Just because the PGA Tour and the FedExCup Playoffs are off this week, doesn’t mean there’s not meaningful golf out there to bet on. Of course, I’m talking about the European Tour.
While the boys stateside are off enjoying a well-deserved break, the European Tour heads to Zandvoort, the Netherlands for the KLM Open — won the last two years by Joost Luiten.
Now, the field at the KLM may not boast the star power of next week’s BMW Championship, but it doesn’t mean it’s not worth taking the action on some of these guys — so if you’re ready to make some money this week, get your pencils ready:
Joost Luiten – Luiten is at home this week in the Netherlands and is looking for his third consecutive win at the KLM Open. Lately, however, he’s been inconsistent and while that should worry me this week — it doesn’t. Track record at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club and his obvious inclination to playing well in front of his home fans bodes well for Luiten.
Luiten may only be getting 18/1 money this week, but that’s still solid return on investment for a guy who’s two for his last two at this event.
Tyrrell Hatton – Save for a missed cut at the Open Championship, Tyrrell Hatton has been a breath of fresh air on the European Tour, collecting four top-5 finishes in his last five starts since July. He still hasn’t collected that first career win, but that’s certainly something that appears to be on the horizon for young Hatton.
He’s among the favorites this week at 25/1, but that’s still a solid turn around for a guy who has been great as of late.
Peter Uihlein – Ahh, now we get into some of the longer shots for the week — and I’ll begin with the American, Peter Uihlein. Uihlein hasn’t been a stud or anything lately, but he’s been solid, and that’s exactly what you’re looking for in a long shot. In his first KLM Open appearance last year, Uihlein picked up a respectable T-22 finish.
This week, Uihlein checks in at 66/1 — certainly worth a look and a couple shekels.
Thorbjorn Olesen – In 2015, Thorbjorn Olesen has been the model of inconsistency. He’s missed more than 50% of his cuts, battle injury — and collected two top-5’s, including his last start. Predicting a breakout by “thunder bear” is next to impossible, but I’m taking a flyer on him this week.
At 66/1, I wouldn’t bet the farm on Olesen, but don’t overlook him based on the season as a whole. He’s got some momentum, and that’s always worth a little something-something.
If those four names don’t tickle your betting fancy, give a call to Tommy Fleetwood (28/1), Lee Slattery (80/1) and Rikard Karlberg at 50/1.
There you have it, friends and degenerate wagerers. As always, these are just suggestions and are in no way, shape or form “guarantees” and, being a fictional character, I cannot be blamed for your losses and nights on the couch.
Until next time, go and choose wisely…
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