True Thailand Classic: American primed for consecutive top 5s
There will be a new name on the trophy when the European Tour returns to Thailand after an eight-year absence for the True Thailand Classic, not because the defending champion is absent, but because this is a brand-spanking new tournament on the schedule.
With no history to help guide the betting hand, this event – which is co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour – is all about following the form when it comes to finding a winner.
Although the Black Mountain Golf Club, which hosts the event, has never been played before on the European Tour, its sporadic appearance on the Asian version’s calendar for the last few years means it is the members of the latter association that should be inspected first when hunting value.
Generally speaking, when playing tournaments in Asia, the home tour’s players are good for a surprising high finish or two, but not a win.
Despite that damning fact, one of their number’s price means backing him to triumph each way is an absolute necessity for the tournament.
American, yes American, left-hander Paul Peterson is a 66/1 chance to win in Thailand which, if taken as an each-way punt, looks very likely to land as Ladbrokes pay out on the first five to finish at a quarter of the odds.
As something of a journeyman golfer having played on the Canadian and Challenge Tours before joining the Asian version last year, Peterson is likely to be no stranger to seeing some lengthy odds next to his name.
More often than not he has outperformed that price, doing so most recently at the Maybank Malaysian Open last week when finishing tied fifth.
His total of zero wins on the Asian Tour backs up our earlier theory that he’s unlikely to win, but his seven top-10 finishes in that time make him well worth a flutter each way.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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