Volvo China Open Golf Tips Preview
The European Tour heads to the Volvo China Open but their is very little to go on with this new course and being China their aren’t many who have played it at any level. This is a mixed event with European Tour players playing alongside the best of the Asian Tour and of China. Its the 20th editions but as mentioned this is a fresh course for this year. For a hole in one at 16 the lucky man will take home a Volvo digger.
Course has been re opened with a fresh design since 2009. Some people seem to think this may play a lot like the course used for the Volvo Champions WGC event. This course seems a bit shorter than ones used before and perhaps accuracy might prove more important than length. Maybe looking at players who do well heading to not just China but Asia in the past can do well here. At just over 7,100 yards it is not one for the bombers.
We also get Jason Dufner this week who must be heading here for sponsor interests, while Westwood looks to go back to back on the European Tour after last weeks solid showing. I was tempted by Poulter this week and its not going be an easy event to pick so going with 4 players who I feel are players we know can deliver.
Volvo China Open Picks:
Pablo Larrazabal 28/1 bet365- 8th in Malaysia last week so has now had time in Asia, winner in Abu Dhabi early in year. Good record in China which is encouraging three top 10s in past 3 times in the country. If over the hornet incident he could go very well building on last week as his game looked in good order.
Julien Quesne 45/1 bet365 – Back to his best after a break with a good showing in Malaysia. Putted very well last week a repeat would be useful on a new course to all players
Gregory Bourdy 50/1 bet365- Accurate and finds greens and that could be just the calling card this week. Not far off last week when picked so could well improve for a settled week in Asia.
Richie Ramsey 55/1 bet365- Missed the cut in Malaysia but had been decent before that including a runner up in Spain. 3rd in the HSBC Champions event and enjoys a shorter course.