The end of the 2015 golfing year is drawing ever nearer, but while the European Tour has shut up shop until 2016 there's still a quality field assembled in Thailand for Mike Norman and Joe Dyer to get their each-way claws into...
Thailand Golf Championship E/W Selections
*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 5 places
Ignore the argument that Thongchai Jaidee might succumb to the pressures of winning a big event in his homeland and a very solid case can be made for the popular Thai going extremely close this week. The 46-year-old is a recent winner on the European Tour and finished third at last month's high profile BMW Masters, he's a multiple winner on Asian soil, and he has a very progressive profile in this event having finished T17 (2012), T10 (2013), and T6 (2014) in the last three years. Jaidee is arguably in better form now than in any of those previous renewals and is sure to go well. MN
Previous renewals of the Thailand Golf Championship suggest that it's an event that is dominated by top class players, and with a high percentage of participants this week being locals or little-known Asian Tour members we're expecting a similar outcome this time. Some of the market leaders are way too short to back each-way however, so a chance is taken on Steve Rawlings' only pre-tournament pick Martin Kaymer. The German hasn't been in the best of form of late but he finished in a tie for second here last year when hardly firing in the lead-up either. And as a multiple major winner Kaymer certainly fits the 'top class' profile of previous winners and has the ability to turn his form around in the blink of an eye. MN
Joost Luiten secured a payout last time we backed him and looks a very decent option to do so once more in a field that lacks depth. The Dutchman's tie for fifth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship showed a motivated player getting back to form after a disappointing season on tour and we can expect more of the same in Thailand. Luiten's tidy, accurate game will be a strength on a course featuring lots of water and 33/1 is a little more than we expected. JD
Paul Peterson brings course and current form to the Thailand Golf Championship and for that reason he is just worth an investment at 50/1. This short but accurate driver has a pair of top 10s from his last two tournaments and the same from his 2014 visit to this championship. Peterson played a handful of European Tour events last season, and his best results came in Asia with three successive cuts made in February, including a top five and a top 10. In a field lacking depth the 50/1 look fair. JD
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