Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Shenzhen International 2016

It was a quick and brief visit to Europe last week where Valderrama proved it's worth,as players struggled to break par throughout the tournament. More visits to Valderrama please ! So, its off to China now for a couple of weeks where Bubba Watson returns yet again. It'll be the third visit to Genzon GC just north of Hong Kong for the Europeantour, where results the past two seasons suggests those with length of the tee and decent GIR game should be to the fore this week. And its those stats that have my picks finalized for the event although my top selection arrives having had his putter stolen from the locker room in Spain last week. He stays in the staking plan on the belief that his father's company should be able to look after him !

Peter Uihlein is my main pick here @ 29.00. The American can smash it off the tee and not worry about keeping it as straight as he had to last week and if his irons are performing the way they have of late he should be getting plenty of birdie opportunities and he can improve on his three TOP10s from nine starts this season here by going close to a Win! We can ignore last week's finish of 56th as Valderrama wouldn't be a course that I would expect him to excel on and instead we can look at his previous four starts; finishing 9th in Malaysia, 4th in Perth , and 4th in Thailand before dropping to 30th in Delhi on a course where accuracy off the tee was paramount to contend. He'll be chomping at the bit here so considering he finished 4th here in 2015.

My second and only other selection this week is Nicolas Colsaerts, who like Uihlein, will be delighted to be teeing it up on a course where he can smash it off the tee. He did however miss the cut here last time but his form has improved since. No surprise either that he couldn't contend last week but he did produce a TOP10 in Thailand in his previous start. That followed missed cuts at Malaysia and Perth. The Belgian Bomber is priced accordingly and he's included on the staking plan as his game should suit this course and his form may actually be in better nick than those recent results show.

1 pt WIN P. Uihlein @ 29.00

TOP10

2 pts TOP10 P.Uihlein @ 4.00

TOP20

3 pts TOP20 N. Colsaerts @ 5.00