2018 British Masters Course Guide

Bet UK’s British Masters Betting Tips

Robert Cobley is a maths graduate with years of experience in sports betting. He is now sharing his golf betting expertise with Bet UK readers, with his latest round of tips coming ahead of the British Masters. For the latest Britsh Masters betting odds, head over to Bet UK’s online sportsbook, where you’ll find golf betting odds on all major events. You can also get golf betting tips for all major golf events at Bet UK's sports betting blog.

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The Course

Hillside Golf Club - Southport - Par 72 - 6,953 Yards

The European Tour heads to the UK this week for one of its flagship events; the Brittish Masters, hosted by Tommy Fleetwood at his home course of Hillside in Southport. Forty five minutes drive north of Liverpool, and built over a century ago, Hillside is a classic, relatively short, classic Brittish links course.

Low scores would be expected around a course that has few defenses other than the elements; although conditions are expected to be challenging for the players. Bunkering is fairly strategic, and thick fescue grass will consume any shots that go too far off line. With plenty of dog legs, and fast running fairways, driving distance is one of the less important statistics this week. The back nine holes is far tougher than the outward nine, and the key here will be accurate driving and iron play

Last Four Winners:

2018: Eddie Pepperell -9 2017: Paul Dunne -20 2016: Alex Noren -18 2015: Matthew Fitzpatrick -15

The Market Leaders

Tournament host Tommy Fleetwood comes into this week as the 15/2* tournament favourite. There is bound to be a lot of hype around Fleetwood this week, taking a European Tour event to a course where he grew up, he will be highly motivated to be crowned the British Masters champion in front of his home crowd. History does not bode well for Fleetwood with previous tournament hosts struggling to combine their duties with challenging for the title.

Ian Poulter: 33rd Luke Donald: Missed Cut Lee Westwood: 15th Justin Rose:8th

Away from Fleetwood, English duo Eddie Pepperell (17/1*) and Tyrrell Hatton (18/1*) lead the betting. Course form wise, there would perhaps be a correlation to St Andrews where Hatton has twice been crowned Alfred Dunhill links champion in the last two years, so he could be worth looking at. Behind them, Joost Luiten (19/1*) and ENgland’s Lee Westwood (20/1*) are other strong market contenders.

Rob’s Golf Betting Tips

Headline Betting Tip

Andy Sullivan: 27/1* To Win

The first selection that i have this week goes to Englishman Andy Sullivan. It has been a surprisingly long time, nearly 4 years, since we last saw “Sully” claim a victory back in 2015, where he reeled off three wins to propel himself to the pinnacle of European golf. Since then, however, the results have been less favourable, but the hugely talented Midlander is once again showing form that brought him to the top echelons of the Tour.

In recent weeks, Sullivan has notched finishes of 7th, 11th, and 21st; showing once more that he is back contending with the big names on Tour, and he is very familiar and comfortable in closing tournaments when in contention. Hillside should be a perfect venue for Sullivan. He is a superb links golfer, having won two of his three titles on tight South African links courses, and this type of test should play perfectly to his strengths. I expect Sullivan to be the main Englishman on Sunday, and with the home crowd behind him, this could well be his week. I will back him with 3 points e/w at 27/1*

Other Betting Tips

Jordan Smith: 28/1* To Win

If it isn’t to be Sullivan, then the next best bet this week is his improving English counterpart Jordan Smith. Smith has been heavily backed over the last few weeks as the Tour has taken in venues all over the World that have been less suited to his style of golf. Now back home, I am surprised not to see Smith shorter in the market.

Having taken his maiden title so impressively at last year’s Porsche European Open, Smith has become a solid and regular feature at the top of European Tour leaderboards, most recently posting impressive top 10 finishes in China & Malaysia in a year where he is yet to miss a cut. Smith is solid, and a strategic player who will enjoy plotting his way around Hillside, and is another who should feature heavily over the weekend. 2 points e/w at 28/1*

Marcus Kinhult: 150/1* To Win

Marcus Kinhult is a young 22 year old Swedish player with a huge amount of talent who is yet to impose himself on Tour in the way that he should have. He threatened to do so several times towards the end of last season, including a very impressive 4th place in Portugal which he followed up with an equally respectable top 20 finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links on three tough links courses on Scotland’s East Coast. One of those was St Andrews where Kinhult played particularly well, and as I see synergies from that venue to this week’s, I am happy to pass over his relatively poor recent form and have 1 point e/w at 150/1*

Michael Hoey: 175/1* To Win

The final pick at Hillside, is Northern Irish links specialist Michael Hoey. Although he has not won since 2013, Hoey was prolific posting nine victories including at the Alfred Dunhill back in 2011, as well as on other links tracks such as in Portugal and Madeira. This season Hoey is playing far better than in past years, posting three top 20s in his last 6 starts among other impressive performances, making all but one cut this year. Just across the water from his native Northern Ireland, I think Hoey has a chance to contend greater than his price suggests, and recommend a conservative investment of 1 point e/w at 175/1*

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