Hong Kong Open 2016 Tips: Each-way selections for the final event of the year

Scott Hend has a fantastic record on Asian soil - will he go well this week?
Scott Hend has a fantastic record on Asian soil - will he go well this week?

The BB golf team commenced the new season with a bang last week with 66/1 and 22/1 place pay-outs to immediately put them into profit. It's the final event of 2017 this week and here are the guys' each-way selections...


Mike Norman: Back Scott Hend @ 33/1

"Virtually all of Hend's best performances have come on Asian soil, winning no fewer than nine times on either the Asian or European Tour in that part of the world."

*Each- 1/4 odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Zecheng Dou @ 250/1

As a fresh faced 16-year-old in 2013 Zecheng Dou became the youngest player to make the cut in the China Open. While many child stars fall by the wayside, Dou's career has been on a steady upward curve and it will surprise many to hear that he's now climbed to world number 198; he's achieved this via a staggering year on the PGA Tour's China circuit, where he's won four times. After a sloppy first round, Dou recovered really well to finish 40th at his first WGC last month, he absolutely looks ready to make an impact at this level.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Jorge Campillo @ 50/1

Having finished the last season in decent form, Jorge Campillo is tipped to start the new one well. Ninth place in the much stronger DP World Tour Championship reads very well in this company and that didn't come out of nowhere. I note one of his seven summer top-20s included the high-class BMW PGA Championship, played at Wentworth, one of the courses Steve Rawlings regards as a great form guide for this event. And it's also worth noting that he sat inside the top-five there at the halfway stage. The Spaniard had earlier registered a couple of top-tens in Asia so clearly doesn't mind playing on this continent and his sole previous Fanling visit also bodes fairly well. Back in 2013, Campillo fought back from a poor start with three sub-70s to finish 24th.


Joe Dyer: Back Marcus Fraser @ 66/1

I was keen to get against the big names at the top of the betting but found other candidates a bit tricky to locate. Good, old course form points strongly to old-stager Fraser at an event where he has four top 10 finishes in the last 10 years (and an 11th too). Last week wasn't a great warm-up (he missed the cut in his home PGA Championship) but he is a 66/1 shot so we can't have everything! Three European Tour wins show Fraser can get the job done and he is simply a far better player in Asia than elsewhere, two of those victories coming on the continent. Those warm, fuzzy feelings and sound course knowledge suggest he can go close again.


Steve Rawlings: Back Shih-Chang Chan @ 150/1

I was impressed by the way Taiwan's Shih-Chang Chan won the co-sanctioned King's Cup in Thailand back in July and he may have been slightly overlooked by the compilers at an industry-wide best price of 150/1. Since that victory he's also won in Japan, finished third in Macau, represented Taiwan in the World Cup of Golf and only last week, finished seventh in Japan, where he ranked second for Scrambling and first for Putting Average. As highlighted in the preview, good scrambling is essential around Fanling and a hot putter certainly won't go amiss so in what's not the deepest of fields, I'm happy to take a chance on an in-form proven winner at a huge price.


Mike Norman: Back Scott Hend @ 33/1

Scott Hend is up to a career high 60th in the world rankings and that is a promising position to be in given the amount of tournaments held in Asia between now and April. The significance being that breaking into the world's top 50 will open many more doors for Hend, and the Aussie just loves playing in Asia. Virtually all of Hend's best performances have come on Asian soil, winning no fewer than nine times on either the Asian or European Tour in that part of the world. The 43-year-old has been in decent if not spectacular form recently with his best finish coming on the PGA Tour, a T7 at the CIMB Classic which is held in... yes, you guessed it, Asia. Now back at Fanling, a course he won at when he won this tournament two years ago, if Hend turns up in any sort of form then it really isn't difficult to envisage him going well again.


2017 Season P/L to date: +£70.00

- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Thomas Detry @ 66/1 - PLACE (Dan)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Richard Sterne @ 22/1 - PLACE (Paul)

* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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