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.

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Players to watch in 2022 & Ante Post Tips

What a year it was in 2021 for golf fans. After all the cancellation of 2020 it was nice to get back to a nearly full schedule of golf every week. A year of highs & lows as per usual which saw Blandy get over the line at his 478th attempt, Hideki winning the Master’s, Phil winning the PGA, Jordan Spieth finding the winner enclosure again & Team Europe winning for the only the 2nd time on US Soil in the Solheim cup were just a few highlights for me. 2022 is looking like it will be another cracker with the main tours & development tours announcing more events in the schedules with even more prize money. With that being said here is a preview of players to keep an eye on in 2022 across various tours & my Ante post bets for Majors, PGA money List, Race to Dubai, Race to the CME Globe, Champion’s tour money & Top Challenge Tour Grad.  

Players to watch on the PGA Tour

Sam Burns

Sam Burns rocketed up the OGWR this year starting at 154th & ending in 12th. He keeps getting shorter with bookmakers every week he Tees it up with his amazing form this season which features two wins, two 2nds, two 3rds & three more top 10s. In his last five starts he didn’t finish lower than 14th & if he can maintain this form, he will certainly be challenging for major titles next season. In the wrap around events, he ranks 1st in Stoke gained tee to green & 5th strokes gained overall. He is playing full of confidence at the moment & appears to be going flag hunting every round averaging 5.5 birdies or better a round which has him 5th so far this season. There are obviously the main players such as Rahm & DJ that dont play much after the FedEX is complete but there’s still 140guys to beat every week which all go into the stats leader boards.

Tony Finau

After breaking the 2nd place duck last year by winning The Northern Trust I think Tony will now be able to push on in 2022 & win multiple times next season. He had ten 2nd place finishes between his 2 PGA Tour wins along with three 3rds & thirty-one more top 10s which is incredible consistency over 5 years. He will be paying with a new mindset knowing he can get the job done when he’s in contention so more winners will be on the horizon & even a maiden Major? The 32-year-old is known for being one of the biggest hitters on tour, but he was actually only 31st last season in average driving distance with 305 which is still huge & can take apart the majority of courses. I think if Tony can improve his putting stats where he was 91st last season in strokes gained putting he can certainly challenge for his 3rd Tour victory next year & even his 4th.

Marc Leishman

Marc didn’t have the best on years last season but this season he already has two top 5 finishes in four starts as well as a 3rd place with Jason Day in the QBE shootout. He is currently one of the best putters on the tour in this wrap around ranking 13th & nine of those above him haven’t played as many rounds. This helps his current stroke gained total ranking him 11th. In 16 rounds this year he has averaged over 5 birdies a round & has a scoring average of 69.51 which is why he has had such positive finishes so far. Leishman will be a player I’m keeping my eye on in the run up to the Open after being on the wrong side of the playoff result at St Andrews in 2015.

Matthew Wolff

In the early part of last year Matthew took time away from golf citing mental health issues. A run of Poor weeks, Withdrawals & a Disqualification at the Masters for signing the wrong score on the scorecard he decided to take a break. Which to his credit he has been very open about his struggles something some professionals struggle with. He came back for the US Open & finished 15th showing little signs of rust after a 10-week break. He finished off his season with two top 10s & two more top 20s so showing plenty of promise going into this season. If he continues this form into the new season, he could easily get back to the player who reached no 12 in the world in 2020.

Taylor Moore

Whilst most people will be looking at Will Zalatoris & Mito Pereira from the Korn ferry tour graduates as the players to watch because of the media hype & world rankings I think Taylor Moore has come in under the radar. He had a cracking season on the Korn ferry Tour winning once & had eleven top 10 finishes. He already has a top 10 on the PGA Tour in his last start of the year at the RSM Classic with an 8th place finish. The Texan has risen to world no 121 & he will certainly break the top 100 next year & maybe even the top 50 by the end of the year. That will certainly be his goal to get a ticket to the masters in 2023. In the wrap around season so far, he has one of the best greens in regulation percentages at 73.61% which will only help low scoring if the putter heats up. The rookie of the year award is a certain possibility for Taylor this season.

Players to watch on the DP World Tour

Min Woo Lee

Min Woo didn’t have the best of starts to the year with a couple of missed cuts but after winning the Scottish Open he has been contending nearly every week. In his last four starts of the year, he finished 16th, 4th,8th & 2nd which has bumped him up to 49th in the world & he gets a Masters ticket for Christmas. Statistically he isn’t most consistent golfer on the tour ranking mid table in nearly every category apart from driving where he ranks as one of the longest on tour. The stats could put you off Min Woo at 1st glance but when he’s on form & a few putts start to drop he is one of the best out there. He will be very keen to add to his family’s major tally after his sister won the Evian Championship last season

Dean Burmester

Dean Finished 18th on the race to Dubai having played the most European tour events in top 25 players. He pocketed two wins & eight top 10s worldwide in 2021 which will give him a tonne of confidence going into the 2022 season.  Dean doesn’t seem to have a weakness in his game gaining stokes in almost every department if anything his accuracy off the tee could be better at less than 50% of fairways but he hits the ball an absolute mile to make up for it. He’s 2nd behind Wilco Nienaber in average distance with 319.62yards. He is one of the few golfers that never requires commentary on a bad shot as you normally hear his reactions closely flowed by some apologise from the commentary team which personally, I’m all for. Get the guy’s mic’d up more. Dean will be another player I will be keeping my eye on as the Open gets closer after a closing 65 at St Andrews this year, if he’s the right number I can see him being tipped by numerous tipsters this year especially when places could be up to 10.

Nicolai Hojgaard

After all the hype around Rasmus it’s his twin brother Nicolai who emerged last season. Starting the year over 400 places behind his brother Nicolai is now ahead in the official golf world ranking by one place. He is 96th & Rasmus is 97th. Nicolai’s rise can be put down to his greens in regulation improvement from 2020. He ranked 151st in 2020 hitting just 62% of green in regulation. Compare that to last season where he has improved that stat to 71.55% which was 13th on tour giving himself a lot more chances of birdies. All his stats when you compare 2020 to 2021 season have improved apart from driving distance which has gone down, however he is now more accurate with the driver. 2022 I am very hopefully he will go from strength to strength & pick up a few more wins.

Richard Mansell

Richard has spent some time over the winter in Florida to help his game develop onto the next level & already he is seeing results with a win on the Minor golf league tour in a playoff a few weeks ago. Going stateside means he won’t have to go indoors to practice & make do with the cold British conditions we get through the off season. He took some time out in the middle of the year to fix his wrist injury that had been affecting his game which did mean he missed out on key events, but it was the best thing to do to get him fighting fit next season. He had Just one top 10 last season which came at the Dutch open in his European tour debut year which he will 100% improve on next year. He is one of the longest hitters on tour & also has one of the best greens in regulation percentages on tour ranking 14th in 2021 with 71.64%. It was his putting that let him down statistically all year, he ranked 189th in putts per green in reg & also 160th average putts per round. It will certainly be something he is working on in the off season in Florida & UK which if he can sort out, he will be challenging for titles next year.

Frederic LaCroix

The majority of people will be putting up Marcus Helligkilde as the one to watch this year with him finishing 1st on the challenge tour but I fancy Frederic LaCroix to go well this year. He finished 5th in the covid hit Joburg open on his Tour Debut which he will take enormous confidence from to go into the new year. In his last six starts he finished in the top 5 in five of those events & a 28th in the other. Form which shot him up the challenge tour rankings finishing 5th in the standings to get his DP World Tour card. He was playing on the Alps tour just a few years ago & now finds himself on the big stage it’s been a huge rise for Frederic. His main aim for the year will surely be to keep the card for following year & crack the top 100 in the world but I think he might pull off a surprise win somewhere down the line to complete both objectives.

Players to watch on the Korn Ferry Tour

Chun An Yu (Kevin Yu)

Chun turned pro in the middle of 2021 & made 11 starts between the Korn Ferry & PGA Tours getting two top 10 finishes on the way, one of those being a playoff defeat. He had a great amateur career ranking as the best in the world at one point getting 4 wins along the way. He holds the 2nd highest scoring average for Arizona state only behind the current world no1 Jon Rahm. Yu is very good friends with fellow national CT Pan who he can rely on for advice when & if he needs it.

Andy Ogletree

Andy will be keen to get his career back on track after missing most of last season through injury. After winning low amateur in the masters the future was very bright for Andy, but his hip injury kept him out of action for over 4 months. The 2019 amateur champion retuned for one PGA tour event at the Sanderson Farm Championship & shot three rounds in the 60s where he finished 51st before entering Korn Ferry Q school. Now fully fit again he will be eager to get a PGA tour card at the end of this season 

Albin Choi

Choi is probably known now for the guy who turned pro then caddy then pro again. He was on the bag for Sungjae Im’s victory at the 2020 Honda classic. Since the covid restart he has used the money he received from that to reignite his career. The Canadian has earnt his playing rights on the Korn ferry tour for next year & also came 2nd in the 2021 money ranking on the Minor league golf tour racking up an incredible 7 wins. Hopefully he can take the Minor league form over to the Korn Ferry next year.

