2016 Czech Masters Betting Preview

Following the excitement of the Olympics in Rio, normal service is resumed on the European Tour as the Czech Masters takes centre stage in Prague this week. The tournament will again be held on the Albatross Course, which also hosted the event in 2014 and 2015, and we have picked out three players who we expect to go well...

  • Defending champion Thomas Pieters narrowly missed out on a medal in Rio
  • Lee Westwood has picked up five top-15 finishes this year

18th August - 21st August Odds Won/Lost Bet

Czech Masters
Robert Dinwiddie (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 60 / 1  
Eddie Pepperell (each way) @ 50 / 1  
Pelle Edberg (each way) @ 80 / 1  

The Contenders

Defending champion Thomas Pieters won this tournament last year and went on to finish 29th in the Race To Dubai as he firmly established himself in the sport. The 24-year-old arrives for his title defence off the back of a fourth place finish in Rio and he is a 10/1 favourite this week (Bet 365).

You wonder how much the exertions of Rio will have taken out of Pieters as he flies straight to the Czech Republic and he is joined at the head of the market by the in-form Andy Sullivan (10/1). The man who won three European Tour titles in 2015 is finding form again as he had racked up six top-25 finishes prior to his tie for 49th at the US PGA Championship.

Lee Westwood has also been in good touch of late as he has five top-fifteens for the season and the 23-time European Tour winner is a 12/1 shot on his debut in this tournament.

Matthew Fitzpatrick (16/1) finished third in this last year but the Nordea Masters champion has missed the cut in four of his last five strokeplay starts, while 2014 champion Jamie Donaldson (30/1) has missed the cut in four of his past six starts.

The Selections

This is a course that puts a strong emphasis on distance off the tee and finding greens in regulation - six of the first seven home last year ranked inside the top-20 for driving distance and all seven ranked in the top-22 for GIR.

Eddie Pepperell has a decent record on the Albatross Course as he finished 5th in 2014 and 22nd in 2015, while the 25-year-old Englishman will have taken plenty of confidence from his tie for 6th at the King's Cup last time out. At the prices, Pepperell is well worth a look.
Tip #1: Eddie Pepperell (each way) @ 50/1 with Betfred.

Robert Dinwiddie ranks 57th for GIR on the European Tour this year and he has been very good with the irons in hand of late. The 33-year-old has racked up four top-fifteens this season and he looks overpriced at 60/1, particularly when you consider his record in the Czech Republic. Dinwiddie went 26-2 in his two appearances on the Challenge Tour in this part of the world and he tied 4th on his debut in the Czech Masters last year. He is yet to win on the main tour but the three-time Challenge Tour winner is capable of giving us a run for our money with an each-way wager.
Tip #2: Robert Dinwiddie (each way) @ 60/1 with Bet 365.

Finally, Pelle Edberg is capable of shining in what is a relatively weak field as the Swede ranks 48th for GIR and 32nd for driving distance this season. The 37-year-old is searching for his first professional win since 2006 but a tie for 6th at the King's Cup will have helped boost confidence and he does have previous at the Czech Masters as he was runner-up to Pieters in 2015.
Tip #3: Pelle Edberg (each way) @ 80/1 with Paddy Power.

2016 Czech Masters Odds