Ross Fisher to drive his way to glory at the Volvo China Open
- 26 Apr 2016
The Volvo China Open takes centre stage on the European Tour this week and the players can look forward to better conditions than those they endured at the Shenzhen International last week. Soomin Lee came through five days of testing action victorious and we are backing another South Korean to shine at the Topwin Golf and Country Club this week...
- Alex Levy was the youngest winner of the China Open in 2014
- Ross Fisher has finished in the top-16 in 5 of his last 6 appearances in China
|27th April - 1st May||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
Volvo China Open
| Ross Fisher (each way)
|@ 20 / 1|
|Scott Hend (each way)||@ 33 / 1|
|Jeung-Hun Wang (each way)||@ 35 / 1|
The Market Leaders
It will be the first time that the tournament has been held at this Ian Woosnam-designed Topwin venue so there is very little to go on in terms of course form. A couple of minor events played here would suggest that aggressive, big hitters should thrive on the 7,229 yard track and Joost Luiten heads here as favourite.
Luiten is 10/1 (Bet Victor) after following up a near-miss in Spain with a runner-up effort at the Shenzhen but it will be a big effort for him to compete three weeks running.
Bernd Wiesberger is next best in the betting (16/1) as he gears up for his first start since the US Masters, while Alex Levy is also available at 16/1. Levy became the youngest ever winner of the China Open when he took the title in 2013 and he followed up last year with a tie for 3rd. The Frenchman has been in good form during 2016, racking up three top-fifteens, and he is worthy of consideration.
Our first pick of the week is Ross Fisher though as he seems to tick plenty of boxes and is nicely priced at 20/1 (Ladbrokes). Fisher tied 6th in Spain before his tie for 16th in China last time out and we fancy him to shine at this picturesque Topwin course, which boasts views of the Great Wall of China.
The Englishman is long enough of the tee as he has ranked inside the top-six for driving distance in four of his last five starts, while he has been in good touch around the greens, ranking inside the top-twelve for greens in regulation in each of his last four outings.
Fisher tends to enjoy playing in China too as he has finished no worse than 16th in five of his last six appearances here, including a runner-up effort at the BMW Masters and a tie for 3rd at the HSBC Champions at the back end of 2015.
Tip #1: Ross Fisher (each way) @ 20/1 with Ladbrokes.
Meanwhile, Scott Hend is another with a fine record in China as he has finished in the top-25 in seven of his last eleven appearances in this part of the world, including his victory at the Hong Kong Open in 2014 and a tie for 4th at the Shenzhen last time. Hend has bounced back to form following a couple of indifferent efforts off the back of his recent Thailand Classic success and he is worthy of attention at 33/1 (Betfred).
Tip #2: Scott Hend (each way) @ 33/1 with Betfred.
Another South Korean Winner?
Finally, Jeung-Hun Wang will have taken plenty from seeing his fellow countryman, Soomin Lee, win the Shenzhen and we fancy the improving South Korean to shine this week (35/1 with Paddy Power). Wang hasn't missed a cut in four previous starts in China, including a tie for 4th at the China Masters, and he arrives in great touch having secured five top-tens in eight starts. He was runner-up at the Indian Open before his top-ten at the Panasonic Open in Japan and he demands respect in this company.
Tip #3: Jeung-Hun Wang (each way) @ 35/1 with Paddy Power.