2016 Hong Kong Open Betting Preview

There is just one more European Tour event to enjoy before Christmas and the Hong Kong Open takes centre stage on Sky Sports from Thursday. The tournament has been part of the European Tour since 2002 and it was formerly held towards the back end of the season in October but thanks to the ever-changing nature of the tour it now takes its place during the early stages of this new campaign...

Thursday 8th December - 6.00am Odds Won/Lost Bet

Hong Kong Open
Tommy Fleetwood (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 22 / 1 P
Marcus Fraser (each way) @ 80 / 1  
Angelo Que (each way) @ 125 / 1  

The Bookmakers' Leading Five

There is a relatively strong line-up for the event which has been held at Hong Kong Golf Club ever since the inaugural edition in 1959 and Patrick Reed heads here as a 15/2 favourite (Betfred). The American tied 3rd here in 2015 but his recent form is a touch disappointing.

Justin Rose is next best at 10/1 but the Olympic champion doesn't make too much appeal as he withdrew from the Hero World Challenge with a back complaint last week, while 16/1 shot Rafa Cabrera-Bello is looking to sign off a strong year with victory.

US Masters champion Danny Willett (18/1) could only tie for 21st in this event in 2011 and his recent form is a concern, with Tommy Fleetwood looking like the pick of the leading fancies. The Englishman hasn't perhaps quite reached the heights expected since his maiden win in 2013 but he has hit upon a fine recent vain of form as he hasn't missed a cut since July - a run of eleven tournaments.

Fleetwood, who top-tenned in his last start at the DP World Tour Championship, has been superb around the greens of late and we fancy he should enjoy the Hong Kong Golf Club on his course debut.
Tip #1: Tommy Fleetwood (each way) @ 22/1 with Betfred.

The Each-Way Fancies

There are a several former champions in attendance this week, including four-time winner Miguel Angel Jimenez, as well as Ian Poulter and Scott Hend, who has a bit more to play for than most. Hend wouldn't appear to be a natural fit for this track but he has previous and will be desperate to hold on to his lead at the head of the Order Of Merit in what is the final event of the Asian Tour season.

The only way Hend cannot finish top of the Order Of Merit is if he fails to finish in the top-thirteen and Marcus Fraser wins the Hong Kong Open. Fraser does have a decent record here as he has never missed a cut in eight visits, securing five top-tens, including a couple of top-fives, and we fancy he is well worth an each-way punt as he puts in one big last effort.
Tip #2: Marcus Fraser (each way) @ 80/1 with Betfred.com.

Finally, Angelo Que is another player with a strong record at the Hong Kong Open and that is no doubt because he is so good around the greens. Que arrives off the back of a top-fifteen finish in Japan recently and he will be looking to build on his return of three successive top-fifteens in this one (5-2-13).
Tip #3: Angelo Que (each way) @ 125/1 with Betfred bookmakers.

2016 Hong Kong Open Odds