Golf Tips for UBS Hong Kong Open, Plus Betting Offers and Free Bets
The PGA Tour ended for the calendar year with Austin Cook’s win at the RSM Classic on Sunday. The promising American became the latest in a long line of players to make their breakthrough on Sea Island while Tommy Fleetwood made a huge breakthrough of his own by winning the Race to Dubai. Fleetwood is still in something of a daze but he’s right back into the thick of the action this week at the UBS Hong Kong Open. It’s the only golf tournament of the week to get our teeth stuck into but it’s a quality event which presents plenty of tempting betting options.
Golf Betting Tips and Offers
Hong Kong Open Betting Tips and Preview
If last week was all about power off the tee in Dubai, this week is all about accuracy in Fanling. Hong Kong Golf Club is once again the host venue for the Hong Kong Open with holes from each of the course’s Old, New and Eden courses making up the composite championship course.
The three courses have their own personalities but they combine very well to produce one of the sternest tests of accuracy on the European or Asian Tours. The fairways are tree lined and provide some very narrow landing zones off the tee. Only the most accurate drivers will pull the big stick more than a handful of times this week as it is vital to hit the fairways so as to have a good line into the greens.
Hitting greens in regulation is key in Fanling as is the ability to scramble for par should approach shots not be spot on. The other attribute to consider is a player’s ability to score on par fours as they make up the bulk of the 6,710 yard, par 70 layout.
The three men who were in with a chance of winning the 2017 Race to Dubai in the final event are the three men at the top of the betting for the Hong Kong Open. There’s no doubting the quality of Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia but they’ll be drained after long seasons and should be avoided.
In contrast, Matt Fitzpatrick looked positively sprightly in Dubai. The 23-year-old was unable to defend his DP World Tour Championship but it was another good week for the inform Englishman. Fitzpatrick can win on long courses and tight courses such is the strength of his game. He finished third on his Hong Kong Open debut and can go all the way to the top of the leaderboard this time around at 11/1 with Betfair.
On paper, Scott Hend doesn’t look like the sort of player who would do well at Fanling. He’s known more for his long driving than his skills around the green but the Australian won this tournament in 2014. Although his other performances at Fanling are much less impressive, Hend’s current form, global experience and ability to hit a high number of greens in regulation means a bet on him could pay off handsomely at 100/1 with Ladbrokes.