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Hong Kong Open 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Li Haotong (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power
Aaron Rai (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Coral
Marcus Fraser (ew)Tournament Winner70/1Betfred

All odds quoted are subject to change

Venue

After an exciting conclusion to the 2017 Race to Dubai, the 2018 European Tour season kicks off at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling, where 2014 champion Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia head a high quality field for the Hong Kong Open. At 6,699 yards, the composite course made up of holes from the New and Eden Courses is not long, but good positioning off the tee is essential on the tree-lined fairways. Miguel Angel Jimenez is a four-time winner, while last year’s winner was Sam Brazel – who hasn’t enjoyed a top 10 finish since.

Favourites

Rose missed out on both the World Tour Championship title and victory in the Order of Merit when he failed to hold on to his third round lead in Dubai at the weekend, but he remains in outstanding form and he is the short-priced favourite this week, at 9/2 with Bet365 and Paddy Power. Garcia, who also ran Jon Rahm close in Dubai, is at 13/2 with Paddy Power, while Matt Fitzpatrick is a 12/1 chance with Coral. Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood is available at a top price of 16s with Coral, with Rafa Cabrera-Bello at 22/1 with the same firm to complete a star-studded line-up.

Tips

China’s LI HAOTONG burst into the world’s top 100 with his third place finish at this year’s Open Championship and although he struggled with the heightened expectations that followed, he has been back in decent form over the last fortnight. He was 4th at the Nedbank Challenge and then finished just six shots behind Rahm in Dubai, where he tied for 13th. There’s plenty more to come from the world no. 57, who is a 33/1 shot at Paddy Power with 7 places.

AARON RAI has earned the right to go up against the sport’s elite players with three victories on the Challenge Tour in 2017 and the 22-year-old from Wolverhampton has already impressed in his short time on the main tour. Top 10s in Joburg and Denmark caught the eye, but his best performance came in Andalucia last month, where he tied for eighth. He’s moved up nearly 300 ranking places this year and is 66/1 with Coral – also with 7 places.

MARCUS FRASER loves this venue, finishing 11th or better on six of his nine appearances at this event – including a couple of top fives. The Australian, who was fifth at the Italian Open last month, was a winner in Malaysia last year and has a good record down the years at events co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour. It hasn’t been a particularly good year for him, but that’s probably why he’s out at 70/1 with Betfred (as short as 50/1 elsewhere).

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Li Haotong (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Paddy Power
Aaron Rai (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Coral
Marcus Fraser (ew)Tournament Winner70/1Betfred

All odds quoted are subject to change