Players to watch on the Challenge Tour

Christopher Feldborg Nielsen

Christopher won the Nordic Tour order of merit this year to be one of 5 to get a challenge tour card from the Nordic Tour. He won 3 times this year in 23 starts which he will look to build on next year. The world no 366 also had five top 10s & only missed 3 cuts all year so he has been ultra-consistent. He played one event on the challenge tour last year in the Made in Esbjerg where he finished 18th so he is more than capable of producing in a higher quality field.

Robert Foley

Robert started the year as an amateur but after winning on week 29 in Austria with the Raiffeisen Pro Golf Tour St. Polten he turned pro. Since turning pro, he has had five starts making every cut & finishing 2nd & 3rd in two events. With this & his excellent performance on the Pro Golf tour as an amateur he claimed 2nd spot on the order of merit granting him a card for this year’s challenge tour. In pro & Amateur events this year he had a total of ten top 10 finishes & made every cut in the events he played in so another very consistent player to keep an eye on next season.

Mitch Waite

Mitch finished 2nd in the overall standing on the Europro tour pipped on the line by Jamie Rutherford. Mitch was the most consistent player on the Europro tour last year playing in 13 events & making every cut. The lowest he finished was a T23 in the 2nd event he played in. He won twice in the year & also had one 2nd place & two 3rd place finishes. He has climbed into the top 500 in the world during this time & out of the 5 grads from the Europro he is the player I feel will be up there in the Challenge tour events. In 2020 Mitch got the chance to play in the Cyprus events & held the 1st round lead in the Cyprus open which he ended up finishing T34.  He looks set for a great year on the challenge tour.

Players to watch on the LPGA Tour

Danielle Kang

Danielle had her 1st winless year since getting her 1st win in 2017. The 29-year-old still managed to finish 12th on the CME globe due to the ten top 10s in twenty-two starts & just 2 missed cuts. Kang is one of the shorter hitters on the LPGA averaging 250 yards, but she does have one of the best accuracies off the tee & Green in regulation stats. She hits 76.9% of fairways & 71.9% of greens in regulation. Those stats more than capable of getting the job done. As one of the shorter hitters her short game must be in great shape to contend & last season it was. Her putting stats are up there with the best, her putting average she ranked 4th & putts per green in regulation she was 7th. This could be down to the advice she got from a chat with Inbee Park who is the best putter on tour. Also having Butch Harmon to rely on for advice & to keep an eye on her swing can only do wonders to her game so in 2022 she should be back in the winner’s circle.

Attaya Thitikul

After winning the LET Race to Costa Del Sol & Rookie of the year in 2021 Attaya went to LPGA Q School & finished 3rd to get her card for the year. The rookie of the year for 2022 should be easily taken care of for Attaya next year it’ll be the CME globe & breaking into the Rolex top 5 she will have her eyes on. She played 19 events in 2021 winning twice & only failed to finish in the top 10 3 times with those finishes a 14th,25th & 48th so she will be looking to bring that dominance over to the LPGA this year. A player I’m very excited to see how she progresses against the best player in the world. A major is a certain possibility this year.

Matilda Castren

In her rookie season on the LPGA Matilda managed to pick up a win at the Mediheal Championship. She also went over to Europe to get onto the Solheim cup team knowing she needed to win to get a place & she did so under all the added pressure. At the Solheim she was one of the best players going 3-1-0 winning her singles match & one foursomes & one fourballs with Anna Nordqvist. A class performance for a Solheim Rookie. To show how consistent she has been this year she has risen from the world no 220 up to 56. Statically she is ranks around the tour average for the majority of stats, but he Greens in regulation is class, 76.32% is something gofers dream of on tour. When she gets the putter going expect Matilda to be adding to her titles next year.

Celine Boutier

It was another winning year for Celine this year winning on both the LPGA & LET with the Shoprite Classic & Open De France. Five more top 10s & only three missed cuts have risen her up the rankings up to a career high 27th in the world. She was one of the best scorers last season with the 18th best average score of 70.13, this down to her incredible birdie & eagle stats. She ranked 7th for most eagles (10) & 8th for most birdies (297) on tour last year. A 3rd place finish in the final event of the year was good enough for her to finish 18th overall on the race to CME Globe, I’m sure she will have aspirations to finish in the top 10 this season.

Na Rin An

Na should be the player who come closest to Attaya with the Rookie of the year. She won the LPGA Q School 8 round event with a score of -33 hitting over 40 birdies in the process. She played all last year on the Korean tour missing just 2 cuts. It was a winless year in 2021 however she did have ten top 10s & does have two wins from the 2020 season so she is more than capable of closing a win out when she’s in contention. The world no 61 will be looking to emulate the likes of Inbee park, Jin Young Ko & Sei Young Kim by winning multiple times on the LPGA.

Players to watch on the Ladies European Tour

Pia Babnik

After finishing in the top 5 on the Race to Costa Del Sol she was invited to play LPGA Q school which she turned down. The other 4 all went & got their LPGA cards so Pia will be in prime position to dominate the LET next year. In 2021 she had two wins & four top 10s which helped her finish 2nd in the Race to Costa Del Sol only behind Attaya Thitikul. The 17-year-old is one of the longest hitters on the tour averaging just short of 280 yards in 2021 & when you combine that with her 75% of greens in regulation you can see why she had such a good year in 2021. If she can improve on her putting stats next season, she should be able to easily add to her two wins she has already & could run away with the Order or Merit title.

Chiara Noja

She turned pro last year at just 15 years old. She was born in Germany & raised in England but now calls Dubai home. Even at a young age she has already made 3 cuts from 3 starts finishing 26-40-47. Last season she also had great outings in the Let access events with a 2nd & a 7th placed finish. There will be plenty of noise made about her in the years to come but I feel her success will come down to how well she can cope with the pressures of the media at such a young age. One to keep an eye on for progress during the upcoming year.

Julian Engstrom

A player who won twice in 2020 but was a no show in 2021. Now that could be because of Covid or Injury but there nothing confirming why. I’m assuming it’s because of injury as she posted on her Instagram on the 19th august ‘guess who is finally back hitting irons’ with a nice swing video to go with it. Should she return to the LET next year she will be one player who will certainly challenge the race to Costa Del Sol. Having not played for all of 2021 in any official event she has only dropped 100 paces in the Rolex ranking which shows how well she was progressing before she stopped playing. Starting the year in 182 & finishing in 284th means she will still rank higher than nearly all the LET fields.

Players to watch on the Other Tours around the world.

Sadom Kaewkanjana

Sadom was in scintillating form in 2021 picking up three wins & three 2nd place finishes. He had a run of five events where he went 1-2-1-1-2. Incredible form for any golf tour. In the 9 events he played this year he finished in the top 8 in all of them. The 23-year-olds average score was 67.18 just 7 clear on the tour average. He was hitting over 70% of fairways & greens which if you have seen how tree lined & tight some of the Thai courses are, you’ll know that stat is very impressive. Hopefully he will get a few sponsors invites next year on the DP Tour to see how good he really can be. However, with the Asian tour now restarted he will want to be topping the order of merit in that first.

Yoseop Seo

The 2-time winner this year on the Korea Tour will look to make a name for himself on the Asian tour. He only missed four cuts in twenty starts with four additional top 10s. His performances this year have jumped him up 400 places to a new high of 300. He is also ranked 5th in the Korea order of merit which shows how well he has played all season.

Denwit David boriboonsub

The 17-year-old won his 1st title as a pro this season just 11 months after turning pro. He won the Chiang Mai Open by 2 shots. Denwitt will look to go from strength-to-strength next year after gaining the confidence from that win to challenge the likes of Sadom Kaewkanjana & Phachara Khongwatmai. In eleven starts last year he had nine top 20 finishes & two missed cuts. In just his 2nd start on the Asian tour he managed a 2nd place finish so he will be a player full of confidence going into the next years golf.

Ryo Hitsasune

One of the biggest world ranking movers of 2021. He was unranked at the start of 2021 but finishes the year in 283rd. He won 3 times on the development tour in Japan which got him some starts on the main tour where he made every cut in the events he played. The best finish he managed on the main tour was a 4th in the Taiheiyo Masters. Overall, his year stats are very impressive, three wins & five top 10s with just three missed cuts. I have high hopes for Ryo this year.

Amateurs to watch out for this year

Keita Nakajima

Keita will finish the year as the No1 amateur in the world after picking up the Asia pacific Amateur towards the end of the year. It’s been a fantastic season for Nakajima who also won the Japanese amateur & a professional win on the Japanese tour with the Panasonic Open. He is being compared to Hideki already & you can see why. He has a spot in the Open & a spot at the Masters, so I’d be interested to know if he goes Pro after these events or not after already picking up a win on the professional tour. A Player with huge potential in golf.

