I’ll deal with Sami Valimaki’s effort last week further down my preview, however for now let’s get straight to the task at hand as we stay in Cyprus for another week. The course is identical to last week however the format isn’t, so let’s get this out of the way before we go any further.
Event Format. For the first 2 days this week it will be as if nothing has changed. 105 players will compete in 36 holes of regular strokeplay competition with a regular leaderboard.
After 36 holes it all changes though, with a cut being made and the top 32 players and ties making it through to the weekend. All scores are reset at this point so there’s absolutely no advantage to having been top of the leaderboard or in a tie for 32nd place.
After Saturday’s round there’ll be another cut, this time to the top 16 players and ties from Saturday’s scores only. These 16 players will then play on Sunday with their scores again reset, meaning that it is indeed a single round shootout to see who will win the title, with in effect a 16-way tie for the lead going into the final day.
The format of this week’s event has created an odd-looking outright market, with the bookmakers clearly unsure exactly how to price it up. The in-play markets will be less volatile over the first 2 days for those players who are comfortably inside the top-32, before the weekend’s fun and games as the scores are reset each day. Sunday, in contrast, will be extremely volatile from a betting perspective.
As we’ve seen in the past with hybrid tournaments such as the World Super 6 and Belgian Knockout, there are different ways to play these events from a betting perspective with both outright market and 36-hole leader markets available here, despite this week being strokeplay and not matchplay like those two events mentioned. Given the vagaries of the outright market, firms are going from anything up to 30/1 the field this week, with Thomas Detry heading the list with most bookmakers.
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