Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Turkish Airlines Open - Europeantour Final Series

The European Tour winds down for the season this month but not before the Final Series is played out where Henrik Stenson,Danny Willett & Rory McIlroy will slug it out to capture the Race to Dubai Champion crown. You could argue that Alex Noren is still in contention also but by not playing this week, I can't see how he can take the title in Dubai in two weeks time. The three tournaments that make up the Final Series are this one, the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City next week and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai the week after. We've had a few withdrawals this week, most notably, Rory McIlroy and so we're left with Bernd Weisberger & Andy Sullivan to head the market.Needless to say for a Final Series event, the field can be considered as "disappointing". This week also sees the start of the monthly tipping competition exclusive to the Birdie Club Blog readers and followers. So if registered, make sure you sign in and make your tips as these will count towards the November competition. If not registered yet, make sure you do by using this unique link to do so REGISTER HERE

The Course

We have a new course to consider in the shape of Regnum Carya Golf Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Measuring 7,100 the course is located close to the sea set amongst a pine forest, where accuracy from tee to green seems to be highest priority here this week. Fast sloping greens suggest GIR and putting will be vital as well; it may not be for the bombers in other words.

Selections


Its a strange betting market but if taking on those at the head of the betting it may be wise to consider those in decent form of late that are renowned for their ball striking. Bjeung Hun An is one for sure and @ 28/1 makes most appeal at the top of this market.Richard Bland may not be one to side with in the outright market but he surely contens here this week as too should Harrington, fresh from a win last time out. Pádraig was on Irish TV chat show last Saturday night and it was clear from his attitude that a permanent switch to European Tour life is very likely. His short game is ideal for this week and yet he's still available @ 50/1. Marc Warren has shown a welcome return to form of late and he may just push on here with another good week. I backed Asun Wu last week in China for a TOP20 and he just missed out. He should take confidence from a decent effort in such a field and he can carry on here this week and add a second title of the season having won in Austria back in June. He swell worth backing @ 6.5 for a TOP20 here.

I'll conclude my selections with a stab at Frenchman Romain Wattel. Hes not really had the season he may have been looking for but sits comfortably inside the TOP50 in the R2D.  Six TOP20s from his 27 starts he can add to that here @ 4.33


0.5 pts e/w P.Harrington @ 51.00
0.5 pts e/w M.Warren @ 51.00
3.0 pts TOP20 A.Wu @ 6.50
3.0 pts TOP20 R.Wattel @ 4.33