2016 King's Cup Betting Preview

Prior to the main course of the US PGA Championship on Thursday evening, there is a tasty little appetiser on Sky Sports in the morning as the King's Cup is being televised. Held on the Asian Tour since 2009, the King's Cup is being co-sanctioned by the European Tour for the very first time this year and it is the Phoenix Golf Club in Pattaya, Thailand, that has taken on hosting duties this week...

  • Prom Meesawat hasn't missed a cut in 15 appearances in Thailand, securing seven top-tens in the process
  • 2014 King's Cup winner Thaworn Wiratchant has won 3 tournaments in Thailand in the last 4 years

28th July - 31st July Odds Won/Lost Bet

King's Cup
Prom Meesawat (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 16 / 1  
Thaworn Wiratchant (each way) @ 50 / 1  

The Favourites

There is very little course form to go on for this tournament as it is the first time that the King's Cup has been held in Pattaya but it is perhaps a surprise that Eddie Pepperell is a 16/1 market leader. We can't help but think he is that short because he is one of the few players coming from the European Tour to compete but his recent form is something of a concern as he has one top-ten for the season (T8 at the Irish Open) and has disappointed since then, missing three cuts and posting a couple of poor efforts.

Pepperell's lack of experience of Thai conditions ensures he is plenty short enough and he is joined at the head of the market by Thanyakorn Khrongpha, who has missed the cut on his last two appearances in the King's Cup. Khrongpha has been in good form in Japan of late though, securing three top-tens, and the Thai hopeful can be backed at 16/1.

Best Bet

We prefer to side with another home favourite as Prom Meesawat (16/1 with Bet 365) looks to be a stand-out figure in this field after racking up four top-fifteens this year, including a tie for 13th at the Scottish Open. The 32-year-old produced an excellent effort in tricky conditions in Scotland and we fancy he will be relishing a return to Thailand, where he hasn't missed a cut in fifteen starts, racking up seven top-ten finishes in the process. A win on home soil remains elusive but this could be just the place for him to excel.
Tip #1: Prom Meesawat (each way) @ 16/1 with Bet 365.

The Contenders

Other players to keep an eye n include Paul Peterson (33/1), who has finished in the top-25 in six of his last eight starts in Thailand, including a tie for 3rd at the Queen's Cup most recently, as well as SSP Chowrasia (40/1), who won the Indian Open to secure a third European Tour crown earlier this year. Chowrasia's form has dipped a bit since then and it is worth noting that all three of his wins have come at home in India.

Siddikur Rahman is a player who demands respect at 25/1 with B365 as he finished runner-up at the Mauritius Open recently and he hasn't missed a cut in five starts. The Bangladeshi is 'hit or miss' in Thailand as he has five missed cuts and five top-tens to show from his last eleven visits - can he get it right this time?

The Outside Bet

We prefer to take a speculative punt on a player who has consistently produced the goods in Thailand though and Thaworn Wiratchant is worthy of each-way attention at 50/1. The defending champion has shown signs of better form of late and he tends to come alive in his homeland as he has won in Thailand on three occasions in the last four years, including his win at the King's Cup in 2014 (there was no tournament last year so this will technically be Wiratchant's title defence). The Thai hopeful clearly enjoys this event as he was also runner-up in 2012 and he is well worth a look at the prices.
Tip #2: Thaworn Wiratchant (each way) @ 50/1 with Bet365.com.

2016 King's Cup Odds