The European Tour heads to Kent this week with Bernd Wiesberger emerging as a clear favourite for the bookies at the Heritage Course – host of the European Open in 2008 and 2009 – and golf tipster Steve Palmer is back with all his analysis and predictions ahead of the tournament.
Expect powerhouses to dominate on the generous fairways at the Heritage Course, although accurate approach shots are important thanks to the small targets on approach.
Cazoo Classic course guide & where to watch
Course: Heritage Course, London Golf Club, Kent, England
Where to watch: Sky Sports Golf from 12:30pm on Thursday
Cazoo Classic predictions & betting tips
Cazoo Classic winner prediction – Vincent Norrman at 25/1
Bernd Wiesberger has been a well-backed favourite for the Cazoo Classic at the London Club, Kent, this week and plenty of punters clearly believe the Austrian will raise his game with a potential spot in the European Ryder Cup team up for grabs.
Victory for Wiesberger this week would propel him into contention for a Cup debut on Padraig Harrington’s side. The eight-time Tour champion obviously has the ability to get the job done, but it must be noted that he has finished in the top 20 in just two of his last 15 events.
Preference at almost double the odds of the market leader is for Vincent Norrman, a 23-year-old Swede who has made a barnstorming start to his professional career.
Norrman, who rose to fourth in the world amateur rankings before joining the paid ranks, finished fifth in the BMW International Open in his first pro start. He has followed up with tenth spot in the Cazoo Open and 11th in the ISPS HANDA World Invitational.
The Heritage Course at the London Club sets up well for Norrman, a powerful ball-striker capable of destroying the four par-fives. The fairways are generous and the young gun will be able to attack with confidence.
Cazoo Classic outsider prediction – Rasmus Hojgaard at 35/1
An alternative option at a bigger price is Rasmus Hojgaard, a 20-year-old Dane who already has two European Tour titles to his name.
Hojgaard won the UK Championship at The Belfry last year and he seems to thrive on English parkland tracks. He was second in the British Masters last year and third in the English Championship.
The youngster, typically deadly with his irons, seems certain to enjoy the London Club layout. He still has so much scope for improvement and should establish himself as one of Europe’s finest over time.
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