Some of the European Tour's big names are in China this week as the build up to the season-ending DP World Tour Championshp draws closer, and we've asked the Betting.Betfair golf team to supply their each-way selections using Betfair's Sportsbook odds...
"Luke Guthrie suddenly found a bit of form in Nevada last week though, finishing in the top-five, and given he comes from Illinois, he shouldn't mind the strong winds forecast, and I thought he might surprise a few."
Steve Rawlings: Back Luke Guthrie @ 81.080/1
No doubt encouraged by the recent exploits of his fellow countrymen on the European Tour, Brooks Koepka and Peter Uihlein, American youngster, Luke Guthrie, is a welcome and interesting candidate in the BMW Masters this week. Guthrie was considered the next big thing just a few months ago but he's had a fairly subdued debut season on the PGA Tour in 2013. He suddenly found a bit of form in Nevada last week though, finishing in the top-five, and given he comes from Illinois, he shouldn't mind the strong winds forecast and I thought he might surprise a few.
Mike Norman: Back Joost Luiten @ 34.033/1
One of the better previews I wrote this year was back in June when I spoke positively about Joost Luiten, explaining how he hadn't lived up to some lofty expectations from a few years previous but still had plenty of time on his side. He won for me that week, has won again since, and has generally been in good consistent form during the last four or five months; a lot better than some of the names ahead of him in this week's Winner market that's for sure. Luiten has a plethora of top-30 finishes to his name in countries such as China, India, Malaysia and Singapore during the last few years so Asia appears to be to his liking, and if the wind does blow I have no worries on that front either. Some of the golf he played at the Seve Trophy recently was exceptional, so if he can bring that form to the table then he'll go well again.
Joe Dyer: Back Thongchai Jaidee @ 101.0100/1
In a betting market dominated by a handful of big names, many of whom haven't played for weeks, Tour veteran Thongchai Jaidee really appeals as a value option this week (at 100-1). Not everyone adapts to golf in the Far East but, as you'd expect, it is not a problem for Jaidee - four of his five European Tour wins have come in that part of the world. The 43-year-old finished tied 16th at Lake Malaren last year, including a third round 65, so we know he can play the course. Charley Hoffman brought home the place bacon for me last week, can Jaidee go the whole hog and land me a massive prize?!
Dan Geraghty: Back Rory McIlroy @ 8.515/2
This week looks an ideal opportunity for Rory McIlroy to get back to winning ways. The Northern Irishman makes the short journey from Korea, where he had the perfect preparation last week when finishing second in an admittedly weak field; that performance should have blown away the cobwebs nicely and McIlroy was at his best on the final day, hitting the flagstick twice with approaches - admitting his score could and maybe should have been very low. Following that performance and his excellent second place here last year, I'd rather back McIlroy than current favourite Henrik Stenson who could be forgiven for taking his eye off the ball following his FedEx Cup triumph. McIlroy appeals as a decent each way bet with five places on offer in a 78 man field.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Victor Dubuisson @ 67.066/1
The European Tour shifting to China for the next fortnight represents a golden opportunity for Victor Dubuisson to register a long overdue first victory. The Frenchman loves this part of the world, finishing top-four in the last two China Opens and top-11 on six out of eight starts in Asia. He's in good form, topping the greens in regulation stats last time out in Portugal and finishing third previously at Crans. Moreover, with the wind expected to blow hard over the first couple of days, this ace ball-striker should be in his element.