The British Masters returns to the European Tour following a seven year absence, and Dan Geraghty is keen on a quartet of home grown players to go well on day one...
"Ashley Chesters is available at three times the price of Dunne here and with his Walker cup teammate garnering most of the column inches, he looks beautifully poised under the radar."
First things first, Thursday's weather forecast looks fair for both sides of the draw. If anything the afternoon wave may have a slight advantage, with the wind at its strongest early on (although not a big factor) and the temperature gradually warming throughout the day. However, those factors may be balanced out by the morning players putting on fresh greens, so it's fair to say whatever your tee time, you've every chance of competing on day one.
The first selection this week writes itself, Paul Dunne has course form, recent form and unlimited potential. He's carrying the hopes of many this week and is my each way column selection. I also really like the look of Dunne's playing partner Ashley Chesters and it's hoped the two can carry each other along early on Thursday morning. Like Dunne, Chesters was oh-so-impressive at this years Open Championship, eventually finishing 12th (as an amateur). Following that performance he was an integral part of GB&I's victorious Walker Cup team, bringing home three-and-a-half points and leading the team out in Sunday's singles. Chesters is available at three times the price of Dunne here and with his Walker cup teammate garnering most of the column inches, he looks beautifully poised under the radar.
I will follow Chesters with two more Englishmen, both from the Afternoon wave. Eddie Pepperell put a disastrous Friday 81 (*he was feeling under the weather) behind him when shooting 66 at Kingsbarns last week. It wasn't enough to make the cut but provided ample encouragement for this week, on a course that has frequently been likened to Wentworth, where Pepperell has enjoyed success thus far in his short career. As a result of that missed cut Pepperell looks overpriced here.
Another man with a liking for Wentworth (although his professional record leaves a bit to be desired) is Ross Fisher, who learnt the game at the Surrey club. Like Pepperell, Fisher struggled in round two at the Alfred Dunhill before finishing his week with a 66 on Saturday. Before that missed cut Fisher was in fine form, finishing fifth at the European Open and will surely relish the opportunity of competing in the British Masters so close to home.
Paul Dunne @ 50/1
Ashley Chesters @ 150/1
Eddie Pepperell @ 60/1
Ross Fisher @ 66/1
1 point E/W on each
2015 First Round Leader P&L: -11.1pts
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