Golf betting tips: Volvo China Open

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Our guest betting expert gives his top tips for the Volvo China Open

The European Tour stays in China this week and returns to the Tomson course where we had lots of event seven to eleven years ago. 

It strikes me that it is not a bombers course and low scores will not necessarily be the norm as long as you take out Ernie Els’ emphatic victory.

Matteo Manassero is priced up this week as a complete no hoper yet there have been signs in the last few events of a return to form. 


First of all we have to remember than he is still only 22 and reading his Twitter feed he may well have been inspired in recent weeks by the exploits of Jordan Spieth. 

The problem with his game has been his driving accuracy – as low as 25% in some events this season which when you are short off the tee puts far too much pressure on the rest of your game. 

In his last two events he has started hitting 70% of fairways and this has led to him being 4th and 8th in GIR – with the pressure off his putting game then if this improves a little he should be in contention. 


Last week’s venue would certainly not have suited but looking at the list of Tomson winners – Els, Clarke, Jimenez etc they are all fine players of Wentworth so maybe the course will suit the young Italian £25 ew 150/1 + £20 150.
I feel a bit sorry for Raphael Jacquelin as when he finds a course he can play it seems to be taken off the rotation – looking back at his five career wins we have Broekpolder – 6th 96 then won 97.
His recent form has been steady if unspectacular but he is the sort of player who can turn it on from nowhere" He then moved off the Challenge Tour Club de Campo de Madrid – 4th 2004 then won 2005 – he then missed cut on his defence but it hasn’t been used since.

Donnafugata – won 2011 – the only time it has been used.

El Saler – 8th 2001 then won in 2013 – not been used since.

We now return to the Tomson course where he led in 2005 after the opening round, won in 2007 and then was 42nd in defence – I maybe guessing but I am sure he will be one player glad to get back there. 

His recent form has been steady if unspectacular but he is the sort of player who can turn it on from nowhere £15 win 120 Betfair £25 ew 100/1 + £15 ew 80/1 FRL


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