BMW Masters Tips: Each-way selections for the first leg of the R2D Final Series

PGA Tour regular Ryan Palmer is in Shanghai this week
PGA Tour regular Ryan Palmer is in Shanghai this week

Most of the European Tour's finest have made it to China for the BMW Masters but which five of the reduced field have our team gone for? Read on to find out...

"Nobody in this field has a better birdie average over the last six months, during which time he's twice finished runner-up in classy events and made the top-15 on six of his last nine starts."

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Shane Lowry @ 29.028/1


*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Eddie Pepperell @ 67.066/1

All the news from China seems to be that the course is playing crazy long. However, previous leaderboards at Lake Malaren have not been dominated by the bombers, so in my quest to find out who finishes second to Brooks Koepka this week I'll widen the net a little. In this reduced, top-heavy field I like the look of Eddie Pepperell's price; the Englishman isn't short of the tee and has been in fine form on the European Tour in the latter half of the season; he also won the inaugural British Par 3 Championship in August.


Joe Dyer: Back Bernd Wiesberger @ 41.040/1

A big hitter with good greens-in-regulation stats is what we're after according to The Punter and Bernd Wiesberger certainly ticks both boxes. A two-time European Tour winner, the Austrian has enjoyed a good season with a pair of second places - one at the Maybank Malaysian Open so we know he can perform in the far east - and a further two top-10s. Wiesberger's best major performance yet came this year on a similarly lengthy Jack Nicklaus-designed track with his 15th-place at the US PGA Championship. Following on from a 40th place in the 2012 running of this event, my man started slowly at last year's BMW Masters but produced a pair of 69s in rounds two and three to show a liking for the course. Four rounds like that would see him go close I'm sure and I think the 40-1 is a decent price in this week's limited field. 


Steven Rawlings: Back Ryan Palmer @ 25.024/1

Luke Guthrie came over from the PGA Tour to play this event 12 months ago and led the field a merry dance at halfway before eventually finishing fourth. Inspired by Luke's performance, a couple of Americans have made the trip again this time around and the one I like best is Ryan Palmer. His fifth place finish at the USPGA Championship in August was his career best performance in a Major and he's held his form very well since. He's monstrously long off the tee with a penchant for starting well, so on a course that appears to suit big hitters and frontrunners, the in-form Texan could easily find himself in-contention.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Shane Lowry @ 29.028/1

With rain certain to soften the greens and the wind not too penal, everything points towards a target golf birdie-fest at Lake Malaren, which should perfectly suit Shane Lowry. The Irishman initially broke through in not dissimilar conditions as an amateur in his national Open and his only win since came in another low-scoring affair in the Portugal Masters. Nobody in this field has a better birdie average over the last six months, during which time he's twice finished runner-up in classy events and made the top-15 on six of his last nine starts. Lowry also boasts highly encouraging course form, finishing fifth two years ago, and has improved since.


Mike Norman: Back Stephen Gallacher @ 51.050/1

Lake Malaren is a long, exposed course, that can play a bit desert-like and endure blustery conditions. All those elements will be right up two-time Dubai Desert Classic winner Stephen Gallacher's street. This talented Scot is deceptively long off the tee and won't mind a bit of wind (which is due to blow early Thursday and on Sunday). His accuracy from the tee is a slight concern, but once on the short grass he can be an extremely accurate iron player which will be a big advantage here. His form was very good prior to the Ryder Cup, and while he wasn't great at Gleneagles - his performance there can be easily excused - I believe that has been factored into his price and odds of 50/1 in this reduced field is a very generous each-way price.


Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

1. Dan Geraghty: +£486.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£30.00
3. Steve Rawlings: +£21.25
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£133.75
5. Mike Norman: -£308.75

Overall: +£95.50

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