Hero Indian Open First-Round Leader Tips: Picks from 50/1 to 150/1

Malaysian golfer Gavin Green
Gavin Green can start fast again

The DP World Tour heads to India and Dave Tindall has three each-way bets to top the leaderboard come the end of round one...

  • 50/151.00 Course horse Gavin Green can go low early again

  • 66/167.00 Matteo Manassero has strong FRL history here

  • 150/1151.00 In-form Angad Cheema started fast here in 2023

  • Weather forecast for Thursday

    Conditions for day one on the Gary Player course at DLF Golf and Country Club are just as you might expect for India: it's going to very, very hot.

    It's already in the 90s for the early starters and the scales will tip over 100 in the afternoon. Winds might pick up slightly but not enough to rule out anyone with a later start. In fact, a slight breeze may be welcome given the oppressive heat.

    Back Gavin Green @ 50/151.00

    Gavin Green has been a popular pick in FRL columns down the years and this looks another good opportunity to play him.

    For starters, on a course that bamboozles many, Green has found a way to succeed at DLF.

    He was runner-up on debut in 2017, added 16th a year later and again made the cut in 2019.

    His only visit since came in a PGTI event and a closing 67 gave him another top 10.

    Green was ninth after day one in the second of his three Indian Open starts here but it's his recent FRL form that really takes the eye.

    The 30-year-old was the first-round leader in Singapore last week thanks to a 64 while he shot that same number to sit fourth after 18 holes of his home Malaysian Open last month.

    Wind back to September and he set the pace after round one of the European Masters after handing in a 63.

    The 50/151.00 shot tees off at 11.45am.

    Back Gavin Green each-way @ 50/151.00

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    Back Matteo Manassero @ 66/167.00

    Matteo Manassero clinched his first DP World Tour title for over a decade when scoring a three-shot win at the Jonsson Workwear Open in South Africa earlier this month.

    He'd shown he was on the right track by scoring a Challenge Tour win in his native Italy the previous summer.

    Manassero was second after round one there, a position he also secured after fast starts in two of his next seven Challenge Tour tournaments.

    The strong opening laps continue to come and he was eighth and 20th (both via 68s) after Thursday's action in March's two events in South Africa.

    As for course history here, Manassero was third after 18 holes here in both 2017 and 2018. And on a recent trip to India this time last year, he was again third after day one of a PGTI event.

    A 12.40 starter, he's worth a bet at 66/167.00.

    Back Matteo Manassero each-way @ 66/167.00

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    Back Angad Cheema @ 150/1151.00

    The European raiders, as you'd expect, showed their extra class in this event last year with Marcel Siem edging out Yannik Paul and Joost Luiten a further shot back in third.

    Jorge Campillo and Thorbjorn Olesen also made the top six.

    But while Paul led the way on day one, the first-round leaderboard was still a rather random affair with Indian trio Honey Baisoya, Shubhankar Sharma and Angad Cheema all in the top four when play was done.

    Sharma is the familiar name there but I'll throw a dart on his compatriot Cheema at 150s.

    The 34-year-old has three top threes in his last eight local PGTI events while he was eighth in last week's Kolkata Challenge.

    Those good finishes were often prompted by fast starts and he's been inside the top seven after round one in five of his last 10 events.

    Cheema was second after 36 holes and still seventh through 54 at this event last year so he knows he can mix it with the bigger-name Europeans.

    "It's a proud feeling to be the leading Indian," he said at the halfway point 12 months ago and his current form - just as it did last year - suggests he can make an early mark once more from his 11.30 tee time.

    Back Angad Cheema each-way @ 150/1151.00

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