Last chance for European Tour golfers to earn ranking points before Final Series
Ahead of the European Tour’s four tournament Final Series, this week’s Hong Kong Open is the last chance for Tour players to qualify for the end-of-season events and only the top 110 in the Race to Dubai will guarantee their Tour cards for next year.
The Hong Kong Golf Club will host this event for a 57th straight year and a strong field are heading to the tricky Fanling course. Short by modern standards – just 6,699 yards – the tree-lined par 70 will pose a tough challenge this weekend.
Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Hong Kong Open.
Your golf betting favourites
Justin Rose sits in fifth place on the current Race to Dubai list and will appear in Fanling for the first time since 2011. While he hasn’t won on the European Tour since the Scottish Open in 2014 he has been in good form, finishing in the top six in the Masters, the Open and the US PGA.
Rose said: “Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities in the world, and Fanling is a great golf course. I haven’t played there for four years now, but decided to add the tournament to my schedule to give myself as good a chance as possible of winning The Race to Dubai.”
The world number seven is the 6/1 favourite.
Over recent years this tournament has been dominated by one of the Tour’s most popular players. Miguel Angel Jimenez has lifted the trophy three times in the last eight editions and despite missing the cut in 2014 he is one of the leading contenders this week.
The Spaniard hasn’t won on the Tour this season but has still passed the €1 million earnings mark – for the 12th time – and is 26/1 to win his fifth Hong Kong title.
Matthew Fitzpatrick won his first Tour event at the British Masters a fortnight ago, capping a superb debut season. The young Englishman is 12th in the Race to Dubai and has secured more top three finishes than any other player on the Tour in 2015.
The course should suit Fitzpatrick down to the ground and he can continue his excellent run with a win at 15/1.
Dustin Johnson is making a rare appearance on the European Tour and is an 8/1 chance while fellow American Patrick Reed can be backed at 33/2.
Some outsiders to consider
In a tournament where accuracy and experience can be a huge benefit it could pay to consider the Australian Marcus Fraser. The 37 year old has a terrific record at the Hong Kong Golf Club, finishing in the top 15 in five of his seven visits.
An each-way bet would have paid out on Fraser in two of the last three years and his scoring average at Fanling in his last 28 rounds is an impressive 67.9. He needs a good performance to cement his place in the lucrative World Tour Championship and can go well this week at 28/1.
Lucas Bjerregaard has recorded three top ten finishes in his last five Tour starts and a good performance could lift the Dane into contention for a Tour Championship spot. The tall 24 year old finished T9 in Portugal last week and finished T5 on his debut at the Hong Kong Open in 2014.
The talented youngster is 48/1 to record a maiden European Tour triumph.
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