The final stop of the Asian swing comes from a new venue in the form of Laguna National GC. Formerly The Ballantines, Singapore will host the Championship At Laguna event this year after a relocation from Blackstone in South Korea. Brett Rumford - 67.00 - will have another unfamiliar track to defend the second of back to back titles he won last year.
Some big names have opted to take this week out of their schedule before the European Tour finally heads back home to the mainland and Bernd Wiesberger - 17.00 - has been registered as the bookies' man to beat. The Austrian has re-found his touch over the last fortnight with a T2 at Maybank followed by another good run out at the CIMB Niaga in Indonesia. Wiesberger says he's swinging well, and will be in good spirits having taken down the Ballantines in 2012.
The course - Laguna National G & CC
The Masters course at Laguna National was the host course for the Singapore / Caltex Masters from 2002-2007, as well as holding a smattering of events on the lesser tours in more recent years. Described as a challenging test, the track is built around four lakes, and large sandy areas feature throughout. Playing to a par 72, circa 7,200 yards, keep an eye out for the par 3 8th hole which mimics no. 12 at Augusta and the island green par 3, 17th warming us up for the Players Championship next week. Premium will be on course management and precision play on a layout that's brought us winners such as Colin Montgomerie.
Three from the pack
Tommy Fleetwood looks fairly priced in what is a weak field in Singapore at 26.00. For me, the Englishman is arguably the most likely winner here, off the back of a 2nd place finish in China. Tommy was rounding into form before the Asian swing and that led me to back him at an inflated price in Malaysia: He ironed out some rust that week and then posted three rounds in the sixties over last weekend in China to hit first gear. I'm expecting a big season from the Englishman and this could be the week he collects his second trophy.
Anders Hansen - 41.00 - is a name that exploded onto the radar with a final round 63 last week to post a T5 finish. Anders has been suffering with injury and this will only be his fourth event back but he's a player with previous on the Masters track. Progressive course form of 23-21-9 here, and experience will be a big advantage around a course that fits the Dane's game. He's also proven in the Singapore climate and worth chance at 41.00.
I havn't seen Rafael Jacquelin's - 67.00 - name mentioned in many places this week which surprises me at such a big price. A self confessed lover of tougher, "challenging" courses, Rafa has missed 2 cuts here - which explains the odds - but he's moved up a tier since then and the Frenchman was simmering in China where compatriot Alex Levy took the champagne, quite literally, as his mates doused him in it. Jacquelin was atop the leaderboard in round 1 before an errant shot led to a quad bogey and he never quite recovered. Rafa made a myriad of birdies last week and can continue in the same vein.
Jyoti Randhawa - 81.00 - holds a host of top thirties in recent co-sanctioned events and has recorded no less that 19 top 10s, including 5 runner up finishes in 192 appearances on the European Tour over the years. Lately, the Indian - who was taken over by Jeev Milkha Singh as the main man from that region - has been finding some of his old form. Randhawa carded a 2nd place at the CJ Invitational, another top five at the Indonesian Open and comes here off the back of a T13 at the CIMB Niaga last week. Jyoti also owns 3 top 10s at Laguna from 2002-07, his worst finish in that six year period being 38th.