2018 NBO Oman Open

Fantasy Golf Picks and Betting Odds for the 2018 NBO Oman Open

 

THE OVERVIEW

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.  

 

PAST WINNERS

(As the NBO Golf Classic Final on the Challenge Tour)

2017   -15   Clement Sordet

2016   -21   Bernd Ritthammer

2015   -13   Ricardo Gouveia

 

THE ODDS    (Bovada 2/12/2018)

Alexander Levy  +1200

Andy Sullivan  +1800

Shubhankar Sharma  +1800

Joost Luiten  +2000

Thomas Detry  +2500

Jeung Hun Wang  +2800

Jorge Campillo  +3300

Pablo Larrazabal  +3300

Alexander Bjork  +4000

David Horsey  +4000

Jason Scrivener  +4000

Lucas Herbert  +4000

Richie Ramsay  +4000

Andrew Johnston  +5000

Gavin Green  +5000

Haydn Porteous  +5000

Jeff Winther  +5000

Matthieu Pacon  +5000

Mike Lorenzo-Vera  +5000

Nino Bertasio  +5000

Richard Sterne  +500

Romain Wattel  +5000

Sean Crocker  +5000

Soren Kjeldsen  +5000

 

WHO’S HOT

Shubhankar Sharma

Jorge Campillo

Alexander Levy

Andy Sullivan

Jeung Hun Wang

Thomas Detry

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

(As the NBO Golf Classic Final on the Challenge Tour)

Clement Sordet

Bernd Ritthammer

Jens Dantorp

 

LONGER SHOTS

Clement Sordet  +6000

Matt Wallace  +6000

Aaron Rai  +6600

Jamie Donaldson  +6600

Jordan Smith  +6600

Lasse Jensen  +6600

Adrian Otaegui  +7000

Renato Paratore  +7000

Ashun Wu  +8000

Brandon Stone  +8000

Callum Shinkwin +8000

Chris Wood  +8000

Eddie Pepperell  +8000

Jazz Janewattananond  +8000

Mikko Ilonen  +8000

Mikko Korhonen  +8000

Nacho Elvira  +8000

Phachara Khongwatmai  +8000

James Morrison  +10000

Lucas Bjerregaard  +10000

Marc Warren  +10000

Robert Rock  +1000

Chase Koepka  +12500

Darren Fichardt  +12500

Joakim Lagergren  +12500

Richard Bland  +12500

Robert Karlsson  +12500

Tapio Pulkkanen  +12500

 

FAITHFULS

Andy Sullivan

Joost Luiten

Andrew Johnston

Jamie Donaldson

Robert Karlsson

 

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 

Alexander Levy  (12:1).  The Frenchman is just too hot right now. 4th at Dubai, 7th at Abu Dhabi. A slight fall off in the Maybank, but that was a trek and too hot and muggy for some players. I don’t count that against him. And the French have faired really well at this track (see Clement Sordet, Adrian Saddier, Matthieu Pavon, etc.). I like Levy this week and look for him to continue that strong form he showed in the UAE.

Lucas Herbert  (40:1)  &  Clement Sordet (60:1).  There’s a ton of names to like at this range, but I’m first going with the young Australian, Lucas Herbert. He really impressed me last week in Perth. Kid absolutely bombs and he sticks those irons. His recent results include T6 Emirates Australian Open, T7 Australian PGA Championship, T8 at the Singapore Open, and 3rd at the World Super 6 Perth. He’s got game and he’s moving up. Sordet earns this spot due to his Challenge Tour win on this golf course JUST LAST NOVEMBER! In his first Euro event of 2018 he placed T10 in the Hong Kong Open. Not so hot since, but he has to have been eyeing this event for a while.  (Other just great names in this range: Bjork, Ramsay, Pavon, Winther, Wattel, and Rai).

Jens Dantorp  (80:1).  Again, there’s a lot of names to really get excited about around the 80 to 100 range, but I am taking the hand that has been on this course in competition before. Jens Dantorp has shown really well at the Almouj Golf Club for the past three years (albeit on the Challenge Tour). In 2015, he placed T7 at 9 under. In 2016, he finished 2nd at 20 under. And, in 2017 he took T5 at 10 under. There are definitely other,  more experienced, names out there to be had; regardless, we’re going to ride the 28-year-old Swede with the course knowledge.

 

JOHN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Shubhankar Sharma  20:1

Aaron Rai  66:1

Marcus Kinhult  66:1

Nacho Elvira  80:1

 

GAVIN’S ‘FORE’ SOME 

Alexander Bjork  33:1

Matthieu Pavon  33:1

Clement Sordet  33:1

Jens Dantorp  100:1       **(differing odds come from Will Hill)

 

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