The European Tour moves to Sweden this week where Henrik Stenson is the start attraction in his homeland. But does the popular Swede feature in our quintet of each-way bets for the Scandinavian Invitational?
"Twelve months ago Robert MacIntyre was a little-known Challenge Tour player ranked outside the world's top 1,000 golfers. The 23-year-old is now on the verge of breaking into the world's top 100 following a fine debut campaign on the European Tour that has included back-to-back runner-up finishes in the British Masters and Made in Denmark events."
EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 7 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Matthew Southgate @ 100/1
Listening to past quotes and looking at some of the stats from last year's edition, it seems that putting the ball in play is a big asset this week. Two of the top three in 2018 ranked in the top five for Driving Accuracy while Southgate was also tied fifth for DA after splitting over 80% of the fairways. That helped set up numerous birdie opportunities and helped the Englishman finish tied for 10th after weekend rounds of 65-67. He had an unexpectedly poor run over the summer but we only have to go back to the end of May/start of June to see him recording back-to-back top 10s on the European Tour. Southgate shook off some rust with tied 30th in the Czech Masters last week (ranked 1st for Driving Accuracy) so the 100/1 here looks big.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Jordan Smith @ 40/1
Prior to missed cuts on links courses at the Irish and Scottish Opens, Jordan Smith looked a winner-in-waiting - five top-14s in six starts, hitting an outstanding 78% of greens in regulation. I'm happy to ignore those two failures, because they are in keeping with his wider form on links - his record in those events is markedly worse than other European events. This particular challenge is much more to his liking. Greens in regulation was by far the most significant stat to follow at The Hills GC last year - using the numbers at tour-tips.com, much more than usual. That makes perfect sense, given that these greens are smaller than average.
Steve Rawlings: Back Christiaan Bezuidenhout @ 45/1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout is making his first appearance since a missed cut at the Open Championship but it's easy to ignore his form in the summer's trio of links tournaments and concentrate instead on what he'd done immediately prior. The 25-year-old South African has enjoyed a fantastic season that has included a second place finish in the Qatar Masters, fourth in India, and more recently, a tied third in the BMW International Open before his maiden European Tour success, an impressive victory in the high-class Andalucia Masters at Valderrama. That latter course is renowned for its demand on accuracy, so a win there for Bezuidenhout bodes very well for this week's test at the Hills Golf Club, and this youngster of immense promise looks worth chancing at an industry-best 45/1.
Joe Dyer: Back Alexander Levy @ 70/1
With so little to go on this week I will put my faith in a proven performer who looks to be coming back to form and is available at a decent price. Alexander Levy produced four decent rounds in the Czech Republic last week closing with a 68 to finish in 18th place. That ended a run of missed cuts and suggested the Frenchman, a five-time European Tour winner, is ready to go close again some time soon. Levy is long off the tee but his main strengths are approaching and around the greens and with that looking the likely route to success this week I am happy to put him up at 70/1.
Mike Norman: Back Robert MacIntyre @ 33/1
Like Steve I'm opting for a youngster with bags of promise who has enjoyed a great season so far. Twelve months ago Robert MacIntyre was a little-known Challenge Tour player ranked outside the world's top 1,000 golfers. The 23-year-old is now on the verge of breaking into the world's top 100 following a fine debut campaign on the European Tour that has included back-to-back runner-up finishes in the British Masters and Made in Denmark events. Last month MacIntyre finished a brilliant sixth in the Open Championship - his Major Championship debut - before returning from a four-week break to finish a creditable 23rd in the Czech Masters last week. He ranks highly among this week's field for Greens in Regulation, which should be a big asset at this venue, so a reproduction of his best form shown so far in 2019 should see him go very close to landing his first, and deserved, European Tour success.
2019 Season P/L to date: -£283.80
- Scottish Open, Andrea Pavan @ 110/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW International Open, Jordan Smith @ 28/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- US Open, Gary Woodland @ 70/1 - WIN (Dave)
- Made In Denmark, Pablo Larrazabal @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- USPGA Championship, Brooks Koepka @ 11/1 - WIN (Steve)
- Volvo China Open, David Lipsky @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- WGC Dell Match Play, Matt Kuchar @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Cameron Smith @ 60-1 - PLACE (Paul)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Paul Casey @ 35/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- World Super 6, Scott Vincent @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- World Super 6, Paul Dunne @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 80/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Mauritius Open, Justin Harding @ 30/1 - PLACE (Dave)
*2018 P/L: +£727.16
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75