes.

Coming off a bogey-free 66 on Sunday at the Cazoo Open (T10), the FSU product is priced at +110 to finish inside the top 20 at BetOnline. Compare that to Calum Hill’s +140 price tag to crack the top 20, and you tell me who should be favored in this H2H.

Did I mention that Calum has gone MC-MC-62nd in his last three starts?

2021 ISPS HANDA World Invitational Pick to Win

Completing my ISPS HANDA World Invitational predictions is an endorsement for Will Besseling to hoist the trophy. Lurking at +3300 at some of the best golf betting sites, Besseling simply needs to clean up his mistakes, and he’ll be right there with a chance on Sunday.

Will made 20 birdies and two eagles last week in Wales en route to finishing T18. For perspective, Justin Harding made 17 birdies and two eagles and wound up losing in a playoff.

A stout ball-striker at heart (4th on the European Tour in GIR in 2020), Besseling’s in the midst of playing some of the most consistent golf of his career. He’s made 9 of his last 10 cuts (including a current streak of 6 in a row), highlighted by a 4th at the Austrian Golf Open. Among his last six starts, Will’s landed 23rd or better on five occasions.

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