Only one golf tournament to sink our teeth into this week in the form of the HSBC World Golf Championships from Mission Hills, China. We're looking for a good Asian swing to finish 2012 and I'm going to add a first round leader staking plan to the preview and hopefully we can build on Peter Hanson's 40/1 success last week
There were two players I was looking at for the HSBC Championships this week before the odds came out: Francesco Molinari had the run of this course at the World Cup of golf in 2009 when he and his brother Edoardo pipped McDowell and McIlroy, while Ian Poulter thrives in this part of the world and excels close season. Neither for me though can be backed ew at current prices although both are worth looking at as potential trades.
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The Mission Hills course comprises 5 reachable par fives, small but receptive greens and maintained rough so despite what recent World Cup leaderboards may fail to portray (with such a small sample size of players), the bigger hitters will obviously have a slight advantage at the HSBC Championship this week, but over powering the course is not on the agenda.
HSBC Championships Picks
Pick #1: Louis Oosthuizen ew @ 20/1 (general) is the standout pick near the top of the market for me. Louis is a streaky player and when he is on, he's one of the best drivers of the ball in the game. Ranking 7th in total driving and 6th in ball striking on the PGA Tour, Oosthuizen posted four rounds in the sixties at the BMW to finish T6 and I expect him to feature at the HSBC Championship.
Pick #2: Graeme McDowell ew @ 30/1 (general) Renowned for his driving ability, consistency and touch around the greens, McDowell ranks 6th in driving accuracy on the PGA Tour in 2012. He also ranks an eye catching 5th in proximity to the hole (the part of the game I thought was his weakness). Graeme posted a T11 last week and showed with his win over Woods at the Chevron not too long ago that he doesn't switch off close season. Most notably, watching him here in the 2009 WC, the course very much suits the Irishman.
Pick #3: Nicolas Colsaerts ew @ 33/1 (general) A poor weekend last week for Nico has him in at 33s but anyone watching will know that the damage was done in just two holes late in round three. Colsaerts went double double on 16 and 17 on Saturday at the BMW and Sunday then became a non event. Expect the Belgian to bounce back on a course that may fit his eye.
Pick #4: George Coetzee ew @ 50/1 (general) Surprising price on big George this week off the back of three consecutive top sixes now. He was a bit like a rabbit in the headlights as he stumbled to a 71 on Sunday but he's gaining more and more experience and I expect him to win soon, and win big. Coetzee has the all round game, averaging 295 yards off the tee with over 60% of fairways hit and 70% GIR. He generally excels with the putter too (it was his downfall last week) with under 29 putts on average and he could feature at the HSBC championship at a big price.
HSBC World Golf Championship first round leader - article here (picks below)
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There are a handful of standouts for the FRL staking plan this week who may go low around Mission Hills. Most are simmering and I'm expecting them to burst into life at any time now. As well as the five below, I'm also having a small ew bet on Hennie Otto at 200/1. Otto has been on the radar of late and I'm drawn to a 64 he shot in Malaysia earlier in the year. As many of you will know, he grabbed us a nice priced winner at the back end of last season so it may be a good time of year for him.
0.75pts Rafa Cabrera Bello @ 80/1 (ladbrokes)
0.75pts JB Kruger @ 90/1 (SJ)
0.5pts Thomas Aiken @ 100/1 (general)
0.5pts WC Liang at 125/1 (skybet)
0.5pts Robert Rock @ 150/1 (Skybet)
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