I am glad that gambling on sports is for the most part illegal here in Korea. There is no opportunity to wander down to the bookmakers and hand over a lump of cash in return for a few days of probable heartache, as the unpredictability of 2016 Asian Tour season continues. If you have predicted more than one of these wins this year, well done…and send me on next weeks lottery numbers please. Here is a quick look at this years winners on the Asian Tour so far and how they upset the odds:
Singapore Open, January 28-31st. Winner: Song Younghan (South Korea)
- World Ranking prior to winning: 209th and after: 113th .
- Beat world number one Jordan Spieth to the title by one shot.
- Other notables playing included 2015 European Tour Rookie of the Year, Ben An, Ryder Cup hero, Jamie Donaldson and Major winners YE Yang and Darren Clarke.
- 60 golfers invited from the Japanese Tour, he was ranked 24th from that list.
- First professional victory.
- Odds to win: 110/1
Myanmar Open, February 4th-7th. Winner: Shaun Norris (South Africa)
- World ranking prior to winning: 303rd and after 213th.
- Previous 3 results before winning: missed cut, missed cut, missed cut…
- Next Asian Tour event after winning: missed cut…
- Was struggling to adapt to the new putter rules and had new putter for the week.
- Odds to win: 110/1
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqFCJ72PKWQ Go to 45 seconds in to see me lobbing beer over him 🙂
Bangladesh Open, February 10th-13th. Winner: Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Thailand)
- World ranking prior to winning : 859th and after 303rd.
- Previous five Asian Tour results: T61st, missed cut, withdrew, missed cut, T50th.
- First Asian Tour victory.
- Odds to win: 125/1
Malaysia Championship, February 18th-21st. Winner: Marcus Fraser (Australia)
- World ranking prior to winning: 139th and after: 62nd.
- Previous 3 events: missed cut, T59th, missed cut.
- Called his game ‘moronic’ prior to victory.
- First win since 2010, also in Asia.
- Odds to win: 175/1
Perth International, February 25th-28th. Winner: Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)
- All went to plan here: expected and deserved winner!
- Favourite to win event, so lived up to expectation.
- An exception to the Asian Tour winners this year!
- Odds to win: 10/1
Thailand Classic, March 10th-13th. Winner: Scott Hend (Australia)
- World ranking prior to winning: 122nd and after: 80th (TBC).
- Almost pipped to post by 400/1 Thai golfer , who finished 2nd.
- Finished 3rd last and 22 over par at WGC week before winning.
- Four missed cuts in previous six events before WGC.
- Odds to win: 45/1