The search for another winner continues this week beginning with the Shenzhen International from China. This event is still in its infancy as Aphibarnrat took home the spoils in its inaugural lift off last year. The course didn't seem to favour any particular type of golfer as the power of the Barnrat was mixed in with the more strategic games of Fleetwood and Howell. The course also held the 2014 Volvo event with Alex Levy coming out on top. He is another big hitter so maybe there is an angle there, but plenty of shorter hitters have made the frame too. Not the easiest tournament to judge to be fair.
Bubba Watson makes the trip for the second year after a dull performance last year saw him finishing just inside the top 30. He did shoot a final round 65 to show he is capable of compiling a score around here. Quotes of 5-6/1 are very short though and considering how he has been playing lately I would be very reluctant to invest at those odds. He is a tricky character to judge and when he travels it's almost a win or bust week. He has been very moody of late on the course and investing in him in China is playing with fire I'd guess. Could still win obviously, but I won't be crying at those odds.
Top bet this week picks itself in the diminutive frame of Tommy Fleetwood. He finished 2nd here in the 2014 Volvo China Open, and 3rd last year in this event missing out on the playoff by a shot. After a top 20 in a very tough Spanish Open last week this should be right up Tommy's street and for me represents one of his best chances of the year to gain a victory. His eight rounds around here read 70, 68, 67, 68, 70, 69, 69, 69. All eight rounds under par and totally 26 under par in total. He seems to really like the greens and quotes of 25/1 are a lot bigger than I was expecting after his decent showing last week. He travels well also with a right few of his top ten finishes being out of mainland Europe.
He is coming here playing some of the best golf of his career and I sense that has gone a bit unnoticed by the bookmakers. A top price of 16/1 is very interesting and along with Fleetwood these rate the two best bets of the week. Of the others I considered Pablo Larrazabal. He played well here last year and played very well last week right up until the final three holes which completely wrecked his card. I'm not a massive fan of the Spaniard though and getting him over the line would be a major chore. Richie Ramsay is another who could play well this week however after getting into contention last week he disappointed in what should have been an ideal test. We'll leave the bets in this tournament for these two likely lads.