Shenzhen International Betting Tips & Predictions 2017
The European Tour rolls onto China this week for the Shenzhen International, and after a tough weekend in Morocco, the Far East country’s mild brand of communism and oppression is likely to be a welcome break for those who toiled under the African sun.
This is just the third time that the Shenzhen International tournament has been held, and again the action will be played out at the luscious botanical setting of the Genzon Club in Longgang. This track also hosted the Volvo China Open in 2014, so we do have some course history to work with.
The bookmakers would have you think this is a two horse race. Bubba Watson, playing here for reasons unknown although the large sponsorship cheque *may* have been a factor, was 5/1 in places for this tournament last year and is 18/1 this year, which is a huge difference. While clearly he is the best in the field by a country mile at his best, he only finished 29th here two years ago and T-8 here last year.
Then there’s Soomin Lee, who will be the defending champion here after posting a winning -16 in 2016. He can be backed at a massive 100/1 this week if you fancy the repeat win.
What Are We Looking For?
A classic Neil Haworth design, the Genzon Club is set within the perimeter of a botanical garden, so players can expect some luscious green landscapes and some heavy-duty water hazards. There are plenty of overhanging trees to contend with, so fairway placement is likely to be key, although the path from tee-to-green on most holes could be described as generous with wide fairways and fairly light rough by modern standards.
We are looking for a player who is straight yet long enough off the tee if possible. There is plenty of room and unless you hit an absolute mare of a drive, you should be OK. Accuracy is very important with the irons as there are plenty of water hazards on the course so Greens In Regulation is another important factor. Basically, whoever hits the most fairways and greens this week will more than likely win the tournament. Our three players tick the boxes.
We really fancy Tommy to go very close this weekend as he is in the form of his life at present. Things didn’t go so well for him at Augusta last week but he did make the cut, which is never a bad thing. He got his season off to a flyer by winning in Abu Dhabi in January and proved it was no flash in the pan with a T-12 finish in the Maybank Championship and he finished second on his own in the Mexico Championship. He has previous form here, finishing second here at his very first attempt in 2014 and third a year later.
Event Form: 19th, 3rd, 2nd
Very solid if unspectacular start to the season for the Englishman who struggled with his game for quite some time but it is back in terrific order at present. You don’t make the cut at the Masters unless you are striking the ball well, so a made cut will put him in good shape dropping down in class here, so to speak. He was T-3 in Mexico and played really well in the WGC MatchPlay to finish T-5 and in what looks a weak field standard wise, he is one of the standout players.
Event Form: MC, 15th, 16th
American player who spends the majority of his time on the European Tour and he probably hasn’t achieved what he set out to do on this tour, his sole success coming in the Madeira Islands Open back in 2013. He is a big hitter and should be suited by this course. He has three Top 10 finishes so far this season – Tshwane Open (4th), Dubai Desert Classic (5th) and South African Open Championship (7th). He was also 4th here two years ago and is a major contender this weekend.
Event Form: MC, 4th, MC