UBS Hong Kong Open Betting Tips
It’s less than a week since the European Tour season ended in dramatic fashion in Dubai.
Jon Rahm stayed strong as others faltered to win the DP World Tour Championship while Tommy Fleetwood just about did enough to win the Race to Dubai.
We’re all still getting over the events at Jumeirah Golf Estates but it’s already time for the new European Tour season to get underway with the UBS Hong Kong Open.
This is a tournament which has been won by some huge names in recent years and with a stellar field of European and Asian Tour players competing at Hong Kong Golf Club we’re promised another cracking renewal.
Fanling a Completely Different Test to the Earth Course
Jon Rahm utilised his power off the tee to wonderful effect at the Earth Course but anybody looking to copy his style this week will quickly find out it’s not the way to tackle the course awaiting the players at Fanling.
There are three courses at Hong Kong Golf Club (the Old, New and Eden as you’re asking) and the championship course for the Hong Kong Open is made up of holes from all three.
The result is a par-70 layout that measures around 6,700 yards.
It’s clear from that yardage that distance is far from the main defence of Hong Kong Golf Club. Rather, it’s all about accuracy off the tee, hitting a high percentage of greens in regulation and having the short game skills to get up and down out of trouble.
The tree-lined fairways will scare players into taking less than driver off many of the tees while concentration throughout is a must as there are plenty of tricky holes waiting to punish poor shots.
Fitzpatrick the Pick of the Favourites
Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia were the only three men who could win the Race to Dubai when it came to the final event of last season.
They’re also all in the field for the Hong Kong Open. Clearly, the Race to Dubai champion and two major winners have the game required to win at Fanling but all three men will be tired physically and mentally after last week.
There’s more than enough doubt to give those three a swerve for your betting but another of the favourites, Matt Fitzpatrick is worth serious consideration.
Fitzpatrick still flies somewhat under the radar despite being a four-time European Tour winner. Those wins have come on courses as different as the Earth Course and Crans-sur-Sierre and it’s his form on the latter which is most pertinent to the Hong Kong Open.
Like Fanling, Crans demands rock solid strategy, world class ball striking and confident putting. It’s no surprise then that winners of the Omega European Open have also performed well at the Hong Kong Open. Nor is it a surprise that Fitzpatrick’s only previous appearance at this tournament yielded a third place finish in 2015.
Coming on the back of a cracking run of form, Fitzpatrick is primed to go even further than he did two years ago and we recommend backing him at 11/1 with Betfred.
Long Shots the Main Play
Although big names have triumphed in this event over the years, a number of players who went off at long odds have obliged those who backed them each-way. The timing of the Hong Kong Open and the nature of the course helps to level out the playing field and we’re expecting more unfancied players to go well in Fanling.
There are several appealing betting options but we really like the look of 2014 Hong Kong Open winner, Scott Hend at 100/1 with Sportingbet. His game is far from perfectly suited for this course but he knows the layout well and has played some very good stuff recently.
Matteo Manassero is another player with good memories of Fanling. He’s placed fourth and second here before and is worth a play at 90/1 with Bet365 on his return to the event after a four-year gap.
Finally, could Miguel Angel Jimenez break his own record as the oldest winner in European Tour history at 90/1 with 10Bet? He made history with his win in 2013 and is still capable of some quality golf as he’s shown on the Champions Tour.
Top Betting Offers
Matt Fitzpatrick to win at 11/1 with Betfred
Scott Hend each-way at 100/1 with Sportingbet
Matteo Manassero each-way at 90/1 with Bet365
Miguel Angel Jimenez each-way at 90/1 with 10Bet