Another place pay-out for the team last week courtesy of Paul's 66/1 selection Ashley Chesters, so confidence is high going into this week's final World Golf Championship event of the year...
"Thorbjorn was sixth on debut in 2014 and performed respectably on two visits since. He's a better player now and has much scope for further improvement."
*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 6 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Julian Suri @ 100/1
World No.69 Julian Suri won't get much attention this week with so many bona-fide superstars on show but the American could give us a big run at a three-figure price. He's probably held in higher esteem on European shores having won last year's Made In Denmark and taken the eye in recent months with second place in the Open de France at this year's Ryder Cup venue and tied fifth on his last start at the British Masters. He also, virtually unnoticed, cracked the top 20 in the year's final major. With so much water in play at Sheshan International, there's certainly value in putting it in play and hitting approaches from the short grass and Suri's DA numbers are consistently strong. He ranked 1st for GIR in the US PGA and 5th in that same category at Walton Heath and, although this is his tournament debut, previous course form is far from necessary here. One added little piece of encouragement is that Suri finished runner-up at last year's Hong Kong Open so has good memories of this part of the globe.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Thorbjorn Olesen @ 60/1
Coming off his best season yet, culminating in a Ryder Cup debut and victory, Thorbjorn Olesen is fancied to make the long-expected leap into the game's highest echelons. Already a five-time winner on the European Tour - last time in a Rolex Series event - winning a WGC would perfectly demonstrate that progress. For me, Olesen is seen to best effect on 'second-shot courses' that don't overly penalise off the tee and reward great iron play. If the wind is blowing, all the better. He'll get both at Sheshan this week, where he's already shown plenty of promise. Thorbjorn was sixth on debut in 2014 and performed respectably on two visits since. He's a better player now and has much scope for further improvement.
Steve Rawlings: Back Brooks Koepka @ 9/1
Winning back-to-back tournaments is never easy but having that extra fillip of becoming the brand-new world number one should aid the very well-travelled Brooks Koepka this week at a venue that's perfect for his prodigious length and exquisite scrambling skills. In addition to his Phoenix Open title and his three major championships won on home soil, Brooks has now won in Scotland, Italy, Spain (twice), Turkey, Japan (twice) and Korea. He clearly enjoys life on the road and he was second here last year. In a limited field of 78, with plenty of deadwood at the bottom of the market, and in an event in which the cream tends to rise to the top, the industry-best of 9/1 about red-hot Brooks is very fair given he's been placed inside the top-eight in five of his last eight starts and given he's won three of his last 12.
Joe Dyer: Back Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 45/1
Take out a missed cut at the Dunhill Links - an event in which his previous results were terrible - and Matthew Fitzpatrick seems to have hit a rich vein of form. He was simply outstanding when defending at Crans and went at least reasonably well on both sides of the Atlantic either side of that win. The Crans angle may offer a relevant clue this week, because that Swiss track is all about accurate iron play. When the emphasis is on high-class approaches, Fitzpatrick can compete with the very best. That is certainly the case at Sheshan, where he's played well on all three previous visits, finishing no worse than 16th, with a best of seventh.
Mike Norman: Back Billy Horschel @ 70/1
If we're being completely honest it's going to be tough to knock the likes of DJ, Rory, Koepka, and Rose out of the frame this week; all four have excellent course and recent form in the book, as well as being world class golfers of course. But with a market leader already on side I'll take a chance on Billy Horschel at the industry-best 70/1. We need to forgive him a couple of below par efforts in Asia in the last few weeks but just prior to that Billy Ho was in superb form in the high class season-ending Fedex Cup series, finishing third, second and second at the Northern Trust, BMW Championship, and Tour Championship respectively. If he's in similar form to that this week then it's impossible to envisage him not contending, especially given that extremely low scoring wins the day here and the American is widely regarded as a bit of a birdie machine when he's on top of his game.
2018 Season P/L to date: + £872.16
- Andalucia Valderrama Masters, Ashley Chesters @ 66/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Alfred Dunhill Links, Padraig Harrington @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Portugal Masters, Lucas Herbert @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- KLM Dutch Open, Thomas Detry @ 40/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Omega European Masters, Lucas Bjerregaard @ 28/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Made In Denmark, Matt Wallace @ 33/1 - WIN (Mike)
- Made In Denmark, Lucas Bjerregaard @ 40/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Czech Masters, Andrea Pavan @ 50/1 - WIN (Joe)
- Czech Masters, Lee Slattery @ 45/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- US PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka @ 20/1 - WIN (Dave)
- US PGA Championship, Gary Woodland @ 125/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- WGC-Bridgestone, Brooks Koepka @ 25/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- The Open, Tiger Woods @ 30/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- Scottish Open, Ryan Fox @ 45/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Irish Open, Russell Knox @ 28/1 - WIN (Dave)
- BMW International Open, Matt Wallace @ 33/1 - WIN (Steve)
- BMW International Open, Martin Kaymer @ 33/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Italian Open, Lee Westwood @ 45/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- BMW PGA Championship, Kiradech Aphibarnrat @ 45/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- Belgian Knockout, Benjamin Hebert @ 50/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Belgian Knockout, Jorge Campillo @ 28/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Rocco Forte Open, Lucas Herbert @ 125/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Golf Sixes, South Korea @ 16/1 - PLACE (Steve & Paul)
- Volvo China Open, Lucas Bjerregaard @ 200/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- US Masters, Bubba Watson @ 16/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Hero Indian Open, Andrew Johnston @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- Oman Open, Jorge Campillo @ 40/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Maybank Championship, Shubhankar Sharma @ 60/1 - WIN (Joe)
- Dubai Desert Classic, Alex Levy @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 40/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- UBS Hong Kong Open, Paul Peterson @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75