True Thailand Classic Tips: Each-way selections for this week's European Tour event

Big-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters can go well in Thailand this week
Big-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters can go well in Thailand this week

The team enjoyed another place pay-out at Doral last week when Paul's 66/1 selection Danny Willett finished in the frame, so hopes are high that a win can be achieved this week with one of these five recommended bets...


Dan Geraghty: Back Thomas Pieters @ 22/1

"The big-hitting Belgian won twice on the European Tour last year and went very close to winning again in Abu Dhabi in January, so he's undoubtedly one of the class acts in this week's field."

*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Thomas Pieters @ 22/1

As Steve correctly points out in his tournament preview, Thomas Pieters' recent form needs to be forgiven if you're putting your faith in him this week, but forgiving him is quite easy. The big-hitting Belgian won twice on the European Tour last year and went very close to winning again in Abu Dhabi in January, so he's undoubtedly one of the class acts in this week's field. He needs a good few weeks to play his way into the Masters, so hopefully a few weeks off has put him back in top form to challenge on a course that really should suit his long hitting style.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Nathan Holman @ 50/1

Australian Andrew Dodt won this event 12 months ago, and his promising young compatriot is tipped to follow suit. Nathan Holman predictably struggled in the rarefied atmosphere of his first WGC and US event last week, but looks excellent value to resume his progress back in much more realistic company. He's already won the Aussie PGA - an event that usually goes to a classy type - and has shown much potential on a limited number of European Tour starts. The Dunhill Links, Qatar Masters and Dubai Desert Classic - all very high-class affairs - yielded nothing worse than 35th, and he led at halfway in the recent Maybank Championship before finishing eighth. This event is weaker and, played on the tour where he has more experience, looks well within range.


Dan Thomas: Back Scott Hend @ 40/1

I would have preferred a better tournament for one of my rare forays into the each-way column but last year's runner-up Scott Hend looks a big price at 40/1 to go one better this week. We're probably getting a bit of juice in the price because of his poor performance at Doral last week, but it's an unforgiving course and the big-hitting Aussie enjoys playing at the Black Mountain Club, with three top 10 finishes in a row. With a top eight finish in Dubai last month still fresh in the memory, I'll back Hend to return to form in style.


Steve Rawlings: Back Prayad Marksaeng @ 50/1

Prayad Marksaeng's record in his home land is simply incredible and this week he's playing in his hometown of Hua Hin at the Black Mountain golf resort. Since 1996, he's played in Thailand in 51 official events and he's won six times. He's finished inside the top-five on 18 occasions and he's also won there multiple times on the unofficial All Thailand Golf Tour. He's a winner and a runner-up at this week's venue, and with a top-five return in Thailand of 35%, he looks a very solid each-way wager at 50/1 on the back of two top-12 finishes on the Asian Tour in Myanmar and Malaysia.


Mike Norman: Back Jason Scrivener @ 33/1

As Paul has already mentioned, last year's renewal of this tournament went to an Aussie and I'm hoping we have a repeat this year with Jason Scrivener being my player of choice. The 26-year-old is South African by birth so certainly has the credentials to go well on the European Tour, which has been the breeding ground for so many top class Australian/South African golfers in the past. Scrivener generally struggled in his rookie year on the European Tour in 2015 but showed his class with a string of top-15 finishes towards the end of the year, including a T3 finish in this part of the world at the Hong Kong Open. He has started this season in similar form, finishing 12th at the BMW SA Open before a fine third last time at the Perth International. He looks like a winner waiting to happen in this class and can go well this week.


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2016 Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

2016 Season P/L to date: + £136.66

- WGC Cadillac Championship, Danny Willett @ 66/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Perth International, Peter Uihlein @ 33/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 28/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Dubai Desert Classic, Andy Sullivan @ 33/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Thomas Pieters @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- South African Open, Christiaan Bezuidenhout @ 250/1 - PLACE (Dan)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Joost Luiten @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)

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

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