Saudi International Preview & Tips

After one of the DP World Tours flagship events last week’s it’s time for the Asian Tour Flagship event. The Saudi international at the Royal Greens golf & country club takes center stage this week with a huge $5 Million up for grabs. The 1st 3 editions were all classed as European Tour events so very few of the Asia Tour players have actually played here before. The tour scrapped the event after the 2021 season, but the Asia tour picked it up as part of the new investment & took out a 10-year deal for the Saudi international to be the new flagship event of the tour. The field is full of invites from various tours, there are players from the PGA, DP World, Japan, Australian, Sunshine & the best from the Asian Tour. The PGA Tour players had to get special exceptions to come over for this event where they had to commit to play the AT&T Pebble beach event within a few years. All the invites playing this week make the event the strongest field official golf world ranking points wise that has ever been assembled on the Asia Tour. The event marks the start of the 2022 Asia tour schedule which will finish in late January 2023 but currently there are just 5 events up to March 31st in the schedule.

Course

The royal greens golf & country club has held all 3 editions of this championship. Dave Sampson designed the course as part of European Golf Design. The course opened very recently in 2017. A par 72 for members but this week a par 70 which is made up of four par 3s, twelve par 4s & just two par 5s. The course measures 7010 yards with some two very long par 4s measuring over 490 yards. The course is undulated throughout & features various waste areas & water in play on 5 holes. Luckily the players look set to play in calm & hot conditions, so they won’t need to worry about the wind that caused havoc at the Singapore international with players shooting some very high numbers. With the talent on show this week id imagine the scoring will reach around 15 under for the winning score.

Previous Winners, Key Stats & Winning Odds

2021 Dustin Johnson – Score -19 Odds 6-1

SG Off the tee 3rd

SG Approach 5th

SG Tee to green 1st

SG Putting 90th

SG Around the green 20th

Driving accuracy 48.21% 107th

Greens in regulation 83.33% 3rd

2020 Graeme McDowell Score 80-1 Odds -12

SG Off the tee 36th

SG Approach 32nd

SG Tee to green 14th

SG Putting 5th

SG Around the green 19th

Driving accuracy 69.64% 17th

Greens in regulation 76.38% 14th

2019 Dustin Johnson – Score -19 Odds 8-1

SG Off the tee N/A

SG Approach N/A

SG Tee to green N/A

SG Putting N/A

SG Around the green N/A

Driving accuracy N/A

Greens in regulation N/A

No data available for DJs win in 2019.

Golftipster5 Selections:

Thomas Pieters 20-1 6 Places

The Belgium no1 player already has a win to his name this year just two weeks ago at the Abu Dhabi championship. This week he returns to a venue where he has gone well in the past with finishes of 22-3-10. His average score here in the 12 rounds is 67.8 with a lowest round of 63. Thomas ranked one of the best for strokes gained approach & tee to green in 13th & 10th he was also 23rd for scrambling last year. Last week at the Dubai Desert Classic he was in the top 30 for all key Stroke gained stats & he also was in the top 30 the previous week when he won so his game is in a solid place right now. Everything seems to be going well for him right now both on & off the course & long may it continue. Id of liked to see him at higher odds considering the calibre of field here but I have to take him on current form & course form as nearly half the field have never teed it up here before.

Joohyung Kim 50-1 6 Places

Joohyung comes into this event as the Asia Tour No1 player after picking up the order of merit title last time out in Singapore. The 19-year-old is making a huge name for himself in the golfing world having already racked up 6 professional victories which has him 79th in the world rankings. In his last 5 starts he hasn’t finished worse than 7th with a 2-1-7-2-2 an incredible run. The Korean had the 9th best greens in reg last year with 74.63% & also the 5th best driving accuracy with 71% of fairways hit. Previous winners of this event have done well in the scrambling stats & Joohyung ranked 5th on the Asia tour last year.

Lucas Herbert 55-1 6 Places

Lucas has had the two starts so far this year. One on the PGA & one on the DP world tour where he finished 37th & 18th respectively. After winning the Bermuda championship just 5 starts ago he will still be full of confidence in his game going into this week.  Last week at the Dubai Desert Classic he was 22nd Strokes gained tee to green & 2nd strokes gained around the green. Both key attributes that appear high in the previous winner stats here. He was also high in all the putting stats & was 35th strokes gained putting for the week. The Aussie has had mixed fortune in this event in his two showings here with a T27 on debut then missing the cut on the number last year with rounds of 70 & 71.

