Hong Kong Open Each-Way Tips: Jacquelin can trump the Fanling field

We're having a crack with Jacq...

They say two brains are better than one and that was definitely the case last week when Joe Dyer and Mike Norman got together to arrive at Felipe Aguilar as an 100/1 each-way selection at the Portugal Masters. The Chilean golfer finished third, and our boys are off to a flyer - here are this week's selections...

"Blessed with a tidy game, this wise old head should be able to plot his way around Fanling and in the process bring home a profit for us." 

Fancied Runner - Back Raphael Jacquelin @ .0


*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Fancied Runner - Back Raphael Jacquelin @ 41.040/1

Raphael Jacquelin could be considered as almost the definition of a European Tour journeyman but we don't subscribe to that view and are happy to put the Frenchman forward as our Fancied Runner this week. With four titles to his name the 40-year-old is a proven winner compared to most of the opposition on the European Tour, and he looks a decent price in what is a poor field both ahead and behind him in the betting.

Jacquelin was disqualified after the first round of last week's Portugal Masters, but it's probably a positive to have missed much of that frustrating affair and he arrives fresh in Hong Kong on a track where he finished fifth in 2009. Recent form is encouraging with four finishes in the money including 11th at the KLM Open and 18th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Blessed with a tidy game, this wise old head should be able to plot his way around Fanling and in the process bring home a profit for us. 


Mid-Ranker - Back Scott Jamieson @ 67.066/1

Steve Rawlings tells us that European Tour quality usually shines through at the Hong Kong Open and so it's surely worth chancing Scott Jamieson at a chunky 67.066/1 this week. This boom and bust golfer tends to go close to winning or miss the cut - eight appearances in the last 12 weeks have yielded three top-10s, a trio of cuts missed and two mid-table finishes.

The Scot was going well last week at the curtailed Portugal Masters (ended in seventh) and has every chance of continuing in the same vein against what is a far weaker field in Hong Kong. Jamieson finished eighth at last year's BMW Masters, which is staged in China so we know he can perform in this part of the world and at the prices we're happy to overlook his missed cut at this event in 2012.


Mid-Ranker - Back Adilson Da Silva @ 61.060/1

We're going for two mid-rank selections this week because in all honesty it's a struggle to find a 100/1+ selection who - like Felipe Aguilar last week - could give us a really good run four our money. The Hong Kong Open is a relatively weak field by European Tour standards and it's difficult to see a real long shot prevailing, but we wish you well if that's the route you have gone down.

Take a look at Adilson Da Silva's European Tour record this season and you'll struggle to make a case for him being available to back at just 60/1 here - he recorded a couple of top-30 finishes at the start of the season but very little since. And the main reason for that is because he's been playing on the Asian Tour recently.

Da Silva finished second in the Taiwan Masters a fortnight ago so he's in decent form, but above anything else his stats really stand out ahead of this week's event. It's a short course that suits accurate players, and Scrambling is also key. Da Silva ranks first on Tour for Driving Accuracy this season, third for Greens in Regulation, and fourth for Scrambling. He also ranks highly for all three disciplines on the Asian Tour.

In summary, if Da Silva plays his usual solid game, remains in the form he has shown recently, and has a good week with the putter then he should be there or thereabouts come pay day.


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To read Steve 'The Punter' Rawlings' full in-depth preview of this week's Hong Kong Open, including In-Play tactics, course guide, and selections, then please click here.


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Joe Dyer from betting.betfair joins Paul Jacobs to preview this week's golf tournaments both Stateside and in Europe...



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