European Golf: Local stars to shine

The European Tour heads to India this week, with the DLF Golf and Country Club  in New Delhi hosting the Hero Indian Open.

This tough course is an acquired taste, and last year only seven players broke par after four rounds. We’ll be looking at local stars to take home the top prize.

Leading the betting is Shubhankar Sharma, who has won already this season (he leads the Race to Dubai) and comes into the tournament in good form having posted an excellent top-10 finish in the WGC Mexico tournament last weekend.

A price of 12/1 represents reasonable value in a field that is nowhere as strong as the one he just left. Ordinarily we would consider a two point bet here, but we’re a little concerned that he has had to fly halfway across the world after being in the heat of battle for four days. We’ll just put one point down.

The second pick is the defending champion SSP Chawrasia. We usually steer clear of players who won the year before, especially inexperienced winners, as they usually have duties to attend to that occupy their time. However,  Chawrasia has won this title two years in a row and so has proved his liking of the course.

Recommendation:

Shubhankar Sharma to win, 1 pt, at 12/1, Paddy Power

SSP Chawrasia to win, 1 pt, at 20/1, William Hill 

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