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Paul Casey has a strong track record in Asia

Matthew Lewis

Golf tips, best bets and player analysis for the Singapore Open on the Asian Tour.

When to bet

Around 11:30 p.m., Wednesday

Best bets

Paul Casey
5pts 12-5 bet365

Joo Hyung Kim
2 points 7-1 Betfair, Paddy Power

Phachara Khongwatmai
1pt 16-1 Betfair, Paddy Power

Overview

The Singapore Open is back on the Asian Tour calendar after a year-long Covid postponement but the field is weaker than usual, leaving the top prize at the mercy of England raider Paul Casey.

Matt Kuchar beat Justin Rose by three shots at the 2020 event, but none came back on the 7,403-yard, par-71 Serapong course at Sentosa Golf Club, which has been hosting since 2005.

Casey has experience on the courses – he was tenth in 2012 when ranked 113th in the world and second in 2019 – and this could be the third lucky time for the world number 27. The veteran has won two European Tour events in China, as well as the 2011 Korea Open, so he enjoys assignments in Asia in search of an easy trophy.

Casey had an unlucky Ryder Cup draw – against Dustin Johnson on four occasions – and had to partner a rookie in the first two sessions. The Surrey man rebounded from his Cup failure, finishing ninth in the DP World Tour Championship. If he arrived in Singapore with a decent practice under his belt and enough focus, Casey could prove a class of his own.

The main dangers for Casey appear to be 19-year-old Korean Joohyung Kim and reborn Thai Phachara Khongwatmai. Kim, a two-time winner of the Asian Development Tour, won twice on the Korean Tour and then hit the mark on the Asian Tour last week at the Singapore International.

Khongwatmai won a professional event as a 14-year-old, then twice on the Asian Development Tour in 2015, and he’s still just 22. He made his Asian Tour breakthrough in the Phuket Championship just before Christmas and finished 16th at the Singapore International.


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FIRST POSTED AT 5:02 PM, JANUARY 18, 2022

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