VOLVO CHINA OPEN
- Shenzhen, China
- First staged in 1995
- Current champion is Alexander Bjork
OVERVIEW: The European Tour moves into China with the Volvo Open, and it boasts a more than decent field at Genzon Golf Club – which is hosting for only the second time.
Haotong Li is the local hero, and his presence gives the tournament huge credence and he is favourite to take his second Chinese Open. The defending champion Swede Alexander Bjork, who is also amongst the front-runners.
TOP TEN BETTING:
The Bookies point of view…
32Red’s Sponsorship manager Jack Milner delivers a weekly verdict on each tournament.
The smell of burnt fingers continues to waft alongside Thomas Detry, with the big-hitting Belgian playing with credit last week, but ultimately missing out on any place money in Morocco. He should likewise enjoy China’s lengthy par72 course but has to be over-looked in favour of the pair of Scott Hend and Sam Horsfield at 45/1 and 40/1 respectively with 32Red.
Both have enough length off the tee to punish the course’s par 5s and have been brilliant in patches during the last 12 months.
Rory McIlroy is a deserved favourite around his beloved Quail Hollow but is surely best watched after a return from a small break. McIlroy’s main aim will be the PGA in two weeks’ time and preference lies instead with Adam Hadwin, who has been backed into 100/1 from 150s already with 32Red, and Sam Burns at a likewise inviting three-figure price.
The former is formidable tee-to-green and should be there or thereabouts at a course where you need to find fairways and greens, whilst Burns was back to form two weeks ago at The Heritage and could cause something of a surprise if he gets going with the flat-stick.