Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Gran Canaria Open 2021 - Las Palmas, Canary Islands

Rafael Cabrera Bello hosts the inaugural Gran Canaria Open this week in his hometown of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. It's a massive week for him to bring the European Tour back here for the first time since 1995, when the island last hosted the Turespana Open de Canaria won by Jarmo Sandelin,the Swede keeping Seve at Bay in second place. 

Given that Rafa is hosting,we could expect the added pressure and attention that usually entails such a role, to impact on his chances of a victory this week,but with lack of spectators, journalists, corporates etc.,  the home boy could be relishing the challenge instead! He's certainly the man to beat here. Never a prolific winner, it is difficult to get onboard though, so I'm taking Andy Sullivan from the top of the market @ 22/1 - 6 places who knows how to win when the opportunity presents itself. The Englishman has been playing well this year having posted 5 decent results in the Desert Swing and the WGC-Workday . His last outing was at the WGC Matchplay, where he played well despite not advancing to the knockouts, and he'll be itching to improve on his OWGR ranking of 66 now that the schedule resumes to make the more lucrative fields later on this year. The course this week is short, it's bound to be subjected to wind, and should suit Andy Sullivan to attack it with plenty of motivation to do well. 

On courses like this one in the past, Alejandro Canizares would be licking his lips in anticipation,and maybe he is again this week given his 7th place finish last week in Vienna following a T-20 in Kenya prior to that. Not that far from Morocco, where he last won on tour at the Trophee Hassan in 2014, The Canaries should be to his liking. The Madrid native has posted a lot of great results in Spanish events on the European Tour over the years and the hope is a visit to this part of the world will inspire him to keep the recent form going and capitalize @ 100/1 - 7 places.

2 pts e/w A. Sullivan @ 22/1 - 6 places
1 pt e/w A. Canizares @  200/1 - 7 places

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