Review & Betting Guide to the ISPS Handa Wales Open


Twenty-Ten Course at Celtic Manor © Kevin Murray

Twenty-Ten Course at Celtic Manor © Kevin Murray


Joost Luiten

Joost Luiten 20/1 © Kevin Murray

My tips to win:

Joost Luiten 20/1 has had a bit of a rest since his missed cut at the US PGA Championship. Joost had a runners-up finish here last year, firing a third round 64 – not bad for his first competitive tournament on the Celtic Manor course. Luiten has already won this year and also had a runner-up finish at the Irish Open. I think he could be adding to his win tally here this week.

I am going to stick with Stephen Gallacher 25/1 this week, I am hoping being in last week’s play-off at the Johnny Walker Championship will make him more determined to pick up the trophy this week. This is another track that seems to suit Stephen’s game and he had a Top 5 finish here in 2010.

Another player I am going to stick with this week is Ross Fisher 20/1. Ross didn’t have the greatest of last days at the Johnny Walker Championship after putting himself in contention after a third round 66, but I think that was more to do with being a bit ring rusty after not being in the leading pack for a while. Fisher finished two shots off the lead here last year and hopefully he will bring those positive vibes with him.

Thongchai Jaidee 40/1 © Kevin Murray

Thongchai Jaidee 40/1 © Kevin Murray

My each-way tips:

Thongchai Jaidee 40/1 is the defending champion and should come into this week in confident mood after a solid performance in last week’s Johnny Walker Championship. Jaidee started and ended the week with two good rounds but unfortunately his third round 73 put paid to any chances he had of being in the hunt to win. But his final round 68 and coming back to defend his title should see the Thai in buoyant mood.

The last time Paul Waring 55/1 played at the Celtic Manor track was back in 2009 when he had a Top 10 finish and he had a Top 40 finish on his first outing here the year before. Paul’s good finish last week at the Johnny Walker Championship moved him into the Top 100 on the Race to Dubai and another solid finish here this week will see him cement his position

My outside tip:

This week’s outside tip is going to be Mikko Korhonen 110/1 Mikko has had two top 10 finishes in this last European Tour events and a Top 20 finish sandwiched in between those on the Challenge Tour. Korhonen has been yo-yoing between the European Tour and the Challenge tour since he turned pro in 2004, but seems to have found a bit of form in the last couple of weeks and could be worth a quid each way this week.

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ABOUT: James Mason

James Mason is a contributing writer for Golf Monthly magazine, producing destination reviews, technical and equipment reviews and blogs. He was also part of the judging panel for the 2010 Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland. James has written equipment reviews and technical features for Greenside magazine, destination features for Golf World and Going for Golf magazines and interviews for Middle East Golfer.

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