Ryosuke Kinoshita 350-1 6 Places

Ryosuke has come on leaps & bounds over the past year rising to no76 in the world. He had great success on the Japan tour last year finishing 3rd on the money list with two wins. His stroke average was 70.4 for the year which was the 4th best on tour. For the world ranked 76 player to be such high in the betting, his stats on the Japanese tour show he could be surprise package this week, greens in regulation of 71.9% & 23rd in driving accuracy show he has the game to be competitive this week. There is also a stat called ball striking on the Japan tour where he ranks 2nd but very little information on what this means but you’d assume it’s similar to stroke gained total perhaps, but I might be wrong. 350-1 I simply can’t say no this week.

Other Notable

Sadom Kaewkanjana 125-1

The best player out of Thailand right now who picked up another win in his last start at the Singapore Open but making course debut this week, but I will still have a side bet on him.

All odds correct as of 18:00 Monday 31st all on Unibet

Good luck with all bets

@Golftipster5 – Ryan Hamilton

Dubai Desert Classic Preview & Tips

It felt great to have some European Tour golf back on the tv this week especially on the Friday with the tough playing conditions described by Bob MacIntyre as the hardest wind he’s ever played on tour in. Just one player finishing in double digits is the golf I like to see. A proper test of golf, not just hitting it as far as possible then flicking a wedge to join the putting contest but each shot creating multiple scenarios with hazards involved making the golfer plot their way around the course. 

This week we come back to familiar territory for the Dubai Desert Classic, the 1st event to be held in the middle east back in 1989 when there was just desert & a few trees. 30 years later Dubai is unrecognisable to the original event. The majority of the field that played last week all tee it up this week again with a few absentees & some golfers playing for the first time this year. Another week which has a huge purse $8,000,000 on offer & double race to Dubai points for those who play multiple tours to cement their position in the race ready for the WGCs & Majors to add to their tally. Thomas Pieters now currently leads after last weeks victory with Sharma & Cabrera-Bello Behind him.

Course 

The Majlis Course was designed by Karl Kitten in 1988. Every edition since its inception in 1989 have been held at the Majlis course with the exception of 1999 & 2000. The course is a Par 72 measuring 7424 yards (6789 Meters). The par 72 is made up of four par 3s, ten par 4s & four par 5s. Birdies are the norm every year here with every event bar one ending in double digits under par. The average winning score over the 31 years is 17.3. There are plenty of waste areas & water hazards (8 Holes) in play on the holes to catch out errand tee shots & approaches. The course is mostly famous for its 8th tee shot with its incredible backdrop, I’m sure all the players socials will be full of tee shots from the practice rounds this week. Ernie Els holds the course record set in 1994 at 61. 

Course winners taking part this week

  • Rory McIlroy 2015 & 2009
  • Paul Casey 2021
  • Lucas Hebert 2020
  • Haotong Li 2018
  • Sergio Garcia 2017
  • Danny Willet 2016
  • Rafa Cabrera Bello 2012
  • Miguel Angle Jimenez 2010
  • Henrick Stenson 2007
  • Thomas Bjorn 2001
  • Colin Montgomerie 1996

Previous Winners, Keys Stats & Winning Odds 

Paul Casey 2021 25-1 -17

SG off the tee 6th

SG approach 6th

SG tee to green 1st

SG Putting 57th

Driving accuracy 25th 53.57%

Greens in regulation 5th 75%

Lucas Hebert 2020 175/1 -9

SG off the tee 11th

SG approach 72nd

SG tee to green 7th

SG Putting 20th

Driving accuracy 67th 42.86%

Greens in regulation 5th 66.7%

Bryson DeChambeau 2019 9/1 -24

SG off the tee 5th

SG approach 16th

SG tee to green 3rd

SG Putting 5th

Driving accuracy 33rd 57.14%

Greens in regulation 4th 80.55%

Haotong Li 2018 80/1 -23

SG off the tee 38th

SG approach 27th

SG tee to green 15th

SG Putting 3rd

Driving accuracy 90th 50%

Greens in regulation 75th 65.3%

Sergio Garcia 2017 18/1 -19

Driving accuracy 9th 69.64%

Greens in regulation 1st 81.96%

Danny Willet 2016 40-1 -19

Driving accuracy 61st 55.36%

Greens in regulation 21st 77.78%

Golftipster5 Selections:

Sergio Garcia 20-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places 

Sergio’s 1st start of the year which isn’t the norm for him, he usually plays once before the Dubai Desert Classic normally the Singapore Open but opted to make this event his 1st this year, now that could back fire on me with possible cobwebs to burn off but I can’t ignore him this week. He won here back in 2017 & has made all four cuts after this finishing 32-3-23-6 a record only Rory McIlroy & Henrik Stenson beat round here. Garcia ranks in the top 10 for SG in all categories with the exception of putting here. 7th Off the tee,2nd Approach,4th Tee to green then 71st Putting. The Achilles heel of his game but even so his finishes show he’s is more than capable round here, his average score in 11 starts is 69.75.

