A shock winner came from the Open de Espana at the weekend when Englishmen Andrew Johnstone won his maiden tour title at Valerrama. One of the hardest four days of golf you will see with the winning score on +1. This week we head to China and the Shenzhen International, where plenty of weekend players headed from Spain to compete in the lucrative events. Bubba Watson heads the field and the two time major winner played this tournament last season finishing 29th after a slow start and then a great 65 in the final round. There’s better value to be had than the American and it starts with super consistent Joost Luiten. The Dutchman played fantastically in Spain to only lose by one shot, and he showed why he is statistically one of the best putters on tour. It won’t be long before he gets a win and at 16/1 he’s a nice price to be in the mix yet again.
Victor Dubuisson has been playing well this season although his results probably haven’t reflected that. This course is set up perfectly for his game with a strong iron game needed and accuracy off the tees, the Frenchman could excel in Asia. Dubuisson turns 26 on Friday and what better way to celebrate a birthday with a win in a world class field.
Last years Open de Espana winner James Morrison made a great fist of defending his title last week, and eventually finished a respectable 4th. He comes in to his own this time of the year and I expect him to take his form to China where he will have a lot less pressure than he did in Spain. Another player who relies on accurate iron play, he showed his patience all four rounds at Valderrama and is a big price to record his first win this year.
Finally my big outsider of the tournament is the charasmatic Miguel Angel Jimenez. He’s currently dividing his time between the US Champions Tour and the European Tour, picking and choosing events that most suit his game. The 52 year old is in good form claiming the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic earlier in the month thanks to a brilliant final round 64. It’s the first time Jimenez has played Shezhen, but he has flourished in nearby Hong Kong on no less than four occassions, so the area and location suit him down to the ground.
- Joost Luiten E/W @ 16/1 with BetVictor (Click Here)
- Victor Dubuisson E/W @ 28/1 with BetVictor (Click Here)
- James Morrison E/W @ 50/1 with BetVictor (Click Here)
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