2018 World Cup Of Golf Semi Finals
At this stage of the competition it becomes more of a team event with three players being selected to play for their country in each match. The first semi-final looks fairly non-competitive whilst the second one is what you would expect from a game at this stage of the competition.
Having survived a tough quarter final against Sweden this should be no contest for the English team. Justin Rose beat Alex Noren in the last round and probably wont even have heard of his opponent Marko Stepinac so even if his putting is not up to scratch he shouldn’t be troubled and can have an easy ride through. As Stepinac is Croatia’s only professional golfer, their team will comprise two amateurs as well. England can take their pick from several players in the Worlds top 50 and it probably doesn’t matter who they pick but Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood should have no difficulty in easing England through to their first World Cup final since 1966.
This will be much more competitive than the other Semi-final and its very difficult to pick a winner. France probably have a wider pool of players to choose from and quality wise they are probably stronger. Alex Levy, Victor Dubisson and Benjamin Hebert are currently their top ranked players and give the team strength in depth that Belgium can’t match. For Belgium Thomas Pieters is key – he has to win his match for their team to have any chance at all. Nicolas Colsaerts has been a stand out player on the European Tour for many years and with their exciting prospect Thomas Detry they are not complete outsiders.
England should certainly make the final and in a closely fought contest France may just squeak through to provide a thrilling prospect for the final. What do you think?