Robert MacIntyre 35-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places 

Bob has had two starts in this event & has finishing in top 10 both times with an 8th & 3rd place finish. A missed cut last week might of done him a favour so he can get to a course he clearly enjoys playing earlier. Being a left hander & the wind direction did him no favours last week on the Friday shooting 80 in ‘the hardest wind he’s played on tour’ so I’m discounting his round of 80. Going off previous years winners stats Bob has all the attributes to win this week. He ranks 8th for SG tee to green on this course, 6th SG Off the tee, 14th SG tee to green & 26th SG Putting. Stats which firmly put him on the radar for me this week. 

Erik Van Rooyen 40-1 Skybet 7 Places

Erik has started very consistently this year with 20th at the Sony Open & a 12th place finish last week. Since his victory on the PGA TOUR with the Barracuda championship he has only Missed one cut in eleven events with five top 20 finishes. He can take great confidence in his numbers from last week where he ranked 8th SG off the tee,37th SG tee to green & 19th SG Putting. He has only played the desert classic twice missing the cut on debut then a 37th placed finish but since his appearance in 2020 he has gone on to record numerous top 10s on the PGA TOUR & has a victory so he knows his game has improved since then.

Takumi Kanaya 75-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places

The Japanese former Amateur no1 continued to impress last week with a T25 finish. Kanaya played here last season & finished 9th & with he recent run of form I couldn’t look away this week. Last season he was in great form on the Japanese & DP World Tour where he racked up twelve top 10s & one win with the Token Homemade Cup in Japan. His number keeps getting lower & lower on the main tours now as he becomes more well known with his performances. He ranked 14 SG off the tee & 16th Tee to green last week which should prove very valuable this week should he continue striking the ball so well, it just the flat stick he appears to need to work on after last week where he ranked 80th. I feel it won’t be long before Kanaya picks up a big win on either the DP World or PGA Tour

Thorbjorn Olesen 125-1 Skybet 7 places

With the court case now behind Thor he can move on & get back to the golf that has seen him become a 5 time DP world tour winner. This week he returns to a venue where he hasn’t won but has an incredible record here with four top 10s in nine starts & an average score of 69.75. Olesen like Bob has great stats round this course. He is in the top 25 for SG approach, tee to green & putting. Any rust that he may of had coming into last week looks to of been extinguished very quickly, he hit 71% of fairways & 73% of greens in regulation as well as ranking 41st in putting so his game appears to be good shape. Considering the price & course form I think this is a great value bet.

Odds correct as of 14:30 Monday 24th

Good luck with all bets

@Golftipster5 – Ryan Hamilton 

Singapore Open Preview & Tips

It’s finally here, after the 1st event of the season that started on January 8th 2020 we are finally at the last event of the season. After just 8 events the order of merit winner will be crowned after this event. Joohyung Kim’s now has a commanding lead after his playoff victory last week so he will be the heavy favourite to pick up the Order or Merit. Only three others have a chance of winning but they need Joohyung to miss the cut & they need to win, those three players are Wade Ormsby, Phachara Khongwatmai & Chan Shih-Chang. Wade Ormsby has opted for the DP World Tour so its only Phachara & Chan who have a chance to win. 

The Singapore Open normally has a Stella field with numerous invites from the PGA & DP World tours coming over to play. However, with covid still in the back of a lot of peoples minds only Paul Casey has taken up an Invite here from the main tours. 130 players are set to take centre stage on Thursday as they all go in search of the extra purse on offer this week. Not only is the purse 250,000 USD bigger this week there are also four Open Spots up for grabs for any of top 12 not already qualified so even more incentive to play well this week. 

