Starts: 18th August 2022
Course: Albatross Golf Resort, Czech Republic
Length: 7,468 yards
2021 Champion: Johannes Veerman
Designer: Keith Preston
Type of Course: Parkland, elevated by 500ft
Used Since: 2014
Greens: Large - Bentgrass.
Water Hazard: In-play on seven holes.
Par 5's: 1st, 9th, 10th and 12th.
Premium on: Driving Distance/Par 5 scoring
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
We have seven editions of this event at Albatross Golf Resort to assess.
Possible thunderstorm late afternoon. Wind 4-7mph
Possible thunderstorm. Wind 6-10mph
Light rain. Wind 8-10mph
Sunny intervals. Wind 6-8mph
Ranged from -13 to -22 over the past seven events here. Johannes Veerman won with a score of -15 last year.
Johannes Veerman was 179th in the world when winning last year. Thomas Pieters was 109th in the world but not in great form in 2019. When Pieters won here in 2015, it was his first tour win and he was world number 245. Andrea Pavan was ranked 256th but in great form prior to his win in 2018. Hadyn Porteous was 389th in 2017 but also in great form. Don't be afraid to take on someone further down the rankings this week if the price is right.
Pieters has strong course form prior to his win in 2019 but the other six victors had never finished better than 39th. It's not a necessity to have previous course form.
Johannes Veerman won last year on the back of a hot run of form (46th at The Open, 8th at the Scottish Open and 3rd at the Irish Open). Pieters wasn't in strong form in 2019 but Pavan and Porteous were both 6th in their previous starts and had a top 20 in their second last start. Form is definitely preferred but not essential.
Favourites or Outsiders
Paul Peterson was a 1000/1 shot in 2016 but the other six winners started at less than 100/1.
We have Strokes Gained stats from the last three editions of the Czech Masters.
SG: Off The Tee
The last three winners ranked 6-7-72.
The last seven winners ranked 29-1-41-9-40-1-24. Favour distance this week.
The last seven winners ranked 39-54-34-25-3-27-34. Not a week for fairway finders.
The last three winners ranked 17-1-39.
Greens in Regulation
The last seven winners ranked 25-2-6-2-1-22-2. Finding greens is extremely important here.
The last seven winners ranked 11-18-36-51-25-10-65. Not a key stat this week.
The last three winners ranked 24-69-1.
Putts Per GIR
The last seven winners ranked 14-15-1-2-2-1-4.
Long par 4's, 17th and 8th, played as the toughest holes in 2021 followed by the 183 yard par 3 16th.
The four par 5's and the driveable par 4 6th hole played easiest in 2022.
Fast or Slow Start
Catch up is possible here. Last year's winner, Johannes Veerman, was four shots back after the opening round in 37th place.
In 2019, runner up, Adri Arnaus was SEVEN shots behind after round one and none of the top four were in the top nine after round one.
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