AS the Race to Dubai nears its shut, the subsequent leg of the European Tour takes us to Turkey.
Justin Rose, recent off his seismic overhaul of Dustin Johnson, headlines the sphere alongside Henrik Stenson. The British trio of Hatton, Fitzpatrick and Fleetwood are shut behind within the betting market. When the prize pot rises the large names are likely to comply with. How about that?
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For a second 12 months in succession, this 12 months’s occasion might be held on the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.
Not a very troublesome course as you’d count on for a resort monitor with final 12 months’s winner Thorbjorn Olesen capturing (-20) over the 4 days. What was fascinating to notice concerning the Dane’s win was that he ranked 64th in driving accuracy. The tough right here just isn’t that penal and as such places large emphasis on discovering greens in regulation.
The heathland monitor was impressed by Surrey-based programs similar to Walton Heath and permits us to comply with related tendencies to these of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Correct iron gamers thrive round there and it was an analogous story in Turkey final season with David Horsey, Pablo Larrazabal and Byeong Hun An making the highest 10.
Ian Poulter 33/1
There’s worth to be discovered within the veteran Englishman this week. He dropped exterior the world prime 200 originally of the 12 months however has since fought again in traditional Poulter style. Finishes of T-2 on the Gamers and third on the Canadian Open have put him on the verge of the world’s prime 50 as soon as once more.
Though Poulter misplaced a six-shot lead at this occasion again in 2014 it has seen him end fifth, 2nd and 16th which is spectacular consistency albeit on a unique course. His final outing was in Korea two weeks in the past on the PGA Tour. He ended T-15 in a powerful subject giving him the right momentum as we enter the enterprise finish of the European Tour season.
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Joost Luiten 25/1
The Dutchman comes into the week on the again of his greatest efficiency since wining at his native KLM Open in 2016. He took Sergio Garcia all the best way in Spain and ranked inside the highest 10 for driving accuracy, GIR and placing.
His 2017 season has been one to overlook till now however historical past tells us when Luiten’s iron play clicks he normally goes shut.
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Shane Lowry 28/1
As the season draws to a close, Lowry has begun to string together a few results that suggest a big performance could be on the horizon. A T-12 at Valderrama built on his recent showings of 7th at the British Masters and T-7 at the Wyndham Championship.
Lowry is a glorious iron player who can match anyone in the game on his day from the middle of the fairway. This course will be set up perfectly for his game. He ranked 4th in putts per GIR during his last outing in Spain which is interesting for someone who often struggles with his short game – he ranked 174th in putts per GIR for the whole of 2016.
Pablo Larrazabal 80/1
A T-12 at the Andalucia Masters was a timely return to form for Larrazabal as he comes to a course that gave him his biggest pay cheque in 2016. The Spaniard finished 8th on this course last season which was no surprise given that it’s one for the iron players.
Knowing the course’s links to Wentworth, his solid from at the BMW PGA is another box ticked. Larrazabal has three finishes inside the top 12 in the past five editions of the flagship European Tour event.