Adri Arnaus threatened to give us (and half of the golf punting public it would seem) a winner last week, however he left far too many shots on the course over the 4 days in Italy and ended up 3 shots adrift of Ross McGowan’s 20-under total. Giving 4 shots to the field on the par-5 4th hole over the first 3 days was the difference ultimately, with a hole that was well within his reach producing three bogeys on days 1-3.
After that disappointment, a fortnight in Cyprus sounds like a fantastic idea right now and plenty of the European Tour’s regulars have jumped at the chance to play this week. Both this week and next will be played at PGA National Cyprus on the Aphrodite Hills Resort, however with a subtle twist for next week, if we’re being polite.
This week will be a regular strokeplay event, albeit once again with a limited field of just 105 players. The Cyprus Shootout follows next week which we’ll cover in full detail in week’s time, however for now we’re dealing with a regular tournament with a regular cut and a regular scoring format before next week’s fun and games.
Andy Sullivan heads the field this week at a general 12/1 at the time of writing and the Englishman’s looked in good nick since accumulating a massive 27-under total to win the English Championship at Hanbury Manor last month. The likes of Joost Luiten, Thomas Detry, Sam Horsfield, Marcus Kinhult and Matthias Schwab all rate around the 25/1 to 28/1 range in this relatively short field.
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