We return to The Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Turkey this week for another of the Rolex series events which begins to draw the curtains on the 2017 season with the Dubai finale only two weeks away. Minds will certainly turn to the Race to Dubai standings and leader Tommy Fleetwood has his opportunity to draw further clear with his closest opponent Sergio Garcia not teeing it up. Thorbjorn Olesen won this last year at for what was the first journey to this track. There's no doubting accuracy off the tee was foremost in my mind last year when having a bet but less accurate types also made the frame. Olesen isn't considered the straightest whilst Horsey who finished runner up is a tight course specialist. 20 under won last year so it didn't play as tough as I thought it maybe would. I'll be keeping a more open mind when it comes to having a bet this year. Olesen is a darn good putter on his day so I'll have one eye on those stats also.
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson lead the line after both impressed in last weeks WGC. Rose came from a mile back on day four to win the HSBC a shade cosily in the end. Having not been out of the top 5 in his last 5 events he is certainly the man to beat. I was equally impressed with the Swede last week. Stenson has a habit of going well early on in tournaments only to fail to deliver over weekends. Four solid rounds is a welcoming sign for Henrik and he is duly priced at single figures by the layers this week.
My top bet this week is Peter Uihlein. He has featured on many people's betting slips for a long time now with little reward but this year I think we started to see the best of Peter Uihlein. He finished runner up in another Rolex series event at the Open De France in the summer. After a dodgy start to that final day he recovered extremely well to give himself a chance at the death and secure second spot. Since then he won on the web.com tour and has started playing nicely these past few weeks. A Top 10 at the CIMB followed by a top 5 in the HSBC last week is enough evidence to suggest Uihlein is a serious contender this week. You need every aspect of your game sharp to score around the Paris National so I'm confident he has the tools to putt well here this week after an impressive display on and around the greens last week at Sheshan. I doubt the 35/1 ad the general 33/1 will last come Thursday so best snapping it up now.