The European Tour changes continent once more this week as it hops from Africa to Asia for the Hero Indian Open, and here with their quintet of each-way selections is the regular betting.betfair golf enthusiasts...
"It's easy to see Andrew 'Beef' Johnston having a massive rapport with the Indian galleries on his first visit to the country but, bringing it back to his actual golf game, there is plenty to like in his recent play - T9 in Abu Dhabi, T12 in Oman last time and he's hitting plenty of greens in regulation."
*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 6 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Andrew Johnston @ 33/1
I think a big part of this week is about attitude because, judging by last year, everyone is going to get quirky bounces and unlucky breaks on this controversial Gary Player layout. So, who better to smile his way through it all than the permanently upbeat 'Beef'. It's easy to see him having a massive rapport with the Indian galleries on his first visit to the country but, bringing it back to his actual golf game, there is plenty to like in his recent play - T9 in Abu Dhabi, T12 in Oman last time and he's hitting plenty of greens in regulation. If the putter can back it up, Johnston could be a big player this week.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Wade Ormsby @ 45/1
The first lesson to be drawn from recent Indian Open renewals is to focus on players with form in this emerging golfing nation, or at least those with Asian Tour pedigree. Regarding this particular course, last year's renewal strongly emphasised the importance of tee to green accuracy, as opposed to power off the tee. Wade Ormsby is precisely the type to thrive in such conditions as, for a large percentage of the year, the Aussie is playing courses that are simply too long. Yet on shorter layouts - such as when winning the high-class Hong Kong Open - his long game skills really come to the fore. Ormsby has won in India before, finished a respectable 22nd last year, and has been typically very accurate off the tee just lately.
Steve Rawlings: Back Hideto Tanihara @ 50/1
Dave's definitely on to something with Beef. He looks to have just the right temperament for this beast of a course and I fancy we might see either a young and calm competitor claim the prize or an older more experienced player that's happy to ride the bad breaks when they inevitably occur. Just over a year ago, the experienced Japanese star, Hideto Tanihara, was getting to the last four in the WGC - World Match Play so he has plenty of game and at 39, and with 14 wins on the Japan Tour, he has a vast wealth of experience to call upon. He has an accurate tee-to-green game that this track appears to require and in a trappy heat - I thought he may just represent a bit of value at an industry-wide best of 50/1.
Joe Dyer: Back Poom Saksansin @ 80/1
Well, I can't say it's been easy to find a bet this week. This course famously tripped up more than one tipster last year and, as ever, information on the track is nearly impossible to come by. We do have last year's results to go on, however, and they give backers of the ultra-consistent Poom Saksansin a nice boost. The young Thai finished 22nd in 2017, his scores improving day-by-day to suggest he warmed to the track as the rounds went by. Saksansin, 24, is a short, accurate type and a demon on the greens and has not been shamed at all when playing in European Tour company, making five of his last six cuts and finishing in the top 20 at both the UBS Hong Kong Open and the Omega European Masters. Results on other tours have been similarly impressive and he has climbed the world rankings in a pleasing fashion. At a big(ish) price I am happy to make room for Poom in the BB quintet this week.
Mike Norman: Back Adilson Da Silva @ 100/1
Not for the first time Adilson Da Silva showed up very well at last week's Tshwane Open and perhaps we should take the hint and back him at long odds this week. Da Silva excles on short layouts, he is not very long off the tee but is deadly accurate; you'll often find him at the top of the European Tour Driving Accuracy stats. And when he doesn't have a long approach to the green then his results improve significantly. Last year this event was supposed to be played on a long layout, but changes to hole yardages meant it actually suited the shorter, more accurate hitters, so it was eventually no surprise to see SSP Chawrasia win, and Da Silva put in a very creditable effort to finish T21. The Brazilian goes into this week's renewal on the back of two consecutive top 15 finishes in recent weeks, and has bags of form in Asia, including when finishing fourth in this very event (played at a different venue) two years ago. If the course plays short again then I expect Da Silva to be on the premises.
2018 Season P/L to date: +£50.00
- 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
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75