Oman Open 2020 - Free Golf Betting Tips

After a two-weeks break, the European Tour heads back to the Middle East this week for the Oman Open. This will be just the third time the event has been part of the European Tour, but form-pointers can also be taken from the preceding five years when Challenge Tour events took place at the stunning Al Mouj Golf in Muscat.

Set against the backdrop of the Hajjar Mountain Range and running alongside the Gulf of Oman, the Al Mouj Golf is a par 72 measuring over 7,300 yards. Greg Norman designed the links-style course that has a traditional out-and-in layout.

Al Mouj is very flat and exposed, and water comes into play on 10 of the 18 holes. The fairways have been generously wide in the first two editions, but waste areas and penal rough lie in wait to cause trouble for errant drivers.

The greens are as big as many typical links found in the British Isles, but they’re more undulating than most of those. They also probably won’t be set to run too fast, with the possibility of strong winds blowing in from the gulf.

World number 68 Thomas Pieters heads the market for the 2020 Oman Open and it’s easy to see him going well this week after he finished sixth last year, whilst he also finished third in his last tournament. Pieters is still as good tee-to-green when making the European Ryder Cup team 4-year-ago and he’s been working hard on his putting in an effort to catch the eye of Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington in the build-up to this year’s Ryder Cup. He will need a good week with the putter to win here but is different class to the rest of the field at his best, yet his odds still look a little low.

Pieters is still preferred to his fellow countryman and third favourite Thomas Detry, who has yet to crack the top-30 in the two editions of this tournament. Martin Kaymer splits the two Belgians in the market but, whilst he could easily take to this week’s test, he’s must prove that on his tournament debut.

There aren’t many players in this week’s field with good recent form, so it could pay to concentrate on the players that have shown a liking for Al Mouj Golf in the past. Joost Luiten is one of those, having won the inaugural event in 2018 and followed that with an admirable defence by finishing 12th last year. He’s not shown he’s the player he once was so far this season, but this represents a drop-in-class at a venue he’s shone in the past. The Dutchman also has plenty of decent form to his name in the Middle East over the last few seasons.

Benjamin Hebert strikes me as a player that’s overpriced this week, and the Frenchman has finished ninth and 18th on his two previous visits to Al Mouj. His form is trending nicely, 45, 27, and 18, and it’s worth remembering he finished second in the Scottish Open last season on a links course. This looks a decent opportunity for it to be a breakthrough week for the world number 89 this week at rewarding odds.

Jorge Campillo hasn’t been catching the eye of late, but the Spaniard has landed a win and lots of each-way money over the last 18 months. He’s too good a player to stay out of form for long and his past form of fourth and second here suggests he will have been practicing hard for what looks a winnable event for him. Campillo was regularly priced up at around 20/1 for similar events last season and you might not get too many chances to back him at the odds he’s available at this week.

Two other players with decent course-form look worth chancing this week, even though their current form has been a bit hit and miss. Joachim B Hansen finished sixth last year in his tournament debut, but he also finished second here on the challenge tour in 2015.

The other is Fabrizio Zanotti who is normally ideally suited by a course where accuracy is rewarded just as much as power. He wasn’t in form when last seen three weeks ago but at least made the cut on that occasion and has had plenty of time to fine tune his game in a big to build on his record of finishing seventh and second here.

Oman Open 2020 Free Tips

Joost Luiten (Each-Way) @ 23.00 Betfred

Benjamin Hebert (Each-Way) @ 41.00 Betfred

Jorge Campillo (Each-Way) @ 71.00 Betfred

Joachim B Hansen (Each-Way) @ 81.00 Betfred

Fabrizio Zanotti (Each-Way) @ 101.00 Betfred