McDowell chases the carrot$ in Singapore!
Starts Thursday 00:15 - live on Sky Sports 3 from 05:00
The golfing world may be more interested in the ongoing saga that concerns the racist remarks toward Tiger Woods that his former caddie Steve Williams made, however there is still some important golf to be played on the European tour as the race to Dubai draws to a close. Tiger and Adam Scott will be playing in the Australian Open, the Steve Williams story will be the main focus but it is sure to all blow over come the close of the week's play.
The organizers of the Singapore Open will be unhappy that defending champion Scott will not be in attendance due to commitments in his homeland, however a strong field including seven major champions will take to the courses of Serapong and Tanjong. The event sees players from the European tour and Asian Tour combine as well as a few invitational entries, the most significant of these being the pre-tournament favourite Phil Mickleson 16/1.
The four-time major winner may not be having his most prolific spell on the golf course but he is gearing up for the Presidents Cup in a couple of weeks time. The big left-hander's ties to the sponsors Barclays also explain his participation. He last won earlier in the year in Houston and his results have been consistent so a top-ten finish will be on the cards for the American.
With almost €4,5000,000 up for grabs and with €720,000 going to the winner, a win at one of Asia's most lucrative tournaments could boost many players in the standings for the race to Dubai. For example a win for Louis Oosthuizen could see him move from 22nd into the top ten and Simon Dyson, who currently lays in 9th could take Lee Westwood's spot in 5th.
Simon Dyson 25/1 is known as a bit of an Asian Tour specialist, he has won four events in Asia and topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit back in 2000. He has had his most successful year to date on the European tour winning both the Irish Open and the KLM Open and I fully expect him to go well this week.
Louis Oosthuizen 22/1 may not have the same pedigree in Asia as Dyson however the Major winner has certainly got it elsewhere. He played superbly in last week HSBC event in Shanghai with a final round of 72 preventing him from finishing higher than seventh, and with his accurate iron play expect him to put in one of the best scores on the shorter Tanjong course. Unfortunately this course will only be played the once before the cut and it will be the more difficult Serapong course that will be played on for three days but the players. If not for this I would be tipping up the South African however I feel that once again he may just fall short.
Another strong performer at Sheshan International was Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell 16/1. He always plays to his best when you dangle a carrot that is made of money in front of him, and his third place in Shanghai will concern the rest of the field. It is not surprising to see him leading the betting and at 16/1 he would still be a player that reflects incredible value.
It is not that long since Justin Rose 20/1 became the first European to win a FEDeX Cup event in Chicago and with his joint-seventh place in Shanghai he has quietly gone about his business and will undoubtedly be a factor come this Sunday.
Scotsman Richie Ramsay 45/1 could be worth a flutter, as the outside bet has had two third places in his last two starts. If he can reproduce the form that he discovered around the notoriously difficult Valderrama in Spain, the the one time European tour winner could get amongst the big hitters.
Due to a large field William Hill will be offering Each-way odds of first six places at a ¼. We have a large selection of markets, including Top Player for each Nationality, Mythical 2-balls and Margin of victory. We will also be covering the event In-play, so if your logged on in the early hours and looking for something to bet on this weekend, then the Singapore Open will go a long way to plugging the gap.