Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews 2022 Kenya Open for BetWithUs
Muthaiga Golf Club
Par 71, 7184 yards
This year, the Kenya Open moves to the Muthaiga Golf Course which was last used in 2017 and appears a tight test of a golfers’ skills. From past renewals, Lorenzo Gagli appears to have the best course form which leads me to the conclusion it’s similar to Crans-sur-Sierre where he was runner up a couple of seasons ago in the European Masters. There’s other course form to back up that correlation, primarily through journeyman English professional, Ross McGowan who has strong form in the Alps at the same tricky track.
BetWithUs Golf Betting Picks
Francesco Laporta – each-way @ 67.00 (66/1)
Marcus Kinhult – each-way @ 81.00 (81/1)
This week’s Kenya Open represents a decent opportunity for Italian Francesco Laporta to win his maiden European Tour event. The thirty-one-year-old hascourse experience at Muthaiga Country Club which is something many lack this week in Kenya. That course experience was a positive one as he finished in 3rd place at the 2017 Kenya Open to Aaron Rai who is now plying his trade respectably on the PGA Tour. Francesco Laporta had a superb 2021 with five top 7 finishes so all that’s missing from his CV is a win on the European Tour. In the last event at the Al Hamra, he played significantly better than 58th when he fell out of contention over the weekend after a promising effort the week prior at the same track. This week looks a good one for Francesco Laporta to use his course knowledge and win his maiden European Tour event at the 2022 Kenya Open.
Francesco Laporta each-way @ 67.00 (66/1)
With the European Tour having a couple of weeks off due to the cancellation of the Indian Open, most players returned home to hone their abilities on the range. Not so, twenty-five-year-old Swede, Marcus Kinhult who took the opportunity to return to his native Nordic League where he used the competitive practice positively by winning last week at the GolfStar Winter Series 2, after a 9th place finish the week previous at the GolfStar Winter Series 1. 2021 was a tough year for Kinhult, never managing a single top 20 finish after a consistent 2020 that saw him accumulate seven top 20 finishes. 2020 consolidated an excellent 2019 season when he won the prestigious British Masters at Hillside, on the West Coast of England, which is widely recognised as one of the best tests of links golf in the world. That suggests that Marcus Kinhult has the pedigree at the highest level if he comes back to his best form. Interestingly, he played the 2017 Kenya Open at Muthaiga when he played sneaky well with a 12th place finish after a poor one over par opening round. With Marcus Kinhult’s confidence getting a much-needed shot in the arm last week back in his native Nordic League, he represents each-way value at a track where he has good course experience, something many of the field lack this week.
Marcus Kinhult each-way @ 81.00 (80/1)