Starts - 6th August 2020
Course - Hanbury Manor GC
Par - 71 (36-35)
Length – 7,042 yards
Defending Champion - N/A
Overall Profit/Loss: -4pts
Pre-Event Six to Watch
T26th Ross Fisher - 35/1
T44th Aaron Rai - 45/1
MC Guido Migliozzi - 80/1
T34th Johannes Veerman - 80/1
MC David Horsey - 90/1
T19th Oscar Lengden - 160/1
In-Play Bets: -4pts
8 August 2020 (-4 Points)
1ptEach Way (1/4 1,2,3,4) Brandon Stone - 20/1 @ 888Sport
1ptEach Way (1/4 1,2,3,4) Min Woo Lee - 25/1 @ 888Sport
Harry Vardon designed the initial holes here before Jack Nicklaus II was engaged to add a further nine holes. It won't play long for the pro's and we should expect low scoring this week.
It is a par 71 with three par 5s and four 3s. Two of the 5s are located on the front 9 with one on the back 9.
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
Continue to exercise an abundance of caution (credit: Chase Koepka and the PGA Tour) in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
The English Championship is not a regular tour event and Hanbury Manor is not a regular tour stop. With that in mind we shouldn't pay too much attention to trends this week and concentrate on recent form.
When the course was last used on the European Tour for the English Open (1997 - 1999), we saw three quality winners in Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Per-Ulrik Johansson. All three of those golfers have won at the K Club in Ireland and this was also a correlating course last week.
The K Club hosted the 2016 Irish Open and we spoke about this and the importance of accuracy in our preview for last week's Hero Open. It was no surprise to see the top two on the leaderboard at the Forest of Arden with high Greens In Regulation stats and we should look for the same again this week.
We have no recent in-play guidance.
Six To Watch
As outlined in our Tipping Record, our strategy is to focus on speciality bets and value in-play. However, we have identified the following six players if you do wish to place a bet before the event begins:
Ross Fisher - 35/1 @ Spreadex
Ross played nicely at the Forest of Arden last week, ranking 3rd for Greens in Regulation on his way to a 22nd place finish. Ross last won in 2014 at the Tshwane Open so he isn't the easiest player to get a win with. However, he will be 40 in November and given he is a player who usually saves his best golf for courses in the UK and Ireland, he's one to keep an eye on this week.
Aaron Rai - 45/1 @ Spreadex
We put Aaron up last week at 50/1 and we think he merits a close eye again this week. An extremely accurate player, he ranked 1st for Driving Accuracy and Greens In Regulation last week en-route to a 10th place finish. A 21st place finish the week before indicates a nice upwards trend and he'll be looking to add to his sole European Tour win to date.
Guido Migliozzi - 80/1 @ Spreadex
Guido missed the cut on the number last week and was poor when he teed it up at Close House. However, as we note in his player profile, he's a player who always starts slow after a long break. He signed off with a 3 under par 69 last week and we are happy to take a chance on this proven winner at big odds.
Johannes Veerman - 80/1 @ Betvictor
Johannes has taken nicely to the UK swing with finishes of 17th and 28th these past couple of weeks. He's a young, confident player who has played predominantly in Asia but is starting to find his feet in Europe. What attracts us to him this week is his ability to continue a good run of form. His best finishes generally come immediately after solid form and with his finishes the past two weeks there's every reason to think he's going to contend this week.
David Horsey - 90/1 @ 888 Sport
David finished 34th last week to continue the good form he demonstrated at the Betfred British Masters and whilst playing the 1836 Tour prior to the European Tour resuming. He stated on Twitter that he had "been working hard technically over lockdown, ball striking/flight improved massively so really pleased with the progress."
Hasn't won since 2015 but is a four time European Tour winner. Still only 35, he's entering the prime of his career and we think he's one to watch again this week.
Oscar Lengden - 160/1 @ 888 Sport
Oscar hasn't played in either of the UK events but did play very nicely at the two events in Austria post-lockdown, finishing top 15 in each. Since then he's remained sharp on the Nordic Golf League, coming away with a 2nd place finish last week. As a proven winner on the Challenge Tour in 2017 and 2018, he's very much one to keep an eye on this week at big odds.
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