2018 Hero Indian Open

Fantasy Golf Picks and Betting Odds for the 2018 Hero Indian Open

THE OVERVIEW

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.

 

PAST WINNERS

(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)

 

THE ODDS    (Bovada 3/5/2018)

Shubhankar Sharma  +1200

Anirban Lahiri  +1200

Joost Luiten  +1400

Chris Wood  +!600

Emiliano Grillo  +1600

Pablo Larrazabal  +2500

S.S.P. Chawrasia  +2500

Jeung-hun Wang  +2800

Paul Peterson  +2800

Andrew Johnston  +3300

Julian Suri  +3300

Marcus Kinhult  +3300

Scott Jamieson  +3300

Erik Van Rooyen  +4000

Hideto Tanihara  +4500

Shiv Kapur  +4500

Stephen Gallacher  +4500

Prom Meesawat  +5000

Shaun Norris  +5000

Aaron Rai  +5500

Gaganjeet Bhullar  +5500

Gavin Green  +5500

Jason Scrivener  +5500

Matt Wallace  +5500

Miguel Tabuena  +5500

Scott Vincent  +5500

Sean Crocker  +5500

Wade Ormsby  +5500

 

WHO’S HOT

Shubhankar Sharma

Joost Luiten

Pablo Larrazabal

Marcus Kinhult

Chris Wood

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

(Only one year of history for GFL G & CC)

S.S.P. Chawrasia

Gavin Green

Scott Jamieson

Matteo Manassero

Anirban Lahiri

 

LONGER SHOTS

Marcus Fraser  +6600

Oliver Fisher  +6600

Renato Paratore  +6600

Arjun Atwal  +8000

Gregory Havret  +8000

Nino Bertasio  +8000

Phachara Khongwatmai  +8000

Prayad Marksaeng  +8000

Robert Rock  +8000

Chris Hanson  +9000

Jamie Donaldson  +9000

Scott Hend  +9000

Sebastien Gros  +9000

Ashun Wu  +10000

Clement Sordet  +10000

Jazz Janawattananond  +10000

Julien Guerrier  +10000

Poom Saksansin  +10000

Ricardo Gouveia  +10000

Shamin Khan  +10000

Thongchai Jaidee  +10000

Adilson Da Silva  +12500

Edoardo Molinari  +12500

Micah Lauren Shin  +12500

 

FAITHFULS

Joost Luiten

S.S.P. Chawrasia

Shiv Kapur

Stephen Gallacher

Gregory Havret

Jamie Donaldson

 

THE ‘FORE’ SOMES

‘FORE’ SOMES are chosen by selecting one player from a “low tier” betting pool (30:1 or better), two players from a “mid tier” (30:1 – 75:1), and a final player from a “high tier” (75:1 & up).  

KEITH’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Anirban Lahiri  (12:1).  Sharma has just traveled way too much in the past four weeks to have any faith that he’ll be able to keep his super hot hand rolling. Also, last week’s epic showing in Mexico must have left him at least a little depleted. I hope he proves me wrong, but I’m fading him this week. Instead, I’m going with the Indian legend, Anirhan Lahiri. A bit off his game of late, but a name that just pops in this field. Interesting because this is a stronger-than-normal field for the Indian Open, but it is also a lighter-than-normal field for Lahiri who has taken his game to the PGA. Lahiri hasn’t had any eye-opening finishes since his T5 at the CJ Cup in South Korea, but he has only missed the cut in one of his last six starts. And, in this event over the last five years, the veteran Lahiri has finished, T5, T2, and 1st.

Erik Van Rooyen  (40:1)  &  Scott Vincent (55:1).  It’s a little difficult to take Van Rooyen again after last week in South Africa. On Sunday’s back nine (just after finishing number 10 to be exact) the young and strong Van Rooyen showed a little defeatism in his step as he fell out of contention. His tall, slow swagger let in a hint of pout and mope. That makes me not want to ride him. HOWEVER, the dude is killing it on the Sunshine Tour this year and currently averages 322 in DD and 80% GIR!! I wish his DA were a little better, but he has serious game and potential to win. On a course that favors longer hitters, there’s none better to take at this value.  For the second mid-tier slot, I’m going with another back-to-back weeker and taking the Zimbabwean Scott Vincent at 55 to 1. The 25-year-old from Virginia Tech (whom the European Tour website mysteriously doesn’t have a profile photo for) has been playing solid golf early this season. Six straight cashes, including a T4 at the BMW South African Open and a T13 last week at the Tshwane. Currently averages 311 off the tee and 69.54% greens hit. This talented player knows this course after finishing T34 here last year, and he’s had a ton of experience to help him grow since then. It’s only a matter of time before Vincent has a real strong showing outside of South Africa and this week sets up well for him.  (I will also be playing T10’s on Sean Crocker and Renato Paratore).

Sebastien Gros  (90:1).  The 28-year-old Frenchman was really feeling his game last week at the Tshwane Open. And, for those paying attention, Gros displayed one of the smoothest, and strong, swings of anyone in the field. Through only five events on the 2018 Euro Calendar, Gros has cashed in three of them and has done so while averaging 328 yards off the tee and hitting 78.52% of greens. His T4 finish last week was by far his best finish in a long while and we will be pulling for him to bring that form along with him to Delhi. (Although he didn’t make the “fore”some, Micah Lauren Shin will be getting a T20 and T10 play from me this week).

 

**(differing odds come from Will Hill)

 

JOHN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Prom Meesawat  66:1

Gaganjeet Bhullar  66:1

Phachara Khongwatmai 100:1

Shamim Khan  125:1

 

GAVIN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Anirban Lahiri  12:1

Andrew Johnston  35:1

Scott Jamieson  33:1

Shamim Khan  100:1

 

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