EUROPEAN TOUR: UBS Hong Kong Open
The Hong Kong Open has been played at the par 70, 6,700 yards long course at Fanling for a number of years now so course form is well established. Accuracy from the tee and with approaches to the large, undulating greens is rewarded here.
OUTRIGHT: Jamie Donaldson, 0.5 pts win and place 50/1 (1/4 odds 6 places)
Donaldson’s season had been blighted by injury and loss of form to such an extent that, had it not been for his career money position, he would have been in danger of losing his playing rights for 2018. However he rallied in October with a strong finish in the Italian Open being followed up by a top five place finish in the Valderrama Masters. He did not qualify for the play-off series so will arrive here fresh after a short break and may well better his best finish here of tied seventh in 2010 with a score of 17 under par.
OUTRIGHT: David Lipsky 0.5 pts win and place 60/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Lipsky does best on courses where accuracy and strategy are at a premium as evidenced by his sole tour win at the fiddly Crans course in the European Masters. His form here is none too shabby with a tied twelfth finish in 2013 being followed up with a top five place finish last year. Recent form has hardly been sparkling, but he did finish inside the top thirty in Turkey four weeks ago. However he is a much better proposition here on a course which suits his game.
OUTRIGHT: Paul Waring 0.5 pts win and place 90/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Waring started the season well in South Africa then faded away somewhat before rallying recently with top thirty place finishes in Valderrama, Turkey and South Africa in the Nedbank event. He’s not always the straightest off the tee but his accurate iron game ought to stand him in good stead here as it did last year when he finished seventh after closing with a final round of 65.