Ratchanon Chantananuwat

Ratchanon Chantananuwat. A name that could in 10- or 20-years’ time could have landed Thailand their 1st Men’s Major title. At the age of just 14 he is already 657th in the world rankings ahead of the likes of Kevin Chappell, Oliver fisher & JB Holmes. He has already had three top 10 finishes on the All Thailand tour this year & that includes a 2nd place at Phuket Open. The kid became the youngest player to make a cut on the Asian tour shooting a 65 on the Sunday with a T15 Finish. A Player which if he can keep his head screwed on & not let the fame get to him will certainly go very far in the game of golf.

@golftipster5 Early Major Selections

Masters – Rory Mcilroy 14-1 & Victor Hovland 28-1 Both 6 places

US Open – Patrick Cantlay 25-1 & Jason Kokrak 80 Both 6 Places

PGA – Sam Burns 80-1 6 Places

Open – Jordan Spieth 14-1 & Marc Leishman 55-1 Both 6 Places

PGA Money List – Victor Hovland 20-1, Matt Wolff 66-1, Brooks Koepka 80-1, Billy Horschel 200-1 all 3 places bar Wolff who is 4 places.

Race to Dubai – Min Woo Lee 40-1, Bernd Wiesberger 40-1, Dany Willet 100-1, Dean Burmester 150-1 All 6 Places

Champions Tour Money List – Thongchai Jaidee 150-1 3 Places

Race to CME Globe – Attaya Thitikul 16-1, Danielle Kang 40-1, Pauline Roussin Bouchard 125-1 All 3 Places

Top Challenge Tour Graduate – Frederic Lacrois 16-1 4 places

Good Luck with Bets in 2022

@Golftipster5

Asian Tour – Laguna Phuket Championship Preview & Tips

Shih Chang Chan won the 1st event back on the Asian Tour after a 19-month period of no golf on tour. Chan winning for the 1st time in over 1800 days claiming his 3rd tour victory. This week the Asian tour moves 30minutes down route 402 in Phuket from Blue Canyon to Laguna Golf Phuket. Golfers will be eager to climb up the order of merit with the tour ending in just 3 events time. The sprint to the finish concludes with 2 events in the new year which will be held in Singapore. Wade Ormsby will be keen to hold onto the current No 1 position in the rankings but just one victory can project anybody into the top 10 or into the lead.

Course

Laguna Golf Club is situated on the west coast of Phuket, Thailand & was redesigned by Paul Jansen in 2014 with the intention to make the golfer think their way around the course rather than just bomb it round.  Water is in play on 14 of the 18 holes whether it be down the sides of the fairways or meandering its way through the undulating fairways, there is plenty of opportunity for some lost balls. The course redesign removed half the bunkers & strategically placed the current & new ones to catch the errand shots. Most of the greens are multi-tier & have huge run off areas so accuracy in the approach play will be a must to putting in some low numbers. The course is used by its members as a par 71 but this week will play as a par 70 measuring 6770 which sounds short, but the tree lined fairways & water means you can’t overpower the course & will need to have a plan A & Plan B on each hole to get the best results. The scorecard is made up of 5 par 3s, 10 par 4s & 3 par 5s.

Previous Visits on other tours

The Laguna course is making its debut this week on the Asian Tour however since 2017 it has held the Singha Phuket Open on the All-Thailand Tour most recently just 8 weeks ago where Sadom Kaewkanjana claimed his 3rd career win & his 1st of 3 wins in a 4-week period. Also, worth a note finishing 2nd that week was Ratchanon Chantananuwat. For anyone not familiar with him you will be in the years to come, he’s only 14 years old & already mixing it with the stars in Thailand & last week making the cut on the Asian tour on debut.

Top 10 leader board for the last 5 years

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Sadom Kaewkanjana 10-1 Paddy Power 6 Places

Sadom is the best golfer out of Thailand currently. His recent form on the Allthailand & Asian tour is staggering. In his last 5 starts he has finished 2-1-1-2-1. He has played against a total of 710 golfers in those 5 starts & only lost to 2 of them. Even at the short price he is I can’t bet against him this week especially after he won on this track just a few weeks ago. Sadom has the accuracy to get the ball in position his week hitting 74.1% of greens this season & to go with that hits 75.93% of greens in regulation. A must play this week.

Kosuke Hamamoto 30-1 Paddy Power 6 Places

Kosuke is another player in fine form recently. 5 top 20 finishes in a row has him 10th in the All Thailand Order of merit & with the 15th finish last week places him 11th on the Asian tour order of merit. Kosuke like Sadom is a very accurate player of the tee hitting 74.74% of fairways & 74.21% Greens in regulation. He is still yet to win in 51 starts but a win is incoming, he’s had 17 top 10s 4 of them being 2nd place finishes. His last 3 starts on this track he has finished 16th 5th & 19th so plenty of course knowledge there. His current from reads 15-5-9-7-9

Ian Snyman 50-1 Paddy Power 6 Places

Ian had a nice debut on tour last week with a T21 finish. He has dominated the development tour in South Africa this year winning 5 out of 16 events finishing in the top 10 on 6 other occasions. Ian hit 69.44% of green last week & hit 67% of fairways which accumulated in an excellent first round 66 followed by a 72 70 & 70. The 26 year will look to add to his impressive 2021 resume in one of the last events of the year. His current form reads 21-16-1-4-20

Taehoon Ok 150-1 Paddy Power 6 Places

Taehoon finally got to play on the Asian Tour after qualifying via Q school back in January 2019 & finished with a sold 10th place finish. The Asian Tour Rookie shot 3 rounds in the 60s on the way to final score of -13. He hit over 70% of greens & 75% of fairways last week so will look to bring that accuracy to Laguna golf club this week. He has come close to a breakthrough win on the Korean tour this year with a 2nd & a 3rd place finish so let’s hope he can go one better this week. His current form reads 10-33-16-MC-47  

Wongsakorn Pikunsawat 500-1 Boyle Sports 6 Places

With so many unknown players to the majority of the betters & even the bookie this week there is plenty of value to be had on the bigger numbers again like last week. Pikunsawat at 500s I’m more than happy to have a dabble on. Since the Allthailand tour restarted he has made every cut & his best finish was on this course for the Singha Laguna Phuket Open where he finished 10th.  His fairways & Greens in Regulation percentages are ranked outside the top 100 with 55% but he ranks as one of the better putters in Thailand ranking 30th or better in putts per round & putts per GIR.

Other notables

Ratchanon Chantananuwat 55-1 Paddy Power 6 Place

The boy wonder of Thailand made an excellent start to his Asian Tour career last week with a T15 finish & the round of the day on Sunday with a 65. He finished 2nd at this course a few weeks ago & also as a 13-year-old he finished 17th. If Thailand ever needed someone to win a major this could be the man to do so.

Itthipat Buranatanyarat 500-1 Paddy Power 6 Places

Another big number for a guy with fantastic course form. A 9th in 2018, 6th in 2019 & a 17th in 2020 shows he’s knows how to get around this place. He didn’t play the event in 2021 & looks to of struggled this season missing 9/14 cuts but a familiar track this week might give him so optimism to find his game again. He is a 3-time winner before, so he has the game he just needs some confidence.

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@golftipster5

Solheim Cup Preview & Tips

The 2021 Solheim cup is the 17th time this event has taken place. The Women’s equivalent of the Ruder cup taking place just a few weeks before the men tee it up.  12 players from Team USA & 12 from Team Europe will compete over 3 days of match play to see who will come out victorious. 2 sets of foursomes & fourballs then 12 singles matches will decide the winners. 28 points are on offer throughout the event with 14 ½ needed to win & 14 needed for Europe to defend. USA will be keen for revenge after last time where they lost on the very last hole. Suzanne Peterson holing the winning putt on her retirement match to win for team Europe. An iconic moment in the women’s game which will long live in the memories of many. This year sees a Monday finish with all 12 singles matches taking place on Labour day. The event will start on Saturday with 4 foursomes in the morning then 4 fourballs in the afternoon. This is then repeated on the Sunday & concluding on Monday with singles.

Course

Inverness golf club is this year’s host located in Toledo, Ohio. The Donald Ross design has held Majors in the men’s game 6 times most recently in 1993 for the PGA & held its 1st LPGA event in 2020 which Danielle Kang won with Celine Boutier finishing 2nd. Half of the field playing this week also played this event to get some key insights on the course. The course was designed as a par 71 but this week plays as a par 72. 3 par 3s, 13 par 4s & 2 par 5s will make up the 6833 yard course. There is water in play from a stream that meanders its way through the course, nearly half the holes have this hazard to look out for & also every green is well protected by numerous bunkers to punish any way ward approaches. All the practice rounds will be played in a completely different wind direction to what is predicted at the weekend as the north breeze they have all week changes to a South westerly breeze on opening day & will stay that way for the weekend which could catch a few players out. The forecast looks set to be cloudy for most of the championship but very warm at an average of 28°C

Team USA – Host

Captain – Pat Hurst

Vice Captains – Michelle Wie West, Angela Stanford & Stacy Lewis

Players

Nelly Korda

The world no1 & Olympic gold medallist will have a target on her back from team Europe this week. Everyone will want to take points off her so she will need her A game. She is highly likely to feature in all 5 matches & will more than likely be paired with her sister Jess. She was unbeaten on debut last time winning 3 games & halving 1.