Course Guide 

Sentosa Golf Club hosts the Singapore Open for the 14th time having 1st hosted in 2005. The course is just a 20minute journey from last weeks course so all the players who played this week will have the luxury of not having to fly to a new destination for the upcoming week which means added practice time or recovery time which they wouldn’t normally get. The course this week is set up as a par 71 measuring a staggering 7403 so for the 2nd week running the Singapore courses will be set up to be monsters in length. When you factor in the wind that Singapore gets around this time of year the course could play even longer. You just have to look at last weeks scores & how high they were from the wind causing havoc. The 71 is made up for four par 3s, eleven par 4s & three par 5s. Ronald Fream designed the course in 1982 but it was redesigned in 2006 to add the sub air & a new enhanced irrigation system. Larger greens were created & more strategic bunkers put in to make the golfers plot their way around rather than bomb a drive & flick a wedge. As I said last week accuracy will be needed on the Scraping Course with its tree lined fairways & water in play on 10 holes. It’s a trend on all the Asian courses that the Asian tours keep playing that they are tree lined & have plenty of hazards in play on nearly every hole which is why they are so accurate when they move onto the PGA & DP World Tour. 

Previous Winners 

2020 – Matt Kuchar -18 10-1

2019 – Jazz Janewattananond -18 25-1

2018 – Sergio Garcia -14 8-1

2017 – Prayed Marksaeng -9 250-1

2016 – Young Han Song -12 80-1

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Phachara Khongwatmai 16-1 PaddyPower 6 Places

Phachara finished T16 last week at the Singapore International which was a great result considering the conditions they were playing in. A final round 2 under par 70 was one of the best rounds recorded on Sunday. That finish gave him a slight chance of winning to Order of merit & he comes to a course where he has had some great finishes in the past. A 2nd place in 2017 & 18th in 2019 show he is more than capable to scoring well around here. His form over the past few months has been nothing short of sublime, bar his withdrawal at the Singha Classic he hasn’t finished worse than T16 with three wins, one 2nd & one 3rd place finish. 

Ratchanon Chantananuwat 28-1 Bet365 5 Places

The 14 year old Sensation is slowly taking the Asia tour by storm, on his 1st event outside of his home country of Thailand he finished a remarkable 3rd place. He shot 75 in the 1st round & in an interview on Friday he said he had heatstroke & wasn’t anywhere near 100% Health. For a 14 year old to play so well on a course that made some players look very foolish is incredible, the sky really is the limit for the kid. He has also said that he’s is hoping for another good week this week as he aims to qualify for the Open by finishing as one of the top 4 not already exempt. 

Travis Smyth 55-1 PaddyPower 6 Places

Travis has had a solid last 3 events on the Asia tour, he has finished 48-24-10. He has appeared in this event before & has finished 11 & 24. In those eight rounds he has only shot over par once with a 72 +1 the remaining  seven rounds he has shot 2 rounds of par & 5 in the 60s so he is more than capable of putting in some good numbers this week. Last weeks Tournament will of helped his get used to the conditions especially the wind & any weaknesses or improvements he found he can work on earlier than usual with him staying within touching distance of last weeks course this week. 

Chen Guxin 150-1 Skybet 5 Places

I’m giving Chen another go this week, last weeks playing conditions were brutal but he will of learned plenty from it & have some ideas on what to work on pre event. The 18 year old will want to replicate the form of Joohyung & Ratchanon & put his name on the list of teens to keep an eye on in the coming years. He only missed the cut by one shot last week after shooting 74 & 78. I think there will still be plenty of positives for him to take forward this season from last weeks Missed cut.. 

All odds correct as of 18:00 Tuesday 18th Jan 

Good luck with all bets

Ryan Hamilton @Golftipster5

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Preview & Tips

The DP World tour makes its 1st stop of the season to the middle east this week on unfamiliar grounds. A new course will host the 17th version of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship after the Abu Dhabi golf club was replaced with Yas Links. Yas Links sits in what is referred to as the entertainment district of Abu Dhabi sitting parallel to the formula 1 race circuit & a quick drive to Warner bros & Ferrari world. Players will have plenty to do after they finish their rounds of golf this week.

Covid cancelled the remaining events in South Africa at the back end of the year so this is only the 2nd event of the season. Tristan Lawrence leads the Race to Dubai after winning the shortened South Africa Open. Double Race to Dubai points are on offer this week & next with both events being Rolex series events. As per usual the bigger names are on the entry list for a Rolex event with Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy & Victor Hovland the star names. They will be looking to get an early win so that they can sit around the top again for much of the year like Hatton did last season, his win here put him top of the race & he wasn’t knocked off until Jon Rahm & Collin Morikawa picked up major wins & even with a few DP world starts last year he still finished 5th so an early win can do wonders for the end of year position.

