By News Team
21st July 2020
There is some great action on both sides of the pond this week as Lee Westwood hosts the British Masters at Close House on the European Tour, while Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka headline the field at the 3M Open on the PGA Tour.
Detry could finally make European Tour breakthrough
There’s no denying the fact that given his ability, it’s pretty amazing THOMAS DETRY has yet to notch up his first European Tour victory going into this week’s British Masters. The Belgian, now in his fourth year on Tour, has come close on a number of occasions but that elusive maiden victory has still deserted him. However, there have been plenty of signs, particularly over the past 12 months, to suggest he could finally be ready to break through.
Detry won the World Cup alongside Thomas Pieters in 2018 and he’ll be delighted to be returning to a course where he won a Challenge Tour event in 2016 by an astonishing 12 shots. He won a competitive pro-am a few weeks ago and finished eighth in Austria, where he showed plenty to suggest his game is in good shape.
A closing 74 at the Nedbank in South Africa at the back end of last year did show he needs to improve on Sundays, but that was against a superb field with a winner’s cheque of $2.5 million, and there will certainly be less pressure here in much calmer waters. A repeat of that performance would see him go close at 14/1.
Wolff to go back-to-back?
Given they are ranked fourth and sixth respectively in the world rankings, it’s hardly surprising that Dustin Johnson (11/1) and Brooks Koepka (14/1) are the favourites for the 3M Open on the PGA Tour.
Both are by far the most talented players in the tournament and could run away with it if they are on their game, but Johnson missed the cut at the Memorial last week and Koepka finished in a tie for 62nd after a final round 80. Johnson is much preferred of the two and could easily follow up his Travellers win here against a fairly weak field, however, at the prices defending champion MATTHEW WOLFF gets the pick at 25/1.
The hugely promising American bids to defend the title he won in such dramatic fashion last year, where a brilliant eagle on the final hole saw him pip Bryson DeChambeau to claim his first professional victory. Since that win, Wolff hasn’t registered a top 10. However, from the short time we’ve seen Wolff on the PGA Tour, it appears as if he’s going to be very hit and miss, so a number of missed cuts, especially so early on his career, can be expected.
He had to wait almost a year to be in contention again at the Rocket Mortgage Classic a couple of weeks ago, where DeChambeau turned the tables to pip his fellow countryman by three shots. Wolff didn’t do much wrong on the Sunday and will take great heart from sticking with DeChambeau for much of the final round. Wolff shot 20 under par that week and given he was one shot lower in his victory here a year ago, there is enough to suggest he’s much more comfortable on courses where you need to go low.
His game is really well-suited to firing at the flags and seeking out birdies, as opposed to defensively hitting the middle of the green and hoping to hole a 30-footer. Given the tie for 22nd at the Memorial and being back in conditions that will suit, he looks poised for a strong defence.