The European Tour’s Race to Dubai continues in Wales this week for the Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale.
Sam Horsfield won at this venue - albeit a different event - during last year's UK Swing, and is joined in the field by several European Tour winners - including Matt Wallace, John Catlin, and Adrian Otaegui. But who will win this week, and who should be in your fantasy team?
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The American was 6th here last year and is a top performer in this field with three European Tour victories to his name. He isn’t the longest hitter but with firm fairways due to the gorgeous weather in Wales I don’t expect Celtic Manor to play too long for the world 97. John has had a tough few weeks on the links missing both cuts in the Scottish and British Open. I expect him to bounce back this week
The 26-year-old has gone quiet these last few weeks but I feel a week of would have done him the world of good. He won three times on the Challenge Tour in 12 months between August 2018 and August 2019, with the last of those coming in Denmark. He’s performing comfortably above average in every area of the game statistically and has the 3rd best scoring average this season.
Mansell made the cut in his first major last week. The home support seemed to inspire the long hitting English man. Ranking 9th in driving distance this season, Celtic Manor will suit his game. A bit of an outsider that won’t be in many people’s team. He is learning the ropes after graduating from Europro tour and his game looks to be maturing nicely.
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The 24-year-old won the Celtic Classic at Celtic Manor last summer for his second European Tour win – just two weeks after getting his first at the Hero Open. His form has been a little patchy in recent weeks, but he did make the cut at The Open. Only two players can better his birdie average of 5.08 per round, and his scoring average is a very impressive 69.51. His class should come to the fore in this field. His approach play and putting has been particularly impressive this season.
The Englishman had a slow start to his second season on the European Tour but he’s recorded his best three results of the year in his last three starts – T17 in the BMW International Open, T12 in the DDF Irish Open and T18 in the abrdn Scottish Open. Last year, he finished T47 in the Celtic Classic and T3 in the ISPS Handa Wales Open, both played at Celtic Manor. He’s a good putter, and he should get plenty of chances for birdie this week.
The three-time European Tour winner ranks 18th in ‘strokes gained - tee to green’ and he’s one of the more accurate players on the Tour. He finished T14 and T37 in the two events at Celtic Manor last year, and he was also T50 the previous time there was an event there in 2014. His form has steadily improved, with no missed cuts in his last nine starts, and a 2nd place in the Scandinavian Mixed and a T12 in the DDF Irish Open in his last four events.