Volvo China Open Tips: Each way selections for this week's Topwin test

Kiradech is carrying our cash again
Kiradech is carrying our cash again

Thorbjorn Olesen was one shot off a place for the column at last week Shenzhen International - can the team get any closer to a so-far elusive return? Here are our five to follow at the Volvo China Open

"The Shenzhen stats show that Aphibarnrat was out-driving all but 10 in the field, in the top 10 for greens in regulation and top 20 for putts per GiR. That suggests his game is ticking along pretty well and I am happy to get onboard at nearly the same price as last week following an encouraging performance."

*Each-way 1/4 odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Ryan Fox @ 100/1

Ryan Fox stands out to me at triple figures in this field, the New Zealander was perhaps understandably a bit rusty last week and his excellent haul of 18 birdies and an eagle were cancelled out by two triple bogeys, two double bogeys and seven bogeys. Despite his up and down week, Fox comfortably made the cut in his first event since the New Zealand Open at the very beginning of March, and his week at the Shenzhen International should leave him well prepared for this event in Beijing where he made the cut last year, and closed with a 67.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Dylan Frittelli @ 35/1

Considering that every world-class South African to emerge in recent decades has either won or gone very close in majors, we need to follow Dylan Frittelli's progress closely. The 26-year-old is a big-name on the Sunshine Tour but he's now started to carry his form overseas, finishing fifth last week in what was a classy Shenzhen International field. That wasn't Dylan's first form in China - he contended a couple of times there on last year's Challenge Tour. Frittelli is long off the tee - an advantage here - and has been hitting plenty of greens in regulation recently.


Joe Dyer: Back Kiradech Aphibarnrat @ 30/1

I thought my tournament was over after nine holes of the Shenzhen International with my man Kiradech Aphibarnrat haemorrhaging shots left, right and centre. So it was to the Thai golfer's immense credit that he rallied to eventually finish one shot outside the top 20, with a six-under par 66 on the second day the highlight. The Shenzhen stats show that Aphibarnrat was out-driving all but 10 in the field, in the top 10 for greens in regulation and top 20 for putts per GiR. That suggests his game is ticking along pretty well and I am happy to get onboard at nearly the same price as last week following an encouraging performance. Two of the 27-year-old's three career wins have come in the Far East, including one in China and I think he is one to have on your side in this part of the world especially when the course should play to his strengths.


Steve Rawlings: Back Ricardo Gouveia @ 100/1

Haotong Li won last year's edition of the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & Country with a 22-under-par score in what was a basically a birdie-fest. A hot putter was a necessity to compete and I see no reason to expect anything different this time around so I've focused my attention on those that have been waving the flat-stick best of late. Portugal's Ricardo Gouveia's form has been a little in-and-out this year (hence the price) but he ranked second for Putting Average when 23rd in Abu Dhabi and he ranked seventh last week when, after a slow start, eye-catching rounds of 69 and 67 over the weekend saw him finish 26th.


Mike Norman: Back Dean Burmester @ 40/1

The key to winning at Topwin it seems is making loads of birdies and going low, and to do that you need to be pretty high on confidence, playing well and most importantly, putting well. Dean Burmester is my man this week then, though his poor final round in Shenzhen on Sunday is obviously a worry. But he was bang in contention for three rounds last week, and the South African is definitely a player who can go on hot birdie runs due to his excellent putting. He's a recent winner too, so confidence should be high, winning the Tshwane Open a week after a poor final round when in contention in Joburg in fact, so another reason not to be put off by Sunday's closing 78 at Shenzhen. If he can bounce back in similar fashion at Topwin this week then he'll be bang in contention on Sunday afternoon.

2017 Season P/L to date: -£399.17

- Masters, Paul Casey @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Hero Indian Open, Carlos Pigem @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 16/1 - WIN (Paul)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Martin Kaymer @ 30/1 PLACE (Steve)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Thomas Detry @ 66/1 - PLACE (Dan)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Richard Sterne @ 22/1 - PLACE (Paul)

* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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