Danielle Kang

Danielle loves the Solheim cup she gets the crowd going & creates a huge atmosphere around her. She won’t have her usual partner & best friend Michelle Wie to partner up with this week but that won’t phase her. She has played in 2 Solheim’s playing 8 matches winning 4 & losing 4. Apart from the Open she has been in great for with 4 top 10 finishes in 7 starts so comes into the week full of confidence & one of USAs inform players.

Ally Ewing

Ally didn’t have the best of debuts losing 3 times & winning once. She won the 2nd event of her career this year with the Bank of Hope LPGA match play which she will take plenty of confidence into especially after beating one of team Europe in the final Sophia Popov. She has had a very consistent year & has climbed to 22nd in the world with 2 top 6 finishes in her last 5 starts.

Austin Ernst 

The world no 27 will play in her 2nd Solheim cup. Her event record currently is 2 wins & 2 defeats. Another player who has been consistent all year long & picked up her 3rd career victory this year with the Drive on Championship in March. Her partner is 2017 was Paula Creamer for all 3 foursome & fourball matches so she will be getting a new player to team up with this week. Jennifer Kupcho, I think could benefit from playing with her this week.

Lexi Thompson

Lexi at just 26 years old is one of the veterans on the team this week having played in 4 Solheim cups already. She was involved in one of the best match play single matches off all time with Anna Nordqvist in 2017 where they halved the match. One for the neutrals to look out for on Monday should they get drawn together again. No wins for nearly 2 years now for Lexi but she has had 4 top 10 finishes this year in 15 starts with no missed cuts.

Jessica Korda

Another American who has a victory to her name this year wining at the very start with the Tournament of champions. She made all the cuts at every major & has had another solid year. She has played in 2 Solheim cups previously & has a record of 4 wins 2 loses & 2 halves so she has the joint 2nd best win percentage with Brittany Altomare only behind her sister. I’m fully expecting her to be teamed up with her sister every day this week as they are a very tough team to beat.

Megan Khang

Megan is still looking for her 1st win on the LPGA but that doesn’t take away what a great player & year she has had. A consistent run of events with 3 top 10s sees her ranked as the 36th best golfer in the world. She will be keen to improve on her 2019 Solheim record & notch up a 1st win. She suffered 2 defeats & a halve on debut in 2019.

Lizette Salas

The 2nd Veteran of team USA with 4 appearances & holds an impressive record with 6wins 2 halves & 6 loses. Lizette came very close this year to her maiden major title with 2 2nd place finishes at the Open & PGA Championship. She is without a win since 2014 but a solid season has seen her rise to no14 in the world. The only thing missing for her this year is a win which I’m sure will be just around the corner. Team Europe will certainly be aware that she is undefeated in her 4 singles matches winning 3 & halving the other. She will make a great partner for one of the rookies this year to show them the ropes of the Solheim.

Jennifer Kupcho

The 1st of 3 rookies for team USA but the only one who qualified in the points system. She has had 4 tops 10s & only missed 2 cuts from 16 events this season. A player who is still waiting for her 1st LPGA title but one of the most consistent players on tour. She rose to world no11 this year with her form but has since dropped to 28th. She made the cut in every major this year but never really challenged in them. She is somebody who I think will go very well this week.

Brittany Altomare

The 1st Captain pick got in with her form over the past year only missing 3 cuts from 17 starts. Her 2 top 10s at the Meijer classic & a 9th place finish in the match play enough for captain Hurst to select her. Another player who is waiting on her maiden win on tour but a player who is good enough get it done very soon. As the 2nd oldest player on the team at just 30 she will be needed for her experience this week.

Yealimi Noh

The 20-year-old is the youngest player playing this week by 3 years & is set for a great week. Her form in her last 4 events made her a dead cert on the captain picks. She has finished 13-7-14 & 3rd in her last 4 starts so is one of the in-form players this week who id expect to be out for all 5 matches even if she is a rookie. I can see her & Danielle Kang playing together this week as they both seem to be very fiery characters who can bounce of each other.

Mina Harigae.

The final pick & another rookie for team USA. She has been on tour sine 2010 & we be buzzing to of finally made the team. She will bring over 10 years of tour experience to the team which could be vital. A few question marks on her pick could add pressure to her when she plays as there were 2 players in the world rankings ahead of her that have had equally good years. However, she fully deserved her place on the team especially on recent from which reads 13-5-29-2-46 3 of them starts being majors so she like Yealimi is in great form currently.

Team Europe

Captain – Catriona Matthew

Vice captains – Laura Davies, Kathryn Imrie & Suzann Pettersen

Players

Emily Pedersen

The current race to Costa del sol winner probably made the team last season with her 3-win winning streak she went on meaning nobody could catch her points total. Hard to believe she is still only ranked 68th in the world. She is one of Europe’s most in form players with recent finishes reading 13-5-29-2-46. She’s transitioned from LET to LPGA well this year with 3 top 10 finishes. She played in the 2017 edition of the Solheim & didn’t claim a point for her team which she will be determined to put right this time.

Georgia Hall

The 2018 British Open champion came close again last week finishing 2nd which got her an automatic spot on the team. She has played in 2 Solheim’s before & at the last one had a 100% record winning all 4 of her matches & 3 of them with Celine Boutier who I’m sure will both be paired together again this time round. Similar to the Korda sisters for Europe the Americans will be looking to take points of them this year to dent the team confidence. Her record overall is 6 wins 3 loses.

Anna Nordqvist

The most recent major winner & Solheim veterans comes into this week still elated with her 3rd Major championship. All of team USA will want to take points of the British Open champion. She is the oldest player playing this week at just 34 & has played in 6 Solheim’s playing 23 matches. Her record is 12 wins 9 loses & 2 halves. She will be expected to give advice & guidance to all the team this year as she has the most experience of any of the team playing & the rookies will learn a lot from her this week. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her paired up with Matilda Castren or Madelene Sagstrom this week.

Sophia Popov

It hasn’t been the best of years for Sophie results wise, but she is still an Open Champion & had a fantastic run in the match play which will give her plenty of confidence this week. Sophia didn’t play any of team USA in the match play but took out some of the world’s best such as Inbee Park, Patty Tavatanakit & Shanshan Feng on her route to the final where she lost to team USA player Ally Ewing. I’m sure she will be hoping for the same draw in the singles to get some payback. Even as a major winner Popov will be a rookie this year

Charley Hull

Charley is USA equivalent of Lexi; she is only 25 & has already played in 4 Solheim’s. She has the best record of any of team Europe who had played in more than 1 Solheim winning 9 halving 3 & just 3 loses. She seems to be very Poulter like where she doesn’t always do amazing in Strokeplay events but when it comes to the Solheim something clicks & she delivers points. The Solheim Postwoman. She will be the perfect partner for Leona Maguire this week to show her the ropes.

Carlota CIganda

Carlota is another player who hasn’t had a great year results wise. Just one top 10 all year but has made 14 cuts out of 17 event she has played so still plenty of ranking points earned. Its hard to believe her last victory was back in 2016. This will be her 5th Solheim this week & she has a great record from the previous 4 winning 6 halving 4 & has 6 loses. She played in all 5 games last time out & it’s likely she will be highly involved again this year.

Celine Boutier

A no brainer of a pick after her debut in 2019 winning every game she played. Herself & Georgia Hall were unplayable. 4 points from 4 she will be looking to add similar if not more points this year. The world no 65 is the 2nd lowest ranked player playing this week only Emily Pedersen is lower in the world rankings. I’m not quite sure how she isn’t higher she has had 4 top 10s in her last 8 starts one of those being at the PGA & has made 15cuts out of 18 starts. I can’t see her & Georgia being split up after their 2019 run they had.

Matilda Castren

Matilda had to go & win her home open to be eligible to play this Solheim cup which she went & did which shows what type of competitor she is. I’m very excited to see how she gets on this week & she should be another player who plays in all 5 matches. She has 2 wins to her name this year one on the LPGA & 1 on the LET. It only took her 15 starts on the LPGA to get a win & has been solid all year. The world no 47 has had 3 top 10s in 14 events. I can see her playing with another Scandinavian player this week to help her on the Rookie start.

Nanna Madsen

Nanna was so close to her maiden Major at the Open going down the 18th level with Anna, but it wasn’t to be & she will have plenty more opportunities down the line. Another of the 4 rookies this year for team Europe she will be looking to carry on her impressive form as of late. A T5 & T9 finish in her last 3 starts show her game is trending in the right direction & a win isn’t far away it would seem. Just 2 missed cuts from 15 starts show how well she has been performing each week.

Leona Maguire

What a season it has been for Leona, its just missing the maiden victory on the LPGA. The world no45 has made 14cuts from 16 events & has 5 top 10 finishes to her name. In her last 9 starts she hasn’t finished lower than 26th so she could be the most in form player on team Europe without a win. She played 2 of team USA in the match play group stage beating the eventual winner Ally Ewing & halved with Kupcho so can take plenty of positives from those results. Leona should be playing all 5 games even as a rookie as she is one of Europe’s strongest players & they will need her.

