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Last week we brought home Adam Scott in Singapore at an impressive 21/1. It may be our 12th cash in of the season but we still await a betting partner. Here are our UBS Hong Kong Open 2010 Betting Preview and Tips. Odds quoted are early and may improve closer to start of event. We’d love say where the odds came from and put their logo and link here for thousands to see, but hey, the brilliant marketing minds that work for betting companies must think their money is better spent throwing it at Sky Sports for TV ads!
UBS Hong Kong Open
Hong Kong GC
Fanling, Hong Kong 18 Nov 2010 - 21 Nov 2010
Graeme McDowell 12/1
GMac is grinding so hard right now because he knows a win in Hong Kong this week would see him overtake the absent Martin Kaymer in the Race To Dubai heading into the Tour Finale. What a season he has had with a US Open sandwiched in between a win in Wales and Valderrama, not to mention holing the winning Ryder Cup putt. McDowell has, like Jimenez, a chance to win a fourth title of 2010 but for him the stakes are much higher. I believe GMac deserves to win the Race To Dubai and even if this course is a hell of a lot easier than some he has won on of late his form last week is too good to ignore. Among the top five best players in the world just now? And has destiny on his side?
Ian Poulter 15/1
The straightest driver pretty much all week in Singapore, Poults paid the price for a bad tee shot on the 15th in the final round leading to a double bogey that sent him sliding down the leaderboard. After winning in Singapore last year Poulter came to Hong Kong and tied fifth so has to be worth another fiver given that the press commitments will be fewer this week. Notwithstanding his slip to tied sixth last Sunday, Poults has still managed to finish in the top-15 in four of the last five events and is to be written off at your peril for the title again this week.
Miguel Angel Jimenez 21/1
A stunning five under par closing round in Singapore last week saw Miguel bag another top 10 finish and with it fire a shot over the bows of the rest of the field heading to Hong Kong this week. With wins in Dubai, France and Switzerland already under his belt, the vino swilling Spaniard has the unique chance to go truly global with a another win on a course he has tasted victory on twice in the last six seasons. Can he do it all over again? A pint of San Miguel says he can.
Thongchai Jaidee 44/1
Its showtime for ex-paratrooper Thongchai Jaidee as his season kicks off around this time. The Thai who never sleeps in a bed was unlucky not to win in 2008 when he tied second behind Jimenez. Add to that two other top tens albeit before 2008 and his record here is impressive. Caught the eye in Portugal recently with a top-10 and hasn’t been outside the top-30 in his last two events. Best run-in since 2008, now can Jaidee swoop in for his fifth tour win?
Peter Lawrie 65/1
Torn between Peter Lawrie and Soren Kjeldsen for this tip but I’m going with the stealthy Dubliner. Lawrie lies an impressive 35th in the Race To Dubai and is set to tee it up in the big money event next week. However the Castleknock pro likes to line up the smaller events and with the extra emphasis on putting in Hong Kong, this could be a big week. Seventh last season and a good bet to finish in the top 10 again.