Turkish Airlines Open Betting Tips
There are just three more tournaments left of the European Tour season. Thankfully, they’re the high-class events which make up the Final Series of the Race to Dubai which begin with this week’s Turkish Airlines Open.
The tournament returns for a second time to Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort after it made its debut on the European Tour 12 months ago.
The course provided us with an excellent winner last year when Thorbjorn Olesen won with a score of -20. However, the strength of the field is greater this time around so the Dane will need to be even better to have any chance of defending his title.
Iron Play and Putting to be Key Again
There is always a certain amount of guesswork required whenever a tournament moves to a new venue. That’s true both for competitors and for punters looking for a winning bet.
Fortunately, Olesen and the others who finished towards the top of the leaderboard in 2016 have given us something to work with in terms of the key stats required.
Olesen’s recipe for success focussed on relentlessly hitting greens in regulation and holing more putts than the competition. It’s going to take another display of world-class approach play and confident putting to win this week but who is best placed to do just that?
Fleetwood can Take a Huge Step to Race to Dubai Glory
The outright betting markets are dominated by Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. Given that both men are wonderful ball strikers who finished first and second at the WGC HSBC Champions last week, it’s understandable that they are so well fancied.
It would be foolish to write either of them off but at a general price of 8/1, it’s hard to get too excited about the favourites from a betting perspective.
The same cannot be said about Tommy Fleetwood’s chances at 20/1 with Coral.
The Englishman is well clear at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings and with the absence of second-placed Sergio Garcia, he knows just how important a win would be in Turkey for his chances of topping the European Tour’s money list.
Fleetwood tops the stats in Europe for greens hit in regulation and after the season of his life, he is well placed for another big win.
Course Debutants Lowry and Poulter Capable of Going Low
The weather forecast for the week in Antalya could hardly be better for golf. It’s going to be dry, the temperatures are set to be mild and the wind next to non-existent.
We should, therefore, be in for another low winning score and in Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter, we’ve got two players capable of going seriously low.
After a mediocre season by his standards, Lowry is starting to play some very good golf. If he can putt well, his short game will see him keep bogeys off the card and maintain momentum so back him each-way at 30/1 with Bet365.
As for Poulter, he’s returning to somewhere near his best after a quiet couple of years and thrives at courses which demand accurate approach play so he too looks a solid each-way option at 33/1 with Betway.
Can Johnston Get Back to His Best?
Andrew Johnston managed a score of -7 at Regnum Carya last year. That was good enough for a share of 22nd place and while he’s only recently returned from injury, that course experience should come in handy.
At his best, Johnston can hit fairways and greens as well as anybody so we think his odds of 80/1 with Boylesports represent very good each-way value.
Top Betting Offers
Tommy Fleetwood to win at 20/1 with Coral
Shane Lowry each-way at 30/1 with Bet365
Ian Poulter each-way at 33/1 with Betway
Andrew Johnston each-way at 80/1 with Boylesports