Mauritius Open Tips: Each-way selections for this week's European Tour event

Nicolas Colsaerts looks like he is returning to form and he also loves this week's venue in Mauritius
Nicolas Colsaerts looks like he is returning to form and he also loves this week's venue in Mauritius

We have another weak affair for this week's European Tour event, but there is still a winner to be found at the Mauritius Open and here the Betfair golf team provide their quintet of each-way selections...


Joe Dyer: Back Nicolas Colsaerts @ 28/1

"Colsaerts has shown promise of a return to form of late and at a venue he clearly loves, a place at least is easily achievable for this former Ryder Cupper."

*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Jeunghun Wang @ 16/1

South Korean women have been dominating the LPGA for a while now and we've waited patiently for their male counterparts to show similar golfing prowess. Those that kept the faith with young Asian would-be-superstars have been handsomely rewarded in recent weeks: first Soomin Lee won the Shenzen International, then Hao Tong Li followed up at the China Open and last week saw a magnificent performance from Jeunghun Wang in Morocco. I wouldn't bet against a fourth Asian victory in this week's tri-sanctioned event (Euro/Asian/Sunshine Tours) in Mauritius and I will go for back-to-back wins from a confident Wang, who is up to 88th in the world and now has Soomin Lee (68) in his sights in the rankings.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Ryan Fox @ 125/1

In a very weak event, taking short odds about worthy, yet limited favourites makes little appeal so instead, I'm backing a highly capable, once touted prospect to turn around a bad run at big odds. A quick glance at Ryan Fox's stats identifies the problem - he has been very inaccurate off the tee. That should make less difference than usual on this wide open course though and the New Zealander certainly has the power to thrive here, usually averaging more than 300 yards off the tee. Fox is not without recent form, registering consecutive top-11s in his homeland during March. He'll make an impact at some stage and this looks as likely a venue as anywhere.


Joe Dyer: Back Nicolas Colsaerts @ 28/1

The big-hitting Belgian, Nicolas Colsaerts, tweeted on Saturday that he was 'excited to see @EuropeanTour coming to a place I'm lucky to call my 2nd home...' and given the Four Seasons Golf Course at Anahita, to which he is affiliated, is a long and wide course, I'm not surprised he's looking forward to the event. This is the first time the European Tour has visited the Ernie Els designed track but it has witnessed competition before and Colsaerts has already tasted success here. He won the first staging of the limited field 54-hole Mauritius Masters in 2010. Colsaerts has shown promise of a return to form of late and at a venue he clearly loves, a place at least is easily achievable for this former Ryder Cupper.


Steve Rawlings: Back Zander Lombard @ 50/1

As highlighted in the preview, the European Tour website describes the venue as 'a course that is suited to long hitters' and few in the field hit it further than 21-year-old South African, Zander Lombard. He hit the front in Morocco last week at a venue that wouldn't be ideal for this rapidly rising star and his game looks far more suited to a track like this. After 23 events on the Sunshine Tour in his native South Africa in 2015 he finished 50th in the rankings. In 2016, having played just eight tournaments, he's ranked number four. He's yet to win but he's improving fast and it may not be long before he improves on his second place in the Joburg Open back in January. In a tricky event, I thought 50/1 was fair about a young big hitter with so much scope for further progression.


Mike Norman: Back Max Orrin @ 33/1

I'm not kidding you, this is the worst event I've ever seen on the European Tour. To give you an idea, last week's selection Dylan Fritelli, who finished outside of the top 30 in that weak affair, is now half the price he was seven days ago! I'm largely in the dark - as are most of us - so I'm going for the obvious selection in Max Orrin. Obvious because he's won the Mauritius Golf Masters at this venue for the last two years, finishing on -9 when just 10 players broke par last year, and on -6 when only nine players broke par in 2014. He obviously loves the course, and the fond memories he has of the place should see him play at the top of his game, which based on some of his Challenge Tour finishes towards the end of 2015 isn't a million miles off being good enough to win this extremely weak affair.


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2016 Season P/L to date: + £114.16

- Shenzhen International, Scott Hend @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- True Thailand Classic, Scott Hend @ 40/1 - WIN (Dan T)
- True Thailand Classic, Thomas Pieters @ 22/1 - PLACE (Dan G)
- WGC Cadillac Championship, Danny Willett @ 66/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Perth International, Peter Uihlein @ 33/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 28/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Dubai Desert Classic, Andy Sullivan @ 33/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Thomas Pieters @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- South African Open, Christiaan Bezuidenhout @ 250/1 - PLACE (Dan G)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Joost Luiten @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)

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* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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