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DP World Tour: Mallorca Golf Open preview

The DP World Tour concludes a three-week stretch in Spain this week, with the Mallorca Golf Open following the Spanish Open and the Andalucia Masters.

Some of the big-names have exited for the PGA Tour this week, but a competitive field are left in place as the players move to the island of Mallorca. 

What:Mallorca Golf Open, DP World Tour
Where:Son Muntaner Golf Club, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
When:From 07.35, 20th October, 2022
How to watch:  Sky Sports Main Event and Golf
Odds:Rasmus Hojgaard 12/1, Ryan Fox 16/1, Adrian Otaegui 18/1, Eddie Pepperell 22/1

Jon Rahm was victorious in the Spanish Open, while his compatriot Adrian Otaegui triumphed in the Andalucia Masters. The last four DP World Tour events staged in Spain have been won by a Spaniard and Otaegui is among those hoping to continue the streak in Palma this week.

Otaegui can be backed at 18/1 for Son Muntaner glory. Such was his dominance at Valderrama last week - a 19-under-par total and a six-shot triumph - many punters seem sure to make a beeline for the highest-ranked Spaniard in the field.

Rasmus Hojgaard is a 12/1 chance for Mallorca. The betting community will doubtless be taking a serious look at those odds given how well the Danish youngster has been playing. He almost won the French Open at the end of last month, despite suffering an eight on a par-three in round three.

Hojgaard finished a shot shy of Guido Migliozzi in the French Open, then was 17th in the Dunhill Links Championship and fifth in the Andalucia Masters, so the three-time DP World Tour champion is bursting with form.

Ryan Fox is looking to complete a hat-trick of 2022 victories and can be backed at 16/1. The New Zealander repelled Rory McIlroy and others to win the Dunhill Links at the start of this month, following his Ras al Khaimah Classic success in February. Fox is by far the highest-ranked player in the Mallorca field - world number 25.

Standard each-way terms of a quarter the odds the first five places are available for the Mallorca Golf Open, while other options can be found in the Each Way Extra section, including the increasingly popular fifth the odds, first eight.

Mallorca Golf Open course details

Son Muntaner Golf Club in Palma is making its DP World Tour debut this week. It is a 6,952-yard, par-71, with three par-fives, 11 par-fours and four par-threes. 

German architect Kurt Rossknecht designed the layout and it hosted a Mallorca Skins contest between Jose Maria Olazabal, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer and Robert Karlsson in 2009 - some footage of which can be found on YouTube. 

The course is routed over rolling terrain, with many ponds coming into play on the front nine. The resort course should be straightforward for the DP World Tour starts, with sunshine and light breezes forecast for all four days.

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Three to follow

Tom Lewis

This week's low-scoring resort course in Spain could be the perfect arena for Tom Lewis to get his career back on track. The Englishman is facing the golfing wilderness unless he performs well over the next fortnight - and he can be expected to rise to the challenge.

Lewis, 66/1 chance, won the Portugal Masters at a similar venue in 2011 and 2018, and all his victories have come during weeks when birdies were freely available. This attacking player can be a birdie machine when in the groove and he has shown some promising form in recent months.

Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez

If Adrian Otaegui fails to sparkle in the same fashion that he managed last week, then maybe 66/1 poke Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez will keep the streak of Spanish success going. Garcia Rodriguez is a fantastic putter who will appreciate the straightforward nature of Son Muntaner.

The 33-year-old has a great record in events close to home, including a victory in Spain on the Alps Tour in 2017, sixth place in the 2020 Portugal Masters and fifth in last year's Mallorca Open. A share of 14th at Valderrama on Sunday was an excellent warm-up.

Hurly Long

Early money has come this week for Hurly Long and it is no surprise to see the German being backed. The remaining 60/1 may appeal to plenty of punters given how many times he has appeared on DP World Tour leaderboards this year.

Long has finished in the top ten six times this season, including second place in the Kenya Open, and it seems only a matter of time before he makes his breakthrough. 

Maybe on a course designed by a compatriot, Long will finally get to lift DP World Tour silverware. He has already won on the Challenge Tour and is one of the best putters on the circuit.

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