Turkish Airlines Open Tips: Each-way selections for the penultimate leg of the R2D series

Has Simon Dyson been overlooked by the market this week?
Has Simon Dyson been overlooked by the market this week?

The guys found 25/1 winner Bubba Watson at last week's World Golf Championship event, and with another high quality field in attendance in Turkey this week the betting.betfair golf team are going for a quick follow up with these five selections...

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Brooks Koepka @ 34.033/1

"Koepka has been knocking on the door for several months, performing well in the majors and, prior to a disappointing performance last time in China, was becoming a mainstay in contention with five straight top-11s."


*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Eddie Pepperell @ 81.080/1

Victor Dubuisson claimed his sole European Tour victory here last year, a performance that spearheaded a run that resulted in a career changing debut Ryder Cup performance. There are several youngsters with solid claims of following in the Frenchman's footsteps, not least great friends Brooks Koepka and Peter Uihlein, the latter put in a fine performance for his best ever PGA tour finish last week. However, at twice the price of the Americans I like the look of Englishman Eddie Pepperell, who I firmly believe has a Ryder Cup future. Pepperell has been in fine form of late and shot a third round 65 here last year.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Brooks Koepka @ 34.033/1

Last year's champion was an obviously brilliant prospect landing an overdue first win and just like Victor Dubuisson, Brooks Koepka has the power to overwhelm a tame course, that yielded a -24 winning total. Koepka has been knocking on the door for several months, performing well in the majors and, prior to a disappointing performance last time in China, was becoming a mainstay in contention with five straight top-11s. Over the past three months, he ranks first for birdie average on the European Tour and 17th on the PGA Tour equivalent, suggesting this sort of event offers his best opportunities to break through.


Joe Dyer: Back Simon Dyson @ 126.0125/1

The bombers are attracting the cash this week but this par 72 measures just 7,132 yards and I've been tempted in by a shorter, accurate type who should have the skills to prosper over this Colin Montgomerie-designed layout. For a six-time European Tour winner Simon Dyson is a big price at 125-1. The Englishman was good enough to finish runner-up at the KLM Open just two months ago and I'm happy to write off his results at the three events since - the BMW Masters didn't suit, while the Portugal Masters was curtailed by heavy rains. It's all about the price with my selection this week and given Dyson has finished top-10 seven times I think he is under-rated in the market.


Steven Rawlings: Back Pablo Larrazabal @ 81.080/1

Victor Dubuisson won the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open at the Colin Montgomerie designed Maxx Royal with a 24-under-par total 12 months ago and we can expect something similar this time around. It's going to be a birdie-fest and I expect the more aggressive types to prosper. Spain's Pablo Larrazabal is just the sort to shoot at pins all week long and judging by his 14th placed finish in China last week, he's finding form at just the right time. Ranking third for putting, his score improved every day in Shanghai and he looks set to contend yet again. In addition to winning the prestigious Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, he finished inside the top-eight at both the Malaysian Open and the BMW PGA at Wentworth. He was also 11th in the Scottish Open and was very much in-contention at both the BMW International Open and the KLM Open, where on both occasions he led at halfway. He's had a great season already but I fancy he'll get involved again here and he looks a sporting price at 80/1.


Mike Norman: Back Nicolas Colsaerts @ 26.025/1

With five par-5s on the card this week - 20 in total over the four days - and a couple of very short par-4s, Nicolas Colsaerts should be licking his lips at the prospect of playing The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course now that he's rediscovered his best form. The Belgian Bomber has been in great nick of late, finishing fourth in Wales, second in Portugal, and sixth at the BMW Masters in China. In fact the only part of Colsaerts' game that is missing at the moment is the ability to convert great opportunities into wins, but he's done it in the past so being in form and faced with a course that shouldn't disadvantage his attacking style, I expect him to go very well once more.


Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

Dan Geraghty: +£466.75
Paul Krishnamurty: +£12.50
Joe Dyer: +£10.00
Steve Rawlings: +£1.25
Mike Norman: -£328.75

Overall: +£161.75

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