GFL Golf & Country Club, New Delhi, India – The course this week in New Delhi is unusually long and very difficult. It could favor bombers as long as they don’t spray the driver too much. There were a number of lost balls off the tee here last year and it lead to very long rounds and some crazy high scores.
Many will be favoring local Indian players as well as safer players and veterans (see S.S.P. Chawrasia) that know how to avoid trouble.
As for this FGWW writer, I’ll be taking players long off the tee who have high GIR percentages.
(only one year of history at the GFL G&CC)
2017 -10 SSP Chawrasia (Runner Up: -3 Gavin Green)
2016 -15 SSP Chawrasia (Runners Up: -13 Anirban Lahiri, Wang Jeung-hun)
2015 -7 Anirban Lahiri (Runner Up, Playoff: SSP Chawrasia)
Pretoria Country Club, Waterkloof, South Africa – The co-sanctioned Tshwane Open has a relatively short history of only five years, with the last three iterations of the event being held at Pretoria Country Club. The course, a 7,081-yard, par 71, is short, narrow and littered with water hazards and pesky little bunkers. However, over past three years it has shown it to be very playable. Those players who get hot this week will be able to go low (rounds as low as 65 have been common).
We are going to be favoring local South Africans, current form, and a little course history while making our picks this week.
2017 -18 Dean Burmester (Runners Up: -15 Jorge Campillo, Mikko Korhonen)
2016 -16 Charl Schwartzel (Runner Up: -8 Jeff Winther)
2015 -14 George Coetzee (Runner Up: -13 Jacques Blaauw)
Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar – The European Tour continues a swing through the Middle East as it visits the Doha Golf Club this week. A slightly lighter field opens up the play options a bit.
The track is a slightly narrow one with spongy Bermuda rough that may bother some players more than others. Strong winds are almost always a factor as well, so it may serve well to target players with the game for such conditions, or at the very least, ample experience in them. There’s a ton of course history to draw from for this event, but we’ll be favoring current form a little more heavily.
2017 -16 Jeung Hun Wang (Runners Up, Playoff: Joakim Lagergren, Jaco Van Zyl)
2016 -14 Branden Grace (Runners Up: -12 Rafa Cabrera Bello, Thorbjorn Olesen)
2015 -19 Branden Grace (Runner Up: -18 Marc Warren)
2014 -16 Sergio Garcia (Runner Up, Playoff: Mikko Ilnonen)
Almouj Golf Club, Muscat, Oman – A links style design by Greg Norman, Almouj Golf Club is a championship course that runs along the coastline of the Indian Ocean and measures 7,342 yards. It features undulating fairways, a ton of deep bunkers, and a constant ocean breeze.
This is the first year that the Euro Tour is holding an event here, but the Challenge Tour has held its final event of the season here for the past three years.
We’ll be looking at strong links players, ball strikers, and possibly even some of the names who have shown well here in the past as Challenge Tour players.
(As the NBO Golf Classic Final on the Challenge Tour)
2017 -15 Clement Sordet
2016 -21 Bernd Ritthammer
2015 -13 Ricardo Gouveia
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Karrinyup, Western Australia – The format at the World Super 6 Perth is extremely unique. The field begins by playing 36 holes. Then there is a standard cut (top 65 and ties) and the shortened field plays another 18 holes. At that point the top 24 advance to a match play tournament (the top eight receiving a first round bye). To add to the rarity, the match play rounds are only played over 6 holes.
Model for this week will include Course history, Current form, and local players.
2017 Brett Rumford (Runner Up: Phachara Khongwatmai)