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Nic Ladds 6th May 2009 - 16:33

Big hitting Quiros can leave rivals struggling to keep up

Alvaro Quiros can hit the ball an absolute mile and has the game to drive his opponents crazy and land odds of 20/1.

Quiros won the Qatar Masters in good style and some decent efforts in a few big tournaments since, stands the Spaniard in good stead.

He has a huge drive and has passed on the chance to play in the Players Championship to come here instead and he should be able to relax in familiar climates and play his best game.

The same could be said for favourite Fancesco Molinari who has been the model of consistency recently.

He has not won on the European tour for a couple of years but has gone close and has the advantage of course knowledge as he lives in nearby Turin so will be familiar with the new venue of Royal Park Golf and Country Club.

His chance is reflected in his odds of 12/1 which may seem a little short but it demonstrates how valuable his knowledge could be and he won this tournament in 2006 albeit at Castello di Tolcinasco near Milan.

He will have vocal home support also which applies similarly to his less talented brother Edorado Molinari who is 80/1 in the betting.

Charl Schwartzel is second favourite at odds of 14/1 and he certainly has the game to take this.

He finished a decent fifth last week in the Spanish Open and in a similar climate here could well give Molinari a run for his money.

The frustrating Soren Hansen keep hovering around the top of the leader board without actually winning. He has a great swing but makes far too many mistakes but could sneak a place at 16/1.

If Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara can cut out some of the silly mistakes be makes then will surely be pushing for the win.

He was in contention for a long time in Catalunya finally finishing eighth and the fact he rarely misses fairway will stand him in good stead and odds of 20/1 look fair.

It would be a big ask for Thomas Levet to win two weeks in a row but the Frenchman will have his backers as he is clearly in good form and is a 28/1 chance.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn hasn't won for a while but the fact he holds the 72-hole course record here should alert prospective backers of this 25/1 chance.

While that was back in1999 he clearly likes the course and the area and as he finished in a share of third last week it is fair to expect a big performance.

The field is not particularly strong and if Bjorn is going to record another European Tour win then there is no reason why this could not be it.

Two at bigger prices to have a look at are 80/1 shot Seve Benson and also at odds of 80/1, Gregory Havret.

Seve Benson had a terrible season until finishing in a share of fourth at the Ballantine's Championship which was a fantastic result and this is a weaker event.

What is most interesting is that he played on this course when he won the Piemonte Open on the Challenge Tour at this very course and in doing so shot a course record 62 and won by three shots.

This invaluable experience and the fact he appeared to be coming back to form last time stand him in good stead to make a stab at the Italian Open title.

Havret like Benson has had a poor year so far but seems to come alive in Italy. He won the Italian Open in 2001 and his play-off defeat of Phil Mickelson in the 2007 Scottish Open shows he has the talent to mix it with the best.

His price has been steadily going out since that performance but if the Italian surrounding can indeed bring out the best in him then he could spring a shock at a tasty price.

Last but not least, keep an eye on 50/1 shot John Daly continuing his comeback after a good display in Spain last week.

'The Wild Thing' is paired with Quiros and the two can certainly put some distance on the ball and this immensely popular figure should at the very least entertain.

Don't forget about our host of other markets that include, top 10 finish, 1st round leader, match bets and 3-ball betting.

The action gets underway at 7:00 Thursday morning and there will be live coverage brought to you on Sky Sports 2 from 10:30.

Alvaro Quiros - 20/1
Thomas Bjorn - 25/1
Gregory Havret - 80/1

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