Normal service resumes this week on the European tour as the tour hits the Czech Republic. The Miguel Angel Jiménez 12/1 designed Old Course at Prosper Golf Resort plays host to this year’s Czech Open and at 7,245 yard it’s a tough test. The Czech Open has had a chequered history in the short time it has been played, the first Open was played back in 1994 and won by the Swede Per-Ulrik Johansson then there was a gap of eleven years between Bernhard Langer winning in 1997 to when Austrian Clemens Pader won in 2008. Another Swede, Peter Hanson, who will not be defending his title this week, won last year’s tournament.
Our picks to win: This is Lorenzo Gagli 25/1 first full season on the European tour and the man from Florence is adding to the growing reputation of Italian golfers. Lorenzo has already won himself € 320,516 this year and has four top 15 finishes in his last six tournaments. Hopefully the break will not interrupt that great momentum.
Jeev Milkha Singh 25/1 is another player who may not have welcomed the two week break with good finishes in both the Nordea Masters 6th and the Irish Open 11th, Jeev Milkha was on a bit of a roll, lets hope he has been working hard and continues that run of form.
Robert Rock 33/1 has already won this year taking the winners cheque at the BMW Italian Open and was promptly whisked off to the US Open, where he managed a very creditable 23 place. He has slowly slipped from that form but the two week break, has probably helped him get his game back on track.
Our picks for each-way: Richie Ramsay 33/1 is another Scot who’s had an up and down year, with five top 20 finishes but again throwing in five missed cuts. Final rounds of 76 and 73 at the Irish Open would have seen Richie happy with the break and a chance to get his game back together.
Scott Jamieson 33/1 is probably another player who has benefited from the two-week break on the European tour after missing the cut in the Irish Open. Its been a bit of a roller coaster year for the big Scott, with eight top 20 finishes but also seven missed cuts, but we feel he will win this year on tour.
Alejandro Canizares 50/1 son of the great José Maria and it will probably remain that way until he starts to fulfill his potential and start winning tournaments regularly in his own right. Alejandro has all the tools to be a great player and did win last years French Open.