AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Tips: Five each-way bets for the European Tour event in Asia

Scott Hend is an each-way play for Mike this week
Scott Hend is an each-way play for Mike this week

There's a tricky conundrum for the BB golf team this week with a tri-sanctioned event on a course seen just once before, but undeterred they are going in with the following five...

Dan Geraghty: Back Sam Horsfield @ 70/1
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Scott Vincent @ 80/1
Steve Rawlings: Back Zander Lombard @ 70/1
Joe Dyer: Back James Morrison @ 66/1
Mike Norman: Back Scott Hend @ 45/1

*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 6 Places

Dan Geraghty: Back Sam Horsfield @ 70/1

Sam Horsfield turned pro earlier this year with a huge reputation, gained during a fantastic amateur career. At the start of October that reputation didn't count for much - he was one of over 700 entrants in the first round of qualifying school (he played at Frilford Heath in Oxford). Fourteen rounds of golf later and he's making his European Tour seasonal debut in Mauritius, having won final stage q school by a remarkable eight shots. The pressure is off for Horsfield this week, let's hope his golf gets even better as a result.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Scott Vincent @ 80/1

Promising young players, who still might be under the market radar, are always worth following over the winter months when fields are weaker than usual. Zimbabwean Scott Vincent may not be well-known just yet, but his early form across various continents suggests he's worth keeping an eye on. A graduate from Virginia Tech, Vincent started contending immediately when trying the Sunshine Tour in 2016, before moving across to the Canadian and Asian Tours. On the latter, he's already registered a trio of top-three finishes, including twice in his last five starts. The fact he finished 18th on this course last year, on what was only his ninth professional start, also bodes well.

Steve Rawlings: Back Zander Lombard @ 70/1

At just 22, South Africa's Zander Lombard has a big future. Like many exciting young prospects, his form is a bit in and out but he's already been placed five times on the European Tour and this looks like a good chance for him to contend again. He came agonisingly close to getting off the mark on the European Tour at the Rocco Forte Open in May, at a venue I thought might correlate nicely with this week's, and he was a fast-finishing fifth at the European Open in July. The wide open fairways of the Heritage will suit the big-hitting Zander and he can build nicely on his fourth place finish on the Sunshine Tour last time out.

Joe Dyer: Back James Morrison @ 66/1

With one running of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open played on the course and a very top heavy field lined up at an end-of-the-season event it feels like a real guessing game this week. With that in mind I will take my chances on a reliable sort who has played some good stuff in faraway climes during the winter months in recent seasons. James Morrison will be the man to carry my cash at a joint industry-best 66/1. My man warmed up for the task with an encouraging 10th place finish at the Hong Kong Open. In an event where South African talent dominates the top of the betting I do like the fact that Morrison's best golf came in South Africa, finishing top 10 at both the Joburg Open and Tshwane Open. One of Morrison's two European Tour wins came at the 2010 Madeira Islands Open and while I confess that event doesn't stick in the memory, it has to be a plus that he has won an event played in a small, windy island!

Mike Norman: Back Scott Hend @ 45/1

Joe has basically summed up how I feel in his intro to his selection, that this week's event is very tricky indeed and that we're mostly guessing regards to who best the course will suit, and who indeed is in decent form of the lesser-known players. So with all that in mind I'm simply going to go for a proven European Tour winner who has played well at this venue previously. Scott Hend has won many events on Asian soil, which is more than can be said for a high percentage of the players in attendance this week, and he did finish fifth in this event two years ago. He's very long off the tee, which hopefully will be an advantage this week - it's never a disadvantage in my eyes - so at an industry-best 45/1 I'm happy to take my chances.


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