Course guide

The Yas Links will be new to many people this week. The course was built in 2010 & features rolling fairways very similar to UK links style courses. Kyle Phillips designed the course & it was awarded top 50 status in the best golf courses in the world last year ranking 48th. Kyle is one of the leading links designers in the world & that is shown this week. The Par 72 championship course measures over 7400 yards & is made up of four par 3s, ten par 4s & four par 5s. Water & strategically placed bunkers are in play on nearly every hole so accuracy off the tee will be key this week. The championship could be won & lost with a visit to the drop zone. Undulating greens will give the players a tough test on the greens especially getting the pace right to avoid any unwanted 3 putts. If the wind gets up which is due to all day Friday with up to 30mph forecast, we could see some very high scores posted if the players can’t control where their ball is going with all the hazards in play.

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Rory McIlroy 7/1 Ladbrokes (boosted) 8 Places 2 Pts

Rory had a very up & down 2021 from the heartbreak in the Ryder cup to picking up two more PGA tour victories at the Wells Fargo & CJ Cup. He would probably still say he had an average year because of his major performances but by the average pro it was a fantastic year seven top 10s & two wins with just 4 cuts missed out of 24 events. Rorys form at the Abu Dhabi championship & following week at the desert classic is just ridiculous & pretty much the reason I have him this week at such as short number. In his last 18 appearance if you ignore the one missed cut in his last eighteen appearances at both events, he has finished no worse than eleventh. He has finished 2nd three times & three 3rd place finishes.

Tommy Fleetwood 22-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places

Some golf pundits seem to have written Tommy Fleetwood off last year after another winless year & dropping down to world no 40. He still managed six top 10s & only missed 3 cuts in 23 starts so he is still one of the most consistent players on the tour. Tommy is known for loving the previous course that held this event winning twice in 2017 & 2018. This week’s event should suit a player that loves the links & middle east golf which Tommy fits perfectly. He has plenty of top 5 finishes in the Dunhill links as well as Open Championship results so I feel this week he can combine his love for links & the middle east to really plot his way around this course & post some low numbers. Tommy consistency over the years can be put down to his green in regulation stats. For the last 5 years he’s has ranked no lower than 5th on tour for greens in regulation, his lowest average for the last 5 years was 72.39% & topped out at 76.49%. Stats he will be looking to keep at that level this week to go low.

Bernd Wiesberger 33-1 Skybet 7 Places

Bernd will be raring to push on this year after last year’s Ryder cup appearance. He will be able to play more freely now having for-filled a dream to play for team Europe. He led the DP World tour last year in strokes gained tee to green helped with a green in regulation percentage of 72.47% which shows incredible consistency. Bernd has great form in the desert finishing 2nd at fire course in the Aviv Championship, a 6th at the Dubai Desert Classic & in his two previous appearances at this event he has finished 25th & 8th. He had one win & four tops 10s last year so will be looking to build on that that this year

Nicolai Hojgaard 50-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places

Nicolai is one of the hottest players on the tour currently. He had a fantastic last part of the season picking up his 1st DP world tour victory at the Italian Open & then went on to a 2nd place in Portugal & 4th in the DP World Tour Finale. His rise last year can be put down to his greens in regulation stats which went from 62% in 2020 to 71.55% in 2021. Nearly 10% more greens hit in regulation. This helped him rise from 523rd in the world to a career best 88th. Nicolai will arrive here full of confidence after last season performance & want to really push on this year to climb the rankings.

Frederic Lacriox 150-1 Ladbrokes 8 Places

Frederic is one of the challenge tour graduates from 2021 who caught fire towards the end of the season finishing 2-4-28-5-2-5 in his last six starts of the year including the season opener in the shortened Joburg open where he finished T5 on tour debut. If the tournament wasn’t shortened, I feel he was in prime position to challenge for the win, he was hitting nearly 80% of greens in regulation, driving the ball over 320 yards on average & ranked in the top 40 for putting. He is one of the tour graduates I feel could pick up a win on the DP World tour this year, it might not be this week but at 150-1 with 8 places I’m happy to ride this one.

All Bets are 1 pt unless noted

Other notables

Richard Bland 125-1

An incredible price considering the year he had, eight top 10s & his 1st victory. How will he knee hold up after surgery? Only time will tell.

Haotong Li 125-1

A player who has won me plenty over the years with wins & Places. Lost his way a little of the past year but looks to be trending in the right direction he was 2nd before Christmas in an unofficial China event before finishing 2nd in the Volvo Open & a very good performance last week on the PGA tour but how much will the mammoth travel day take out of him from Hawaii to Abu Dhabi?

