The team landed another place payout last week thanks to Paul's excellent 125/1 selection Lucas Herbert, so they go into this week's new format - where Betfair Sportsbook are paying eight places - confident of banking more profit for the season...
"One might expect French players to go well in neighbouring Belgium and he's in good form, recording top-20s on three of his last five starts. Six times a winner on the Challenge Tour, Hebert is also long overdue a breakthrough at this level."
*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 8 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Andrea Pavan @ 40/1
First things first, you want a player who makes cuts and can therefore be relied upon to get to the knockout phase on Saturday/Sunday. Pavan has made 13 of his last 15, the only blemishes coming in South Africa. From there, it's important to display some weekend sparkle and Pavan has done that of late having shot twin Saturday 66s and a pair of Sunday 66s in his last four tournaments. Overall, he's carded 70 or less in his last 12 weekend laps. His bare results over the last few months read 9-11-3-21-MC-13-16-9 so the Italian is oozing confidence. That run includes T9 in the World Super 6 Perth so he's had a positive recent experience under different rules. Pavan even has a bit of Belgian form having shot 65-69-70-69 for T22 in the Challenge Tour's KPMG Trophy in 2016 and his 26th spot in Strokes Gained: Putting suggests he can cash in on the excellent iron play he's being showing. The format suggests consistency will be rewarded and Pavan has it in spades at the moment.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Benjamin Hebert @ 50/1
There's an awful lot of guesswork regarding this new format, and which type of player it may not suit. I note that Steve reckons tee-to-green accuracy will be the key and that sounds right because mistakes are likely to be very damaging. Benjamin Hebert, who ranks second for driving accuracy over the past three months and usually hits a high percentage of greens in regulation, looks just the ticket. One might expect French players to go well in neighbouring Belgium and he's in good form, recording top-20s on three of his last five starts. Six times a winner on the Challenge Tour, Hebert is also long overdue a breakthrough at this level.
Steve Rawlings: Back Lorenzo Gagli @ 80/1
Having eight places up for grabs instead of four is a huge bonus this week. Anyone making it through to Sunday will reward each-way backers for a place at least and I fancy in-form Italian, Lorenzo Gagli, can do just that. Lorenzo won the Kenyan Open on the Challenge Tour in March and he finished runner-up at the Turkish Airlines Challenge in April. He finished inside the top-20 in Sicily last week with a pair of eye-catching 67s over the weekend and he looks a great price at 80/1. Gagli has just the right accurate tee-to-green game required for the venue and for the tournament's unique new format.
Joe Dyer: Back Austin Connelly @ 66/1
I backed Austin Connelly at 60/1 in last week's Sicilian Open and but for a nightmare back nine on Friday he surely would have gone much closer than his finishing position of 11th. Having finished 13th in Morocco a few weeks back he Canadian is beginning to hint at some good form and at Rinkven International should find a short, tree-lined track that suits his major strength - accuracy off the tee. Connelly was also putting like a dream in Sicily and a continuation of that would be a major weapon in this week's slightly odd strokeplay-matchplay hybrid. His youth should ensure no lack of energy if he goes deep, and in a week when there are more than a few intangibles he looks a solid 66/1 play.
Mike Norman: Back Jorge Campillo @ 28/1
I was tempted to go for local favourite Thomas Pieters who at his best would go very close to winning this. But his recent form is a big concern, and so too is his patience in what is sure to be a long and tiring four days for whoever gets to Sunday. Instead I'll play in-form Jorge Campillo who has now broken into the world's top 100 after a fantastic start to the season. The 31-year-old has missed just one of his last nine cuts, so is a long odds-on shot to reach the knockout stages at the weekend, and he's finished inside of the top five in four of his last six starts, including at decent events like the Spanish and China Opens. On current form he's very much one of the players to beat this week.
2018 Season P/L to date: +£124.00
- Rocco Forte Open, Lucas Herbert @ 125/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Golf Sixes, South Korea @ 16/1 - PLACE (Steve & Paul)
- Volvo China Open, Lucas Bjerregaard @ 200/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- US Masters, Bubba Watson @ 16/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Hero Indian Open, Andrew Johnston @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- Oman Open, Jorge Campillo @ 40/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Maybank Championship, Shubhankar Sharma @ 60/1 - WIN (Joe)
- Dubai Desert Classic, Alex Levy @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 40/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- UBS Hong Kong Open, Paul Peterson @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
* Total P/L for 2017 Season: -£336.17
* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37