Roll the dice on Thorbjorn Olesen to win again at the Indian Open, writes GolfMagic Editor Andy Roberts.
The talented Dane, who will no doubt now have on eye on a second Ryder Cup appearance later this year, looks somewhere near his brilliant best after a difficult few years off the course.
Olesen is now back inside the world’s top 100 after improving with every performance in his last six starts on Tour.
He’s gone 44-30-20-16-4-1.
In what is another fairly weak field on the DP World Tour, it has to be said, Olesen brings some of the best form to the table at DLF G&CC in New Delhi.
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Olesen leads the tournament betting at the Indian Open, narrowly ahead of his fellow Dane Nicolai Hojgaard, who has also been playing some terrific golf of late.
Hojgaard, another player who will have serious ambitions of a debut appearance at the Ryder Cup this year, will be my second pick for this event at 12/1.
He’s had four top-15 finishes in his last five starts on the DP World Tour, and that looks very strong form indeed as he bids to win for the third time since September 2021.
Over on the PGA Tour, one of the toughest tracks on the rota plays host to the Honda Classic.
You want steady players at PGA National, especially with water featuring on just about every single hole.
Sungjae Im looks the safest call being the highest-ranked player in the world here at World No.18.
He also won the first of his two PGA Tour titles here in 2020.
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GolfMagic has picked three winners in the last five weeks on Tour
Im finished a disappointing tied 56th last week, but before that he picked up a fourth and a sixth place.
This is not an elevated event, which reflects the weakened PGA Tour lineup this week, so Im could look a great call at 9/1.
Noren has missed the cut in his last two appearances on the PGA Tour, but before that he went 4-2-5 which represents great form.
He also finished tied fifth in this tournament last season, and usually always plays well when the going gets tough.
At 28/1, Noren looks superb each-way value.
And finally onto LIV Golf, which tees off its first event of the new LIV Golf League season in Mexico.
It’s difficult to know exactly who is in form and who’s not given LIV Golf has not been in town for five months, so we probably have to play this event with a bit of caution as players look to find their feet.
My first pick likely won’t surprise, but I’m going for Open champion Cameron Smith at 9/1.
Smith, now demoted to fifth in the world, is the class horse in this race if he turns up.
While he’s not particularly impressed in some recent warm-up events on the Asian Tour, he did at least win the Australian PGA Championship on home soil at the end of November.
My second pick is going to be Mexico’s very own Abraham Ancer at 12/1.
He recently won the Saudi International, so clearly brings the best form of everyone in here.
This tournament is also his unofficial fifth major given it’s the sole event in his home nation this year.
Golf Betting Tips:
Indian Open: Thorbjorn Olesen (10/1), Nicolai Hojgaard (12/1)
Honda Classic: Sungjae Im (9/1), Alex Noren (28/1)
LIV Golf Mayakoba: Cameron Smith (9/1), Abraham Ancer (12/1)
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