The Race to Dubai hots up in Hong Kong
Mcllroy heads to the Fanling course in Hong Kong hoping to go one step better than his two previous runners-up spots.
Mcllroy (15/2) lost to Bourdy (40/1) in the event last year, it propelled Bourdy into the top-60 in the money list for the Race to Dubai. Mcllroy has committed himself to the European Tour next season and he would love to end the week on a high by winning in Hong Kong.
For Bourdy, last year was his final chance to make the top-60 and play in the Dubai World Championship the following week. So this event can be make or break for some of the professionals sitting just outside the top-60 players in the money list for the Race to Dubai.
Gregory Bourdy is not guaranteed an entry in Dubai next week, as he is only fifty-eight on the list for the Race to Dubai. He will be desperate to enhance his prize money and guarantee his place with a win on a course that he revelled on last year. He is consistent and regularly makes the cut at events and with course form, he could be a good bet at 17/5 to make the top-10 in Hong Kong.
There is a fantastic purse on offer and one player who will be looking for a victory is the Chinese ace Liang Wen-Chong (33/1). He may be playing amongst a stellar list of players but he has fantastic course knowledge and he finished tied eleventh last year. He is in good form after his solid performance in Singapore and he will be looking to make that big money-spinner event in Dubai next week at late notice.
He is a prolific winner in Asia and he could be a good price at 17/5 to make the top-10 in Hong Kong at the end of play on Sunday.
Nick Dougherty (125/1) will be desperate to enhance his tattered reputation at the event. He was once looked upon as the next potential British golf superstar. However, he has had a poor season and although the likes of Westwood have struggled at times in his career, he needs a solid result in Hong Kong for playing rights. He is one-hundred and twenty-first in the Race to Dubai and he needs prize money to retain full playing rights for 2011.
He is a massive price at 125/1, considering his pedigree. He has won a few big events on the European Tour and he knows he needs to play well this week. He is in a last chance saloon if he wants to retain his full playing rights. At times, he was superb at Singapore last week and he would not need the extra prize money had it not been for a few horror holes. If he can improve his consistency and focus on the task in hand, he definitely warrants consideration.
Larrazabal (100/1) cannot be overlooked, he is eighty-eighth in the Race to Dubai and needs a victory or possibly a second place finish to make the top-60. He is a cracking player who loves to take a risk. He is often caught out at some of the tougher venues in terms of layout. He needs to make-sure he is not overly aggressive around the course and he could spring a shock at a fantastic price. He has found some form and he was tied for twenty-second here last year.