Hero Indian Open Handicapping Preview

by Mar 26, 2019Golf

Hero Indian Open

Course: DLF Golf and Country Club

Location: New Delhi, India

Start Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Finish Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019

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The Hero Indian Open will take place this week, starting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 and will play thru Saturday, March 30, 2019 from the DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi, India.  This tournament is part of the Asian Tour and is co-sanctioned by the European Tour. 

The event has been co-sponsored since 2015 and has recently started to attract stronger competition each year.  This tournament has been around since 1964 and is one of the oldest running tournaments currently being played on the European Tour.  

Even though this tournament has began attracting stronger competition, it will still have a much weaker caliber of talent than what we will see at the WGC-Dell Championships Match Play and even the Corales Punta Cana Championship.  Last year, Matt Wallace won in a playoff over Andrew Johnson with a score of -11 under par. The two prior years were both won by Shiv Chawrasia of India, beating Gavin Green in 2017 and Anirban Lahiri and Wang Jeung-Hun in 2016.

DLF Golf and Country Club Details

The course was designed by Gary Player in 2015 and stands as a Par 72, measuring 7,379 yards. The fairways are made up of Celebration Bermuda Grass and the greens are Bermuda Mini Verde. Those fairways are narrow and tricky.  Keep in mind when you start looking at the numbers and course history that the course went through a redesign and they actually started playing on the new course effectively in 2017. Therefore, I only recommend you looking at the history from 2017 and 2018. 

There are 6 water hazards in play here so accuracy will be beneficial for the golfers. Hole 5 is an Island Green, with water surrounding the island.  This is one of the more tricky holes on the course and usually causes several balls to enter the water.  In addition to the hazards, there are some serious elevation changes that will test even the best of golfers.  

The weather for the week is expected to top off in the high 90's, with light winds expected throughout the tournament.  

Hero Indian Open Course Attributes

There are really three main course attributes that you want to pay attention to.  These are attributes that have been very similar to the leaders each of the past two years. The first is Greens in Regulation, second is Scrambling and third is Putting.  Find golfers with strong numbers in those three categories, as well as some decent form and course history and you will be on your way to finding a winner:

  • Greens In Reg
  • Scrambling
  • Strokes Gained: Putting
  • Current Form
  • Course History

Hero Indian Open Golfers

Jorge Campillo +1400 for 2 Units (MyBookie)

Our first golfer is Jorge Campillo.  Campillo put together a nice run where he placed 2nd at the Oman Open, 2nd at the Qatar Masters and 20th at the Maybank Championship.  He is in great form, hence the reason he is one of the favorites and with odds of +1400.  I recommend throwing 2 units on Campillo and hoping he comes through with the win!

Max Kieffer +2500 for 1 Unit (MyBookie)

I'll be honest here, I didn't even have Kieffer on my list of golfers to monitor but when I started looking for some hot golfers, he kept popping up for all the boxes and numbers.  He placed 2nd at the Oman Open, 14th at the Qatar Masters and 5th last week at the Maybank Championship.   Kieffer has really strong numbers, which have me thinking he can come in here and win this tournament. 

Nacho Elvira +2800 for 1 Unit (MyBookie)

Nacho is fresh off back-to-back 2nd place finishes at the Maybank Championship and the Qatar Masters, both of which we we barely missed cashing a winner. His odds have come down to reality and I highly doubt we will see those 50-1 and 80-1 numbers that we've seen on him in the past.  If he plays this week, like he played last week, he will win this tournament! 

Christian Bezuidenhout +3300 for 1 Unit (MyBookie)

 Bezuidenhout will be playing here for the first time.  He comes in with decent form, finising in 36th place in the Maybank Championship, 9th at the Kenya Open, 2nd at the Qatar Masters and 67th at the Oman Open.  His odds are staying high because no one really knows the guy but trust me when I say, he is really good and will compete for the win on Sunday! 

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