Volvo China Open 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Bradley Dredge (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Bet365
Scott Hend (ew)Tournament Winner35/1Betfred
Tyrrell Hatton (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365

Venue

For the first time in its 13-year history the Volvo China Open heads for the Topwin Golf and Country Club – a beautiful parkland course north of Beijing lined with fruit trees and pine trees and all within sight of the Great Wall of China. Former winners of the event include Paul Casey and Branden Grace, while the defending champion is China’s Ashun Wu, who won at Shanghai Pudong 12 months ago.

Favourites

Joost Luiten has been runner-up in the last two weeks on the European Tour and the in-form Dutchman is the market leader for this event at 10/1 with Betfred, with Stan James swerving him altogether by offering 7s. Bernd Wiesberger has managed only one top five finish since winning last July’s Open de France, but he is among the favourites here at 16/1, the same price as Alexander Levy, who won this tournament two years ago and who finished fourth in Shenzhen last week. Ross Fisher is a 20/1 chance and others who are fancied by the bookies include Thorbjorn Olesen, Alex Noren and Tommy Fleetwood.

Tips

BRADLEY DREDGEBRADLEY DREDGE has been playing only sporadically this season but he has picked up substantial cheques in Qatar and last week in Shenzhen having finished in the top 10 at each event. Leaving aside the Open de Espana, staged at an almost unplayable Valderrama, the Welshman is an aggregate of 34-under for his other three most recent appearances and he’s a 50/1 chance with Bet365 (as short as 30/1 elsewhere).

Scott_HendSCOTT HEND finished in a share of fourth in Shenzhen and the Florida resident from Queensland is well suited to playing in the anticipated weekend temperatures of 35 degrees. The 43-year-old won his second European Tour title in Thailand recently, having finished second in the same event a year earlier, with his previous victory coming in Hong Kong in October 2014. He clearly thrives in the heat and looks great value at best odds of 35/1 with Betfred.

TYRRELL HATTONTYRRELL HATTON will travel to Beijing in confident mood after finishing 68, 67 over the weekend in Shenzhen to finish in a share of 12th. The 25-year-old has had several near misses in his career, including last summer’s Irish Open and European Masters, but he is beginning to add greater consistency to his game, including a fine performance at the Tour Championship in November, and he can stand out in this company at 45/1.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Bradley Dredge (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Bet365
Scott Hend (ew)Tournament Winner35/1Betfred
Tyrrell Hatton (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Bet365