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Picture a bright summer day. The sun is shining through the trees and you need something to shield your eyes from the light. A hat!

Just about every professional golfer wears one to protect themselves from sun exposure… and because they get paid big sums of money to put logos on them. The last time I checked, however, 99.9 percent of golfers aren’t fortunate enough to have endorsement deals. So why do the vast majority of golfers in the world generally wear similar hats with very similar logos?

Here’s a list of some of the favorite hats worn by golfers across the world, as well a brief description of the golfers who are probably wearing them.

Titleist Hat

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Usually a pretty good player. You’re obsessed with swing mechanics. Most of the other members at your course usually see you on the range with a tripod, an iPad, a launch monitor and at least three alignment rods.

  • Common Line: “Do you mind filming a swing for me?”
  • Shoots Around: 76, but you can shoot in the 90s when the swing gets “off plane.”

Beanie

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Beanies are totally acceptable in the winter, but very few people have the confidence to wear one in the summer time… and you’re one of them. Somehow you keep your cool, both on and off the course, even though your bank account is overdrawn and your rent is past due.

  • Common Line: “Can I borrow your (insert golf item)? I lost mine.”
  • Shoots Around: 91, but you’re scary consistent.

FootJoy Bucket Hat

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You’re obsessed with both the game of golf and sun screen… the SPF 100+ stuff. The white sunscreen streaks on your nose don’t fade until the back nine. You play about twice a week and take three minutes to hit every shot.

  • Common Line: “Need any sunscreen? I have the spray-on stuff, too.”
  • Shoots Around: You always seem to shoot below 85, but it’s never pretty.

TaylorMade Hat

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For a brand that literally means “made for you,” you own a hat that is worn by countless other golfers. But you love your new TaylorMade driver, and you want the whole world to know it.

  • Common Line: “I dropped my spin by 500 rpm with this driver!”
  • Shoots Around: 83, but the way you drove it you should have shot 75.

(Insert Name of Financial Institution) Visor

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You’ve been wearing that visor for less than a week, and you’re way overconfident about a recent day trade that made you a few hundred bucks… in less than an hour, of course. Your golf game is terrible, but you play all the time. As an “entrepreneur,” you get to “make your own schedule.” Your playing partners know this before you make it to the first green, which takes a few fatted pitch shots.

  • Common Line: “How is IBM is down 5 percent today! Everyone said it was guaranteed to go up.”
  • Shoots around: 112, but 95 when you’re keeping score.

Budweiser Hat

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You get hammered before you even make it to the first tee. And whether you’re teeing off at 4 p.m. or 6 a.m., everyone knows within a few minutes of meeting you that you came to the course for a good time. Your cigarillos (usually Swisher Sweets, grape flavor) send a warning to nearby golfers to watch out for shanks, skulls and slices.

  • Common Line: “(Something GolfWRX can’t print about a cart girl).”
  • Shoot Around: Doesn’t keep score, ever.

Nike/Tiger Woods Hat

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Tiger fanatic. You were slightly depressed for the 15 months Tiger wasn’t on the PGA Tour, and you’ve watched the 2016 Hero World Challenge on DVR four times.

  • Common Line: “I’m getting close.”
  • Shoots Around: 80, but you fist pump like a tour player.

Ben Hogan “Cap”

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You’re over the age of 55 (or Bryson DeChambeau), and have read Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons and Power Golf at least three times. You’ve compiled a 50-page journal about what you need to do in your golf swing, and you’ve taped your favorite Ben Hogan quote to your bathroom mirror.

“The ultimate judge of your swing is the flight of the ball,” is your current favorite.

  • Common Line: “Would you mind if I offered you a tip about your swing?”
  • Shoots Around: You rarely break 90 (unless you’re Bryson DeChambeau), but you think your next swing change will have you shooting under par.

MLB Flat Brim Hat

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You’re the guy who pulls driver on every tee box (except the par-3s). You normally out drive everyone in the group, but only hit one or two fairways per round. You’re constantly talking about your minor league days, and how things would have been different if you didn’t throw your arm out.

