British Masters Preview And Betting Tips7 min read
The British Masters takes place this week with Tommy Fleetwood hosting the tournament just seven days before the PGA Championship, the second major of the year.
Fleetwood is the favourite for the tournament which is being held at Hillside Golf Club. The 6,953 yard par 72 is situated next to Royal Birkdale and is a true links test.
With hardly any course form to go on, it looks worth focusing on players with a history of performing at coastal courses and an ability to handle breezy conditions.
Fleetwood makes no appeal at odds of 7/1 with the world number 16 without a win since the start of 2018 and likely to be distracted by his duties off the course.
Tom Lewis enjoyed a superb run of results from last summer and the rejuvenated Englishman could be the best bet on home turf this week. Lewis returned to the winner’s circle at Luton Hoo in the Bridgestone Challenge in September. He took this form onto the European Tour and won again at the Portugal Masters only a couple of weeks later.
Lewis closed the season with four top tens in his last six events including a tie for fifth at the British Masters. The 28-year-old also managed tenth spot at the Alfred Dunhill Links and he is comfortable playing this type of golf. Lewis has some positive experience of Hillside after reaching the quarter-finals of the British Amateur Championship in 2011. Third at the Saudi International in February and a solid 21st on his last start in Morocco, Lewis looks a strong contender to threaten a home win at 40/1 each way.
Romain Langasque has a strong links pedigree after the Frenchman won the British Amateur Championship at Carnoustie in 2015. Langasque’s performance marked him down as a talent to follow and has steadily impressed since returning to the European Tour this season. He recorded his best finish with second place at the South African Open.
Langasque has found top gear over the last six weeks with sixth place at the Kenya Open bettered by fifth spot on Sunday at the China Open. He will head to Southport full of confidence and has every chance of posting another strong finish. The 23-year-old looks close to landing his maiden European Tour victory and Hillside represents another good opportunity at 40/1 each way.
Ryan Fox has established himself as a consistent links performer and looks worth backing to continue this form at Hillside. The New Zealander finished second last season at the Irish Open and fourth in 2017. He was also fourth two years ago and sixth last season at the Scottish Open which underlines his ability to contend on links courses.
Fox secured his long overdue first European Tour title earlier this season in February after his victory at the World Super 6 in Perth. Prior to this, Fox was sixth at the Saudi International. He comes in fresh off a lengthy break and this should be an advantage over players that competed last week in China. Fox is generously priced at 40/1 and merits support to produce another big week on the links.
Oliver Wilson has enjoyed a resurgence over the last year and the experienced Englishman could go well at a big price this week. Wilson won twice last season on the Challenge Tour with victories in Ireland and Sweden. Back on the European Tour, Wilson came close at the Qatar Masters in March with a tie for second.
Wilson’s sole European Tour victory came at the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship which underlines his suitability for this week’s test at Hillside. The 38-year-old also handled breezy conditions in Qatar strongly this season and looks capable of getting into contention at 125/1 each way.
Matthew Southgate is another English golfer with the credentials on links to feature on the leaderboard this week. The 2010 St Andrews Links Trophy winner has always been comfortable on these types of courses with a number of big performances in Britain. He was sixth at the Open Championship two years ago which also took place in Southport at Royal Birkdale.
Southgate was second at the 2017 Irish Open at Portstewart and finished fourth one year earlier. His form this season has been unspectacular but it could be the 30-year-old takes inspiration from returning to the links. Still yet to get his first victory, it looks worth siding with him at 10/1 in the top ten market alongside 125/1 outright quotes.
Tom Lewis Each Way
Romain Langasque Each Way
Ryan Fox Each Way
Oliver Wilson Each Way
Matthew Southgate Each Way and 10/1 for the top ten