The British Masters has 18 holes left to play as the biggest event in Europe so far this year draws to a close at the wonderful Hillside Golf Club on Sunday and it promises to be another thrilling finale to this great tournament.
There might be a major championship next week but those in the mix here will be eager to deliver the goods over this final round and either head to New York on a high or go into a week off in good spirits.
Round 3 Recap
At the end of the third round we have joint leaders to go at it for the title on Sunday. Matt Wallace took the lead into the third round and came out of it with only a share of it with Marcus Kinhult tying him on 14 under par. They lead by two from Richie Ramsay with tournament host Tommy Fleetwood and Robert Macintyre another shot behind them on 11 under. Thomas Detry sits on 10 under with the defending champion Eddie Pepperell one more back on nine under par.
It was a good day for us betting wise on Saturday as Kinhult comfortably saw off his playing partner Richie Ramsay to bring the two ball bet in at a very attractive price and put us pretty much level for the week, and actually slightly up with one more round to try to build on that ahead of next week’s USPGA.
The outright market is obviously the only one to go at from a deep market standpoint on Sunday and while I would be interested in getting involved in this market I do think the leaders have been helped by the fact that it is an early start and a condensed wave of tee times for the final round with the aim of being finished to avoid a clash with the final day of the Premier League season.
With that in mind, I’ve got to think that the winner is likely to come from the final two groups and in truth there isn’t a whole lot of value doing the rounds. If the tee times were in the afternoon when the wind could blow I would probably chance Richie Ramsay but as it is I’ll sit it out and hope Oliver Wilson can run hot and secure a place.
Sunday 3 Balls
Given that the organisers want the tournament finished before the last day of Premier League matches kick off the field will go out in threes on the final day with the last group off the first tee at 09.50 BST. Matt Wallace, Marcus Kinhult and Richie Ramsay make up that triplet with Thomas Detry, Tommy Fleetwood and Robert Macintyre make up the penultimate group onto the course 10 minutes before them. Those who are at Hillside early doors might want to follow the Lee Westwood, Nicolas Colsaerts, Nino Bertasio group which should contain some fireworks. I’ll go with a bet from an earlier group.
Eddie Pepperell/Haydn Porteous/Dimitrios Papadatos
Match tees off at 09.30 BST
Three men who will be looking for big final day cheques go out in the fourth to last group onto the golf course when Eddie Pepperell finishes his title defence alongside Haydn Porteous and Dimitrios Papadatos in a group the Englishman is a warm favourite in.
Looking at the stats for the week so far, I’m not surprised that he is the favourite. His long game has been in wonderful order with him fifth in driving accuracy and 12th in greens in regulation. While he hasn’t hit his straps with the putter he hasn’t been terrible either. His playing partners are both outside the top 60 for greens hit and that alone should see Pepperell winning this group. With pins likely to be tucked away on the final day you need to be hitting these greens. Pepperell is doing more of that and he can convert enough of his chances to come through this three ball with the lowest score.
WON – Back E.Pepperell to beat H.Porteous & D.Papadatos for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with 888sport