  • Common line: “I’m soooo sore. It was leg day yesterday, bro.”
  • Shoots Around: 105, but you’re really, really competitive.

Any Other Kind of Flat Brim

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There are no 10-handicap golfers wearing flat brim hats. If you wear one, you’re either a stud or not very good at all. And you probably love energy drinks, and have at least one tattoo.

  • Common Line: “Do you think the beverage cart girl has Red Bull?”
  • Shoots Around: Under par or over 100.

No Hat

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Legendary: Ollie Schniederjans is one of the few golfers on the PGA Tour who doesn’t wear a hat.

You’re legendary at your club. You break par almost every round.

  • Common Line: “None. You don’t say much on the course.”
  • Shoots Around: 68… from the tips.

What hat do you wear to play the world’s greatest game? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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Joe is studying business at the University of Georgia. He loves golf and occasionally writes for WRX when he's not studying, hanging out in downtown Athens, playing the university course, or leading his start up, LocalComfortsUSA.com. Local Comforts creates clothing for all cities around the US. Find your cities t-shirt today.

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48 Comments

  1. Miuralovechild

    Feb 6, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Still waiting for someone to make a Miura visor and put it on Ebay.

  2. Golfraven

    Feb 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Still Titleist hat dude, although I have only 2 alignment sticks (but other training gear) and use a iPhone plus. Rest it pretty correct.

  3. M Smizzzzzle

    Feb 2, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Alt facts:
    1. Titleist Hat: Dad hooked you up with everything and you think you’re going pro. You’ll work for him instead.
    2. Beanie: Stoked about new marijuana laws. Dad is ‘waiting’ for you to come around.
    3. Bucket Hat: Glad to just be alive. Dad waiting for kids to move back in any day now.
    4. TM Hat: Just bought your 4th TM set in 4 yrs. Free hat from your ‘buds’ at the shop. Dad’s CC.
    5. Visor: You got ripped off for only buying half a hat. Dad mad.
    6. BW Hat: Your brother in law throwing you a bone to join him after the softball/achilles incident. First and last round. You have twins on the way and the race is coming up.
    7. TW Hat: You wish they had 1080p when this dude was playing because watching the magic on Youtube is so F”N hard.
    8. Hogan Cap: You don’t have a close friend to tell you otherwise. Keep on going out as a single and someone’s dad eventually lets you know. Or you’re pimp AF.
    9. MLB Hat: Used to hit be good in pop warner and heard the swing is ‘basically the same.’ Dad loves his little slugger.
    10. Other Flat brims: ‘Take that thing off when you are inside’. Dad.
    11. No Hat: I’ll take you to the shop after this round if you promise you’ll keep practicing. See #1.

    • Charlie

      Feb 2, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Great follow up. Had me cracking up

      But why do 8 out of the 11 reasons have to do with Fathers/Dads?!?!? Daddy issues anyone???

  4. M Smizzzzzle

    Feb 1, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    This one stings..

    Shoots Around: 83, but the way you drove it you should have shot 75.

  5. Brendan

    Feb 1, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Mainly Taylormade hat guy, and other hats on occasion. 0 handicap and College Golfer

  6. ThatGuy

    Feb 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    No hat except in winter, 0 hcp

  7. mhendon

    Feb 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Hey can we just start making hats that say XL actually XL, I’ve got a big dome.

  8. Ben

    Feb 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Flat bill NBA hat (kings, rockets, okc or toronto)
    Flat bill works well with sunglasses

    29 years, +3

  9. chip

    Feb 1, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Flat brim guy here. Age: 30. Handicap: 1.

  10. chip

    Feb 1, 2017 at 8:47 am

    So according to WRX, theres about a 90% chance that if you wear any type of hat, you’re either not good or just OK. WRX, this article is struggling.

  11. creeder

    Feb 1, 2017 at 4:23 am

    haha, this was a fun article and pretty accurate. i am a flat brimmed guy and yes, i can shoot in the 70s and then over 90 on the same day.

  12. Egor

    Feb 1, 2017 at 1:26 am

    No hat or Mizuno visor, in blue of course. Not a legend (well, not a golf legend) 12 HI.

