Valderrama Masters Fantasy Preview

After back-to-back wins for Tyrrell Hatton, the Englishman opts for a week of rest to allow for a new winner on the Euro Tour this week.

The golfers head to Spain to take on Valderrama, a classical no-nonsense layout. If you are claustrophobic, you should probably plan on slamming your trunk early this week. It’s a Robert Trent Jones design that plays just under 7,000 yards. Distance is definitely not an advantage here.

Looking at course lengths, grass types, location, difficulty, etc. the following five courses showed up as possible pointers: Wentworth, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Crans Montana, Pretoria, and The Dutch.

On top of those correlated courses, I will also venture through the record books to see who has the most success on the following angles…

Top Performers on Short Courses(since 2015)

Joost Luiten
Pablo Larrazabal
Julien Quesne
Richard Bland
Maximilian Kieffer
Alejandro Canizares
Soren Kjeldsen
Ben Evans
Robert Rock
Sergio Garcia

Top Performers on Bentgrass Greens (since 2015)

Soren Kjeldsen
Sergio Garcia
Martin Kaymer
Andy Sullivan
Jon Rahm
Joost Luiten
Danny Willett
Shane Lowry
Bradley Dredge
Alexander Bjork

Top Performers in Europe (since 2015)

Soren Kjeldsen
Andy Sullivan
Martin Kaymer
Sergio Garcia
Shane Lowry
Jon Rahm
Joost Luiten
Bradley Dredge
Julian Suri
Gregory Bourdy

Top Performers against Weak Fields (since 2015)

Joost Luiten
Julian Suri
Mikko Korhonen
Gregory Bourdy
Martin Kaymer
Alexander Bjork
Wade Ormsby
Romain Wattel
Robert Rock
Ashun Wu

Top Performers in the Fall (since 2015)

Soren Kjeldsen
Andy Sullivan
Shane Lowry
Richard Bland
Martin Kaymer
Peter Hanson
Stephen Gallacher
Florian Fritsch
Gregory Bourdy
Joakim Lagergren

Top Performers on Correlated Courses (since 2015)

Joost Luiten
Danny Willett
James Morrison
Julien Quesne
Pablo Larrazabal
Shane Lowry
Andrew Johnston
Alexander Bjork
Nino Bertasio
Andy Sullivan

Golfers that show up on all SIX lists: NONE

Golfers that show up on 5-of-6 lists: Joost Luiten

Golfers that show up on 4-of-6 lists: Soren Kjeldsen, Martin Kaymer, Shane Lowry, Andy Sullivan

Golfers that show up on 3-of-6 lists: Sergio Garcia, Alexander Bjork, Gregory Bourdy

My Top 25 for the 2017 Valderrama Masters

1. Joost Luiten
2. Sergio Garcia
3. Shane Lowry
4. Martin Kaymer
5. Gregory Bourdy
6. Jon Rahm
7. Julian Suri
8. Matt Wallace
9. Mikko Korhonen
10. Alexander Bjork
11. Romain Wattel
12. Joakim Lagergren
13. Robert Rock
14. Ricardo Gouveia
15. Bradley Dredge
16. Mikko Ilonen
17. Lee Slattery
18. Stephen Gallacher
19. Nino Bertasio
20. Ashley Chesters
21. Aaron Rai
22. Thomas Detry
23. Richard Bland
24. Nacho Elvira
25. Chris Hanson

This article has 9 comments

  1. Soren got the ax due to lack of form. Hasn’t pegged it for seven weeks now. It’s a perfect course fit for him here, but that kind of layout is odd and makes me question his health.

    Looking at his career, most of his finishes after a layoff of a month or more have resulted in finishes outside the top 50.

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  2. Hey Josh

    Just wondering why Suri is so High on your list? I believe he has back to back MCs and before that a 55th. I know he is capable just wondering what you see in him this week.

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    • It’s a matter of season-long stats trumping a few bad weeks for Suri. My recent form stats also go back 8 weeks so his win in Denmark is the last week included there. I could see the argument for fading his sliding form but I think he looks good for a rebound week.

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  3. This bunch of second/third raters will find out that Mr Rahm has disappeared well over the horizon long before he sinks his last putt on Sunday. Sergio will be too busy entertaining his guests to offer up more than token resistance to his compatriot.

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  4. Hmmm, very poor show today Mr Rahm. I thought you would have made at least a little bit of an effort back in your own country.

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