EUROPEAN TOUR: Volvo China Open
The 7,300 yard long, par 72 Ian Woosnam designed Topwin course hosts this event for the second time in succession. The course, parkland style with many tree-lined fairways and large, undulating greens, appeared to favour the more accurate players last year.
OUTRIGHT: Fabrizio Zanotti, 0.5 pts win and place 30/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Zanotti has already recorded a Tour win in 2017, prevailing in Malaysia in February. He has followed that up with two top fifteen place finishes including a tied fifth place finish last week in Shenzen. This week’s course ought to suit his accurate ball striking game even more so he may well improve on his tied ninth place finish here last year.
OUTRIGHT: David Lipsky, 0.5 pts win and place 33/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Although far from being a marquee name Lipsky has already won on Tour in Crans a few years back and goes well in Asia where he has already recorded two top five place finishes this year in Malaysia in February and in Shenzen last week. Although plenty long off the tee his game is based mainly on accuracy combined with a solid short game so this course looks a good fit and, indeed, he did record a top ten place finish here in 2016.