The Shenzhen International didn’t hold much appeal at first glance but I have still ended up having three bets.
On first glance at the prices Chris Wood made plenty of appeal despite a missed cut last year when he was coming off a missed cut at the Trophee Hassan II and in Spain. Returning from injury he was actually 3rd in Morocco on his last start. His two career wins have come in Qatar and Thailand so he is happy on the road and is hence worth a bet £35 e/w 66/1.
Andrew Dodt hasn’t been sighted since he won for us at 125/1 in Thailand and has never played here before but in theory the big hitter should be well suited to the course. He owes us nothing after that win so is worth a small investment £30 win 120 £20 top 5 20 Betfair.
Left field pick this week goes to Ben Evans who has been around for a while but never achieved a great deal but his recent form is encouraging. A 12th in India and 9th in Morocco are his best finishes on the main tour and he was 2nd in the top English category in both events. Again he hasn’t played the course before but he hits it a mile and will be glad to be back in China where he was 2nd on the Challenge Tour in October £15 490 win £40 e/w Top English 33/1 1/4 4 + £10 e/w 150/1 FRL.
First of all this week I will kick off with a few words about my rare foray onto the LPGA tour in the Lotte Championship which starts today.
Austin Ernst comes here on the back of three career best finishes in the events she has just played. Her form here in Hawaii reminds me of the event she won at Columbia Edgewater last season. There in 2013 she was 9th after a poor 75 in round two but bounced back with a superb 62 in round three to climb the leaderboard. Her finish here in 2013 was not quite as good but she followed a poor round three of 80 with a final round 66 to climb back to 38th. With a tour win under her belt, in good form and on a course where she knows she can go low 100/1 seemed a fair price £25 ew.