While the PGA Tour enjoys its one week offseason, the European Tour is still teeing it up this week in England.

The British Masters heads to Close House Golf Club in Newcastle for the first time. The course is a short 6,800 yards for a par 71, which should allow the shorter hitters to hang around with the bombers.

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia are at the top of the board heading into the week with McIlroy at +750 and Garcia at +900.

Neither of these two, especially Rory, has been in that good of form, so it’s good to see them show up and drive up the odds for some other players.

I’ll be backing Tyrrell Hatton this week at 33/1. From October to April, Hatton had as good of a run as anyone in Europe, but then went ice cold over the summer, missing six of seven cuts. The form appeared to return three weeks ago, however, with a third place finish in Switzerland.

Another note on Hatton. I’ve added him at 180/1 for the Masters next April on Sportsbook. This is simply a buy low spot for him. He’s ranked 29th in the world, so he should easily get in via the end of the year world rankings. If he continues to bounce back and finds that form that he had earlier this year, he’ll be in the 50-75/1 range by the time the tournament tees off next year.

I’ve also backed a few other guys at triple digits this week with top-fives added.

Jordan Smith at 100/1 is a ridiculous price in this field. He’s been cold for a couple weeks, but has a win in the last couple months in Germany to go with a top 10 at the PGA Championship.

Aaron Rai is another young guy I’ll be back a lot in Europe as long as he’s 100+/1. The 22-year old won three times on the Challenge Tour, Europe’s Web.com, this year and will eventually breakthrough on the main tour.

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