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Cazoo Classic - DP World Tour: Preview

27 July 2022 07:17:31 EST
Robert MacIntyre could be the one to catch in Southport this week

This week's DP World Tour tournament takes place at Hillside Golf Course, Southport, which hosts the Cazoo Classic for the first time.

After a high-class Scottish Open and an enthralling 150th Open Championship, the Cazoo is a much more sedate affair but it looks no less competitive with 14/1 Robert MacIntyre seeking a second DP World Tour win.

World number 98 MacIntyre is one of just two members of the world's top 100 who will tee it up at Hillside with 99-ranked Oliver Bekker also in the field - the South African has recorded seven top-ten finishes on the DP World Tour this season and is 20/1 to finally land a victory.

Others expected to be in the Hillside hunt are Frenchman Romain Langasque, who can be supported at 20/1. Thriston Lawrence, third in the Irish Open and a respectable 42nd at the Open, is a 20/1 chance.

Sweden's Marcus Kinhult won the British Masters at Hillside in 2019 and he's 60/1 to repeat that triumph, while another Scandinavian, Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, is available at 22/1.

As always, you can follow all the action via our Live Golf Tracker.

What:Cazoo Classic
Where:Hillside Golf Club, Southport
When:

Thursday 21st July - Sunday 24th July

How to watch:

Sky Sports Golf and available to follow on bet365's Live Golf Tracker 

Odds:MacIntyre 14/1, Bekker 20/1, Langasque 20/1, Lawrence 20/1, Olesen 22/1

Cazoo Classic course details

The Cazoo Classic - which is a revival of the old English Open - returned to the schedule in 2021 but that year it took place at London GC in Kent. The 2022 tournament heads north to Hillside Golf Club, scene of the 2019 British Masters.

Reasonably short at 7,109 yards, this ancient par-72 is a coastal links layout which is certain to be playing firm and fast given the recent heatwave. Those who played the Scottish Open and the Open should be at an advantage while links knowledge looks essential.

Previous course winners in the field

Marcus Kinhult (2019 British Masters)

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Three to follow

Thorbjorn Olesen

A Swede claimed the only previous DP World Tour tournament to be staged at Hillside Golf Club since the 1980s and he could be followed by a Dane with Thorbjorn Olesen looking a likely contender at 22/1.

Olesen would've been disappointed to miss out on last week's Open at St Andrews, where he was previously a winner of the Dunhill Links, but he was in excellent form in the weeks prior, finishing eighth in Ireland and 30th in the high-grade Scottish Open.

The 32-year-old has been ranked as high as 33rd on the DP World Tour but, after playing in the 2018 Ryder Cup, his form fell off a cliff thanks in no small part to off-field issues which have now been settled.

With his life back on track, his career has started to trend in the right direction and, having produced solid results earlier in 2022, the 32-year-old became a DP World Tour winner for the sixth time when he won the British Masters at the Belfry in May.

A quiet spell understandably followed that emotional triumph but his recent return to form points to a big week and he has tended to be at his best on links courses or coastal tests which bear similarities with Hillside.

Matthew Jordan

Another proven links performer comes in the form of 33/1 Matthew Jordan, a local hero from the Wirral who shot a first-round 63 at the 2019 British Masters before fading into a share of 15th place.

Jordan returns to Hillside a much more experienced performer and it's no surprise given his links nous that two of his three best performances of the last 12 months came in the windswept surroundings of Qatar and Portugal, where he was fifth on each occasion.

He qualified for the Open at St Annes Old Links and, while he missed the cut at St Andrews, there is every chance he performs well in this much weaker field.

Jens Dantorp

As illustrated by both Kinhult and Olesen, Scandinavians often threaten to win titles in the UK and Challenge Tour form horse Jens Dantorp looks a solid each-way option at 60/1.

Dantorp was ranked outside the world's top 500 following the Soudal Open in May but he's been awesome on the feeder circuit, winning the Challenge de Espana and subsequently recording form figures of 5-3-3-MC-10 to climb to 247th in the world.

This is a step up for a player who has tended to struggle in the big time, but his best DP World Tour performance came on a links course when he was third at the 2018 Scottish Open.

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