We have a unique event on the European Tour this week with 54-holes of strokeplay followed by a six-hole matchplay knock-out element to determine the winner. With four places on offer for each-way bettors, here's our quartet of selections...
"...but this is a golfer with some notably strong results in the book including a win at the British Masters back in 2017 and two runner-up finishes in European Tour events."
EW Terms: 1/4 Odds | 4 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Nick Cullen @ 100/1
Nick Cullen has made it to the Sunday matchplay section of this event in both editions, losing to second seed Jason Scrivener in 2017 and being edged out by James Nitties last year despite being 2up with two of the six holes to play. He also took T15 at Lake Karrinyup when it staged the 2016 Perth International so he looks a solid bet to make the last day and, from there, it's really anyone's game. Cullen was tied sixth at halfway in last week's ISPS Handa Vic Open at 13th Beach in Melbourne before finishing T24 and, looking at his stats, the Aussie ranked eighth for both Driving Accuracy and Greens In Regulation. All in all, for a 100/1 shot, he has a fair bit going for him.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Scott Vincent @ 80/1
In a couple of years on the professional scene, it seems as if Scott Vincent has been on a non-stop global tour. The Zimbabwean has played stretches of tournaments on the Canadian, South African, Japanese, Australasian and the various Asian Tours. He has repeatedly made an impact without winning, recording several high finishes, and been runner-up three times since last June. Finishing 37th on his WGC debut was respectable. At least in terms of potential, Vincent rates better than an 80/1 chance in this company. He's certainly consistent enough to make the Sunday cut and, regarding the final knockout stages, anyone left in can win.
Steve Rawlings: Back Poom Saksansin @ 70/1
The first two winners of the ISPS Handa World Super 6, Brett Rumford and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, are renowned short-game wizards and previous winners at the venue, Lake Karrinyup, in various different events, have also been great scramblers. A Thai has reached the final in each of the first two editions and I can see terrific scrambler, Poom Saksansin, making it three in-a-row. At 25, Poom is already a three-time winner on the Asian Tour and he won the Indonesian Masters for a second time as recently as December. Saksansin beat Paul Casey at the Eurasia Cup last year and he also reached the match play stage of this event before getting eliminated at the sixth extra hole in the first round so we know that he has some match play prowess and that the venue suits. He looks fairly priced at an industry-wide best of 70/1.
Joe Dyer: Back Paul Dunne @ 50/1
A 17th place at last week's Vic Open marked a small but welcome improvement in Paul Dunne's game and I am happy to take 50/1 about this class act in another shallow field. The Irishman hadn't scored a top 20 since The Turkish Airlines Open in November of last year, but this is a golfer with some notably strong results in the book including a win at the British Masters back in 2017 and two runner-up finishes in European Tour events. A windy test should be right up Dunne's street and the stats from last week's effort show a golfer doing most things right. Dunne won the funky GolfSixes team event last year so this week's odd format may not frighten him!
2019 Season P/L to date: -£280.00
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 80/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Mauritius Open, Justin Harding @ 30/1 - PLACE (Dave)
*2018 P/L: +£727.16
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75