The European Tour stays in Spain this week but heads from Madrid to Cadiz and the iconic Real Club Valderrama, best known as the scene of the 1997 Ryder Cup, for the Andalucia Masters.
On the PGA Tour, several star names will roll the dice in Las Vegas when they contest the CJ Cup, an event which has been relocated to the Summit Club for the 2021-22 season.
Golf expert Joe Champion has taken a look at the two competitions and put together a 344/1 winners double ahead of this weekend’s events, you can see his selections below and be sure to check out our Golf Tips too.
Andalucia Masters & CJ Cup Winners Double
As was the case at the Spanish Open, world number one Jon Rahm is a heavy favourite to win the Andalucia Masters but the home hero folded with the tournament at his mercy last week, admitting that he felt jaded after a long PGA Tour season.
Valderrama, a tight, fiddly course which demands accuracy and nullifies Rahm’s prodigious driving ability to an extent, will provide him with a tough test of both golf and mentality and, while he could bounce back, he should be taken on.
Rahm’s Ryder Cup teammate Bernd Wiesberger looks the best alternative. The Austrian did not have a great time at Whistling Straits but he played well when returning to Europe last week, striking the ball superbly and carding back-to-back rounds of 66 over the weekend.
Wiesberger made his Valderrama debut last year, finishing a respectable 31st in ultra-tough conditions, and there’s every chance he goes well again this week if the putter warms up.
Double him up with Collin Morikawa in the CJ Cup. Morikawa is back in action for the first time since winning 3.5 points for the US team at the Ryder Cup and he could hardly have asked for a more suitable assignment.
The Open champion lives in Las Vegas and bases himself at the Summit Club, where he has shot a 62 in the past. He will have a significant advantage over many of his rivals when it comes to course experience.
Morikawa’s FedEx Cup playoffs performances were below par but he was struggling with a back injury throughout and his Ryder Cup exploits point to him being back to his best.
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