cyprus showdown

This week’s European Tour action is the Cyprus Showdown. Here’s a full preview of the action from the Golf Insider

Cyprus Showdown

This week’s European action is a little different from our usual diet of 72-hole strokeplay, played over 4 days.

Well yes, the Cyrpus Showdown is being played over four days, and, yes, it does involve players competing over 72-holes. And, yes, the scoring is in standard strokeplay format.

But this is where the similarities end. This is the week’s new/hybrid format…

  • The tournament will be made-up of just 105 players.
  • They’ll compete over 36 holes on Thursday and Friday.
  • At this point there’ll be a cut and the Top 32 players (and those tied on this score) will progress through to Saturday.
  • With all scores reset, and everyone starting on level par, Saturday will see all the players compete over another 18-holes of strokeplay.
  • At the end of the day’s play another cut will be made. This time it’ll be just the Top 16 players, and ties, who qualify for the final day.
  • Sunday, the final day, will again see all players start on the same, level par score. And, again, it’s 18-holes of strokeplay golf. This time the lowest/best score wins the tournament, with the next few players occupying the each-way places.

This week’s tournament does present a lot of unknown variables which regular models will not cover. However, it’s fair to say that using a mixture of current form, last week’s course form, results from previous competitions of a similar style (World Super 6, Belgian Knockout, GolfSixes, Shot Clock Masters), along with general performance stats, it is possible to piece together a composite data-set and so produce a workable tissue. Not the same as with regular tournaments, but certainly fit for purpose.

But in saying this, I would still advise plenty of caution this week when members are betting. And whilst we do have form to work from, we don’t have much! So the bets I will be having this week are very much minimum stakes. And the players selected are all picked for the same three reasons – they all played here last week, they all have collateral form in similar style events, and they’re all in good current form.

The Course

The award-winning course at Aphrodite Hills Resort in Paphos was designed by the acclaimed architect, Cabell Robinson, who also led the 2017 scheme of improvements. It overlooks the site where Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, is said to have emerged from the sea. A perfect mix of challenging bunkers, manicured fairways and generous tiered greens, combined with breath-taking scenery, make it one of the top courses in the Mediterranean. And if Aphrodite had brought her clubs with her, she would have found the resort-style course is 6,954 yards in length and plays as a par 71!

72-hole record

264: Callum Shinkwin & Kalle Samooja (2020)

18-hole record

63: Callum Shinkwin (2020)

The Field

A reduced field of 105 golfers will compete in this week’s tournament. Thomas Detry is the $31 market leader with TopSport.

The Weather

There might be a little rain on Saturday (40%), but apart from this it should be dry all week. Temperatures will be in the mid-70s (F) and wind speeds, like last week, won’t be much of an issue.

Outright value bets (Each-way)

Garrick Higgo – currently $34 with TopSport

Jorge Campillo – currently $67 with TopSport

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