EUROPEAN TOUR: Andalucia Valderrama Masters
The Valderrama course hosted this event in 2011 and last year as well as hosting The Spanish Open in 2016. The course is tight, lined with imposing cork trees, with small, narrow greens. Par 5's aside power is largely superseded by accuracy here with driving accuracy and greens in regulation being the key stats. Tournament host and defending champion Sergio Garcia starts as a justified short price favourite.
OUTRIGHT: Aaron Rai 0.5 pts E/W 50/1 (1/5 odds 6 places)
Admittedly Rai has not exactly set the heather on fire since making his tour debut. Rather it has been a season of learning and consolidation. However he arrives here having made a few recent cuts at a course where he has both course experience, having finished tied eighth last year despite a poor second round score of 74, as well as good course friendly stats. Standing 21st in driving accuracy and 18th in greens in regulation he looks a really good fit for this track and is worth chancing in a very weak field.
PGA TOUR: The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges
The Nine Bridges course hosts this event for only the second year in succession so we have minimal course form to assess. Last year scoring was affected by the breezes which blew so that is certainly something to be factored in this week.
OUTRIGHT: Hideki Matsuyama 0.5 pts E/W 14/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Matsuyama has put his injury and loss of form concerns well behind him and is on a strong run of form right now finishing the 2018 season with five top fifteen finishes in his last six outings. As such he is a justified second favourite this week.
OUTRIGHT: Sungjae Im 0.5 pts E/W 45/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Im hit the ground running two weeks ago as a rookie finishing tied fourth in his first event, The Safeway Open, since qualifying from the Web.com tour. Bang in form as he is he will be looking forward to securing his tour status by finishing prominently here on his home course.
OUTRIGHT: Si Woo Kim 0.5 pts E/W 66/1 (1/5 odds 7 places)
Kim finished a very respectable tied tenth last week in The CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur and that should be a nice warm up for this week. Back in his native Asia he ought to present a bigger threat than is shown in these odds.