European Tour Golf Betting: Kaymer To Prosper At Turkish Airlines Open


We return to the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course for the 2nd installment of the Turkish Airlines Open.

It's the penultimate event of the Race to Dubai Final Series and the 2014 European golf season where the top 60 available players in the rankings at the end of play will head on to the DP World Tour championship.

The biggest names will be looking to push themselves into the top 15 to contend for a lucrative bonus pool next week.

Leading the market is last year's Race To Dubai winner Henrik Stenson - 13.00 - along with Sergio Garcia at the same price. Much fancied German Martin Kaymer was right in thee mix down the stretch in China last week and he could be the man to watch again at 15.00.

Victor Dubuisson came onto most people's radars with victory here in the 2013 inaugural edition and he defends at 21.00

 

The course - Montgomerie Maxx Royal

A par 72, playing 7,132 yards and incorporating five par 5s and five par 3s, the inaugural event in 2013 was a low scoring one.

As we would expect to see with a Montgomerie design there are many plans of attack: Fairways are indeed described as "undulating and challenging with many strategic options".

The course is framed by trees while sandy waste areas are a feature throughout. Large greens are also undulating and there will be a premium on approaches.

Those with a Montgomery-esque left-to-right shot shape may be at an advantage and faders of the ball like Thomas Aiken are prominent on the radar. Water features on numerous holes.

 

Three from the pack

Joost Luiten - 29.00 or 6.50 - finished the weekend here in 2013 shooting rounds of 65-67 to propel himself into the top 20. After a T13 at Lake Malaren, The 'Dutch birdie machine' opened with a disastrous 77 at Sheshan but bounced back with an impressive 71-69-71 weekend haul for a top 30. In my opinion the course here will set up well for the game of Luiten and the world number 30 could challenge the marquee names this week.

I mentioned Thomas Aiken - 101.00 or 19.00 - earlier, and he plays the fade shot better than many. It's just a theory I have that it may stand him in good stead around a Monty design and Indeed the South African tied 15th last year here. Thomas has been in simmering mode averaging around the 30th spot in his last handful of outings. His stats in the ball striking department are excellent and he could be one to watch in the subsidiary markets especially this week.

Another player that catches my attention largely due to a similar accurate and neat Montgomery style game is Richard Green - 126.0 or 23.00. Last time we saw Green he was contending in the Perth International only to come unstuck a little over the weekend. With the pressure of playing in front of his home fans now off we could see a repeat of his form over the opening 36. With his accurate game he should get lot of birdie chances and when he gets the blade working, the Aussie can go low - one to watch in the first round leader market. 

 

Sleeper watch

Another to keep an eye on in the side markets is Aiken's compatriot Darren Fichardt. The South African has some sneaky form of late including a runner up spot on his home Tour followed  by a T13 at the BMW Masters. Fichardt also co-led after round 1 last year here with an opening 64.