Starts: 28th April 2022
Course: Stadium Course, PGA Catalunya
Length: 7,353 yards
2021 Champion: New Event
Course Designer: Neil Coles
Water Hazards: On several holes
Par 5's: 2nd, 7th, 12th & 15th
Hosted Since: 2022
Premium on: Approach
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
- This is a new event on the DP World Tour. However, PGA Catalunya hosted the Open de Espana in 2000, 2009 and 2014. It also played host to the European Tour Qualifying School between 2008 - 2016.
- Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
Miguel Angel Jimenez triumphed in 2014 having placed 4th in his previous start. However, the rest of the top 4 didn't manage a top 50 in their previous start.
In 2009, the top two both came into the event without a top 60 in their previous event. However, the rest of the top five all came into the event in relatively good form.
The three players who have won the Open de Espana here have been ranked 32-171-224 (most recent first). Two of those three winners had previously triumphed on the European Tour. Brian Davis was the exception, recording his first European Tour win here in 2000.
With no previous stats available to analyse, we make no stats comparisons. However, the three previous winners of the Open de Espana (Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thomas Levet and Brian Davis) were all accurate players who excelled with their irons.
The 8th and 18th play as stroke index 1 and 2 on the scorecard.
As ever, the par 5s will offer plenty of birdie opportunities.
Fast or Slow Start
Miguel Angel Jimenez was 2nd after the first round of the 2014 Open de Espana but found himself four shots back after the 2nd round.
Thomas Levet was 2nd after the opening round in the 2009 Open de Espana but led after the second round.
Brian Davis was six shots back after the opening round of the 2000 Open de Espana and still trailed by three shots at the halfway point.
The 17th is a par 3 and the 18th is a par 4.
"The rough is thick and the greens are soft."
"I think being accurate off the tee will also be very important."
"It's a very complete golf course, you need to be on point with everything."
Players We Almost Backed
NOTE - These are players who we shortlisted for this event but ultimately didn't advise to subscribers. If you want to find out who we did tip, you can subscribe using the link below.
Adri Arnaus 40/1
Adri has struggled to deliver at the business end of tournaments but odds of 40/1 are fair for a player who has a flat in Girona and occasionally practices out of PGA Catalunya.
Mikko Korhonen 50/1
Mikko has a fantastic record at PGA Catalunya, having played and qualified here multiple times at European Tour Qualifying School. However, the bookmakers are fully aware of this and odds of 50/1 look a little short.
Driving Accuracy is stated to be a key factor this week and this man has it in spades. He's won around Valderrama so a win on Spanish soil is in the bag already. Was last man off our list.
Wade Ormsby 100/1
15th here in 2014 and 9th at Q School in 2013, Wade clearly likes this place. We wanted a slightly larger price.
Guido Migliozzi 150/1
Guido's opening 65 last week was an encouraging sign of life after a poor start to the year and the 150/1 was a tempting price. One to watch in running.
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