True Thailand Classic 2016 Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Julien Quesne (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power
Jason Scrivener (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365
Gregory Bourdy (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power

Venue

The Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin hosts the second edition of the True Thailand Classic, which was won last year by Australia’s Andrew Dodt, who held off the challenges of compatriot Scott Hend and local favourites Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat thanks to three successive rounds of 67. This spectacular course is set among lush green forests and mountains and has been named as the best course in Thailand for the past five years. Several lakes and some huge bunkers pose a tough test, while the par-four fourth hole has an island green to rival the 17th at Sawgrass.

Favourites

Jaidee and Aphibarnrat are the best known Thai players and will capture the bulk of the home support this week. Having both gone so close here last year they are both at the top of the betting for this year’s edition, with some firms making Jaidee their favourite ahead of the in-form Dutch star Joost Luiten. Jaidee is 14/1 across the board, with Luiten priced at 16/1 with Betfred and Coral. Betfred make Aphibarnrat a 22/1 chance with Thomas Pieters, who was runner-up in Abu Dhabi in January, at 28/1 with BetVictor. Alexander Levy, who finished second in Perth, is at 28/1 with several firms.

Tips

Julien QuesneThere haven’t been too many highlights for JULIEN QUESNE since the most recent of his two European Tour victories in 2013, but he has had some positive results over the last 12 months, with his nine top 10 finishes including competitive showings at the BMW PGA Championship and November’s BMW Masters. His last two appearances, in Malaysia and Perth, have also produced top 10s and he’s available at 40/1.

Jason ScrivenerJASON SCRIVENER may not be a familiar name to many fans of the European Tour, but his 3rd place finish at the recent Perth International capped a hugely positive six months in which he has made the cut at 14 of 16 events and secured his playing rights at the Q-School. The 26-year-old Australian scores well for driving accuracy, which will help him plot his way around the many traps here, and he is a stand-out 45/1 with Bet365.

GREGORY BOURDYGREGORY BOURDY didn’t enjoy his last visit to South East Asia, missing the cut by a distance in Malaysia, but he was back on song in Perth two weeks ago where he finished in a share of fourth place. The Frenchman is one of the straightest drivers around – he was 16th for driving accuracy in 2015 – and has been in decent form for a while and his quality should stand out in this company. Paddy Power are offering the best odds of 40/1.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Julien Quesne (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power
Jason Scrivener (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365
Gregory Bourdy (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power