The Hero Indian Open returns for a second visit to the 7,600-yard Gary Player course at the DLF Golf and Country Club on the outskirts of Delhi. We enjoyed a great success this time last year when the tournament was won by our 100/1 selection SSP Chawrasia. He also won the 2016 edition at the Delhi Golf Club. The 2015 edition, the 52nd time this event has been staged. But the first to be co-sanctioned by the European Tour, was won by Anirban Lahiri. Despite being one of the longest courses on the tour, strategy is the key to negotiating a path around the various hazards. These include two large lakes, a quarry and a par three with an island green. Chawrasia won by seven shots 12 months ago with a 10-under-par total, with only six other players finishing under par.
Hero Indian Open Favourites
Lahiri won this tournament three years ago and shared fifth place here last year and he tops the betting market alongside the rising star of Indian golf, Shubankar Sharma, who led the WGC-Mexico Championship after three rounds before feeling the pressure on Sunday. Both men are at 14/1* with various firms, with Joost Luiten, the winner in Oman a fortnight ago, at 18/1* with Ladbrokes. Emiliano Grillo was a regular on the European Tour until 2015. But has spent the last couple of seasons playing on the PGA Tour. The world number 76 from Argentina is a 20/1* chance with Ladrokes as he plays here for the first time. The in-form Englishman Chris Wood at 22/1* with Betfred. Last year’s winner Chawrasia is at 25/1* with Bet365.
Hero Indian Open Tips
Pablo Larrazabal started his year with a couple of missed cuts. But he has burst into life over the last month, with top five finishes at the Maybank Championship and on his most recent outing at the Qatar Masters. Having coped with searing heat at those two tournaments he should be ready for the grind of this tough Delhi course. He’s the pick of the bets at the top end of the market at 28/1* with Betfred.
Scott Jamieson was third at this venue last year and his solid recent form should give him a strong platform to mount another serious challenge for the title. The Scot has posted three top 10s in his last nine starts, including in South Africa at the weekend, boosting his world ranking by 150 places. His game is currently as good as it has been for several years and he’s a good each-way pick at 33/1* with Bet365.
Gavin Green is one of the stars of the Asian Tour. Over the last two years he has won three times and posted 14 other top 10 finishes. Including a share of second place at this event 12 months ago. The 24-year-old, who was eighth in Singapore a few weeks back, is little known in Europe. But he has been steadily rising up the world rankings and has a chance to make a name for himself. Ladbrokes are offering him at 66/1*.
*Odds subject to change.