Mel Reid

Mrs Solheim Cup, she loves this event & couldn’t hide her delight after being selected for the team on her Instagram. ‘all jokes aside it will feel so good to be back inside the ropes this years & I don’t shy away from the fact that every 2 years this is always my goal’ this was after she wasn’t picked in 2019 & was handing out the water & snacks to other players as a vice captain. She got her maiden victory in 2020 at the ShopRite Classic, a win that was coming as she was in sensational form around that time. She has played in 3 Solheim’s over a 10-year period winning 4 games losing 6 & halving 2. Her experience will be vital to Team Europe this week.

Madelene Sagstrom

Madelene won at the very start of 2020 with the Gainbridge. Since then, she has had steady results & lead after the 1st round of the Olympics just a few weeks ago going on to finish 20th. She has made 13 cuts from 17 events & last time out at the British Open she had her best finish of the year finishing 2nd so comes into the Solheim full of confidence. In her previous appearance at the Solheim in 2017 she won her singles match but lost both her fourball matches.

@Golftipster5 Selections

Top Combined Points Scorer

Leona Maguire 14-1 4 Places

Georgia Hall 14-1 4 places

Yealimi Noh 20-1 4 Places

Ally Ewing 20-1 4 Places

Madelene Sagstrom 50-1 5 Places

Top European Points Scorer

Matilda Castren 9-1 3 Places

Top USA Points Scorer

Lizette Salas 10-1 3 Places

Double for Top Europe & USA 109-1 3 Places

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@golftipster5

Italian Open Preview & Tips

With 2 weeks to go until Padraig Harrington picks his wildcard picks the Italian Open takes place this week.The Ryder cup hopefuls looking to home in their games ready for the flagship event at Wentworth next week & get into Padraig’s thoughts. The 78th instalment of this event sees the Marco Simone course host for the 1st time since 1994 a swift 9 hours south of last week’s event in Switzerland. A €3Million purse will be up for grabs this week & double race to Dubai points which will be vital for some players who are looking to maintain their cards for next year. All the pressure will be on the Ryder cup hopefuls like Stenson, Molinari & Wiesberger this week which may suit the rest of the field as they will be playing without all the media hype & can sneak under the radar to take home the Italian Open.

Course

The Marco Simone course takes centre stage this week for the 1st time since 1994 where Eduardo Romero won with a -16 score. The course is located 10miles outside of Rome in Guidonia & was designed by Jim Fazio & David Mezzacane. This is a par 71 course made up of 4 par 3s,11pars 3s & 3 par 5s. 2 of the par 5s are on the 9th & 18th so the 1st 2 rounds will both finish on a par 5 making for interesting viewing for leaders & players trying to make the cut. 7268 yards will make up the scorecard this week with the shortest hole measuring 145 & longest a whopping 626. The 2023 Ryder cup captain will be keeping a keen eye on events this week as this course will host the Ryder cup in 2023.

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Bernd Wiesberger 20-1 7 Places PaddyPower

After his disappointing finish last week, he can still take the positives from a final round 65 & also 4 rounds in the 60s for the week. With a good week this week he can overtake Rory McIlroy in the euro points list to claim automatic 4th spot to ensure he is on the plane for the Ryder cup which he will be desperate to do. Bernd is ranked 1st in strokes gained tee to green with a green in regulation percentage of 72.08. He is also one of the best scramblers & sand save players ranking 9th & 14th so when he misses a green, he tends to still make his par & get up & down. There will be added pressure on him this week because of his finish last week & the fact he wants to be on team Europe in a few weeks’ time, but he has the mental strength to cope with this & have another solid week in the run up to the Ryder cup. Recent form reads 5-26-59-21-2

Henrik Stenson 30-1 7 Places Betfred

Henrik is putting himself directly in Padraig’s thoughts with his last 2 weeks work finishing 4th & 3rd & this week finishing with a 63 to post an early clubhouse number only to be beaten by 2 others. He was interviewed after his round saying how happy he was with his long game & hopes to take that into next week “We’ll take the positives once again and move on to Italy and hopefully we can keep on getting better.” His stats for the season aren’t for nice reading ranking 150+ in the majority but he does have one of the best driving accuracies with the trusty 3 wood with 58.38%. With 3 Ryder cup picks up for grabs & 2 apparently already locked in as all the pundits keep calling it, he will want to get himself on the plane to America with another good week this week. Recent form reads MC-MC-MC-4-3

Min Woo Lee 60-1 7 Places PaddyPower

The Scottish Open champion shot into the top 100 in the world after his win in Scotland, currently ranked 64th in the world he comes into the Italian Open off the back of a solid T21 finish in Switzerland. Min Woo is one of the biggest hitters on tour hitting the ball an average on 307.65 yards but with only 49.52% accuracy. He hits better than the average for greens in regulation with 66.11% but ranks level with the tour average for putting at 28.93 putts per round. Current form reads 17-1-MC-62-21

Marcel Siem 80-1 7 Places Betfred

Since his revival on the Challenge tour, he keeps going from strength to strength. A Fantastic Open championship amongst 2 more top 15 finishes he will look to go even better this week at the Italian Open. Marcel is a streaky putter that once he gets it hot, he tends to score well. He has a 67.9% of green in regulation stat which ranks better than the tour average. Marcel will be probably be driving to the event this week from Italy so he can go fishing in-between playing golf. He opened up in his recent player blog saying how much he has enjoyed driving to events from his Germany base. He drove all the way to Scotland for the Scottish Open all 12 hours of it. “I was due to fly to Scotland for the Scottish Open, I had a flight booked but just before I set off for the airport, I said forget it, I’m going to drive to Scotland and do it under my terms. It was only 12 hours, plus the following week was near London, so it was a lot more fun and made a lot of sense to me. I’m finding I am a lot less stressed when arriving at a venue as I feel I’ve got my home with me, just my wheels.” His demeanour on the course seems a lot better than previous years as well always celebrating the good shots passionately & laughing & joking with fellow pros. Recent form reads 15-56-21-12-7

Outsider

Andrea Pavan 400-1 7 Places Betfred

Yes, this is not a joke. Andrea will play in front of a home crowd & which the Rome born Italian will relish after a year he will want to forget. Just 2 cuts made in the last year which were his last 2 starts so he is starting to get back to playing good golf. The 2-time European tour winner has shot 3 rounds in the 60s in his last 2 events which will give his much-needed confidence. He ranked T24 & T27 for most birdies made at these events so if he can keep the doubles off the card, I’m hopeful he can get back to his 2019 form. He is still even with the poor year he has had ranked as the 7th best putter on tour so if the driving & iron play behaves, he can certainly give his home event ago. Form is temporary & class is permanent. Recent form reads MC-Mc-MC-73-53

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@golftipster5

AIG Women’s Open Preview & Tips

This week sees the final Major of the year take place at Carnoustie Golf club in Scotland just 1 hour North of last week’s Scottish Open. The 6th Major of the year if you count the Olympics is one of the final events where the Solheim cup players can cement their places on their respective teams or get themselves into the captain’s minds for picks. Carnoustie’s takes its turn to host the 45th edition of the championship for the 2nd time in the Open history having held previously in 2011. 16 under was the winning score in 2011 however, the cut was made at +1 so it played to its usual “Carnasty” nickname for the majority of players. Who can take home the share of the $4.5 million purse & place their name in history as the Open Champion 2021? Will it be one of the Asian players who have dominated the Open in recent years winning 10 of the last 20 Opens or can European add to the 5 they have won in the same period.

Course

Carnoustie is located in the east of Scotland just north of Edinburgh. It has held The Open 7 times for the men but only once before for the ladies. Everybody knows how brutal this course can be when then wind gets up so the ladies will be praying for nice weather this week & currently the golfing gods look to be giving them calm dry conditions. 6606 yards will be making up the par 71 which is 116 yards longer than 2011. 3 par 3s, 13 par 4s & 2 par 5s will complete the scorecard. This week will see plenty of rough around the greens & fairways to make mistakes off the tee & missed approach shots punished so accuracy will be key this week.

2011 Open

The Open was held here back in 2011 where Yani Tseng defended the title she won in 2010. Her score of -16 was at the time one of the highest winnings scores but in recent years double figures have become the norm for winning scores at The Open except for Sophia Popov’s -7 winning score last year but that was in very high winds & tough conditions all week.

How it finished

PositionPlayerScoreTo Par
1Yani Tseng71-66-66-69-272-16
2Brittany Long70-70-69-67-276-12
3Sophie Gustafson68-71-70-68-277-11
4Amy Yang68-70-73-67-278-10
T5Caroline Masson68-65-68-78-279-9
T5Catriona Matthew70-69-68-72-279-9

Also, worth noting that 2 Amateurs made the cut & finished +2 & +11 who were Danielle Kang & Sophia Popov who are both now Major winners.