All odds correct as of 14:30 Monday 17th January

Good Luck with all bets

Ryan Hamilton – @Golftipster5

The Singapore International Preview & Tips

The Asian tour enters its penultimate event this week before the Order or Merit champion is crowed. After a few last-minute withdrawals 129 golfers will tee it up looking to gain more money points on the end of season leader board. This week will be the 1st tournament since the tours restart that isn’t in Thailand, with Singapore hosting the last two events of the season. The Singapore International is a brand-new event on the tour which was added to increase the events on Covid hit season which currently spans over 3 years 2020,2021 & 2022. Everything is still to play for this week with just over 130,000 USD between 1st & 10th in the Order of Merit with one win enough to advance even the lower ranked players up the leader board

Course Guide

The Singapore international takes place at Tanah Merah Country Club on the Tampines Course which is adjacent to the airport & only 15minutes away from the iconic Marina Sands hotel. 

The Course was opened in 1988 but in 2017 it was redesigned by Phil Jacobs. Par 72 makes up the scorecard with 4 par 3s,10 par 4s & 4 par 5s. The course this week is a monster at 7533 yards with the longest holes being the 5th at 635 yards & 18th at 626 yards. Water is in play on 12 of the 18 holes which keeps being a regular occurrence on the Asian tour so again accuracy off the tee will be key this week. Players will want to keep their balls in play off the tee. The ability to be able to get the pace of greens will also be vital with the huge greens on this course. Being able to hit the perfect lag putt when out of position will be very beneficial. There should be plenty of drama down the last hole with the guys in contention. A par 5 with water in play could be the decision maker when it comes to determining the winner. Who will be able to keep their nerve the best on Sunday afternoon?

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Wade Ormsby 28-1 5 places

The current order of merit leader will look to cement his place at the top this week with another good week before next week’s finale. After winning in early 2020 at the Hong Kong open Wade had two more top 10s before covid struck, since golfs restart he has been playing on the DP World tour & has only managed just one top 10. However, since the Asian tour restart, he has had a T23 & T14 finish which should inject some much-needed confidence going into this week. Even without the high finishes on the DP Tour Wade was still ranked as one of the best drivers on tour hitting 65% of fairways which ranked him 7th best. His accuracy has always been one of his best assets never ranking below 20th in the last 5 years on the DP world tour. ese development tour so far in his career.

Jeong Woo Ham 33-1 5 places

Jeong is a two-time winner on the Korea tour most recently just 4 starts ago in the KJ Choi invitational.  He finished 5th in the money list on the Korea tour in 2021 having played in all 17 events. To go with the win, he has 5 more top 10 finishes & just 3 missed cuts.  The 27-year-old hit 65% of fairways & 70% of greens in regulation last season which will be required this week to stay out of the water. This week will be his debut on the Asia tour having only played on the Korea tour & Japan

Yoseop Seo 45-1 5 places

One of my players to watch from my 2022 preview. He was a 2-time winner on the Korea tour last season. He finished 2nd on the money list so I was quite surprised when I saw he was a lot higher in the betting that fellow countryman Jeong Woo Ham.  The world no 297 is another very accurate player off the tee hitting just under 65% of fairways & over 70% greens in regulation. Seo is currently 50th on the order of merit so will want a good week to climb the leader board going into the final event of the season next week.

Udayan Mane 125-1 5 Places

Mane won the season ending event in India to claim the order of merit title. He won four times over the 2020 – 21 season with four more top 10s in seventeen starts. Incredible form. He didn’t quite manage to bring that form over to the Asian tour at the back end of the year with a MC & T68 finish, but he won on his next start back in India. Hopefully this boost of confidence will bring his A game to the Singapore International. A win this week could put him right in the mix for the order of merit title.

Chen Guxin 1000-1 5 places

If you look at Chens form last season on the China tour you do have to wonder, why he is the price he is. He won twice with two 3rd place finishes & only missed one cut. The 18-year-old for me at that price even in a higher quality field is just a no brainer. There are far worse bets to be made. He is currently the 5th best ranked Chinese player in the world ahead of Haotong Li who he only finished 2 shots back on in his latest start at the Volvo China Open. He turned pro in 2020 after a Stella amateur career where he racked up over 10 wins & many more stop 10s. A player to keep watch for in the coming years.

Good Luck with all Bets

@golftipster5