  13. Jim

    Jan 31, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I’m beginning to wonder if there’s a correlation between ‘living’ in a golf hat from pee-wee to pro that causes hair loss & receding hairlines in so many young guys on tour…

    • S Hitter

      Feb 1, 2017 at 1:13 am

      No. That is a myth. But a correlation has been made about having wet hair all the time that could lead to hair loss. But it’s mostly just genetics, there are plenty of people who have worn hats all their lives that have full thick hair

  14. David Ciccoritti

    Jan 31, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I don’t wear a hat and apparently I’m not doing myself any justice 🙂

  15. Philip

    Jan 31, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Like nothing … someone make a comment about your hat fashion-wear lately? It didn’t match the orange, red and lime green outfit?

  16. Bob

    Jan 31, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I prefer to not wear a hat but evidently my game doesn’t live up to that level. Also my dermatologist frowns on it.

  17. nate

    Jan 31, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    What about the die-hard brand hats, mizino, ping, calloway, with matching bag and clubs

    • Tom

      Feb 1, 2017 at 12:02 am

      well ya got Ping right. One outta three your a flat brimmer.

  18. Double Mocha Man

    Jan 31, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    What about the visor???!!!

  19. Brian

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Titleist (MLB) hat, but I’m usually in the 80-88 range.

  20. Marco

    Jan 31, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Haha… I’m no 10 🙂

    Love my flat birm and energy drinks. Can shoot 65 as well as 110 😀

    • Scott

      Jan 31, 2017 at 9:46 am

      65 to 110? I have told you a million times to stop exaggerating.

  21. S Hitter

    Jan 31, 2017 at 2:36 am

    #8: or, you’re just a young plonker with an ugly name like Bryson

  22. MuskieCy

    Jan 31, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Anyone who cares at all about what a hat looks like is a pretender.

    I prefer contenders.

  23. Mitch

    Jan 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    “What are we waitin’ for these guys?”
    “Hey Whitey, where’s your hat?”

  24. LaBraeGolfer

    Jan 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    What if I wear a white Mizuno hat, a TW hat, a Titleist hat, a Srixon hat, a Bridgestone hat, so on and so forth. I got hats for like almost every day of the month. Except I have to keep throwing the white ones away. Sometimes I go no hat if it’s stupid hot outside or I forget it.

  25. Alex

    Jan 30, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    The no hat comment is hands down the most accurate one. The best player at my club just shows up with no hat, gets hammered, and turns in a 65. Every time. It’s unbelievable.

  26. rymail00

    Jan 30, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    When I see the Hogan hat I hink Byrson or Little Rascals….either way kinda goofy

  27. Acemandrake

    Jan 30, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I might start rockin’ the bucket hat!

  28. George

    Jan 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I wear a blank white hat. No advertising any company for me. Means I dont need approval

  29. Double Mocha Man

    Jan 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I’m a “no hat” guy. Just call me “Ollie”. I wore a hat once, at Pebble Beach, in the rain. It was from a ski resort. My caddy claimed he had skied there, too. I believed him.

  30. Brad T

    Jan 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    look good feel good play good

  31. K dawg

    Jan 30, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Hats from top private courses say “I am privileged enough to have played this course which means do not argue with me about anything to do with golf. In particular course design”

  32. Moose

    Jan 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Free U.S. Open Hat (courtesy of the USGA members program): This guy is very cheap and he drives a Mercedes.

    • teetyme

      Jan 31, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Or a BMW like me. Those hats are light and comfortable. LOL

  33. BooBunkie

    Jan 30, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    My hat says I’m NOT Ben Hogan. That hat should be retired out of respect for The Hawk.

    • Tom

      Feb 1, 2017 at 12:15 am

      so should fast cars outta respect for Benny Parsons

  34. Justwellsy

    Jan 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    you forgot the snap back vs flexfit argument… or even worse, the velcro back. For the sake of this argument, no hats with team insignias will be considered, only “golf” brand hats. Velcro back guys are either really good or really bad, there’s no in between. Flex Fit guys are the guys that want to look good on the course. They don’t necessarily achieve their goal, but they’ve consciously thought about it and how other people perceive them is very important. Snap back guy either has a huge dome or is budget conscious. I myself wear a 7 3/4 hat so it’s very tough to find a flexfit hat that doesn’t choke my brain. Oh, and fitted hat guy?? That’s reserved for bald guys who wear “baseball coach” Oakley sunglasses. For us mere mortals, these hats just don’t breathe enough. Full analysis and selection chart to follow when WRX hires me as a staff writer.

