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  • Writer's pictureAshley Wilkes

Mallorca Golf Open preview and betting tips 2022

Nicolai Hojgaard is hotly tipped this week.

Mallorca Golf Open Golf Tips

Yannik Paul 25/1 1.75pt e/w 8 places – Bet 365

Nicolai Hojgaard 40/1 1.25pt e/w 7 places – Ladbrokes/Coral/Paddy Power/Betfair

Marcel Schneider 45/1 1pt e/w 8 places – Bet 365

Marcel Siem 80/1 0.75pt e/w 8 places – Bet 365

Garrick Porteous 250/1 0.25pt e/w 6 places - Skybet

The Iberian swing is in full flow now and we are in Week 3 of 4 in this golf loving peninsula. Adrian Otaegui put on a clinic at Valderrama last week to win by 6 shots and in hindsight, his credentials for the course were there to see. But enough about the past onto this week and the Mallorca Golf Open, this event returns after a successful outing in 2021, but we are at a different course, Son Muntaner. This course has not held an event on the DP World Tour before so we are to an extent flying blind but having looked at a lot of photos and flyovers, this course appears to be for the taking. Under 7,000 yards, and bigger than average-sized greens leads me to expect a very low winning score this week. I have tried to pick good ball strikers who can get hot with the putter as that’s how I expect you will be able to get to the required -20+ under par.

First up we have Yannik Paul, I’m always reluctant to take short-priced players in expected birdie fests but I just have to keep the faith with Paul. He’s been incredibly consistent this summer with his ball striking ability, last losing strokes ball striking back in June, in that time he has also shown the ability to get hot with the putter which is what will be needed this week. He definitely has the talent to win on this tour and I expect him to do so within the next 12 months, with the field lacking strength in depth this will be an excellent opportunity for him to do so.

Next up we have Nicolai Hojgaard, since winning the Ras Al Khaimah Championship in February his form has been pretty abysmal but there have been signs of life recently, gaining strokes Ball Striking in 8 of his last 9 starts. He’s always been a streaky putter with the ability to gain or lose lots of strokes on the green but that is a good recipe for winning, just ask Collin Morikawa!

Following the top 2 selections I have a duo of Marcel’s. Firstly, Marcel Schneider, currently sitting at 53rd on the Race to Dubai standings he knows that one more good week should secure his Top 60 position and the chance to play in the DP World Tour Championship in November. This would represent a great return to DP World Tour golf for the German. He’s always been a good putter but he’s now showing some excellent ball striking ability to go with this putting. He’s gaining well over 1.5 shots per round on the field over his last 7 starts and those types of numbers generally lead to wins sooner or later. The second Marcel is Marcel Siem, another German who had to win back their card and he is also pounding out excellent ball-striking numbers. He’s gained strokes off the tee and approach on 6 of his last 7 starts which is incredibly impressive, and at 80/1 all we’re really asking for is a half decent putting week to see him in contention.

Finally, Garrick Porteous rounds off the card, we’re getting 250/1 who’s main weakness is his around-the-green play, with the course being so short, and the greens being so big, I

don’t expect many missed greens here so I think this weakness should be somewhat hidden. His ball-striking skills are a given, we just need that putter to fire, but at 250/1 that’s a chance worth taking.

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