Catalunya Championship Winner

The Stadium Course here in Catalunya is back on the main tour after an eight year hiatus having last hosted the Spanish Open back in 2014. Since then it has held various minor events, the most relevant to us being the Q School events that have taken a back seat ever since the Pandemic began.

So we have snippets of form to look at, whether or not they're so relevant is a matter of debate. Conditions are set to be a lot more favourable than last week but the course historically has proven a stern test and I expect similar scores to last week despite the weather being much more in their favour. 

Romain Langasque at 50/1 (Six Places)

Larrazabal is, without doubt, the standout performer on this tour right now and warrants respect once again at a fair 25/1. To maintain that effort on the back nine last week was impressive given he needed one in the very low 60s to post the adequate number.

At double that price though I have to wade in again with Romain Langasque. Luckily I haven't been one of those burnt from his exploits over the last few months, but last week was the first time I raised my eyebrows with some money invested on him. His second-round 65 last week was only bettered by three players and we can possibly put down his first round of 77 to a little bit of rust after some time off.

If you take his second round in isolation it doesn't quite add up that he has drifted to this mark. Bar last week's explanation as to the quality of golf he has been playing, there isn't much to add bar the drift in price and the nature of his second round before missing the cut at the Greg Norman design. Seems an auto bet to be at the price. 

1pt each-way R.Langasque 50/1 (1/5 6)

Catalunya Championship Winner

Ryan Fox at 40/1 (Six Places)

Having won a slightly stronger event two starts ago and sitting around the same price following a top 20 last week, Ryan Fox looks a value proposition. The New Zealander romped away with the Ras Al Khaimah Classic a few months ago winning by five shots where he was sent off a 50/1 shot. 45/1 we see this week in a slightly weaker field and having been 20th in SG Approach last week certainly looks capable of a similar effort if not better.

Fox has been plagued by inconsistency throughout the past few years, despite now winning twice on the DPWT. That top 209 last week though is a great sign after a layoff and we know on his day he is capable of some special performances. He boosts his credentials with a top five at another tough Spanish layout at Valderrama. 

1pt each-way R.Fox  40/1 (1/5 6)

Catalunya Championship Winner

Ross Fisher at 55/1 (Eight Places)

Ross Fisher has shown signs lately that his winning days might not be over and may just land one fifteen years after landing his first at the KLM Open. Fisher was 2nd to Fox in Ras and has gone well since finishing 6th at Pecanwood then 15th last week at Infinitum. That performance was eye-catching to say the least as he topped the OTT stat as well as ranking 9th on Approach.

That should be ideal for this track in Catalunya and an improvement with the putter could see him go close. He ranked 142nd last week on the greens which cost him a win almost for sure. He ranked almost a shot better than the field per round from tee to green. It was some effort, and I'm surprised we see 60/1 quotes.

1pt each-way R.Fisher 55/1  (1/5 8)

Catalunya Championship Winner

Grant Forrest at 125/1 (Eight Places)

I'm happy to take a flyer on Grant Forrest having shown a little improvement last week despite missing the cut. For the two rounds, he ranked 39th both on Approach and Off The Tee. He ranked 117th in putting however and that was the main reason for the missed cut. The putter has been behaving all year, whilst his approach play has been suffering. Sod's law whenever you sort one aspect, the other lets you down.

Nevertheless, his long game was much improved last week and this could result in a better effort this week in a country where he has played some of his best golf. 3rd in the Open De Espana last year and 2nd in the Andalucia Matchplay are two of his best results outside of the Hero win and if the Scot can continue that improvement with the long game, then it shouldn't be long before he reaps some rewards.

0.75pt each-way G.Forrest  125/1  (1/5 8)

Catalunya Championship Winner

Brandon Stone at 125/1 (Eight Places)

Spaniards have a great record in their home events and Santiago Tarrio may be one to keep an eye on having played very well on Approach last week despite missing the cut. Struggling off the tee isn't a good sign though and we'd like to see some improvement there before investing. We last saw Brandon Stone in Qatar where he was sent off a 66/1 shot when finishing 40th there.

This week following a lay off we see double that price and with the potential ceiling being a lot higher than many above him in the market I feel he is worth chancing. His game off the tee has been solid most of the year ranking 38th in that department on tour with the flat stick the main club holding him back.

Nevertheless, seven cuts made from nine this season and this is a fair bit more consistent than what we've seen past few years from the South African. Has romped away with an elite field in the Scottish Open before and with two other wins in similar company this looks like a no brainer play around the 125/1 mark.

0.75pt each-way B.Stone  125/1  (1/5 8)