  35. KRo88

    Jan 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    what about a hat from a nice golf course public/private. or from the Masters?

    • Joe Burnett

      Jan 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Considering I’m usually a Masters hat guy myself, I would argue these tend to be the “best-looking” athletic guys on the course.

  36. Bobtrumpet

    Jan 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Ben Hogan “Cap”

    … or if you’re Ty Webb.

  37. Blakester

    Jan 30, 2017 at 11:59 am

    If I had the game to back it up I’d rock the Chi Chi Rodriguez panama hat or some kind of casual fedora on the golf course. I don’t ever wear them in real life (unless I’m on the beach) but they protect your ears better from the sun and would set one apart from all the ball caps out there.

  38. chinchbugs

    Jan 30, 2017 at 11:56 am

    “You’re a funny kid ya know…what time you due back in Boys Town?”

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The Wedge Guy: What really makes a wedge work?

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Having been in the wedge business for over thirty years now, and having focused my entire life’s work on how to make wedges work better, one of my biggest frustrations is how under-informed most golfers are about wedges in general, and how misinformed most are about the elements of a wedge that really affect performance.

That under-informed and misinformed “double whammy” helps make the wedge category to be the least dynamic of the entire golf equipment industry. Consider this if you will. Golfers carry only one driver and only one putter, but an average of three wedges. BUT – and it’s a big “but” – every year, unit sales of both drivers and putters are more than double the unit sales of wedges.
So why is that?

Over those thirty-plus years, I have conducted numerous surveys of golfers to ask that very question, and I’ve complemented that statistical insight with hundreds of one-on-one interviews with golfers of all skill levels. My key takeaways are:

  • Most golfers have not had a track record of improved performance with new wedges that mirror their positive experience with a new driver or putter.
  • A large percentage of golfers consider their wedge play to be one of the weaker parts of their games.
  • And most golfers do not really understand that wedge play is the most challenging aspect of golf.
  • On that last point, I wrote a post almost two years ago addressing this very subject, “Why Wedge Mastery Is So Elusive” (read it here).

So now let’s dive into what really makes a wedge work. In essence, wedges are not that much different from all the other clubs in our bags. The three key elements that make any club do what it does are:

  • The distribution of mass around the clubhead
  • The shaft characteristics
  • The specifications for weight, shaft length and lie angle

Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.

For any golf club to perform to its optimum for a given golfer, these three key measurements must be correct. Shaft length and lie angle work together to help that golfer deliver the clubhead to the ball as accurately as possible time and again. If either spec is off even a little bit, quality contact will be sacrificed. The overall weight of the club is much more critical than the mystical “swing weight”, and I’ve always believed that in wedges, that overall weight should be slightly heavier than the set-match 9-iron, but not dramatically so.

We encounter so many golfers who have migrated to light steel or graphite shafts in their irons, but are still trying to play off-the-rack wedges with their heavy stiff steel shafts that complete prohibit the making of a consistent swing evolution from their short irons to their wedges.

That leads to the consistent observation that so many golfers completely ignore the shaft specifics in their wedges, even after undergoing a custom fitting of their irons to try to get the right shaft to optimize performance through the set. The fact is, to optimize performance your wedges need to be pretty consistent with your irons in shaft weight, material and flex.

Now it’s time to dive into the design of a wedge head, expanding on what I wrote in that post of two years ago (please go back to that link and read it again!)

The wedge “wizards” would have you believe that the only things that matter in wedge design are “grooves and grinds.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Grooves can only do so much, and their primary purpose is the same as the tread on your tires – to channel away moisture and matter to allow more of the clubface to contact the ball. In our robotic testing of Edison Forged wedges – on a dry ball – the complete absence of grooves only reduced spin by 15 percent! But, when you add moisture and/or matter, that changes dramatically.