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Lydia Ko 14-1 Unibet 6 Places

Lydia will turn up to Carnoustie still gleaming with pride after winning her 2nd Olympic medal & finishing joint 2nd at the Scottish Open after a final round 63 which was one of the rounds of the week. she was quoted after her 1st round saying how much she loves links golf & that the Scottish Open was prefect prep “I love playing links golf. You have to hit some different types of shots and be very creative. It’s fun and I think this course is a really good lead-up to Carnoustie” Lydia’s average scoring this year is up there with the best averaging 69.78 with 36 rounds under par out of 54 played. Ko already has a win this season winning the Lotte championship by 7 shots in April. Recent form reads 2-3-6-22-52

Attaya Thitkul 18-1 Skybet 7 Places

Attaya is my go-to so far this season picking her nearly every week & it’s easy to see why. In her last 10 starts this year she has finished outside the top 6 only once with a 25th place finish. She had a 2nd place last week at the Scottish Open & has a win at the Czech Open a few starts ago. She has played in the British Open 3 times before but only as an amateur winning low amateur the last 2 times she played in 2018 & 2019. She has the most birdie’s this season on the European tour with 127 & also leads the most eagles with 6. Jeeno jat as she is nicknamed is a green in regulation machine hitting 75.12% of greens & also 65.8% of fairways which will certainly help her birdie & eagle count. Current form reads 2-4-5-4-2

Ariya Jutanugarn 25-1 Unibet 6 Places

Ariya’s 4th place finish last week was enough for me to take her on this week. She already has an Open title to her name & will look to become a 2-time champion. She had lost her way it seemed through parts of last year but a win in her home country of Thailand at the beginning of May appears to of turned her fortunes around. She won the mixed event with her sister just 4 starts back so will have plenty of confidence this week from that & last week’s prep just a few miles from Carnoustie. Stats wise she is consistently one of the better players in all categories, she ranks 25 on putting average, 12 on scoring average & hits 69.5% of greens in regulation. Current form reads 4-46-19-1-15

Matilda Castren 50-1 Skybet 7 Places

The 2-time winner this year is in great form coming into this week’s final major. After getting herself into the frame of the Solheim cup by winning her home Open she can play knowing she will more than likely be on the plane to Ohia regardless of her result this week. She is one of the best green finders on tour ranking 4th in Greens in Regulation but it appears to be the putter which can let her down some weeks as she ranks 151st in putting average. Even with that stat she is still up there nearly every week as in her last 5 starts she has finished 18-19-1-15-2

Akaya Furue 130-1 PaddyPower 6 Places

A 3-time winner in 2020 she was on fire last year. This season no wins yet but she has 1 2nd 1 3rd & 6 top 10s. She predominantly plays on the Japan Tour & leads the field in scoring average with 69.99. Akaya is one of the best putters on the tour with her 3-putt avoidance ranking 1st & her average putts per round ranking 4th.  13 par 4s to play this week & she ranks 4th on par 4 scoring on the Japan tour so can use that to her advantage this week. Recent form reads 4-14-17-31-11

Other notables

Danielle Kang – I really wanted to back her this week with her winning low amateur in 2011 but she lost her clubs during her flight to Scotland so will have limited time to prep with her clubs should they turn up in time.

Emily Pedersen – She won the British Amateur during her early days & finished 11th last year in very tricky conditions. No wins yet this year but has 5 tour wins & is the reigning Race to Costa Del Sol champion.

Good Luck with all Bets

@golftipster5

WGC St Jude Invitational Preview & Tips

The WGC St Jude is known for attracting one of the strongest fields of the year. With its huge purse & no cut this week the majority of the OGWR top 50 will be here. Some players flying over from the Olympics could be struggling with fatigue & jetlag this week. Especially someone like Patrick reed who has had some huge travel days lately, the last 4 weeks has earned his frequent flyer miles with flights from America to Scotland back to American then to Tokyo & now back to America. Over 20,000 miles flown. However, most players have played here before so won’t need to much practice to familiarise themselves with the course again. TPC Southwind Hosts this week for the 3rd time with previous events held in 2020 & 2019 at this course.

Course

TPC Southwind located in Tennessee will host this year for the 3rd time. It has however held PGA tour events since 1989 with the ST Jude Classic until 2018 before becoming a WGC event in 2019. The course was designed by Ron Prichard & measures just 7244 yards, a very low yardage by modern day course lengths but that is reflected with the scorecard being a Par 70. 4 par 3s,12 par 4s & 2 par 5s making up the card. Water is in play in over half of the holes this week so accuracy will be needed this week to ensure no shots end up water bound for the dreaded drop shots & 3 off the tee that the punters hate to see. Since 2003 over 5500 balls have found the water at this course which is the record on tour. The 12th hole being the worst with over 950 balls in the water. Strokes gained tee to green could be vital this week along with a very accurate player.

Previous Winners – 2018 wasn’t classed as WGC

2020 – Justin Thomas – Score -13 Pre event odds 12/1

2019 – Brooks Koepka – Score -16 Pre event odds 9/1

2018 – Dustin Johnson – Score -19 Pre event odds 6/1

2017 – Daniel Berger – Score -10 Pre event odds 25-1

2016 – Daniel Berger – Score -13 Pre event odds N/A

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Brooks Koepka 12-1 William Hill 7 Places

Brooks will be one of the freshest out there this week after not playing since The Open championship where he finished 6th. One of the most inform players at the minute just missing on adding to his win at the Waste management earlier in the year. In his last 5 starts he has finished 6-5-4-MC-2, 3 of those starts were also Majors. Having won this event in 2019 & finishing 2nd behind JT last year he clearly likes this track which makes him my easiest pick of the week the week even at a short number. He ranks 4th in strokes gained total with an average score this season of 69.677 which ranks him 5th. His strokes gained tee to green he is 3rd this season & stroke gained off the tee he is 10th. Both key stats I believe to find a winner this week.

Dustin Johnson 20-1 Paddy Power 7 Places

A few pundits were questioning DJ after his missed cut at the 3M open last time out but this week he returns to a course where he has won twice before & in the most recent 2 WGCs here he has shot every round in the 60s. DJ won here in 2012 & 2018 at the St Jude Classic. A scoring average of 69.658 ranks DJ 3rd on tour this season & his stroke gained total he is 23rd. Par 3 & 4 scoring he is 28th & 27th which will be vital this week with just 2 par 5 for him to take apart. DJ will be looking to add to his 6 WGC titles he already has. Current form reads MC-8-25-9-10

Patrick Cantlay 25-1 William Hill 7 Places

The memorial Champion statistically is one of the best players on tour this season. His strokes gained total is 6th on tour which is made up of a 15th Strokes gained off the tee, 8th around the green, 4th tee to green, 25th approach the green & 53rd putting. This week is only a par 70 with only 2 par 5s so the par 4 are crucial this week & he ranks 5th in par 4 scoring this season. In his 2 previous starts here, he has finished 35th & 12th. Current form reads MC-13-15-1-23

Harris English 45-1 William Hill 7 Places

Harris won at this course back in 2013 when it was the St Jude Classic. Since winning in 2013 he played in all the remaining St Jude Classic but never in the WGC, his course form is 1-MC-45-26-10-MC. After his win 2 starts ago, he will be full of confidence going into a course he has had success at before. Harris already has 2 victories this season which has risen him up to personal best official golf world ranking of 10th (Prior to Olympics, now 14th) He is statistically one of the best putters on the tour ranking inside the top 20 at 18th. His average score this season is 70.153 which ranks 24th, which is helped when you have 305 birdies in 79 rounds averaging 4.28 per round. Current form reads 46-1-3-14-64

Outsider

Stewart Cink 125-1 Paddy Power 7 Places

Stewart has won 2 times over the past year which gets him in the field this week along with being in the Official golf world ranking top 50. He is yet to play in a WGC at TPC Southwind however he has played in the St Jude Classic numerous times. In his last 5 outings here, he has finished 4-10-65-37-53. Stewart is one of the best green hitters on tour, he is currently 9th best & hits 70.27% of greens in regulation. With 4 par 3s on the scorecard he can be sure to add some birdies this week as he ranks 1st in par 3 scoring this season. Current form reads MC-MC-30-57-47

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The Olympic Golf Preview & Tips Men’s & Women’s

For only the 2nd time in the modern-day era golf will be an Olympic sport again after being held in 2016 for the 1st time in 112 years. For some players the chance to represent their countries at such a rare event was a no brainer & for others it just doesn’t fit their schedules & with Covid they have opted out. The event will be exactly the same as a normal stroke play event with 72-hole scoring & the lowest scorer winning the Gold Medal & 2nd & 3rd picking up the Silver & Bronze. Where players are tied for the 1st,2nd & 3rd position a sudden death play-off will commence. Just 59 Men & 60 Women will compete at the games so there will be no cuts for either competition. The men’s tournament will start 6 days after the opening ceremony on Thursday 29th July finishing on the Sunday. The women will then start on Wednesday 4th August finishing on the Saturday. Schedule below

Course

This year the Olympic golf will be held at the Kasumigaseki country club on the East course located 31km outside Tokyo in Saitama. The course opened in 1929 & was designed by Kinja Fujii & Shirou Akaboshi. The scorecard will be a par 71 consisting of 4 Par 3s,11 par 4s & 3 par 5s. Measuring 7466 on the Tournament card the course is a similar length to most Tour events. The ladies can expect to play of 6500 yards with the same scorecard set up. The course has held a range of different championships in its history the most recent event was the 2010 Japan Amateur which recent Master Champion Hideki Matsuyama won by 5 shots shotting 15underpar. Also playing this week who took part was Ryan Fox who finished T34 with 9 over. However, the Championship was on the West course, but some practice might have taken place on the East course prior to this.

