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Volvo China Open First-Round Leader Tips: Picks from 40/1 to 100/1

French golfer Alexander Levy
Alexander Levy can go early on day one

The DP World Tour moves from Japan to China and Dave Tindall has three each-way bets to top the leaderboard come the end of round one at Hidden Grace...

  • 40/141.00 Alexander Levy is back in form and thrives in China

  • 80/181.00 Ashun Wu can give the locals some R1 cheer

  • 100/1101.00 Freddy Schott has done well in this market lately

Weather forecast for Thursday

It's a fairly mild opening day at the Hidden Grace course in Longkou, with temperatures maxing out at just over 70 degrees in late afternoon.

In terms of wind, it's set to be around 9-12mph early on but drops to 3-5mph in the afternoon.

Perhaps the p.m. wave have it slightly better but I wouldn't want to put all my eggs in one basket so I'll take two late and one early.

Alexander Levy @ 40/141.00

It's been 10 years since Alexander Levy tasted victory in the China Open at Hidden Grace (then called Genzon) but, after plenty of down times and injury problems, he's in the sort of form to make an early impression there again.

Levy followed that 2014 win by adding a fourth (2016) and an eighth (2017) at the same venue and also captured a second China Open at Topwin in 2017.

"I love this place and I am so happy to be here," said Levy on his return to Hidden Grace earlier this week.

"For sure, my game is back. After my injury, it was not really easy. Last year was tough. I am happy with the way I have managed to get back on the top of the leaderboards."

It's going back a bit but Levy has three first-round leads in the 16 events he's played in China.

As for current times, he topped the standings after 18 holes at the SDC Open in South Africa earlier this season and in two recent Challenge Tour events he opened with rounds of 65 (Abu Dhabi Challenge) and 68 (UAE Challenge).

Also second after day one of the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship in July, the back-to-form Levy is worth a FRL bet at 40/141.00 from his 12:40 tee-time.

Back Alexander Levy each-way @ 40/141.00

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Ashun Wu @ 80/181.00

Local man Ashun Wu was a first-round leader just six starts ago and has topped the Thursday standings twice in his last 38 worldwide appearances.

The Chinese golfer, a four-time winner on the DP World Tour, won his home Open in 2015 and was fifth the last time it was part of the schedule.

That 2019 event was also held at Hidden Grace and he was the halfway leader after sitting fourth following the opening lap.

Wu's recent 18-hole lead on the DP World Tour came in Qatar and that's worth noting as, like this course, Doha is a paspalum track so he's comfortable on such surfaces.

The 38-year-old finished ninth there and although he's only managed a couple of top 30s since, Wu did set out with a 67 at the Singapore Classic two starts ago to end round one in ninth.

He's also an afternoon starter at 12:30 local.

Back Ashun Wu each-way @ 80/181.00

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Freddy Schott @ 100/1101.00

My early starter, Freddy Schott, goes out in the very first group of the day (06:40) from No.10.

The case for the German is a fairly simple one: he's twice landed the FRL each-way money in his last nine starts.

That came via an opening 65 at the Ras al Khaimah Championship (fourth after 18 holes) and a 66 in the Singapore Classic three tournaments ago (fifth after day one).

Again, there is some added relevance with Ras al Khaimah being played on another paspalum layout.

Despite a couple of recent missed cuts, Schott's last four finishes also show an 11th in the Jonsson Workwear Open and 16th at the Singapore Classic so he's in decent nick.

It's Schott's first start in China but he's done well when the DP World Tour has headed east and is worth chancing at a three-figure price.

Back Freddy Schott each-way @ 100/1101.00

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