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The DP World Tour is in Europe for the second consecutive week as the players head to Belgium for the Soudal Open.
Last week’s Italian Open, won by Adrian Meronk, was the first trip for the tour to Europe and was an important one as it was over this year’s Ryder Cup venue.
This week is a very different test from Marco Simone. The Ryder Cup course demands players hit driver a lot, but this week you’re likely to see a lot of irons off tees.
As Grant Forrest told bunkered earlier this year, the golf course is so firm and tight, he replaced his 3-wood with a 1-iron, but even that was going too far, so he resorted to using a 4-iron from several tees.
Last year’s winner was Sam Horsefield who got to a total of 13-under-par, but the LIV Golf player won’t be defending his title. Close behind him was Ryan Fox and Yannik Paul, and the German will be hoping to strengthen his Ryder Cup credentials this week.
Also, look out for Lev Grinberg, a 15-year-old amateur who hails from Ukraine, who was the low amateur at this event last year.
This is the second time Soudal has sponsored the event, but the Belgian Open, which it replaces, has a long history, including two years as the Belgian Knockout.
Here’s the full Soudal Open preview.
Soudal Open preview – details
Course: Rinkven International Golf Club, Antwerp, Belgium
Course Stats: Par 71, 6,940 Yards
Defending Champion: Sam Horsefield (Non-playing)
Soudal Open betting tips
Here’s who the bookies will fancy to do well this week…
Thomas Detry 16/1
Thorbjørn Olesen 18/1
Jorge Campillo 20/1
Yannik Paul 22/1
Alexander Björk 22/1
Adrian Otaegui 25/1
Callum Shinkwin 30/1
Marcus Helligkilde 33/1
Rikuya Hoshino 35/1
Wilco Nienaber 40/1
The bunkered Bet
Keeping it in the short stuff off the tee this week looks to be the key to success and Otaegui is ranked eighth in driving accuracy this year. The four time winner on the DP World Tour took a month off before a finish of tied 40th last week in Italy. This week, however, should suit him better.
All odds correct at time of publication. Please gamble responsibly.
🇧🇪 In addition to Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Detry come and watch the other Belgian pro's challenging the international stars. You're in for a treat! 🏌️ Don't miss out on the action, get your tickets now and see them tee-off! 🎟️👀 #BelgianPride #SoudalOpen 🏆 pic.twitter.com/mJ4e9sTDGw
— Soudal Open (@SoudalOpen) April 18, 2023
Soudal Open how to watch
UK viewers can tune in via Sky Sports Golf this week.
Thursday: 12.30pm, Sky Sports Golf
Friday: 12.30pm, Sky Sports Golf
Saturday: 12.30pm, Sky Sports Golf
Sunday: 12.30pm, Sky Sports Golf
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