Always wary of blowing my own trumpet, so bear with me for a moment :)

Selections across five events last week yielded three 2nds, a tied 3rd and a 6th. Some of them were 'second' selections, but they really stepped up to the plate. A win would have been the cherry on top, but it wasn't to be. However Chris Wood 20/1, Scott Dunlap 28/1 and Yani Tseng 45/1 all filled second spot and Vijay Singh was tied third (despite an opening round of 9 over par!). All put up each way so yielding a very profitable week and returning all accounts to the 'right side' of the line.

Ha na Jang never really fired but is not one to give up on (28/1 will tempt plenty this week)but the big disappointment was Brooks Koepka. I'm a huge fan and it may be this was just an 'off' week, or maybe he was just jaded, as was suggested beforehand to me on twitter. However having backed him, I watched as much as possible and was unimpressed. I know some good judges have backed him for the Money List in 2016, but the signs were less than positive. Not the longest course, Koepka frequently outdrove his playing partners by 60 metres. But usually into the rough and then struggled to save par.

When plan A didn't work, he reverted to... Plan A, inevitably finally paying the penalty at the short opening par 4 of the final round, with a 7. He'll be fine on certain types of courses, but where finesse is more important, he has a lot to learn. 
He'll probably come out and win this week and show me up, but won't be winning with my money.


The 'European' tour heads to Hong Kong. :) A real horses for courses location, where good greens in regulation is essential, as witnessed by the fact that Miguel Jimenez has won four times in 11 years. It would be no surprise if he were to go close again despite only moderate recent form and 25/1 is a fair e/w price..Around the same price though is recent winner Thonchai Jaidee and he is a definite bet for me. Four top tens and four top twenties in his last eight appearances in the tournament, and e/w 25/1 plus top 20 cover just above evens are where I'm looking. The latter (100% in eight appearances) is my biggest bet of the week.

Blog pick Lucas Bjerregaard just about made the cut last week, but ended up inside the top 20, and with a recent third and fifth, and a 6th here last year, he has to be on the shortlist too at 50/1.

The Ladies head to Taiwan, and I've no hesitation in sticking with Yani Tseng. She more than did us a favour last week, with a fine second, and her last four events despite including a missed cut, read 2, mc, 5, 2. 20th and 6th here in the last two years, which is significant as these finishes came when she was completely struggling to make cuts otherwise. She is of course a 'hometown girl' this week and even though at 20/1 she has been found by the compilers, she has to be stayed with in current mood.

So let's make that a Taiwanese e/w singles ans e/w double of Jaidee and Tseng to start the week.

The Shriners would not be a big betting event for me. Webb Simpson has shown nothing recently but course form includes a win and two 4ths in his last 3 appearances, so 40/1 will tempt a few, while Nick Watney (66/1) has also been very consistent here, but the suggestion is that the 125/1 with Stan James (6 places) is likely to vanish for Ryo Ishikawa. 2nd here two years ago, and a winner three outings ago on the Asian tour means he has been missed by the oddsmakers and well worth a dabble. I would imagine that would transfer to something like 5/1 for a top 20 and given that he was 24th last year, that is worth taking too.


Four other tournaments this week, very much in brief, though very limited signs of prices at the time of typing. A minimum stakes e/w lucky 15 for interest, assuming all four get priced up. 

The Bridgestone in Japan is another horses for courses event. Shingo Katayama, a blog suggestion recently, has 8 top tens in 11 years and is in cracking form. 11/1 is for an e/w multiple, though a couple of others also have outstanding course records at bigger odds. Toru Taniguchi is 40/1 and his last three visits to this course are 711, while Hiroyuki Fujita (33/1) has 7 top 10s in 12. Of the three Katayama is probably the classiest.

A last try for Jens Fahrbring in the Challenge Tour event, slightly off the boil since successive thirds a few weeks ago in better grade. Has also a 3rd here last year, while in South Africa the form player is unquestionably Jean Hugo, and finally in the Hero Indian women's, Nontaya Srisawang's course form of 3,6,2,4,9,21 earns her a shout and she was a decent 7th last time out.


E/W Singles, E/W Double:

Thongchai Jaidee (Hong Kong) 25/1 and top 20
Yani Tseng (Taiwan) 16/1.and top ten. Only three bookies up so far and hoping for a better price. Edit: 20/1 Bet Victor

E/W Single and top 20.

Ryo Ishikawa 125/1, 6 places with StanJames. (Shriners).and top 20. Edit: Option of 150/1 5 places Corals.

Thanks as always for your time, and good luck if you play any of these!