Peter to power to BMW triumph
David John says big-hitting Peter Uihlein can get his head in front for the second time this season at the BMW Masters.
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The BMW Masters kicks off two events in Shanghai as the lucrative Final Series gets under way with all roads leading to Dubai in a month's time.
This is a limited field in terms of numbers based on world rankings, position on the Race To Dubai with a handful of sponsors' invites and local golfers completing the line-up.
- 1pt e.w. Peter Uihlein at 45/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5 Stan James) - Course should suit and arrives at the top of his game.
- 1pt e.w. Marcel Siem at 90/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5 Stan James) - Planning a strong finish to 2013 and caught the eye in Portugal.
- 1pt e.w. Ashun Wu at 300/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5 Sky Bet, Betfred) - Worth a chance from the home contingent to pull out something out of the hat.
It is one of the latter who looks an interesting prospect at the Lake Malaren Golf Club - Ashun Wu at 300/1.
He is obviously punching a fair bit above his weight with some very big guns of world golf dominating the betting but that is reflected in his price - which looks worth a chance.
He spoke here last year of his pride at being involved with the event and the 28-year-old feels he has a responsibility to push forward Chinese golf in the footsteps of more established compatriots Lian-wei Zhang and Wen-Chong Liang.
His ultimate goal is to make the PGA Tour but he has probably taken the smart decision to ply his trade in Japan for the next couple of seasons, where he is already a winner having landed the Toshin Golf Tournament in 2012.
He comes here having made a bold, if erratic, recent defence of the title with rounds of 62-69-75-63 so is clearly doing something right 50 percent of the time.
I am not particularly influenced by the fact that he is officially attached to the course and based in Shanghai but it is certainly not a negative and a chance is taken on him at big odds to put four rounds together and improve on a couple of top 25s in the event.
Of the more established names taking part, few arrive in better fettle than American Peter Uihlein.
I was quite pleased to see him take a short break after his play-off defeat to David Howell in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and then a visit to Japan so he should be fresh and ready to pick up where he left off.
Uihlein's exploits this season have been well documented and some excellent golf has been rewarded with one title in Madeira.
He furthered his growing reputation with near-misses in both Scotland and Wales and has really embraced the travels around the globe he has taken.
This will be his first competitive visit on the European Tour to the Far East this year but I see no reason why he won't adapt to conditions - this is a big course at over 7,600 yards with wide hitting areas - it screams Uihlein's power game from the tee.
Charismatic German Marcel Siem also gives the ball a good thud off the tee and his return to the European Tour has been most welcome.
He disappeared off the radar in the summer after he made the decision to spend some time in the USA attempting to win his PGA card via the main tour as well as playing some Web.com tournaments.
Things did not work out but he played very nicely the other week in Portugal, closing with a 66 and this year's winner in Morocco has his sights on a strong finish to 2013.
"I learned a lot there (in America) and I'm really, really happy to be back here on The European Tour now and see all my friends."
He admitted his confidence was not as high as when he left Europe but his efforts in Portugal were just the shot in the arm he required moving forward and he is well worth a second look at the 90/1 on offer.