There have only been six previous renewals of the Indonesian Masters, but five of those were well-fancied with Lee Westwood winning three of them, along with victories for Bernd Wiesberger and Anirban Lahiri. However, congratulations to anyone who managed to pick last year’s winner Poom Saksansin.
This year’s tournament takes place at the 7,300 yards par 72 Royale Jakarta Golf Club, with the course being used made up of a mix of holes from the South Course and the West Course. Water lies in wait for miss-hit shots on many of the holes, but the fairways are very generous.
The tournament has attracted Justin Rose as its headline act, and it’s no surprise he’s as short as 7/2 after winning twice on the European Tour in recent weeks. Rose is followed in the market by Kiradech Aphibarnrat, multiple PGA Winner Brant Snedeker, and rising South African star Dylan Fritelli.
For most punters, this week’s strategy will revolve around putting all their eggs in the basket of Justin Rose, or spreading those eggs out over more selections that may offer some each-way value against a player who is capable of blowing the opposition away.
I’m in the latter camp this week as, though there’s no doubting Rose’s class, this is his first look at the course, and he doesn’t have the Asian record that the likes of three-time winner Lee Westwood had.
Brandt Snedeker also doesn’t float my boat this week, as he hasn’t played much recently, and didn’t look like an imminent winner when partnering Bubba Watson at last week’s OBE Shootout.
Therefore, this could be a great chance for Asian favourite Kiradech Aphibarnrat, and the big-hitting Thai has proved his liking for the course in finishing in the top-7 in his two previous visits here in 2014 and 2017. He’s enjoyed a great second-half of the season with prominent showings in several top-class events such as the DP World Tour Finals, and he should have won the Italian Open. He also won in Thailand last week, and should arrive here full of confidence. At number 56 in the World Rankings, he also has the motivation of trying to make the all-important top-50 which guarantees him a spot in all next season’s majors.
One place in front of Aphibarnrat in the world rankings is Dylan Fritelli and, though he missed the cut here in 2013, he’s a much better player now having realised much of his potential on the European Tour this season. There’s a danger he’ll be tired after a busy time, but the young man is enjoying his golf at the moment.
One player further down the list who could be overpriced is Scott Hend. Consistency isn’t his strong point but, as he has an excellent record in Asia, he could be worth including in the staking plan at a decent price.
2017 Indonesian Open Golf Tips
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2 Points Each-Way @ 8/1 SkyBet (6 places)
Dylan Fritelli 2 Points Each-Way @ 14/1 SkyBet (6 places)
Scott Hend 1 Point Each-Way @ 66/1 BetBright or Marathon (5 places)