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Nic Ladds 13th Jul 2009 - 1:51

Aussie duo can be on top (the rest of the) world

In competitive market with plenty of runners it is a pair of 25/1 chance Australians that stand out as the best bets, so step forward Robert Allenby and Richard Green.

There are a lot of bigger names floating around at the top of the market but we can easily discount some of those in favour of a wager on these two at better prices.

Allenby has had some decent finishes this year including a fourth at the St Jude and a fifth at the Honda Classic and his excellent seventh place in last year's Open give encouragement that he will go well here.

Green has an Open fourth in 2007 to his name which shows he can cut the mustard in this company and his recent run has been fantastic with three top 10 finishes in his last four outings showing him to be in good form and a both players look worth a bet at the 25/1.

At the head of the market is Retief Goosen who was in contention last week until spectacularly losing it on the final day which makes us unsure about his temperament for this nowadays and is passed over at 7/1.

Ernie Els also looks past his best but can never be ruled out in an Open where he always seems to do well. Nine top 10 finishes along with a victory the 'Big Easy' can boast and he has shown signs of returning to some kind of form recently but his putting has repeatedly let him down. Hard to back him confidently at the price of 15/2 but a big danger if on a going day.

Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy are both 9/1 but both have very poor Open records and Ogilvy especially needs to prove he can handle links golf to be a real contender.

Camilo Villegas is only starting his second Open which will make it hard for him to win while Vijay Singh is not the force of old and it is hard to envisage him capturing this title - both can be backed at 12/1.

Angel Cabrera comes here looking to add this to his Masters title this year at 16/1 for Top Rest Of The World, but his big hitting, powerful game may not be ideal for Turnberry and it would take a special performance from him to take this but for those who are interested he certainly has the talent to do so.

20/1 chance Tim Clark had a shocker last week on a course he had previously done so well at so is passed over while other contenders like Rory Sabbatini, Charl Schwartzel (25/1) and John Senden (33/1) all have terrible Open records.

In an open market there are players about at fancy prices that  case can be made for but this Aussie duo look the most solid and have the best credentials to be Top Rest Of The World with William Hill paying 1/4 the odds for the first four places.

Recommendation:

Robert Allenby - 25/1

Richard Green - 25/1

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