Review & Betting Guide To The Singapore Open

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The Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, one of the two courses used for the Singapore Open

The tour now moves on to Singapore for the Co-Sanctioned Barclays Singapore Open. This is the third year the tournament has been co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour and held across two courses at the unique Sentosa GC, where the 204 competitors will play over both the Tanjong and Serapong tracks.

Originally opened back in July 1974 and designed by Frank Pennick, the Sentosa Golf Club has a rich history emerging from Singapore’s independence. The small island was the governments dream to create a tourist destination. The original Tanjong course was carved out of the lush tropical landscape, where mangrove swamps and kampongs were developed into rolling greens.

Over the years golf grew in prominence and with it the Sentosa Golf Club. Ronald Fream was commissioned to design a second course, which is now known as the Serapong course.

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GMac getting coming back into form © Kevin Murray

My tips to win:

Graeme McDowell 16/1 finished well last week in Shanghai and his closing round 67, was good enough to take third place outright and should take that confident finish into the Singapore Open

Unlike Simon Dyson 25/1 who didn’t finish well with final rounds of 70,71, but this was Simon’s first tournament after a two-week break and a Top 20 finish in Shanghai bodes well.

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Pablo Larrazabal 80/1 © Steven Newton

Jeff Overton 33/1 closed with a pair of 69s in his last tournament in Malaysia, after a third round 62 to finish in 2nd place so should come into this full of confidence and refreshed after a weeks rest.

My each-way tips:

Another player who has had a weeks break is Scotland’s Richie Ramsay 40/1 who had back-to-back third place finishes in his last two tournaments, which included a 64 and a couple of 65s.

Shane Lowry 66/1 finished well in the Andalucía Masters over a tough Valderrama, shooting a final round 67 to take outright 4th place.

Pablo Larrazabal 80/1 has had a rollercoaster year, a win and five other Top 10 finishes are counter balanced by eight missed cuts, but at these odds its worth putting a couple of pounds on the lad from Barcelona.

For betting odds updates during the tournament click here

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The Tanjong course is the original track at Sentosa GC

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ABOUT: James Mason

James Mason is a contributing writer for Golf Monthly magazine, producing destination reviews, technical and equipment reviews and blogs. He was also part of the judging panel for the 2010 Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland. James has written equipment reviews and technical features for Greenside magazine, destination features for Golf World and Going for Golf magazines and interviews for Middle East Golfer.

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