British Masters Tips and Betting Offers, Thursday 13th October 2016, The Grove

The British Masters made a triumphant return last year. It looked as though the historic event had left the European Tour schedule for good. There was no tournament between 2009 – 2014 but it was given a new lease of life last year. In partnership with Sky Sports, the British Masters underwent a rebranding and is now hosted by one of Britain’s biggest golfing stars and moves around the country. This year it is time for Luke Donald to take the British Masters to one of his favourite courses, the Grove in Hertfordshire.

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The Grove is a relatively young course having only been opened in 2003. However, there is no doubt that it is one of the finest courses in Britain. Set on the grounds of a luxury hotel, the Grove has no members but it is still a hugely popular course. It has hosted a plethora of local tournaments and even saw the finest golfers in the world make an appearance as the venue of the 2006 WGC-American Express Championship.

Tiger Woods was phenomenal that week in 2006. He drove the ball magnificently, hit high quality approach shots into the tricky greens and was able to scramble well to limit the impact of the run off areas around the putting surfaces. There isn’t too much previous form to go on but Tiger’s win showed that all elements of your game need to be in good shape to go well at the Grove.

At first glance, the Grove looks like a traditional British course. Course designer Kyle Phillips is renowned as one of the very best in the business and he did a wonderful job of laying out a modern which retains classic features of parkland golf. Accuracy is generally more important than length at the Grove but there are a few drivable par fours which could add some great drama over the weekend.

Betting Verdict

Matt Fitzpatrick won the 2015 British Masters and we could see another home win this time in the shape of Chris Wood. The 28-year-old made a decent debut at the Ryder Cup but it looked as though the enormity of the tournament got to him in the end. He should be much more confident at this sort of event. Wood already has a big win on British soil this season with the BMW PGA Championship and at a course which should suit his ball striking ability, he looks a good bet at 30/1 with Betfred.

Joost Luiten finally ran out of steam last week at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. The Dutchman has been playing some wonderful golf this summer but he just couldn’t get it going around the links courses of Scotland. Can he improve at the Grove? Well, Luiten has strong green in regulation stats, is confident with his short game and has good form at parkland courses. Luiten is pushing hard for a strong finish in the Race to Dubai and is worth chancing for an each way bet at 40/1 with BetVictor.