Understand the USGA hasn’t changed the Rules of Golf that govern groove geometry in over 12 years, and every company serious about their wedge product pushes those rules to the limit. There is no story here!
For years, I have consistently taken umbrage to the constant drivel about “grinds.” The fact is that you will encounter every kind of lie and turf imaginable during the life of your wedges, and unless you are an elite tour-caliber player, it is unlikely you can discern the difference from one specialized grind to another.

Almost all wedge sole designs are pretty darn good, once you learn how to use the bounce to your advantage, but that’s a post for another time.

Now, the clubhead.

Very simply, what makes any golf club work – and wedges are no different – is the way mass is distributed around the clubhead. Period.

All modern drivers are about the same, with subtle nuanced differences from brand to brand. Likewise, there are only about four distinctly different kinds of irons: Single piece tour blades, modern distance blades with internal technologies, game improvement designs with accented perimeter weighting and whatever a “super game improvement iron” is. Fairways, hybrids, even putters are sold primarily by touting the design parameters of the clubhead.

So, why not wedges?]

This has gotten long, so next week I’ll dive into “The anatomy of a wedge head.”

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2023 Ras Al Khaimah Championship: Betting Tips & Selections

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The conclusion to last week’s Dubai Desert Classic was almost perfection.

The scant amount of viewers on a Monday morning would have been treated to a surely scripted play-off between world number one Rory McIlroy and his LIV nemesis Patrick Reed, bar that damned 13-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole. It was, of course, a fitting start to the year for the world number one, and an ending that the week deserved after ‘Tee Gate to Tree Gate,’.

With our main man, Lucas Herbert, playing some sublime golf in behind and finishing strongly in third despite the absence of luck on the Saturday greens, it showed the DP World Tour in a cracking light.

It’s a shame this week doesn’t.

We move from the quality of Dubai to a standard DPWT field and, while favourite Adrian Meronk is improving fast and now up to 52nd in the rankings, the long,wide, forgiving nature of Al Hamra makes this nothing more than a bosh-it, find it, hit it, putt it, competition. Links-like it may be, but with no wind forecast, this won’t hit anywhere near the heights of the previous two weeks.

Previous DPWT winners here – Ryan Fox and Nicolai Hojgaard – suggest length is the one factor that separates the medalists from the also-rans and is the key factor behind high-level tee-to-green numbers, certainly rather than accuracy.

There isn’t really any option but to look at the handful of true links players at the top and it’s only narrowly that Victor Perez gets the vote.

Splitting last year’s winners (for there were two Al Hamra events in 2022) Ryan Fox and Nicolai Hojgaard is tough but I’ve always felt the Frenchman is capable of a higher level of play and he is the selection in front of favourite Meronk, even if they both have similar course and recent form.

I rarely get him right – backing him twice over the last six months – even if he has won two titles in the space of seven months.

Still, this is another day for the Frenchman (and me) and for a winner of the Dunhill Links, the Dutch Open and three weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, he may actually be overpriced at 16/1.

It’s tough to find any better ‘standard level’ links form lines than beating the likes of Matt Southgate, Joakim Lagergren, Tommy Fleetwood, Tom Lewis and pals in Scotland, and beating Fox in a play-off at Bernadus Golf. However, he was at it again at Yas Links, leaving behind the names Min Woo Lee, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren and Tyrrell Hatton – all synonymous with the test he faces this week, on the same paspalum greens and with opposition of higher class than three-quarters of this week’s field.

Perez looks to have produced evidence that a golfer is at their peak at 30-years of age producing an outstanding bunker shot to win his latest trophy, with a sound coming off the club reminiscent of his play at Wentworth in 2020, when splitting Hatton and Patrick Reed.

Watch Perez trophy-winning shot here!

Although this is his first outing here on the DPWT, he has a seventh and second place from two outings on the Challenge Tour and he is in the right form to take those figures one better.

