Firstly, a profit update for 2021 to date. Last week we made a loss of 7 points. Our cumulative profit for 2021 to date is now 70.44 points.
At The Dutch Open our sole selection, Joost Luiten, missed the cut by carding 72 on both of the first two days. Clearly not good enough on a course that was yielding plenty of birdies. I apologise for this selection. Luiten has struggled since we returned after the covid break last year and I should not have been influenced by this tournament being his home country Open. The tournament was won by Kristoffer Broberg by three strokes. He had this one in the bag going in to the final round having carded a 64 on Friday and 61 on Saturday, that gave him an eight strokes lead going in to the final round. A level par round on Sunday was more than enough to get it done. A surprise winner based upon recent form.
Matthias Schmid carded a six under par final round to close the gap to three strokes but never worried the winner. Alejandro Canizares finished third, two further strokes back and Darius Van Driel of the home country and Thomas Detry tied for fourth place.
Over in the U.S. Max Homa took the honours by one stroke, holing an eighteen foot birdie putt, with a finishing score of nineteen under par. Homa finished 65, 65 to get it done. He beat Maverick McNealy by one stroke, with Mito Pereira a further stroke back in third. Our in play selection Scott Stallings was a joint leader on Sunday after playing seven holes. But unfortunately he then regressed and finished in a tie for sixth. Homa was 8/1 before the final round. I was put off by his inconsistency. But that was clearly an error on my part in this case. Jon Rahm missed the cut after rounds of 72 and 71. From what I saw of Rahm he seemed to be trying things ahead of the Ryder Cup this week.
Our initial selections let us down. The inconsistent Cameron Champ missed the cut on a course that he has won on previously. But he is very inconsistent and so you have to accept him missing cuts several times a season. Joseph Bramlett was disappointing, finishing in a tie for 42nd place. Not a good pick and an error on my part.
On to this weeks Ryder Cup and what you can expect from the service.
Firstly initial selections are detailed below.
Secondly, selections on the three days of action will be sent to you by email for speed. The make up of matches will be made available to all of us watching and listening at short notice and I will not have time to post any ‘in play’ selections on the website. So you will need to keep an eye out for emails on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as they will be out from midday and up until 8 PM each day. There will also be updates on twitter @golfbetsgold .
Good luck Martin