When Is The Betfred British Masters 2021?
The 2021 Betfred British Masters takes place from 12-15 May. Officials have opted for a Wednesday to Saturday tournament (rather than the normal Thursday to Sunday) to give players an extra day to get to next week’s US PGA Championship.
Where Is The Betfred British Masters 2021 Being Played?
The 2021 Betfred British Masters is being played at The Belfry, a course that’s synonymous with being the scene of three Ryder Cups in 1985, 1993, and 2002. The Belfry is a par 72, comprising 12 par 4s, three par 5s, and three par 3s. The signature hole is the 10th, which is a drive-able par 4.
History Of The Betfred British Masters
The origins of the Betfred British Masters date back to 1946, when the tournament was known as the Dunlop Masters. The inaugural title was shared by Bobby Locke and Jimmy Adams.
It was not until 1985 when British Masters appeared in the tournament’s title, when it became known as the Dunhill British Masters. The tournament was extremely well-supported, with four of the first five names on the trophy being Lee Trevino, Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, and Nick Faldo.
Despite lots of other big-name winners, the tournament was removed from the European Tour schedule between 2009 and 2014, mainly due to a lack of sponsorship.
The British Masters returned with a bang in 2015, with a new look that included being hosted each year by one of the stars of the European Tour, such as Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, and Justin Rose.
The 2021 Betfred British Masters is being hosted by Danny Willett, who won the US Masters in 2016.
Betfred British Masters Form
The Betfred British Masters is a nomadic tournament that is played at different venues each year, normally at those associated with its hosts. That means that past tournament form may not be an accurate guide to the chances of players this year.
But if you like following players that have played well in the tournament before, Renato Paratore, Rasmus Hojgaard, and Justin Harding finished first, second, and third in the 2020 edition.
Other former winners of the British Masters that are set to play this week include Paul Dunne, Eddie Pepperrell, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and Thomas Bjorn, though none of that quartet have been in the best of form recently.
Other players that have posted a top-6 finish in the British Masters since it was introduced in 2015 include, Robert Mcintyre, Bernd Wiesberger, Andy Sullivan, Richie Ramsay, Jordan Smith, Alexander Levy, Mike Lorenza Vera, Sam Horsfield, Robert Rock, Julian Suri, Paul Waring, and Richard Bland.
Best Current Form For The Betfred British Masters
Sam Horsfield comes into the Betfred British Masters with two top-5 finishes in his last four events, while Conor Syme has posted two top-5s in his last five appearances. Dean Burmester is another player that has been in great form of late.
Thornjorn Olesen catches the eye with his recent finishes of 5th and 12th after a long layoff, and it surely won’t be long before this multiple European Tour winner gets back in the winners’ enclosure.
Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston would be a popular home-winner after finishing fourth in Tenerife last week.
How Many Places Are The Bookies Paying On The Betfred British Masters 2021?
The bookies have taken a variety of stances on this week’s Betfred British Masters, with Bet365 paying ¼ odds five places. The other major firms are only betting 1/5 odds, with William Hill betting six places, Sky Bet 7 places, and Paddy Power and the Betfair Sportsbook eight places. But it’s the sponsors Betfred that are offering the best each-way terms by betting ten places.
Who Is The Favourite For The Betfred British Masters 2021?
Robert McIntyre is the favourite for the Betfred British Masters with most bookmakers this week. The improving young Scotsman is as short as 11/1 (12.0) with some firms but he’s as big as 14/1 (15.00) with Bet365 and Unibet.
Martin Kaymer and Bernd Wiesberger are generally the second and third favourites this week, while one of the first market moves was for Sam Horsfield.
Tournament host Danny Willett is available at 28/1, but it’s hard to see him contending this week with the additional pressure of all the press coverage he’ll be dealing with. It’s no surprise to see Dean Burmester priced-up at 25/1, while 30/1 is the best price you’ll get for Thornjorn Olesen.
Who Is The Best Outsider For The Betfred British Masters 2021?
Quite a few players catch the eye at triple-figure odds in this week’s Betfred British Masters. The biggest of those is Lucas Bjerregaard at 400/1, but the Dane needs to bounce back from a poor run of form in a country where he’s enjoyed a lot of success.
Benjamin Herbert is another than has performed well on these shores in the past and the Frenchman is a much better player at his best than the 150/1 quotes.
Robert Rock tends to hit the frame at least once a season but he’s not an easy player to predict. Jordan Smith is another that underperforms more often than his talent suggests he should, and he could make a mockery of his odds if coming back to form.
Free Betfred British Masters 2021 Tips
Robert McIntyre sets a decent standard of form after finishing 12th in the US Masters last month and he could easily stake a claim for a Ryder Cup spot this week.
Sam Horsfield will be in many players staking plans, and he only fails to be our free tip because he’s half the price of the selection.
Laurie Canter gets the nod, as he played well in the English swing last year and he’ll love being back on home soil. At 40/1 or bigger, he looks a solid each-way bet.