The European Tour’s Asia swing continues with one tournament before the season finale in Dubai. With that in mind, it’s disappointing that Rory McIlroy, with a narrow lead over Danny Willett in the Race To Dubai, is not playing this week; it demonstrates either that he is supremely confident of getting the job done next week, or he’s not that fussed about the order of merit title.
Even without Rory, this is a very good event indeed, and on a Lake Malaren course that should play quite easy, scores could be low. The only times it has shown its teeth have been when the weather turns (as in the last round last year, when scores rocketed) but the forecast is set fair. It’s a long track, but there is plenty of room – and although there are a lot of water hazards, these boys should be able to negotiate their way around them.
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson head the betting, and both have the game to win here. Rose would be a safer proposition than Stenson, who – as mentioned here before – just does not win as often as his talent deserves. But in a class field, it is worth taking them on. We’ve been with Patrick Reed for the last fortnight, when he has finished seventh and tenth, and now his price is down to around 20/1 it is probably time to swerve him (which means he will almost certainly now win!).
Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer and Matt Fitzpatrick add further lustre to this tournament, which features one of the best fields seen on tour all year.
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