Starts: 6th October
Course: Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Spain
Length: 7,112 yards
2020 Champion: N/A
Designer: Javier Arana
Type of Course: Parkland
Used Since: 2019
Par 5's: 4th, 7th and 14th.
Premium on: Accuracy
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
Although Club de Campo Villa de Madrid has only hosted two editions of the Open de Espana, it did also hold the 2008 Madrid Masters.
Sunny with a gentle breeze. Wind 5mph.
Sunny with a gentle breeze. Wind 3mph.
Sunny with a gentle breeze. Wind 2mph.
Possible rain showers with a gentle breeze. Wind 4mph.
Rafa Cabrera Bello won with a score of -19 last year and Jon Rahm won with a score of -22 in 2019. Expect a winning score around -20 this week.
Jon Rahm dominated this event in 2019, winning by five shots. Rafa Cabrera Bello won last year after a playoff with Adri Arnaus. Both winners were proven winners on Tour.
Spaniards have thrived at their home event in recent years. The top three were Spaniards in 2019 and the top two were Spaniards last year.
The top two last year both played well at the 2019 Open de Espana. Both Rafa Cabrera Bello and Adri Arnaus finished in the top five in 2019.
Interestingly, the Alfred Dunhill Links was played the week before this event in 2019 and 2021. In 2021, five of the top eight missed the cut in Scotland. In 2019, eight of the top 11 played the Dunhill before coming to Spain. Of those eight, five missed the cut in Scotland and two couldn't better 60th. In short, ignore Dunhill form.
With only two years of Strokes Gained data available (2019 and 2021), we will look at the stats of the top two in each year.
SG: Off The Tee
The top two in 2021 ranked 35th and 50th. The top two in 2019 ranked 1st and 14th. Contrasting outcomes from the two events, driving was much less important in 2021 than 2019.
The top two in 2021 ranked 26th and 105th. The top two in 2019 ranked 4th and 5th. Arnaus did not drive the ball well last year but made up with it with a hot putter. In general you need accuracy at Club de Campo Madrid.
The top two in 2021 ranked 79th and 61st. The top two in 2019 ranked 7th and 29th. Preferred but not essential.
The top two in 2021 ranked 6th and 46th. The top two in 2019 ranked 17th and 5th. As ever, strong iron play is very much a factor this week.
SG: Around The Green
The top two in 2021 ranked 30th and 11th. The top two in 2019 ranked 20th and 37th. Interestingly, a tidy short game has been a factor at past events.
The top two in 2021 ranked 28th and 1st. The top two in 2019 ranked 15th and 43rd.
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 18/1
The Spaniard posted three strong rounds at last week's Alfred Dunhill Links and was runner up in this event last year. Price was just a little too short with Jon Rahm in attendance
Santiago Tarrio 125/1
Tarrio missed the cut last week but had made four of his five cuts prior to that. A respectable 24th place finish last year meant he was under consideration on home soil.
Mike Lorenzo Vera 150/1
One of the few players in this field to have ever made it inside the world's top 100, he finished 17th at this event last year. Odds were very tempting for a player who has a touch of class in this field.