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Note all selections were made before Rahm & Bryson had to WD & the Women’s were made before the Evian Championship commenced so form will not have Evian Result in. I will post odds that I got & the current best odds available on Sunday 25th July

Men’s Olympic Picks

Collin Morikawa 10-1 Skybet 6 Places. Current Best Odds 8-1 Skybet

When Collin is double figure odds all be it small after his Open win how can I not pick him. The best Iron player in the world put on a stripe show at The Open last week winning comfortably in the end by 2 shots ahead of Jordan Spieth. After already winning more tournaments than he has had missed cuts he will be keen to add an Olympic Gold to his impressive resume. 5 wins to 4 missed cuts for anyone wanted the figures. With no cut this week Collin can certainly rely of his consistent iron game shoot 4 low rounds & bring home what will probably be 1 of many Gold medals for team USA. As per usual every week Collin tees it up if he has a good week with the putter, he will most certainly be challenging come Sunday afternoon if not winning. He is statistically ranked one of the worst putters on tour (170th) but the best Approach player ranking 1st in strokes gained tee to green & approach to the green so when the putter behaves, he challenges. Current from reads 1-71-4-2-14

Sung-Jae Im 33-1 Skybet 6 Places. Current Best Odds 28-1 Skybet

Sung Jae missed The Open Championship to prep for the Olympics & it’s hard to not understand why him & Si Woo Kim both did this. In Korea if you win a medal at the Olympics you get the honour of getting to bypass the 2-year national service every Korean must do in their lifetime. A minimum of 2 years is a long time away from golf just look at Sang Moon Bae. He was ranked 85th in the world in 2015 when he left for national service, he returned ranked 1900th & he has only managed 1 victory on the Korn ferry tour since returning 5 years ago which many will blame the national service. He had racked up 12 victories before he left which just shows how it affected him. With this is mind Sungjae will be more determined than ever this week to at least get a Bronze medal so expect plenty of pin seeking this week to go low. Sunjae played on the Japan Tour before coming over to the States for the Korn Ferry & now PGA tour. He never recorded a victory in Asia but can rely on his experience of the conditions in Japan to bring home a Medal. Current form reads 47-8-35-35-MC

Tommy Fleetwood 33-1 Skybet 6 Places. Current Best Odds 30-1 Betfair

After the various Withdrawals from Team GB Tommy jumped at the chance to represent his country. He was quoted saying Justin Rose winning in 2016 helped inspire him. “He spoke to me about it a lot. I just think it was really cool like seeing his face light up and hearing him talk about how he felt about not only competing in Olympics but being an Olympic gold medallist. It was very, very cool seeing him and watching him talk about it” Also looking from his socials he looks elated to be going to the Olympics.  Tommy like Morikawa can rely on excellent iron play this week to get himself into contention. For the last 4 years he has ranked 3rd.4th, 1st & 1st in Greens in regulation on the European tour. It’s always been the flat stick that lets Tommy down ranking in the 100s each year. However, his passion alone I believe can get him through this week, his Ryder Cup performance where you don’t just play for yourself he was exceptional so playing for Team GB he will relish the opportunity. Current form Reads 33-26-17-50-35

Rikuya Hoshino 150-1 Skybet 6 Places. Current Best Odds 125-1 Skybet

Rikuya is one of the best players on the Japan tour currently, he managed to knock out much fancied Takumi Kanaya out of the last Position to represent Japan just a few weeks before the cut off. Rikuya’s last 4 events have all been majors & he has unfortunately had 3 missed cuts & a 26th in the US Open. He can get back to his best this week with home comforts. On the Japan Tour this year he ranks 1st in Money earned. He has the 4th best scoring average with 69.94 & has a par or better percentage of 87.21% which ranks him 4th on tour. He is a player I believe will be on the Major Tours in the next few years with his ability.  Current form reads MC-MC-26-MC-1

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Jazz Janewattananond 200-1 Skybet 6 Places. Current Best Odds 200-1 Bet365

Jazz hasn’t had the best of years but has still managed a 2nd & a 11th finish in his last 8 start with 4 missed cuts. In 2019 he was one of the best Asia tour players in the world registering 6 wins & 10 2nd or 3rd Place finishes. He also got to 40th in the world rankings.  A player like Hoshino who can take advantage of knowing how the conditions & humidity will affect the golf ball. I like his chances this week & at 200-1 I’m happy to take it on each way. Current form reads 46-MC-MC-37-MC

Women’s Olympic Picks All odds still currently best available

Patty Tavatankit 18-1 5 Places William Hill

Patty missed this weeks Evian Championship in order to be well prepped for the Olympic games. Having already won a major this year she will look to add an Olympic medal to her resume. She is one of the best putters on tour with her average putts per green in regulation ranking her 4th & average putts taken 14th. She hits just over 70% of greens in regulation which ranks 63rd but is still very respectable. Since her maiden major win, she has carried on her impressive for with 4 tops 5s in 7starts. The current leader for the Rookie of the year award form reads 5-21-26-5-3

Leona Maguire 28-1 5 Places Mansion Bet

After a record equalling major round of 61 in her final round week to finish T6 Leona can go to Tokyo full of confidence. She will be looking to capitalise on the smaller field this week to get her 1st victory. She has 5 top 10 finishes this year so far & her form certainly deserves a win so why not an Olympic Gold. She ranks 10th on the scoring average for the tour this season with 70.08 which is certainly helped with 161 birdies & 5 eagles in 42 rounds of golf. She is also ranked as one of the best putters on tour with a putt per green in regulation ranked 5th & average putts per round ranked 22nd with 29.44. All attributes she can use this week to go for Gold. Current form reads 15-15-2-9-26

Mone Inami 50-1 Boyle Sports 6 places

Mone is a player that isn’t a household name on the LPGA tour. She plays predominantly on the JLPGA. She fully deserves her spot on the Japanese team with Nasa Hataoka. She has won on the Japan tour 5 times in 2021 & has 4 top 5 finishes. At 50-1 in a field of 60 I’m more than happy to take this on. She ranks 1st n scoring average on tour with 70.28. A relatively short driver by tour standards at an average of 237.98yards she hits the fairway 74.28% of the time.  With no travelling to get to the Olympics as Japan is where she is based, she should be one of the freshest & best rested players this week. The Majority of the field have at least an 12hour flight from the Evian & those still stateside are looking at nearly a 24hour travel day. Mone will also be used to all the conditions that playing in Japan has to offer which will stand in her favour. Current form reads 4-22-MC-MC-41.

Gaby Lopez 66-1 Boyle Sports 6 places

Gaby has planned her entire year around the games. “That’s what my schedule is going to be played around, being rested, being prepared, in time to play well that week” She also got the honour of carrying her countries flag in the Opening Ceremony. The 2-time LPGA tour winner will be looking to hit top form this week to get herself a Gold Medal. She passed on this week’s Evian Championship like a few others in order to be ready to go come game day. Gaby is one of the longer hitters on tour hitting an average of 272.63 yards off the tee with a 67.22% accuracy. Greens in regulation she ranks 28th on tour with 73.86%. This helps her to be the 10th best birdie scorer this season with 177 birdies in 49 rounds. Current form reads 3-MC-25-41-42

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Maria Fassi 500-1 Boyle Sports 6 places

After her finish at the Evian I’ve added her as the outsider at 500-1. More than enough value for one of the longest hitters on the tour. She currently averages 277.81 yards off the tee. Its been a year of Missed cuts for Fassi but she seems to have made a turn in the right direction. After teaming up with Stacey Lewis in the previous week she’s opened up about how much she learned from playing with her for a few rounds  “I asked her a million questions, from what it is that she does on practice rounds to what she is looking for, to why she’s hitting some of the shots she was or why she plays the way she plays.” It looks to have payed off with 3 rounds in the 60s this week at the Evian Championship & she will look to continue the trend at the Olympics. Recent form reads 15-MC-MC-MC-MC

The Amundi Evian Championship Preview & Tips

The Evian Championship like The Open is back after a 1-year hiatus. Cancelled in 2020 because of Covid the Ladies will be keen to get back familiar territory at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France for the 4th Major of the year. Not the last however, with the Ladies having 5 Majors The Open still to come in 3 weeks’ time.  The best in the world will take to the field but it will be missing a few stars. US Open Winner Yuki Saso, Danielle Kang & Lexi Thomson all I believe electing for Olympic prep, but I may be wrong. The usual extra CME Globe points on offer this week with 625 instead of 500 & a nice $4.5Million Purse. Jin Young Ko is the defending Champion this week

Course

The Evian Resort Golf Club always hosts this event. The course is in Evian-Les-Bains, Southern France which overlooks Lake Geneva. It has been called the 5th Major since 2013. However, it has hosted the Evian Masters since 1994 when it was a Ladies European Tour Event before becoming a co-sanctioned LPGA & LET event in 2000. 6527 yards will make up the par 71 course this week. 5 par 3s,9 par 4s & 4 par 5 complete the scorecard. Steve Smyers helped redesign the course with European Golf Design in 2012-13 costing whopping $8million. The Redesign hasn’t been to everyone’s liking with high profile players such as Lexi Thomson & Stacy Lewis voicing concerns about it at the time. Stacy didn’t play for 2 years during a boycott because of new design. The best total score for the week was by In Gee Chun in 2016 shooting -21.

