Niall Horan hosts at Galgorm Castle
Victor Perez is a great fit and has course form
Casey Jarvis can continue to ride the wave
In the 11 years that Galgorm Castle has hosted first and second tier events a curiosity has emerged about the layout that makes me wonder if my laptop's spell check is on to something when it suggests correcting "Galgorm" to "algorithm".
Because in that decade and a bit this tree-lined parkland test has been very popular with links specialists.
Take the very first winner, the Dutchman Daan Huizing, who was superb by the British and Irish seaside as an amateur and has played his best golf as a professional in similar spots.
Or what about Joakim Lagergren, Ryan Fox and Daniel Gavins, the second, fourth and 10th winners? The first of those is a four-time Dunhill Links Championship top four finisher, the second won that event last autumn and the latter is a two-time top six finisher there (in two starts).
The Englishman Jack Senior won at Galgorm in 2019 and is something of an Open Championship Qualifying specialist while the two Scotsmen Calum Hill (winner in 2018) and Ewen Ferguson (the defending champion) both have fine records by the sea.
This year there is good reason to keep an extra eye on links specialists because the tournament has changed the co-host, bringing Castlerock into the equation - a really fun layout on the north coast beyond Portrush and Portstewart.
Thoughts of the Dunhill Links Championship - the celebration of golf in and around St Andrews that takes in the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns - leads us to the Frenchman Victor Perez.
Back in 2019 he broke through at this level with victory in that event and he has added wins as the fast-running Bernardus in the Netherlands and at Yas Links in Abu Dhabi earlier this year (when the column was on him).
Just to add to the baffling form lines coming into this event the last two winners at Al Hamra in the UAE - a resort course - are Gavins and Fox, both formers winners here. And the first winner at Al Hamra, Jordan Smith, very nearly won at Galgorm, too.
The good news is that Perez has played Al Hamra three times finishing seventh, second and 13th (after a very slow start).
And if you want to bypass all the supposition he played at Galgorm Castle in 2018 on the Challenge Tour and opened with rounds of 68-64-65 to share the pre-final round lead before a 71 left him fourth.
He has a touch of class - good enough to have finished 12th in the PGA Championship in May and make the cut last time out in the Open at Royal Liverpool - and will be well aware that if he wants to make a Ryder Cup debut this next three weeks are vital for his hopes.
Aside from the more random course connections flying around this week, the fact that golfers have played both Galgorm and Adamstal, in Austria, well is less of a surprise.
The latter is a tree-lined set-up where Hill won, Ferguson has twice finished second, Robin Sciot-Siegrist (2017 Galgorm winner) was third (when the 54 hole leader) and Gavins has a top 10.
This year's winner at Adamstal was the South African Casey Jarvis who turned 20 at the end of last month and has enjoyed a fun couple of years.
He won on the Big Easy Tour last year and since then has added six second places on the Sunshine and Challenge Tours including at St Francis Links and while carding a 59.
He had a bit of a hangover after the win in Austria but started nicely with a 65 in last week's Scottish Challenge.
There are quite a few second tier performers who appeal this week - the rejuvenated Matteo Manassero and course winner Brandon Robinson-Thompson in particular - but we'll stick with the highly promising prospect from Boksburg.
The Swede Marcus Kinhult highlighted his fondness for the links when winning the Lytham Trophy as an amateur and his first DP World Tour victory came a little further down the coast at Hillside in the 2019 British Masters (he also finished third when the tour returned there three years later).
He's not afraid of playing among the trees either having top 10s at Valderrama, Crans, PGA Catalunya, Wentworth and Muthaiga.
He's also played four rounds of golf in his last 10 starts, 14 of his last 15 and his last two starts were both top 20s in the States.
In the first of those - the Barbasol Championship - he ranked fourth for Strokes Gained Tee to Green and had solid long game stats in both.
He'll be pleased with the addition of Castlerock to the schedule and, for what it's worth, he was fourth at Al Hamra, when first heading into the final round, in 2016.
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