A host of big names will be gathering at Close House in Northumberland for this week’s British Masters event, but they could be overshadowed by a young Englishman.
Eddie Pepperell is in outstanding form, finishing in the top five in each of his last three events including a tied-third place finish at last week’s Portugal Masters.
The 26-year-old has yet to win on the European Tour but is surely close to an opening tournament success, having fired nine consecutive below 70 rounds. Pepperell can be backed at 33/1 to claim the winner’s cheque on Sunday and 13/2 for a Top 5 Finish.
Lee Westwood is the co-host of the event, along with Sergio Garcia, and is looking to build on a recent upturn in fortunes, which has seen him claim top-10 finishes in two of his last three tournaments.
The Ryder Cup star (37/20 Top 10 Finish) may have slipped to 62 in the world rankings, but he has shown in recent weeks that he may still have another title in him, with a -13 total in this month’s KLM Open.
Westwood has been one of the factors in persuading Rory McIlroy to play at Close House and the four-time Major winner has been paired with Matt Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan for the opening two rounds.
McIlroy’s form has been disappointing, mainly due to a troublesome rib injury, with just one top-20 finish for the Northern Irishman (10/13 Tournament Matchup v Garcia) since his tied-fourth finish at The Open Championship.
Another in-form man to watch out for is George Coetzee, with the South African available to be backed at 15/2 to finish in the Top 5.
Coetzee has finished T3 and T7 in his last two tournaments and carded an opening round 64 at last week’s event in Portugal.
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