Third for total driving over the last six months, Perez ranks in the top-10 for ball-striking over the same period (11th over three months) and arrives here in confident mood, telling reporters:

“I’m looking forward to playing at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship for the first time. I got the season off to a great start at the Hero Cup followed by my first Rolex Series win in Abu Dhabi, so this is a great chance to keep the momentum going and secure more Race to Dubai and Ryder Cup points,” before adding:

“I’m playing great golf at the moment, and I’m hoping it continues in Ras Al Khaimah.”

Perez is a confident selection, but back him up with another proven rip-it merchant in Callum Shinkwin, who has come in a few points since the market opened but justifies the move after an excellent top five in Dubai.

First thing we know about the three-time winner is he hits it a mile, ranking in the top-10 for off-the-tee ten times since the start of the 2022 season, including being in the top three in the two events 12 months ago. That itself is worth noting, as are his best efforts away from the victories- at Fairmont, the Dunhill Links and last week in Dubai, all with pointers to this week’s test.

There was nothing wrong with mid-20 finishes here last year, the first just a couple of days after destroying the course in a fun Texas Scramble pairs, and he will surely take comfort in lying up there with Rory McIlroy last Monday, matching those final two birdies.

Another around that ‘magic’ age, this is a course that will give Shinks every opportunity to play shorter irons into the targets and, with last week’s top-10 ranking for putting, this may be the time to go with the Moor Park magician.

I can’t see a shock result here this week – the top lot have perfect conditions in which to show their class – but I’ll be looking at the top-10/20 markets for the following:

Tapio Pulkkanen – Trilby-wearing Finn that hits the ball a country mile. Trouble is, half the time he does not know in which direction it’s travelling. Here, with accuracy not a factor, he can take inspiration from last season’s seventh place in the first of the back-to-back events, when a three-over back-nine cost him a place in the medals.

20th just seven days later shows he can play the track, whilst best efforts over the last 12 months include a third place at the Czech Masters, 10th at the Dunhill Links and third in Portugal, again all events with a leaning to the type he’ll take part in this week. Given his tied-second in Prague a year earlier, we can surmise he repeats form at tracks that suit.

It isn’t impossible he suddenly finds his form on tour, and with an inkling he’ll ‘do a JB Hansen’ and go crackers for a spell. This would seem the perfect place to start.

Julien Guerrier – Third at Hillside and Celtic Manor last season show the former winner of The Amateur Championship (at Royal St. George’s) still has what it takes to compete at this slightly lower level. Add top-15 finishes at Denmark, Spain, Germany and Mauritius – all with front-rank putting stats – and it’s easy to see the two-time Challenge Tour winner having some effect in the top-20 market.

A sixth and eighth-placed finish at the Rocco Forte in Sicily behind Lagergren and Alvaro Quiros (both who turn up when they sniff links from a mile away) reads well, and his repeat performances at his home country, Portugal, Spain and Prague show he performs where he has good memories.

With four outings here, split between the Challenge Tour and the DPWT, the Frenchman can continue an improving course record of 19/13/9.

Jack Senior – I’m convinced that 34-year-old Senior is a better player than his current ranking outside of the top-500 in the world, and although it has been a while since his win at Galgorm Castle in 2019, he has racked up top-10 finishes at Gran Canaria, the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club (behind Min Woo Lee, Thomas Detry and Matt Fitzpatrick), Mallorca and on the Spanish mainland.

Back at Galgorm, he was tied-13th last year, a repeat result that sits nicely with his 23rd in Mallorca, and top-20s in Prague and Denmark, courses already highlighted as associates to Al Hamra.

I’m happy to ignore last week’s missed cut as it was his first outing since October, and he’s of enough interest back on a course on which he has a sixth, 11th and 19th place finish in three tries at the lower level.

I’m expecting one of the top eight or 10 to prove too good, but these events often throw up names on a surprise leaderboard, and it will take just one hotter-than-normal week with the putter for that to happen.

Recommended Bets:

Victor Perez – WIN

Callum Shinkwin – WIN/TOP-5

Julien Guerrier – TOP-10 TOP-20

Tapio Pulkkanen – TOP-10 TOP-20

Jack Senior – TOP-10 TOP-20

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