EUROPEAN TOUR: Shenzen International
The Genzon GC hosted the Volvo China Open in 2014 prior to hosting this event for the first time in 2015 when it was won by Kiradech Aphibarnrat. With its wide fairways and reachable par 5s the course will tend to favour longer hitters especially if the course is wet and soft underfoot.
OUTRIGHT: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 0.5 pts win and place 40/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
The swing changes Aphibarnrat has made with his new coach have taken some time to bed in after showing some early season promise in Abu Dhabi and Qatar. However returning to this course, where he won in 2015, may well be the springboard he needs to recover some good form. Certainly the course suits his long hitting, aggressive game.
OUTRIGHT: Paul Waring, 0.5 pts win and place 100/1 (1/4 odds 5 places)
Waring suffered badly from injury and loss of form over the past few seasons but it looks like his wilderness years have done him good as he has come back stronger than ever. A runner-up spot in Joburg in February was followed up last week with an impressive top five place finish last week in Morocco. Although he has no course form he is a long hitter so if his form caries over from last week he can go close.
PGA TOUR: Texas Open
The Texas Open moved to the Greg Norman designed, 7,500 yards long , par 72 San Antonio course eight years ago and remains there this year. The fairways are generally tree-lined but fairly generous and unsurprisingly, bearing in mind the nationality of the designer, the course has the appearance of an Australian style sandbelt course. Accuracy with approach shots is key here on the large, undulating greens.
OUTRIGHT: Kevin Chappell, 0.5 pts win and place 33/1 (1/4 odds 6 places)
After an unduly long spell of indifferent form Chappell’s top ten in the Masters two weeks ago caught the eye. So he may be running into form at the perfect time to contend in one of his favourite events where his recent form figures read 2T in 11, 15T in 13 and 4T in 16. Although he is far from a prolific winner his odds look fair in what is a fairly weak field.
OUTRIGHT: Ollie Schniederjans, 0.5 pts win and place 55/1 (1/4 odds 6 places)
Tour rookie Schniederjans recorded his best ever finish last week at Hilton Head to add to the two top tens he has already recorded this year. With his confidence growing a win may not be far away and he looks good value at these odds.