Henry to master Moscow rivals

  • By: David John (Twitter: @SLifeDaveJohn)
  • Last Updated: July 24 2013, 8:46 BST

David John makes Scotland's Scott Henry his headline tip for this week's M2M Russian Open near Moscow.

Henry: Big hitter with winning form in this part of the world
Henry: Big hitter with winning form in this part of the world

I was not a fan of physics at school but I do remember being told Isaac Newton said for every action there has to be a reaction.

So I suppose for every Open Championship there has to be an M2M Russian Open and that is what we have this week after the drama on the links at Muirfield.

The Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club stages the event 42km from Moscow and with some wet weather already this week in the Russian capital plus sporadic showers forecast, the Jack Nicklaus-designed course is sure to be playing right up to its near 7,500-yard length.

So a bit of beef off the tee could well be a positive this week and in terms of that particular facet of the game, Mark Tullo and Scott Hend definitely fit the bill.

The venue has staged an event on the Challenge Tour in recent years so there is at least some course form for punters to have a sift through.

Tullo finished runner-up here last September to Alexandre Kaleka - another big hitter - and the Chilean is certainly a player I have a lot of time for when contending at this sort of level.

He came close to doing the business when I tipped him in Madeira earlier in the season and although his form has dipped since, getting back on this course could be the key to an upturn in his fortunes.

He finished strongly in tricky conditions with a bogey-free back nine on the way to a 69 and although not the easiest player to predict, he looks well worth a chance at 66/1.

Hend also has the game to contest in this company and it is interesting he makes the journey up to Moscow with a little break currently on the Asian Tour where he regularly plays his golf.

The Australian is already a winner in the Far East too this year when he took the Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand, while he showed his current wellbeing with a T6 at on his most recent start in Malaysia.

He has been renowned for giving it a real dig off the tee for plenty of years now so should find that to his advantage - we are gambling on whether he can convert his Asia form to a course in Europe.

Simon Dyson heads the betting and can probably be classed as worthy of that position. His form has taken an upturn lately in France and Scotland for sure and recently admitted he is keen to keep playing while his game is going well.

If that trend continues, he is pretty likely to be in the mix.

But he is overlooked at 12/1 in favour of Spain's Jorge Campillo and Scotsman Scott Henry.

I have had an eye on Campillo for a little while in the hope that he can convert a run of very consistent form into a victory.

He competed well in Austria until a slightly disappointing final round of 72 while a top-20 subsequently in France reads well dropping down into this class.

He has some course form too - a T11 here in 2011 - and I would not be surprised to see him make an impact.

Henry has one appearance here which was an undistinguished T52 last season but he has shown in recent weeks more than enough in the context of this event with a couple of top 30s in Ireland and France.

Interestingly, he has had some success in this part of the world with an emotional victory on the Challenge Tour in the very valuable Kazakhstan Open, a title which helped fire him onto the main tour.

He showed plenty of bottle too on that occasion, as the event went to a couple of holes in a play-off.

He said afterwards: "I've always dreamed of playing on the European Tour and I'm confident about my game."

He gets the chance to show that now and a return to eastern Europe should stir plenty of positive memories - the 80/1 available is certainly worth a second glance.


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