British Masters 2015: Each-way selections for Woburn's welcome return to the European Tour

Miguel Angel Jimenez is Mike's 50/1 selection to go well at Woburn this week
Miguel Angel Jimenez is Mike's 50/1 selection to go well at Woburn this week

Another week, another return for the betting.betfair golf team thanks to Joe Dyer's 70/1 selection Chris Wood placing at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and the in-form quintet now cast their eyes on this week's British Masters at Woburn. Here's where their cash is headed...


Joe Dyer: Back Peter Hanson @ 66/1

"Hanson finished 11th the last time this event was staged at Woburn and that combination of course and current form makes him an attractive bet at 66/1."

*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Paul Dunne @ 66/1

While competing as an amateur, Paul Dunne absolutely blitzed the field at Woburn's Open qualifying events in both 2014 and 2015, gaining medallist honours by three shots on both occasions. Given some of his wayward driving last week at the Alfred Dunhill it's hard to believe he won so convincingly on Woburn's tight Marquess Course but the form is there in black and white and following his qualifying performance earlier this year the Irishman stated "I guess I love this place". Despite the aforementioned inconsistent driving, Dunne finished an excellent 19th last week on his professional debut and with his first pro experience behind him, has a wonderful chance to improve on that result on a course he loves.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 33/1

The last British Masters to be held at Woburn was dominated by homegrown class acts, relatively early in their careers. Justin Rose won at 80/1, followed by Ian Poulter around the same odds. Using the same logic and taking the layout into consideration, this looks a great opportunity for superstar-in-waiting Matthew Fitzpatrick to get off the mark. He's certainly due after a quartet of top-three finishes from his last ten strokeplay starts and I'm not reading anything into last week's missed cut, given that he's yet to really show his best on links courses, let alone in pro-ams. Long game accuracy is the key around Woburn and Fitzpatrick has few peers on that score; ranking sixth and second respectively for driving accuracy and greens in regulation over the past three months.


Joe Dyer: Back Peter Hanson @ 66/1

Few golfers were as accurate from tee or fairway as Peter Hanson at last week's Alfred Dunhill and it's his strength in that key skill that makes him an attractive bet at this week's British Masters. Playing a light schedule this has been an encouraging comeback season for the 38-year-old Swede who, when not missing cuts (there have been a few), has finished no worse than 30th with four top 20s. A pair of those have come in the last two weeks and the in-form Swede looks worth supporting in conditions that should suit. Hanson finished 11th the last time this event was staged at Woburn and that combination of course and current form makes him an attractive bet at 66/1.


Steve Rawlings: Back Thomas Aiken @ 75/1

Its 13 years since the Marquess Course saw any European Tour action so we haven't any recent tournament course form to go on but when it was used for this event in 2001 and 2002, accuracy off the tee was of paramount importance and players that have since fared well at Wentworth were in-the-mix. Thomas Aiken, a three-time winner on the European Tour, currently ranks fifth for Driving Accuracy and he was 10th at Wentworth the first time he played the course in 2010. As mentioned in my tournament preview, he finished seventh in the BMW PGA Championship there last year too and he comes in to this week's event having earned limited playing rights on the PGA Tour next season, with a fast finishing fifth at the Web.Com Tour Championship on Sunday.


Mike Norman: Back Miguel Angel Jimenez @ 50/1

When you have a relatively short course (by today's standards that is) that will punish those who are slightly more wayward than most, then an in-form Miguel Angel Jimenez is definitely a contender despite his advancing years. The Marquess course at Woburn demands accuracy from the tee, and with five par 4s measuring no more than 425 yards, three par 3s 188 yards or less, and four reachable par 5s, then our loveable veteran will be relishing this week's test. He's still very capable of competing at this level, evidenced by his 11th place finish at the Italian Open a few weeks back, and it may come as a surprise that his level of performances are good enough to keep him inside the top 70 in the world rankings - there are only a handful of players in this week's field ranked higher. If Jimenez is on his game, and he usually always is, then I fancy him to contend.


2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

Year to date P/L: +£857.95

- Alfred Dunhill Links, Chris Wood @ 70/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- European Open, Lucas Bjerregaard @ 150/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Open D'Italia, Rikard Karlberg @ 66/1 - WON (Mike)
- KLM Open, Eddie Pepperell @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dan G)
- Czech Masters, Roope Kakko @ 66/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Made In Denmark, Kristoffer Broberg @ 25/1 - PLACE (Dan T)
- USPGA Championship, Branden Grace @ 66/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- European Masters, Tyrrell Hatton @ 50/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- The Open, Justin Rose @ 23/1 - PLACE (Ralph)
- The Open, Louis Oosthuizen @ 20/1 - PLACE (Dan T)
- Scottish Open, Eddie Pepperell @ 125/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Open de France, Bernd Wiesberger @ 33/1 - WON (Mike)
- Lyoness Open, Robert Rock @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW PGA Championship, Chris Wood @ 125/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Mauritius Open, John Parry @ 150/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- US Masters, Paul Casey @ 66/1 - PLACE (Romilly)
- Thailand Classic, Andrew Dodt @ 100/1 - WON (Paul)
- Malaysian Open, Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan G)
- DD Classic, Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)


*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75

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