British Masters Fantasy Preview

While the PGA TOUR takes a one-week breather, the European Tour heads to England for the British Masters.

The course this week is Close House GC, making its debut appearance as a host. Speaking of hosts, Lee Westwood will be playing the role of player/host this week as he is a member at the course. We’ve seen in the past, that golfers sometimes struggle when they have to double their duties but he will know the course better than anyone in the field, so that is always appealing, as well.

The Lee Westwood Colt Course will be used this week, named after Harry Colt who you may know as the brains behind Wentworth. Right off the bat, that gives us a correlated venue to look at. The course is a very short, par 70 track with bentgrass/poa greens. As you’d expect on a short par 70 course, distance is not a requirement.

The course is designed by Scott Macpherson Golf Design and when describing it on their website, they say that “Brains will beat brawn on this layout.

In addition to Wentworth (BMW PGA Championship), I will also be using the following seven courses as potential links: Crans-sur-Sierre GC (Omega Euro Masters), The Dutch (2016 & 2017 KLM Open), The Grove (2016 British Masters), Valderrama (2016 Open de Espana), Verdura (2017 Rocco Forte), Dundonald Links (2017 Scottish), and Roryal County Down (2015 Irish).

There will be a top 10 list of the top performers at those specific venues at the bottom, but first, let’s see break it down into individual chunks to see who could fare well based on this week’s setup…

Top Performers in Strong Fields (since 2015)

Rory McIlroy
Bernd Wiesberger
Alex Noren
Martin Kaymer
Andy Sullivan
Tyrrell Hatton
Chris Wood
Ross Fisher
Thongchai Jaidee
Russell Knox

Top Performers on Bentgrass Greens (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Bernd Wiesberger
Sergio Garcia
Martin Kaymer
Chris Wood
Rory McIlroy
Andy Sullivan
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Lee Westwood
Thongchai Jaidee

Top Performers in Europe (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Bernd Wiesberger
Andy Sullivan
Tyrrell Hatton
Martin Kaymer
Chris Wood
Sergio Garcia
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Lee Westwood
Ross Fisher

Top Performers on Short Courses (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Richard Bland
Bernd Wiesberger
Richie Ramsay
Julien Quesne
Alejandro Canizares
Pablo Larrazabal
Paul Dunne
David Horsey
Sergio Garcia

Top Performers in the Fall (since 2015)

Chris Wood
Bernd Wiesberger
Victor Dubuisson
Andy Sullivan
Thongchai Jaidee
Rory McIlroy
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Tyrrell Hatton
Richard Bland
Alex Noren

Top Performers on Par 70 Courses (since 2015)

Matthew Fitzpatrick
Thongchai Jaidee
Alex Noren
Scott Hend
Danny Willett
Tyrrell Hatton
Rikard Karlberg
Raphael Jacquelin
Mikko Ilonen
Michael Lorenzo-Vera

Top Performers on Correlated Courses (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Tyrrell Hatton
Lee Westwood
Bernd Wiesberger
Chris Wood
Andy Sullivan
Danny Willett
Rikard Karlberg
Anthony Wall

Golfers that show up on all SEVEN lists: Alex Noren

Golfers that show up on 6-of-7 lists: Bernd Wiesberger

Golfers that show up on 5-of-7 lists: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood, Tyrrell Hatton, Andy Sullivan

Golfers that show up on 4-of-7 lists: Thongchai Jaidee

My Top 25 for the 2017 British Masters

1. Alex Noren
2. Bernd Wiesberger
3. Tyrrell Hatton
4. Matthew Fitzpatrick
5. Chris Wood
6. Andy Sullivan
7. Thongchai Jaidee
8. Rory McIlroy
9. Sergio Garcia
10. Lee Westwood
11. Martin Kaymer
12. Ross Fisher
13. Richard Bland
14. Rikard Karlberg
15. Ian Poulter
16. Shane Lowry
17. David Horsey
18. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
19. Richard Sterne
20. Dean Burmester
21. Russell Knox
22. Hao Tong Li
23. Jordan Smith
24. Scott Hend
25. Paul Dunne

This article has 4 comments

  1. I have two questions – first, with regard to Westwood – is his role as member/host a net positive or negative? Second, I was surprised not to see Lingmerth on this list, to me he is almost the quintessential short accurate hitter with a solid putting game who would do well on this course and his last time on bentgrass poa greens was at Glen Oaks, where he outperformed – were you spooked by his bomb in Scotland?

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    • For Lingmerth he’s getting docked by mediocre Euro Tour results. His SG per Round on Euro (since 2015) is right around guys like Mikko Korhonen, Brandon Stone, James Morrison, Jorge Campillo, Nicolas Colsaerts, Anthony Wall. As for course fit, I consider Lingmerth a well-rounded golfer but not elite at anything. I definitely could be undervaluing him, but I don’t see any reason to fall in love with him this week.

      For Westwood, that is the big question of the week lol. Wish I knew.

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