The China Open heads back to Beijing and an Ian Woosnam designed golf course. Not many of the players will have experience of this course so it’s generally down to recent good form and how they have played in Asia over the last few years.
Alexander Levy is my big pick for the title and has shown that he is capable of winning in Asia with a victory here 2 years ago by a very comfortable 4 shots and then a 3rd place last year in a very good defence of his title. He was in the hunt in all 4 round last weekend eventually finishing tied 4th and all roads lead to the French maestro performing well in China.
My next best is Australian Scott Hend, a late bloomer on the European tour the 42 year old is showing consistency every week including a great win in Thailand last month. He has a great record in Asia including wins in Homg Kong, Singapore, Macau and the already mentioned Thailand Open. I’m sure we’ll get a big run for our money at very nice odds this weekend.
Last week I put up Miguel Angel Jimenez as a big outsider, and the charasmatic Spaniard did us proud finishing in 13th place. He really loves playing in Asia and this week should be no different. Yet again he’s a big price to compete with the young guns and long hitters and I’m going to have a small punt on the veteran winning a European Tour title.
My last pick is home grown talent Li Haotong who finished a very respectable 6th in last years tournament. Big things are expected and he’s already shown flashes of talent both in Europe and abroad. A 7th place in a WGC tournament was the highlight of his season so far, but I feel there is plenty to come from the from 21 year old, hopefully starting in the China Open.
(ALL 1 point each way)