Perry’s European Tour Betting Guide: Best Bets and Longshots for the Euram Bank Open
How Foo Yeen/Getty Images. Pictured: John Catlin
The European Tour returned last week with veteran Marc Warren cashing as a triple-digit longshot at the 2020 Austrian Open.
There was nothing really to report from my card as neither Antoine Rozner nor Adrien Saddier threatened to contend at the Diamond Country Club. Both players made the cut, but that was about it.
The Austrian Open was treated like a Challenge Tour event, so scoring updates were infrequent and stats were nonexistent. Unfortunately, I’d expect much of the same this week at the 2020 Euram Bank Open.
This event begins on Wednesday, so keep in mind the earlier start time when getting your bets in.
Adamstal Franz Whitmann Golf Club in Austria will serve as the host for the Euram Bank Open. It is an extremely short course by Tour standards, measuring just under 6,500 yards for a par 70.
It’s a pretty tight, tree-lined track that will favor accuracy above all else. There’s water in play on two holes and another six have out of bounds looming if a player gets too wayward.
Pretty much anyone in this field can contend with a solid approach game. There’s no real need to bomb it here, but longer hitters can club down and take advantage of that increase in accuracy.
Overall, this is a very easy course as long as you stay out of trouble. Last year’s event featured seven rounds of 63 or better.
Joost Luiten (+500) is the favorite again this week but, unlike last week, Luiten doesn’t have any course history here. That makes him a much easier fade.
Next, we have Joohyung Kim at +600, sort of. This is where the problems start with these small European events. I’m not sure Kim is even playing in this tournament because he’s also in the field at the KPGA Open in Korea and is fresh off a win on that tour over the weekend.
European bookmakers appear to be at a loss as well, since he opened as a +500 favorite in the KPGA event.
Kim is an elite 18-year old prospect on the Asian and Korean Tours whose early results rival that of anything we saw from Sungjae Im or Si Woo Kim at that age. He’s more than capable of winning this event, if he shows up.
I’m going to start my card with John Catlin at +2800. The American has won four times in Asian over the past two seasons and three of those wins came on shorter courses, in the 7,000-yard range, so this track should fit him nicely.
Catlin is coming off an eighth-place finish in a deeper field last week and his competition here isn’t any more talented than what he’s seen in Asia, so I’m hoping he can translate that success.
I’ll start this range with Bernd Ritthammer at +4000.
The 33-year-old German finished eighth here two years ago and is coming off a top-20 finish last week, so there’s some course history and form to bet on.
Ritthammer has struggled on the main tour, but the Challenge Tour has been to his liking so far in his career. His accuracy and GIR were both above average for the primary tour last season, so it should stand out at this level.
I’ll also go with Oliver Lindell at +7000.
Lindell was fourth here a year ago and came back from the hiatus with a top-25 finish last week, so his game should be in fine shape.
This number opened at 100-1 so keep an eye out for a better price that could be lurking on books that are slow to react.
Without a lot of established talent, these fields are wide open. Marc Warren already cashed as a triple-digit longshot, so it’s worth tossing a couple of educated-darts down the board.
My first longshot bet is Joel Stalter at +12500.
Stalter brings a combination of decent form, he finished 15th last week, and a solid showing in this event last year, finishing 10th.
It’s going to be hit-and-miss with the players this far down the board but I’ll that kind of combination is what I’m looking for in a longshot.
I’m also going to take a chance on Jordan Wrisdale at +25000.
There’s not much info out there on Wrisdale, but he was 25th last week and had a fourth-place finish earlier in the year at the Cape Town Open which featured a pair of 6,600 yard courses.
The Euram Bank Card
- John Catlin +2500 (1.3 units)
- Bernd Ritthammer +4000 (.83 units)
- Oliver Lindell +7000 (.47 units)
- Joel Stalter +12500 (.26 units)
- Jordan Wrisdale +25000 (.13 units)
Total Stake: 3.02 units