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Nic Ladds 29th Apr 2009 - 11:53

Count on Kim to tame the Tiger

Tiger Woods lines up as 11/4 favourite in the betting for the Quail Hollow Championship with his arch rival Phil Mickelson at odds of 9/1.

Everyone got the pairing they wanted in The Masters with these two going at it in the final round in a contest the Mickelson came out best of by one shot.

Both the world number 1 and 2 have good records here, with Woods having finished 3rd, 11th and 1st, while Mickelson has not won this tournament but has four top 12 finishes to his name.

'Lefty' could have won The Masters if he hadn't found the water and sunk a couple of short putts in the final stretch but played outstanding golf all the same.

Tiger meanwhile didn't play up to the phenomenal best that we know he can and he went from brilliant to mediocre too often to really make a charge at the leaders.

So, where should we look to find an alternative to the front two? There is no shortage of talent in this field for a tournament that some call "The sixth Major".

Last year's winner Anthony Kim is certainly worth a glance at odds of 25/1. Kim had an indifferent start to the year with injury problems resulting in him not producing his best.

He finished an encouraging 20th at The Masters however and having finished 5th and 1st on his only two starts here, Quail Hollow is obviously a course that suits him and rule Kim out at your peril.

At 20/1 in the betting is current leader of the Race To Dubai, Geoff Ogilvy. The Australian is one of the most consistent performers on the tour and after a blistering start to the year where he won the Mercedez-Benz and Accenture Match Play, Ogilvy has continued to impress.

His Masters 15th and Shell Houston Open 6th to name but a couple of excellent efforts, and his excellent putting skills put him in with a huge chance.

Jim Furyk is another to look out for at 28/1 in the betting as he won this tournament in 2006 and also has a second to his name.

His missed cut last time out could be cause for concern but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the lanky American bounce back on a course he clearly gets on with.

Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington both have the class to win this and both are 33/1 shots but both are going to have to show something like coming to in to form before they are worth a bet.

Rory Sabbatini has attracted a lot of interest at odds of 33/1 as he has been playing some outstanding golf recently.

His putting and short game have vastly improved since last year and he seems to be on a bit of a streak at the moment having finished 2nd in the Zurich Classic, 6th in the Northern Trust and 8th in the Verizon Heritage.

He has finished 3rd here before and put in an average performance here last year when playing abysmally. Now he is playing well a big performance is expected from the temperamental South African.

Those who fancy backing someone at a bigger price could do worse than Brett Quigley at odds of 125/1.

The American has put in some cracking performances among some average ones recently with second place in the Puerto Rico Open and another second in the Transitions Championship.

His record at Quail Hollow reads 16, 14, 10, MC, so ignoring his performance last year he clearly gets on with the course and while this is a tough field he could easily play in to a place at big odds.

Others you may like to consider are previous winners Vijay Singh and David Toms, both at 50/1 but their form at the moment doesn't make them the best proposition.

Retief Goosen has found winning form again this year and can be backed at 40/1, while the ultra-consistent pair of Sean O'Hair and Nick Watney are available at 40/1 and 50/1 respectively and former Masters Champion Trevor Immelman is starting to look dangerous again at 66/1 in the betting.

The action gets underway at 12:00 Thursday 30 April and will be screen live on Setanta Sports 1 every day from 20:00.

Don't forget to view all our other markets, including Top 10 Finish, 1st round leader, match bets, 3-ball betting and much, much more.

Recommendations:
Anthony Kim - 25/1
Rory Sabbatini - 33/1
Brett Quigley - 125/1

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