The European Tour is in China this week as the Volvo China Open returns for a third visit to the Topwin Golf and Country Club, north of Beijing. The tournament will be staged on a beautiful parkland course lined with fruit trees and pine trees and all within sight of the Great Wall of China. Undulating greens and several water hazards ensure that this is a tough test. The par 72 course, which measures in at 7,261 yards, was designed by Ian Woosnam and last year’s tournament was won by Alexander Levy, who also claimed this title at Genzon in 2014. Li Haotong won the first edition to be staged at Topwin in 2016.
Volvo China Open Favourites
Defending champion Levy is a man in form and he leads the betting at best odds of 12/1* with Coral. The Frenchman won the Trophee Hassan II at the weekend, bagging his fourth top 10 finish in his last six starts and moving into the world’s top 50 for the first time in his career. Kiradech Aphibarnrat has also had a good year so far and the world number 32 is at 16/1* across the board, with 2016 winner Li at 18/1* with Betfred. Joost Luiten, who was ninth in Morocco, is a 20/1* chance with Coral while Betfred and Coral are each offering 20/1* about Bernd Wiesberger.
Volvo China Open Tips
It’s been a productive few weeks for Erik Van Rooyen, who followed up his 21st place at the Open de Espana with a tie for seventh in Morocco on Sunday. The South African, who won twice on his way to graduating to the European Tour last year, was also 10th in Tshwane last month. He’s making a big impression in his first full season at the elite level and although he is a popular choice in the early betting, he can be backed at 50/1* with BetVictor.
Jorge Campillo was ninth at the Topwin club last year and after claiming three top five finishes in his last five starts the Spaniard looks a good each-way prospect this week at best odds of 40/1* with Coral. Campillo reached a career-best ranking of 92 with his share of fifth place at the recent Open de Espana, while he was second at the Maybank Championship in February before finishing fourth in Oman.
Benjamin Hebert has been in the mix on his two visits to this venue, improving on his 21st place in 2016 when he finished 13th last year. The Frenchman has shown a little bit of good form of late too, sharing ninth place in Oman in February before tying for 13th in Morocco on Sunday. He’s missed only one cut in the last 10 months and is a tempting best price of 55/1* with Bet365 and Betfred.