Shenzhen International Fantasy Preview

After a pit stop in Northern African, the Euro Tour heads to Asia for a two-week China trip.

The first event takes place this week at Genzon Golf Club, the host of this event for the past two years and also the 2014 edition of the Volvo China Open.

The course is not long, just 7,145 yards. The bigger hitters should have some leeway, in theory, on the shorter par 5s (3 of the 4 under 550 yards) but shorter hitters can still score. There are also five short par 4s under 410 yards. I would assume golfers can leave the driver in their bag more than usual this week as they opt for less-than-driver to keep it in the fairway before approaching the Paspalum greens.

Players to Watch

Alexander Levy… Looking for course horses, Levy jumps off the page. He finished T4 here last year after a T25 in 2015. He also won the 2014 Volvo China Open at this venue.

Tommy Fleetwood… He is 1A to Levy’s course horse label. Tommy finished runner-up to Levy in 2014, finished solo third in 2015 and recorded a steady T19 last year. The comfort level is very high this week.

Performance in Asia… The ability to travel East, deal with the time changes, climates, grasses, etc. is a big deal. Looking at performance on Asian courses since 2015 may give us a heads up on who doesn’t mind the travel and conditions:

Thongchai Jaidee
Lucas Bjerregaard
Peter Uihlein
Bernd Wiesberger
Alexander Levy
Hao Tong Li
Richard Bland
Julien Quesne
Scott Hend
Bradley Dredge

Performance on Par 72s
Bernd Wiesberger
Thongchai Jaidee
Ross Fisher
Jaco Van Zyl
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Peter Uihlein
Hao Tong Li
Bradley Dredge
Victor Dubuisson
Gregory Bourdy

Looking for overlap from our two lists, we find names like Bernd Wiesberger, Thongchai Jaidee, Peter Uihlein, Hao Tong Li, and Bradley Dredge. Those five should be high on our target lists this week although Dredge has been resting over the past few months so his form is a question mark.

Just missed the top 25… Some golfers that just missed out on my top 25 list below, but I still like include: Paul Dunne, Romain Langasque, James Morrison, Lucas Bjerregaard, and Chris Hanson.

My Top 25 for the 2017 Shenzhen

1. Tommy Fleetwood
2. Bernd Wiesberger
3. Alexander Levy
4. Ross Fisher
5. Joost Luiten
6. Peter Uihlein
7. Hao Tong Li
8. Thongchai Jaidee
9. Gregory Bourdy
10. Bradley Dredge
11. Richard Bland
12. Mikko Korhonen
13. Richie Ramsay
14. Pablo Larrazabal
15. Brandon Stone
16. Jordan Smith
17. Jorge Campillo
18. Bubba Watson
19. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
20. Gregory Havret
21. Dean Burmester
22. Jaco Van Zyl
23. Fabrizio Zanotti
24. Alexander Bjork
25. Maximilian Kieffer

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