Darren’s presence in this line-up speaks volumes about his determination to improve a misleadingly low ranking. He’s playing pretty well, as illustrated by a recent second place in South Africa and some impressive long-game stats. Should Clarke acclimatise quickly and get the pace of these greens, he could outclass the rest.
On the basis of his recent efforts in the US and Europe, not to mention second place in November’s Singapore Open, the Chinese star must rate a massive candidate in Asia. On the downside, Liang’s putting in contention is dreadful and he was beaten a long way here in 2008.
Another leading home candidate having won last time out. The bookies have responded though, and 28/1 looks plenty short enough given that he’s failed to challenge on two previous visits to DLF.


If Randhawa had shown anything at all over the past three weeks, he would have been a pick in his homeland. He is usually a strong contender in these co-sanctioned events and has made the top 15 on all three previous visits to this course. It is a slight worry that he only broke 70 once in eight Gulf rounds.

Regular readers will need no explanation as to why a Maybin victory would be the ultimate frustration. He remains one of the likeliest ‘first time winners in waiting’, and last week’s top-20 finish in Dubai reads well in this weaker field.