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Nic Ladds 21st Jul 2009 - 10:56

Big hitting Rock to roll on to victory in Sweden

The European Tour heads to Sweden this week and appropriately the head of the market is dominated by Scandinavians with world number seven Henrik Stenson leading the market at odds of 8/1.

The SAS Masters is being held at the Barsebäck Golf and Country Club on a course measuring in at a colossal 7665 yards, it is the longest course on the European Tour which could spell good news for the big hitters.

Although the prize money is lower than many tournaments on the tour, big names have won this tournament before including Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald while Colin Montgomerie has won it three times.

Our main bet may not be a name as glamorous as any of the above you won't forget the name of Robert Rock in a hurry if he brings home the bacon for you.

Rock is 12 in the driving accuracy and his putting has steadily improved over the years to what is currently his best putting average so far.

Although he has been quiet the last few weeks, his pair of second places in the Italian Open and the Irish Open show Rock has the ability to mix it at the top of the leaderboard and this long course should help negate any problems he may have with being wayward off the tee.

Odds of 80/1 about the Englishman look tempting indeed and a decent each way wager on Rock looks the call.

Stenson is the class act of the field without a doubt but odds of 8/1 look short enough considering his modest achievements recently and he is way down the order for driving distance.

A host of the big names in Scandinavia support Stenson at the head of the market, Soren Hansen at 10/1, Soren Kjeldsen 12/1, last year's winner Peter Hanson 20/1 and Niclas Fasth at odds of 25/1.

Out of these Soren Hansen looks the best option as he is ultra-consistent having placed in the top 10 in four of his last five tournaments including an excellent share of eighth in the Open last week.

He sits at 19 in the driving distance table and it would be no surprise at all to see Soren on the premises from round one and we wouldn't put anyone off backing the great Dane.

Peter Hanson should also be considered as he lives 20 minutes from Barsebäck and finished second to Luke Donald here five years ago so he will know the course inside out, his fourth in the French Open recently shows he is in good heart and will go close.

Johan Edfors is another Swede who should like the course and he certainly has the talent to win. He has been playing reasonably recently without troubling the leaders too much but this lengthy course should suit him (13 in the driving distance rankings) and looks a good each way bet at 33/1.

Finally a cheeky punt on last year's second Pelle Edberg looks worthwhile at a generous 125/1 as this Swedish native is fifth in the driving distance stats and a respectable show in the BMW International shows he is not totally out of form this year and while it may be at a different course to last year, he will be pumped up for a tournament he fared so well in last year and looks a great each way bet.


Robert Rock - 80/1

Johan Edfors - 33/1

Pelle Edberg - 125/1

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