2017 Shenzhen International Preview

The European Tour will travel to Shenzhen, China and the Genzon Golf Club for the Shenzhen International tournament this week. It will be only the third renewal of the event, which is co-sanctioned by the China Golf association. Kiradech Aphibarnrat is the defending champion at the Shenzhen International. Aphibarnrat won here in 2016, one year after Soo-min Lee won the inaugural tournament in 2015. Both previous winners will compete in this year’s field but neither is among the sports betting favorites to win the Shenzhen International in 2017.

Event Details

Event: Shenzhen International

Category: European

Date: April 20-23

Location: Genzon Golf Club, Shenzhen, China

There hasn’t been a ton of events played at this course in the past so familiarity should be a key for those that have had success here in the past. Experience will matter but it won’t be the most important attribute either. This year’s event has drawn some substantial talent with Tommy Fleetwood, Ross Fisher and Bubba Watson among the notable names set to compete.

Past Five Winners

2016: Kiradech Aphibarnrat -12

2015: Soo-min Lee -16

What To Know About The Course

Driving Distance should be an important statistic to look out for this week. There are a number of key par five holes so distance and Par 5 Performance are two key areas to consider when evaluating the strength of this year’s field. Each of the three course winners has produced quality Putting averages, which each of them ranking sixth or better in that category. There are plenty of tees dotting the course but the final seven holes are open so keep that in mind if you are live betting on the Shenzhen International this year.

The Field

Fleetwood, Fisher and Watson are the most notable names competing in this year’s event. It should be no surprise that all three of those golfers are co-favorites to win the Shenzhen International outright at +1400 odds. Meanwhile, Bernd Wiesberger is expected to be in the mix as well at +1600 odds. Joost Luiten is listed at +2000 odds. The defending champion Aphibarnrat is available at +3300 odds to win outright for the second year in a row. 2015 winner Soo-min Lee is considered event more of a long shot to win at +8000 odds to win the Shenzhen International a second time.

A Good Matchup To Bet: Thorbjorn Oleson over Bubba Watson

Watson will make his third appearance at the Shenzhen International this year. However, he is in worse shape than he was in either of the previous two years and it’s hard to trust him to produce a strong performance. Watson did place in the top-10 here a year ago but he finished 29th here in 2015 and his current form suggests the potential for regression. Meanwhile, Oleson might be the perfect pick to bet against Watson in the head-to-head matchup. Oleson is available at long odds but his current form and his strike rate suggest he is in for a strong performance this week. The value is definitely there taking Oleson to finish with a better result than Watson in the head-to-head sports betting matchup.

Top-Five Pick: Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Considering what Aphibarnrat did in his last appearance at this tournament it’s surprising that he is available at such long odds. He certainly has the talent to produce another strong performance this week and he should feel both comfortable and confident. With so many unknowns heading in to this tournament, we prefer to stick with a strong value pick that has proven he can win here in the past. Aphibarnrat is a smart value pick to place in the top-five at the Shenzhen International this week.

2017 Shenzhen International Tee Times

6:30 Damien PERRIER Ryan FOX Shao-cai HE
6:40 Alexander KNAPPE Daniel BROOKS Jia ZHANG
6:50 Marcus ARMITAGE Duncan STEWART Jin ZHANG
7:00 Ashley CHESTERS Haydn PORTEOUS Changping CHEN
7:10 David HOWELL Justin WALTERS Jason SCRIVENER
7:20 Peter HANSON Romain LANGASQUE Hai-meng CHAO
7:30 Sébastien GROS Guo-wu ZHOU Ding-gen CHEN
7:40 Simon DYSON Wade ORMSBY Qihao PAN(AM)
7:50 Maximilian KIEFFER Mikko KORHONEN Yiyuan MI
8:00 Chris HANSON James MORRISON Lasse JENSEN
8:10 Johan CARLSSON Jian-feng YE Dongyu WANG (AM)
8:20 Felipe AGUILAR Alexander BJÖRK Bowen XIAO
8:30 Gary STAL Pep ANGLES Ding-feng LIANG
11:30 Stephen GALLACHER Tu-xuan WU Rongjian TANG
11:40 Adrian OTAEGUI Lianwei ZHANG Peiyi TAN (AM)
11:50 Paul DUNNE Ze-yu HE Ren HAN
12:00 Scott HEND Thongchai JAIDEE Fabrizio ZANOTTI
12:10 Bradley DREDGE Alexander LEVY Pablo LARRAZÁBAL
12:20 Thorbjørn OLESEN Jordan SMITH Edoardo MOLINARI
12:30 Ashun WU Soomin LEE Bernd WIESBERGER
12:40 Kiradech APHIBARNRAT Darren FICHARDT Xue-wen LUO
12:50 Richie RAMSAY Matteo MANASSERO Carlos PIGEM
13:00 Jaco VAN ZYL Wei-huang WU Yi CAO
13:10 Matthieu PAVON Mike LORENZO-VERA Zehao LIU (AM)
13:20 Mu HU Bin YAN Tian YUAN
13:30 Sam WALKER Qin XU Xin-yang LI
6:30 Nino BERTASIO Daniel IM Xu WANG
6:40 Ricardo GOUVEIA David DRYSDALE Sam BRAZEL
6:50 Nacho ELVIRA Joakim LAGERGREN Yan-Wei LIU
7:00 Nicolas COLSAERTS Graeme STORM Hui-lin ZHANG
7:10 Rikard KARLBERG Jorge CAMPILLO Brett RUMFORD
7:20 Victor DUBUISSON Joost LUITEN Ross FISHER
7:30 Haotong LI Tommy FLEETWOOD Bubba WATSON
7:40 Robert KARLSSON Richard BLAND Zi-hao CHEN
7:50 Alejandro CAÑIZARES Grégory BOURDY Dean BURMESTER
8:00 Julien QUESNE Paul WARING David LIPSKY
8:10 Guang-ming YANG Wen-yi HUANG Gui-ming LIAO
8:20 José-Filipe LIMA Magnus A CARLSSON Chris PAISLEY
8:30 Lucas BJERREGAARD Benjamin HEBERT Hongfu WU
11:30 Callum SHINKWIN Peter UIHLEIN Yan SUN
11:40 Y. E. YANG Dong SU Shang ZHI
11:50 Dylan FRITTELLI George COETZEE Hao YUAN
12:00 Wei-yu ZHU Chun LIU Yuxin LIN (AM)
12:10 Grégory HAVRET Yi-nong YANG Kristoffer BROBERG
12:20 Renato PARATORE Yixin XING (AM) Hao-yuan LV
12:30 Romain WATTEL Fangyi LI Zheng OUYANG
12:40 Mikko ILONEN Scott JAMIESON Zeming HE
12:50 Marcel SIEM Raphaël JACQUELIN Da-xing JIN
13:00 Niclas FASTH Lee SLATTERY Zi-han SHE
13:10 Eduardo DE LA RIVA Andrew DODT Brandon STONE
13:20 Nathan HOLMAN Bernd RITTHAMMER Xiaofei LUO
13:30 Matthew SOUTHGATE Pelle EDBERG Paul PETERSON

 

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About Geoff Harvey

Geoff Harvey has been setting his fantasy rosters since his days in the womb, just don't ask him how he used to get his waiver-wire reports back then. He's a lifelong fan of sports, especially the fantasy and betting aspects.

About Geoff Harvey

Geoff Harvey has been setting his fantasy rosters since his days in the womb, just don't ask him how he used to get his waiver-wire reports back then. He's a lifelong fan of sports, especially the fantasy and betting aspects.

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