Mauritius Open 2019 Tips: Five each-way bets for this week's event in Asia

Golfer Justin Harding
Steve senses Justin Harding is coming back to form

The penultimate event of 2019 on the European Tour sees a competitive field tee it up in Mauritius this week, and with that comes a quintet of each-way bets for you to consider...

"In the renewal here two years ago, De Jager led through 54 holes en route to finishing fourth. 80/1 looks very generous in an ordinary field."

Back Louis De Jager @ 80/1

EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 7 Places

Dave Tindall: Back Thomas Aiken @ 55/1

South African players have won both editions of this event at Heritage GC so it's a fair policy to look to the Springboks, who have a relatively short flight to reach the island. Thomas Aiken added to the strong South African record when finishing fourth on his one start at Heritage in 2015 while he also made the top 25 at Anahita 12 months ago. He's hinted at some better form in recent starts and ranked 1st for Greens In Regulation at last week's Alfred Dunhill Championship. It's a little speculative but 55/1 could prove a decent each-way punt on a player who knows how to place even though winning has been a struggle.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Louis De Jager @ 80/1

Louis De Jager has been on my radar for a while, as he starts out in Europe on the back of multiple wins and regular contention on the Sunshine Tour. Seven top-25 finishes was a fair return from his rookie season on a different continent and that includes his penultimate start in Portugal. The drop in grade in these winter events offers better opportunities and the South African has already demonstrated prowess on this particular course. In the renewal here two years ago, De Jager led through 54 holes en route to finishing fourth. 80/1 looks very generous in an ordinary field.

Steve Rawlings: Back Justin Harding @ 20/1

The Qatar Masters is an event played at a similar, exposed, wind-affected venue to the Four Seasons Golf Club at Anahita and the first two playoff protagonists here in 2015 both have fine form at Doha. This year's Qatar Masters winner, Justin Harding, traded at odds-on in this event 12 months ago (albeit at a different venue) and I can see him contending this time around too. He's been rounding in to form nicely of late and his seventh place at Leopard Creek last week could have been much better had it not been for a double bogey at the 14th on Sunday. He's a confident selection to become the third South African to win at Anahita in three renewals here.

Joe Dyer: Back Matthieu Pavon @ 60/1

All the usual disclaimers apply to these end-of-the-year European Tour events - weak fields, questionable motivation levels etc etc - but a pick we must make and at 60/1 why not take a chance on last year's runner-up? Matthieu Pavon, at just 27, can still be placed in the up-and-coming bracket and his form is patchy as you might expect. He is good enough, however, to have put up top five finishes across the last three years. And two of those have come in Mauritius, so maybe it is just something about this part of the world that inspires the Frenchman. My selection is available at 60/1 this week and that'll do for me in the standard humdrum field.

Mike Norman: Back Shiv Kapur @ 80/1

This is a very tricky event to weigh up and any player who has shown just a semblance of form recently was always going to be on my radar this week. I was very surprised then to see Shiv Kapur available to back at a joint industry-best 80/1 (he's as low as 40/1 and generally a 50/1 shot elsewhere) given he's finished runner-up in both of his last two outings. Okay, those events may only have been on the Asian Tour but is this week's field - played on Asian soil of course - that much stronger than a decent Asian Tour event? Kapur is a multiple winner in this continent, and that has to count for something this week. So too does the fact that the 37-year-old finished T16 in this event two years ago, and he's arguably in much better form now than he was then given those two very recent runner-up finishes.

2019 Season P/L to date: -£571.30

- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Zander Lombard @ 20/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- DP World Tour Championship, John Rahm @ 13/2 - WIN (Steve)
- Turkish Airlines Open, Robert McIntyre @ 25/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- WGC HSBC Champions, Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 40/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Portugal Masters, Chris Paisley @ 35/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Open de France, Richie Ramsay @ 66/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Alfred Dunhill Links, Joakim Lagergren @ 100/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW PGA Championship, Rafa Cabrera-Bello @ 50/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- Omega European Masters, Matthias Schwab @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Scandinavian Invitational, Alex Levy @ 70/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Scottish Open, Andrea Pavan @ 110/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW International Open, Jordan Smith @ 28/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- US Open, Gary Woodland @ 70/1 - WIN (Dave)
- Made In Denmark, Pablo Larrazabal @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- USPGA Championship, Brooks Koepka @ 11/1 - WIN (Steve)
- Volvo China Open, David Lipsky @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- WGC Dell Match Play, Matt Kuchar @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Cameron Smith @ 60-1 - PLACE (Paul)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Paul Casey @ 35/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- World Super 6, Scott Vincent @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- World Super 6, Paul Dunne @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 80/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Mauritius Open, Justin Harding @ 30/1 - PLACE (Dave)

*2018 P/L: +£727.16
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75

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