Golf Tips: Best bets for British Masters and Byron Nelson 2021

  • Max Liu
  • 4:00 min read
The Belfry golf course
The action at the Belfry (above) starts on Wednesday this week

Ahead of next week's US PGA Championship get the best bets from our golf experts for this week's British Masters - which starts on Wednesday - and AT&T Byron Nelson Championship...

Steve Rawlings: "Rasmus may have missed the cut at the Valspar last time out but he shot a very decent bogey-free three-under-par on the ultra-tough back nine on Friday and prior to that he was a fast finishing 12th in Austria."

Steve's bet: Back Rasmus Hojgaard @ 26.025/1

British Masters: Danes can delight at the Belfry

The European Tour action kicks off on Wednesday this week so Steve Rawlings provides an in-depth preview of the British Masters and reveals who he's backing to bring home the bacon at the Belfry.

Steve says: "This isn't a considerably stronger field than the one that lined-up here in August so I was a little surprised to see course winner Rasmus Hojgaard trading at a bigger price than he opened up at then. Bernd Wiesberger is shorter than he went off at in August and that doesn't make an awful lot of sense.

"Rasmus isn't tearing up trees at present but he's not in awful form either. He may have missed the cut at the Valspar last time out but he shot a very decent bogey-free three-under-par on the ultra-tough back nine on Friday and prior to that he was a fast finishing 12th in Austria.

"Top-tens in the Dubai Desert Classic and Saudi International were decent efforts just five and six starts ago and I thought he was worth chancing."

Steve's bet: Back Rasmus Hojgaard @ 26.025/1

British Masters Each-Way Tips: Laurie can clear Belfry test at a Canter

Matt Cooper has three each-way selections with the Betfair Sportsbook paying seven places for this week's action at the Belfry. Our man has enjoyed some big winners recently so it can pay to follow his advice.

Matt says: "Englishman Laurie Canter's ranks for Distance and Par-5s are okay this season (38th and 66th), but they were much more solid throughout last season (23rd and 38th). There's less to go on his campaign, but over the last 12 months he ranks top 20 for both in this field.

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"He played The Belfry last year and it was a persuasive performance: he hit the ball over 300 yards from the tee, ranked sixth for Greens in Regulation, eighth for Putting Average, fifth in Strokes Gained Off the Tee, ninth Tee to Green and was placed fourth heading into the final round.

"Some poor scrambling hurt him that Sunday as he finished T13th, but he's had far more experience of being in the hunt since.

"His 2021 experiences have been scratchy, but the last fortnight in the Canaries got rid of some rust and he should be excited by his return to the Brabazon."

Matt's bet: Laurie Canter each-way @ 41.040/1

British Masters 2021: Form stats ahead of Wednesday's opening round at The Belfry

Andy Swales provides course information and key stats about the players' form as the European Tour travels to the Heart of England for this week's tournament.

Andy says: "Scot Robert MacIntyre, the world No 45, is the highest ranked player teeing-up in this week's event which starts on Wednesday.

"The 24-year-old from Oban makes his first European Tour start since February, after competing in six tournaments Stateside during March and April - which included a tie-for-12th at Augusta.

"Nine top-100 ranked golfers are in the field, including Andy Sullivan and Sam Horsfield. Both enjoyed victories during UK-based tournaments last summer.

"Midlander Sullivan triumphed at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire, while Manchester-born and American-raised Horsfield won events at the Forest of Arden in Birmingham and Celtic Manor, Newport."

"Horsfield's most recent four starts on the European Tour have yielded finishes of 4th-15th-3rd-8th. He's 23.022/1 to win this week."

AT&T Bryon Nelson: In-form Leishman a solid selection

Ahead of Thursday's start in Texas Steve Rawlings provides an in-depth preview including tournament history, course info and who our man is backing at the outset.

Steve says: "Marc Leishman has Texas form, course form, event form, current form, winning form in low scoring events and even form at TPC Southwind with it's zoysiagrass fairways.

"He matched the Korn Ferry Tour record (then the Nationwide Tour) when winning the WNB Golf Classic by 11 strokes in Texas in 2008 and he's had an affinity with the windy state ever since. He finished eighth at this course in the 2008 edition of the Korn Ferry Championship and he has Byron Nelson Championship form figures that read 8-12-MC-3-12-3-MC-MC-13-2.

"Leishman arrives in McKinney on the back of a win alongside fellow Aussie, Cameron Smith, in the Zurich Classic, following a brilliant fifth at the US Masters, where he ranked 14th for Putting Average, so he's bang in form.

"He got to 20-under-par when getting beat by Aaron Wise in this event in 2018 and he often comes to the fore when the scoring is ultra-low. He won the BMW Championship with a 23-under-par total in 2017 and the CIMB Classic in -26 a year later - winning both by five strokes. And finally, he was third behind Koepka at TPC Southwind in 2019.

"He won't mind if the wind does get up on Sunday and I think he's a cracking bet at 40.039/1."

Steve's bet: Back Marc Leishman @ 40.039/1

AT&T Bryon Nelson First Round Leader Tips: Sam can burn it up early

No PGA tournament is complete without Dave Tindall's guide to who to back to make a strong start. He has three each-way picks to be First Round Leader at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Dave says: "For my first morning pick, I'll go with recent Valspar winner Sam Burns. He ranks eighth for Early Scoring Average on the PGA Tour this season so enjoys going low from a morning tee time.

"Opening 64s at Riviera and TPC Scottsdale (both from a.m.) have helped put Burns in the top 10 of early starters, the former giving him a piece of the first-round lead at the Genesis Invitational.

"He was seventh after day one when winning the Valspar while at another fairly recent Texas event he was eighth following Thursday's play and then the halfway leader at the Houston Open. This week's course, TPC Craig Ranch, looks a good one for him as he ranks seventh in Birdie Average. Burns, who heads out at 07:34, is 45/1."

Dave's bet: Back Sam Burns E/W @ 46.045/1

AT&T Bryon Nelson Each-way tips: Kuchar can claim Texas title

Dave also specialises in each-way tips for PGA Tour events and, as regular readers know, has enjoyed some big winners already this year.

Dave says: "Kuchar returned to form by finishing third in the recent WGC-Match Play and, despite playing seven rounds that week, still managed a tied 12th at the Texas Open seven days later.

"It probably caught up with him in the Masters where he opened with 78, but having the weekend off after a decent Friday 70 allowed him to refresh and Kuchar showed more good signs when tied 18th in the RBC Heritage.

"A Texas event looks a good place for Kuchar to shine again as he has an excellent record in the Lone Star State. That includes a run of 12-3-MC-7-2 in his last five starts there and numerous other top fives and top 10s.

"That list doesn't include previous AT&T Byron Nelson host course, Trinity Forest, which he downright hated and missed the cut there in 2018. In other words, he'll be more than pleased to try out this new venue."

Dave's bet: Back Matt Kuchar E/W @ 56.055/1

AT&T Byron Nelson 2021: Form stats for this week's PGA Tour event in Dallas

Andy provides the course information and form stats for the PGA Tour event at TPC Craig Ranch where John Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau are pre-tournament favourites.

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Andy says: "Teeing-up for the first time since The Masters is local hero Jordan Spieth.

"The 27-year-old from Dallas stood on the podium in Georgia, which came one week after he'd ended his 44-month trophy-drought by winning the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.

"He is a two-time winner in his home state and during 2021 only one golfer has accumulated more World Ranking points than Spieth - that being close friend Justin Thomas who is resting this week."

Jordan Spieth 13.012/1 to win the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

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