After an event in Singapore last week, the DP World Tour heads to Thailand for the first time in seven years for the 2023 Thailand Classic. It’s part of the tour’s trip through Asia, which hasn’t occurred since 2019 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Several Ryder Cup hopefuls are in the field this week
Amata Spring Country Club in the capital city of Bangkok has some length at 7,505 yards and is par 72. The course features one of the most unique holes in golf, as the par-3 17th has a totally floating green. The hole can be shortened or lengthened by underwater pullies, and golfers must take a short boat ride to get to the green.
Water is a theme here, as it comes into play on 11 holes on the course that opened in 2005. From 2006-10, it held a team event for the Royal Trophy that featured many of golf’s top stars. It will be the first time the Thailand Classic is contested here.
Are slight favorites in an odds board that has a bit of a logjam in the top 10. Smith won the Portugal Masters in October and had nine top-10s over the past year. His 2023 got off to a slow start by missing the cut at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi but rebounded for a 20th at the Dubai Desert Classic before shooting all four rounds under par in Singapore last week to finish 17th.
Hojgaard played the Desert Swing but took last week’s event in Singapore off. He returns having logged two top-10s this season and a 13th at Ras Al Khaimah two weeks ago. He’s showing more consistency than he has in the past, so a win might be right around the corner.
Finished his 2022 with a win in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and came in sixth last week at the Singapore Classic. Poor final rounds led to bad results in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as he shot his first three rounds under par in each event before a 78 and 74, respectively, on Sunday. He bounced back to finish with a 67 in Singapore.
Won in Spain last year and is the highest-ranked golfer in the field. After a runner-up at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December, Otaegui’s finished between 28th and 36th the last four tournaments, so he’s in decent form.
May be in the best recent form. He did miss four-straight cuts before charging up the leaderboard to finish second at the Ras Al Khaimah. He followed that up with a sixth in Singapore last week, so maybe the South African has found something.
It hasn’t been a good couple of weeks for favorites on the DP World Tour, but we like the form that Hojgaard and especially Rozner are displaying. Lombard is a good underdog pick if you’re thinking it will be three weeks of longshots winning.
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