Previous winners

2019 – Jin Young Ko – Score -15

2018 – Angela Stanford – Score -12

2017 – Anna Nordqvist – Score -9

2016 – In Gee Chun – Score -21

2015 – Lydia Ko – Score -16

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Inbee Park 16-1 PaddyPower 6 Places

Inbee needs no introduction she is one of the most successful Players to grace the LPGA. She has won 21 times on tour including 7 Majors, the only Major missing from her collection is the Evian Championship. This week she can become the 1st Woman to win the Grand Slam of Golf in the Evian Championship Era. 5 women have won the 4 slam before & Karrie Webb has done the 5 Slam but nobody since the Evian has existed has completed the modern 5 slam.  She has finished 8th in this event 3 times in 2015,2018 & 2019. The year before this event became a Major in 2012, she won here so she knows to play 4 consistent rounds round here to get the job done. The world No3 has been in great form this season, she has had 21 rounds in the 60s this season & has 1 win at the Kia Classic in March. She is one of the best putters on tour ranking 3rd in average putts for the season, this with an 81.18% driving accuracy & a 73.22% greens in regulation will make her tough to beat this week. Current form reads 22-40-10-29-7

Mattila Castren 33-1 Unibet 6 Places

Matilda won on the Ladies European Tour last week at a very short price of 5/2. The event was in her home country of Finland & gave her a huge confidence boost the week before a major winning by 3 shots & only having 3 dropped shots all week. This win will almost guarantee her a spot on the Team Europe for the Solheim cup in a few months’ time. Her 2nd win of the year comes just 5 starts after her last win so she is in great form currently. The green in regulation machine is one of the best one tour ranking 6th with 77.01% so she should give herself plenty of chance this week. Current form reads 1-15-2-MC-1

Jessica Korda 35-1 PaddyPower 6 Places

Jessica can follow in her Sister’s footsteps this week & land her maiden Major just before jetting off to the Olympics. The last 2 starts at the Evian Championship Jess has finished 17th & 8th so she has plenty of course form to use to her advantage this week. Jess has the 3rd best scoring average this season on tour with 69.67 which is helped with a green in regulation percentage of 76.74. The world No13 will be looking to add to her victory at the start of the year to cement her place in the Solheim cup team. Current form reads 50-15-25-30-3

Atthaya Thitikul 40-1 Skybet 6 Places

Atthaya is still & probably always will be the youngest winner of a Women’s professional event when she won the Thailand Championship in 2017 ages just 14 years & 4 months. She had another win in 2019 in the same championship still as an amateur. She turned pro in 2020 & won a recent as a 4 starts ago at the Czech Ladies Open. She has had 7 starts this season & finished 6th or better 6 times which puts her 1st in the Race to Costa Del Sol. Atthaya has hit 74.55% of greens in regulation as well as 60.38% diving accuracy which has helped her to a score average of 69.81. In 2017 she made her only appearance at the Evian Championship as an amateur & she was ranked T19 for birdies made that week. Current form reads 4-2-4-1-65

Esther Henseleit 70-1 PaddyPower 6 Places

Esther has had a fantastic Rookie year on tour & sits 4th in the Rookie of the year standings. The 22-year-old is yet to taste victory on the LPGA tour but her recent finishes show she is very close to winning. In her last 5 starts she’s has finished 4-4-15-57-26. She knows how to get it done with a win on the Ladies European Tour in 2019. The same year she won not only Rookie of the year but also the LET order of Merit which hasn’t been done since Dame Laura Davis did it in 1985. Esther is another player who has a solid scoring average with 70.15 ranking 14th. She is also one of the most accurate players on tour with 74.6% Fairways hit & 73.25% greens in regulation.

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Chella Choi 175-1

Chella Choi stats wise is one of the best players on the tour. She is 2nd in driving accuracy with 85.6%, Greens in Regulation of 74.76% & Putts per green in regulation she ranks 17th. She isn’t the longest of hitter only averaging 245.54 yards but that should be an issue for such an accurate iron player especially when the Evian Course isn’t long by modern standards with 5 of the par 4s playing below 400 yards. She has made the cut 6 out of 7 times at this event with her finishes reading 6-MC-25-39-48-16-22. Her current form reads 22-33-29-7-28

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European Tour – The Cazoo Open Preview & Tips

After the Collin Morikawa Stripe show at The Open last week its off the Wales this week for the Cazoo Open. The strength of the field OGWR wise looks set to be relatively low but that is expected for the week after The Open & with players going off to Japan for Olympic preparation. Most of the field didn’t play last week so most players will be nice & fresh to kick start their remaining UK Swing of golf & climb the Race to Dubai Leader board. This event came back to the tour last year after last being played in 2014. Romain Langasque victorious last time at Celtic Manor Resort but has opted not to defend this week. Formally known as the Wales Open, Celtic manor has always hosted this event since its inception in 2000.

Course

Celtic Manor hosts this week on the Twenty Ten course. The course is located in Newport, Wales. A nice 4-hour drive West for those playing The Open this week.  The par 71 is made up of 5 Par 3s, 9 par 4s & 4 par 5s. 7315 yards will makes up scorecard, the par 3s average 202 yards this week so accuracy will be key to scoring on the par 3s. The 4 par 5s all reachable with good tee shots. The 2nd hole might only be reachable for the big guys measuring at over 600 yards a downward breeze will be needed to assist getting there in 2. The forecast on Thursday could hit 28° & after the heat we have had this week the course could already be baked out so should be running quick & firm. Thursday & Friday look set to be hot conditions with little wind, but showers are forecast on Saturday & Sunday with potential Storms.

Previous winners

2020 – Romain Langasque – Score -8 Pre-Event Odds 66-1

2014 – Joost Luiten – Score -14

2013 – Gregory Bourdy – Score -8

2012 – Thongchai Jaidee – Score -6

2011 – Alex Noren – Score -9

Odds unavailable for winners after 2020.

@Golftipster5 Selections:

Sam Horsfield 16-1 Skybet 6 Places

Sam comes into the Cazoo Open of the back of a cut made at The Open but a finish of T67. He managed one round in the 60s last week but can build on the confidence gained from making the cut at The Open on his debut this week. He is one of the best players on tour on his approach to the green. He is 2nd on approach to the green, 12th tee to green & hits 70.97% of Greens in regulations which ranks him 16th. He will look to take apart the par 5s this week with his green under regulation ranking him 4th & an average par 5 score of 4.52. Sam needs to have a good week with the driver to have a chance on Sunday, currently he hits less than 50% of fairways. Last year he finished T44 but with a 65 in his final round he knows he can now go low round Celtic Manor. Current form Reads 67-MC-WD-5-19

Callum Hill 28-1 Skybet 6 Places

Callum finished 8th here last year & there’s no reason he can’t go a few better this week. He ranks as one of the best par 3 & par 4 scorers on the tour. He ranks 9th for par 3 scoring with 2.95 & 12th for par 4 scoring at 3.97. Callum has the lowest scoring average for somebody playing more than 40 rounds this year with an average of 69.15 for 48 rounds. Bogey avoidance will be key this week & an average of 2.33 bogeys a round should keep Hill’s bad scores to a low this week.  He has missed the last 2 cuts in the events he has played but a short break last week sees him fresh & ready to go again to climb the Race to Dubai leader board.  Current form reads MC-MC-17-29-40

Chan Kim 40-1 Skybet 6 Places

Chan Kim might not be a very familiar name to the hardcore European & PGA tour fans. The world No94 has been on the Japanese Tour & Asia Tour for most of his career.  Chans last 3 events have all been the last 3 Majors where he finished 53rd at The Open, Missed Cut at the US Open & 23rd in the PGA. His Tour form before that was 15-9-2-MC-35. He has a win to his name this season with the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup at the back end of the year in December.

Richard Mansell 66-1 Skybet 6 Places

Another player who made his Open debut this week & another player who made the cut. A good week overall for Richard who came into the week with hope of making the weekend which he secured with 2 opening rounds of 72 & 69. A 69 to finish off the weekend will fill him with confidence ahead of this week’s event. The Challenge tour graduate is one of the best green hitters on the tour, a greens in regulation percentage of 69.97 ranks him 23rd & his greens under regulation he ranks 9th so he should be able to make easy work of the par 5s this week. Current form reads 74-37-MC-Mc-57

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