Thailand Classic Tips: A quartet of selections from the opening round 3-balls

Alejandro Canizares is one of Dan's 3-ball picks this week
Alejandro Canizares is one of Dan's 3-ball picks this week

With this week's PGA Tour event being a pro-am, and the professionals playing in two-balls on day one, Dan Geraghty has recommended four wagers from the opening round three-balls in Thailand early on Thursday morning...

Recommended Bets

Back Alex Noren @ 2.77/4 (01:00)

Back Prayad Marksaeng @ 2.77/4 (06:00)

Back Carlos Pigem @ 3.185/40 (05:30)

Back Alejandro Canizares @ 2.47/5 (05:30)


My each-way column selection this week Alex Noren not only has recent form, course form and a good record in Asia, he also used to be affiliated with Black Mountain GC and practiced there in the Winter. Noren was knocking on the door of the world's top 50 before a serious wrist injury set him back meaning he was only able to tee it up for six competitive rounds last year; his comeback thus far has been supremely impressive. I'm happy for the Swede to carry the three-ball money as well as the outright money this week. Thomas Bjorn and the always dangerous Thongchai Jaidee oppose.

As Steven Rawlings points out, Hua Hin resident Prayad Marksaeng's record in Thailand is remarkable. Marksaeng has finished in the top 10, 27 times from 47 starts in his homeland; it's therefore surprising the previous Black Mountain victor isn't a shorter price to outscore Fabrizio Zanotti (four missed cuts in his last four outings) and Hennie Otto on day one; neither of whom have played here before, competitively at least.

Young Spaniard Carlos Pigem and Antonio Lacuna were tied 12th when the Asian Tour last visited Black Mountain; both are Asian tour regulars and given their experience it's surprising to see an out-of-form Tom Lewis priced up as favourite for their three-ball. At the prices I will side with Pigem, who has the look of a progressive young golfer.

With no competitive Black Mountain course from between the three of them, Alejandro Canizares looks a fair bet to get the better of Arjun Atwal and David Lipsky. Atwal is an incredibly inconsistent golfer, who strings together missed cuts like they're going out of fashion before popping up every few years with a win that's impossible to see coming. Lipsky was disappointing in Malaysia last week in a tournament where much was expected, he finished 43rd while Canizares impressed in finishing third.


Recommended Bets

Back Alex Noren @ 2.77/4 (01:00)
Back Prayad Marksaeng @ 2.77/4 (06:00)
Back Carlos Pigem @ 3.185/40 (05:30)
Back Alejandro Canizares @ 2.47/5 (05:30)


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2015 Two/Three-Ball P&L

+2.66pts

*Based on one point per selection

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