Thomas Pieters leads the field as the DP World Tour moves on from its summer swing of the United Kingdom to head to mainland Europe for the D+D Real Czech Masters, taking place at the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague this week.
This event dates back to 2014, and Pieters is the only two-time winner of the tournament, having done so in 2015 and ’19. The defending champion is American Johannes Veerman.
The Albatross has hosted this event since its inception and is a par-72, 7,468-yard course. It’s a bit on the long side and features average-width fairways with plenty of trees on the course. Players starting on the front nine will contend with back-to-back monster par 5s at holes 9 and 10, as No. 9 measures 639 yards and the 10th is 603 yards.
Along with the two wins, Thomas Pieters also has a runner-up finish here in 2016, so it’s no surprise that the Belgian leads the odds board at +650. Pieters, who is sixth in the DP World Tour Rankings, hasn’t missed a cut since the U.S. Masters in April and says he plays best when coming off of a break. He hasn’t teed it up in about a month since the Open Championship, so things may be lining up for yet another strong performance here for Pieters.
Won the Dutch Open and was third in the European Open in May, but he struggled on the UK swing, missing two of four cuts and logging a best finish of 34th.
Two LIV Golf players are towards the top of the odds board in Ian Poulter and Hennie Du Plessis Poulter was 13th at the latest LIV event and hasn’t played on this course before. Du Plessis is playing in his first DP World Tour event since May, and he’s got two top 10s and a 15th place among his last five starts. He was also second behind Charl Schwarztel in the LIV event in London. Du Plessis doesn’t have a win on the DP World Tour, and this event has produced five first-time winners in seven editions.
Was runner-up here last year and won the Hero Open three weeks ago. He then missed the cut in Wales before taking last week off, so he should be refreshed and ready to go on a course he performed well on in 2021.
No golfer with odds better than +2200 has won this event since Jamie Donaldson won the inaugural edition in 2014, but Pieters makes a strong case. We like the favorite along with Du Plessis to continue the trends of first-time winners and a champion at +2200 or higher.
|GOLFERS||ODDS TO WIN (EVENT)|
|Hennie Du Plessis||+2200|
|Johannes Veerman / John Catlin / Rory Sabbatini||+2800|