NBO Oman Open Betting Tips & Predictions
This week’s European Tour event is going to be a very tricky one for us punters as we have no course form to go on. The tour makes it’s very first visit to Oman for what will no doubt be a very interesting week of golf. Frenchman Alexander Levy is the deserved favourite off the back of some very solid performances in recent weeks and we wouldn’t put anyone off backing him but we have picked three golfers at large odds that should offer some better value.
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The Al Mouj golf course was designed by Greg Norman and is a Par 72. It has played host to five events on the Challenge Tour and this will be a real test for the players this week as it’s predicted to be very windy. The course sits right on the edge of the Indian Ocean and there is literally one tree to be seen on the entire course so it will be exposed to the elements. There are plenty of birdies on offer for the smart golfer so let’s move on to this week’s selections.
We are looking for players who can adapt well to links-type conditions this week and Romain Wattel fits the bill perfectly. The 27 year old Frenchman won the KLM Open last season which is a very windy tournament and he may face similar conditions here this week so is worth taking a chance on. He arrives here off the back of two solid finishes, a thirty seventh place finish in Dubai and he played particularly well when eleventh in the Maybank Championship two weeks ago. He could be good value this week at the advised 66/1.
Young South African up and coming star who has won on tour in both 2016 and 2017 and should be confident around this course. South African golfers are built for the wind as they grow up playing on links courses and fast greens. A winner of the Joburg Open and Czech Masters in the past, he had a top twenty finish in the Dubai Desert Classic which gives us hope this week. He also has course experience as he played here on the Challenge Tour in 2015 and that experience may really stand to him as a lot of the players here this week are playing the course for the first time.
When you mention the words “links” and “wind” the first thing that comes to mind is “back a European”! And that is exactly what we are doing here in the form of Benjamin Hebert who has played consistent golf in recent months. The course is very windy and linksy so he will be facing conditions he is very familiar with this week. He played here in 2014 so it’s great that he has some course experience. In fact, he is a six time winner on the Challenge Tour and in a field that lacks a lot of strength in depth, his experience might shine through on what will be a tough week.