Rose could bloom but look out for Harrington


The European Tour finale is edging closer and this week could provide another twist in the Race to Dubai when the field tees off in Antalya for the Turkish Airlines Open.

There are a number of players who look good to be in contention come Sunday at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.

Rose to win @ 17/4

This week’s defending champion is Justin Rose who birdied the final hole 12 months ago to beat Nicolas Colsaerts and Dylan Fratelli.

No player has ever retained their title in Turkey although Victor Dubuisson did win in both 2013 and 2015.

Rose is one of five major champions taking part this week and has momentum on his side.

Losing a play-off at the BMW Championship and finishing eighth while hosting the British Masters showed his form and he backed it up by coming home third at last week’s HSBC-Champions.

A light schedule means he will be fresh and the 38-year-old seems ripe to win.

Olesen to win @ 14/1

It has been a vintage year for Thorbjorn Olesen after he made his Ryder Cup debut. He also knows Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort well and won at the course in 2016.

The Dane was three shots better than the field two years ago and has a win on his CV in 2018 after he claimed June’s Italian Open.

A tie for seventh place in China shows he is in decent form and has an obvious liking for this course, backing up his 2016 triumph with a tie for fifth last year.

Olesen sits seventh in the Race to Dubai and victory here could set him up for an exciting end to a brilliant year.

Aphibarnrat to win @ 25/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat seems to have been in and around the top of the leaderboard in recent years but is still to add a significant win to his record.

The Thai was sixth last year and clearly likes playing in Turkey, finishing third behind Dubuisson in 2015 when this tournament was played at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal.

Aphibarnrat was fourth last week in Shanghai and it seems only a matter of time before he makes a real breakthrough.

Harrington to win @ 45/1

Shane Lowry at 20/1 in the outright market could be a contender after two top-10s in this tournament while he recently finished second at Valderrama.

However, those looking for a value shout should seek out Padraig Harrington, a man who had last week off and has enjoyed an improved 2018, with three top-10s in his last six outings.

Harrington recorded a surprise fourth-place finish last year and fired three straight 69s the previous season, with only an opening 72 keeping him out of contention.

While the 47-year-old has not won anywhere in the world since 2016, the feeling is that when he is in the hunt, Harrington remains as dangerous as anyone and those looking for something more may take him at 4/1 for a top-10 finish.

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