The betting.betfair golf team remain in fine form after coming close to another winner last week when Mike's pick Luke Donald was denied only on the 72nd hole. This week the guys have gone to China with some big price selections on the European Tour...
"One thing we do know for certain is that Simon Dyson can play golf in this part of the world, and that is a big plus in these events."
Joe Dyer: Back Simon Dyson @ 67.066/1
*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places
Dan Geraghty: Back Rhein Gibson @ 151.0150/1
Given the absence of any notable course form, this week feels a good opportunity to take a punt. Rhein Gibson is a young golfer that is more likely to be a household name among quizzing eggheads than golf fans. The young Australian is in the Guiness Book of World Records after shooting the lowest round ever recorded by a professional, a 16 under 55, in May 2012. Gibson is no stranger to Asian golf, in 2013 he visited OneAsia's Q-School, finished sixth and went on to play so well on Tour that he's earnt full playing privileges for 2014. The positive signs don't end there, recently the record breaking Aussie shot a spectacular final round 62 at the Indonesian PGA Championship in March to miss out on the title by one stroke and his performance in finishing fourth behind Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott at last year's Australian Open earnt him a place in this Summer's Open Championship.
Joe Dyer: Back Simon Dyson @ 67.066/1
The Punter spells it out in his preview - there's plenty of guesswork involved in picking a winner for this week's Volvo China Open. One thing we do know for certain is that Simon Dyson can play golf in this part of the world, and that is a big plus in these events. On a short-ish course I imagine accuracy will be a key strength and Dyson has that in his locker. At 66-1 I'm happy to take a speculative shot on the Yorkshireman this week.
Steve Rawlings: Back Richie Ramsay @ 51.050/1
With no course form to ponder, this week's Volvo China Open is a tricky puzzle to solve but I quite like the chances of Scotland's Richie Ramsay. If we ignore last week's narrowly missed cut in Malaysia, he's been in decent form of late and I thought he might just have the game to suit this relatively short and partially tree-lined venue. He's got some decent form in China already and he could easily contend again here.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Jbe Kruger @ 101.0100/1
Considering how many non-winners and journeymen are at shorter odds, it's a pleasant surprise to be able to take triple-figures about an in-form player. Kruger won his penultimate event in South Africa and fared pretty well in 13th place last week in Malaysia. Unlike many others, he's got a stack of form on Asian greens, arguably more so than even his homeland. His long game is in excellent shape too, hitting over 80% of greens in regulation in half of his last eight starts and only once less than 75%.
Mike Norman: Back Adrian Otaegui @ 201.0200/1
I agree with Dan completely, this is a week to take a bit of a risk. A field with some fantastic players at the head of the market, but all of whom have cut little ice in the last few months, and then there's the 'new venue' aspect to consider. A shock is not out of the question then and I can definitely see a few 'outsiders' getting in the mix. Adrian Otaegui - a young Spanish golfer mentored by Jose Maria Olazabal - is a possible star of the future. He recorded five top-5 finishes on the Challenge Tour in the second part of last season and already this year he has shown signs that he can adapt to this higher level; 22nd in the Joburg Open, 13th at the Africa Open, and a tie for sixth at the NH Collection Open earlier this month. I fancy he'll record a few top-5 finishes this year so at 200/1 I'm willing to take an each-way chance on him this week.
Season P/L (£5 e/w per selection)
1. Dan Geraghty: +£583.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£205.00
3. Steve Rawlings: +£103.75
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£26.25
5. Mike Norman: -£100.00