The final tournament to begin in a busy week of golf is the EurAsia Cup which is a Ryder Cup warm up between Asia and Europe which will take on extra significance ahead of Europe and USA doing battle in France later in the year.
The weekend will consist of match play golf with foursomes, fourballs and singles played over the three days which should guarantee some decent golf for everyone to enjoy the with the event live on TV.
2016 – Europe
2014 – Tie
12 players from Europe and 12 players from Asia have qualified for the tournament to play under a non-playing captain. Arjun Atwal captains Asia while Ryder Cup skipper Thomas Bjorn gets the job of leading Europe.
All 12 players feature on all three days. The sides play six fourball matches on Friday with six foursomes matches on Saturday and the competition is then decided with 12 singles on a busy Sunday. Each match is 18 hole match play with one point to the winning team. 12.5pts are needed to win the event.
This is a very talented Asian side this year. Established players on the European and PGA Tours such as Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Byeong Hun An, Haotong Li, Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia are all teeing it up for them as are talented youngsters such as Gavin Green and Phachara Khongwatmai. Hideto Tanihara, Sunghoon Kang, Poom Saksansin, Yuta Ikeda and Nicholas Fung match up their side.
They will be taking on a strong European team, arguably the strongest team Europe have ever assembled for this event. Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, relentless tournament winners Alex Noren, Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick and some of Europe’s best such as Bernd Wiesberger, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Thomas Pieters, Paul Dunne and Alex Levy team up with seasoned top class professionals like Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Ross Fisher.
It is hard to see past Europe winning but you won’t get rich backing them at 2/7. It is almost impossible to oppose them though because they look to be taking this seriously and each of their players have a chance to impress their Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn.
With that in mind it is to the player markets for bets this weekend. It can sometimes be hard to get an out and out winner in this event because there are so few sessions and the chances of pairings changing too much are slim but one pair I think can go well for Asia is the Indian one of Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia. They should team up well and I expect them to win points together. For a bet I’m going with Chawrasia who is double the price of Lahiri but if they play together on Saturday as well as Friday he won’t be twice the price to win a singles match. At 14/1 he looks great value.
The same thing applies with the European side albeit we probably need all three points for the winner. With that in mind it is essential that we take someone who can win a singles match. Thomas Pieters has a great match play record and he’ll be one desperately trying to impress this week. He looks a hefty favourite to win on Friday and if he can win on Sunday too the 10/1 on him top scoring may well be all about whether he and his partner wins on Saturday. That looks a fair bet to me.
Back SSP Chawrasia Top Asian (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 15.00 with Betfair (1/5 1-4)
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Back T.Pieters Top European (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 11.00 with Coral (1/4 1-3)