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Czech Masters preview: Shane Lowry shooting for Prague success

The DP World Tour continues this week in Prague for the Czech Masters and Shane Lowry is among those hoping to bolster their Ryder Cup chances.

WhatCzech Masters
WhereAlbatross Resort, Prague, Czechia
WhenFrom 06:30, Thursday 24th August
How to watchbet365 Live Golf Tracker & Sky Sports Golf 
OddsShane Lowry 12/1, Adrian Meronk 12/1, Ludvig Aberg 12/1, Nicolai Hojgaard 14/1, Adrien Dumont de Chassart 20/1

The Ryder Cup will be on the minds of many players when the action begins in Prague on Thursday, as there are just two events left to qualify for the European team.

Next week's European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre is the final qualification event for Team Europe and several hopefuls will be looking for a fabulous fortnight to book a place on Luke Donald's side for next month's match against the United States.

Shane Lowry is the biggest name in attendance at the Czech Masters. The former Open champion is outside the qualification spots and needs to impress captain Donald.

The Irishman would be almost certain to secure a wildcard pick should he fail to qualify automatically, but he is 12/1 to win the Czech Masters this week and make Donald's decision even easier.

Ludvig Aberg is 12/1 for Czech Masters glory, which would go a long way to booking his ticket for the Marco Simone GC showpiece.

Aberg, a former world number one amateur, has made a barnstorming start to his PGA Tour career and is widely regarded as a future superstar.

The Swede is making his debut at the Albatross Resort this week, but will surely feel he is well capable of overcoming the handicap of no course experience.

Each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first five places are available for the Czech Masters, along with alternative options like a fifth the odds, the first eight places, in the Each Way Extra section.

Czech Masters course details

The Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic, is a 7,468-yard, par-72, comprising four par-fives, ten par-fours and four par-threes.

The Czech Masters was created in 2014, with the Albatross hosting a Tour event annually every year apart from 2020.

It is a long, exposed track, with lots of water hazards at the end of each nine and two sunny, warm, calm days look set to be followed by a cooler, cloudier weekend.

Three to follow

Nicolai Hojgaard

Danish powerhouse Nicolai Hojgaard has been understandably popular this week and the well-backed 14/1 chance could land a third DP World Tour title on Sunday.

Hojgaard finished 17th in his only previous Czech Masters appearance in 2021. He was ranked 408th in the world going into that event and was a DP World Tour maiden. The 22-year-old has returned as a much more confident character.

Hojgaard finished 14th in his last outing - the Wyndham Championship - at an unsuitable PGA Tour venue.

The wide-open Albatross Resort plays much more to his strengths and the cocksure youngster will be expecting to catch the eye of the European Ryder Cup chief.

Adrian Meronk

The 12/1 about Adrian Meronk winning the Czech Masters has also been a warm order. The Pole, like Nicolai Hojgaard, is looking to make a late bid for the European Ryder Cup side and can use the Albatross Resort as a launchpad to Rome.

Meronk tied alongside Hojgaard for 17th place in that 2021 Czech Masters. Meronk was 216th in the world rankings going into that event - and was a DP World Tour maiden - but he returns as world number 52 and a three-time champion on this circuit.

Meronk has been hugely impressive this season and looks set to become the first Pole to play in a Ryder Cup.

Gavin Green

The course record-holder at the Albatross Resort is Gavin Green, who carded a round of 63 last year. The Malaysian has also twice shot a 64 at this track, in 2018 and in 2019.

Green finished third on this Czech Masters debut in 2018 and was runner-up last year. Given how much he likes this layout, it may come as a surprise to see odds of 50/1 against his name.

The DP World Tour maiden has not been in sensational form this year, but he has posted seven top-20s in the last six months. Maybe, at the age of 29, Green's overdue breakthrough is coming.

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