Shenzhen International 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Tommy Fleetwood (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Coral, Paddy Power
Gregory Bourdy (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Betfred
Julien Quesne (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Betfred

Venue

The Shenzen International was added to the European Tour in 2015 and the inaugural edition was staged at the Genzon Golf Club, where it remains this year. This 7,145-yard course, which features undulating but generous tree-lined fairways and numerous water hazards, also staged the Volvo China Open a year earlier. Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat won this event last year, with Alexander Levy successful in the China Open in 2014. Both men return this week.

Favourites

Bubba Watson is undeniably the star attraction at this tournament and the two-time Masters champion is a short-priced favourite at 6/1 with BetVictorCoral and William Hill. Watson blitzed this course for a 65 on the Sunday last year, but that was only good enough to elevate him 29 places up the leaderboard to a share of 29th after poor rounds on Friday and Saturday. Defending champion Aphibarnrat, who put in a good performance at Augusta a couple of weeks ago, is at 14/1 while Joost Luiten, runner-up at a gruelling Open de Espana on Sunday, is at 16s. Ross Fisher and Tommy Fleetwood also had good weeks at Valderrama and are fancied to go well again in China, at 20/1 and 25/1 respectively.

Tips

Tommy FleetwoodTOMMY FLEETWOOD was never seriously in the mix in Spain at the weekend thanks to a damaging second round of 78, but in tremendously difficult conditions he battled for a top 20 finish and that should give him some confidence as he returns to a venue at which he has gone close in each of the last two years. The Englishman’s best results in each of the last two seasons have come at this venue, finishing third last year and second a year earlier and he is available at best odds of 25/1 with Coral and Paddy Power.

GREGORY-BOURDY-GOLFERGREGORY BOURDY‘s form has been up and down this season but he has had a couple of top five finishes and he was in the top 20 at Valderrama, where he was one of the few to shoot a sub-70 round on Sunday. The Frenchman has done well enough at Genzon in the last two years, finishing in the top 20 on each occasion, to suggest he’s doing most things right on this course. The four-time European Tour winner is 45/1 with Betfred.

Julien QuesneThere are a few firms offering odds of 33/1 about JULIEN QUESNE this week, which makes the in-form Frenchman an appealing prospect at 50/1 with Betfred. After a poor start to the season, Quesne has hit a purple patch with three top 10 finishes in his last five appearances. He also has a good record here, finishing 19th in the China Open and a share of fourth place in the first edition of this event 12 months ago.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Tommy Fleetwood (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Coral, Paddy Power
Gregory Bourdy (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Betfred
Julien Quesne (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Betfred