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Nic Ladds 28th Oct 2009 - 14:19

DJ set to mix it at the top in the Viking Classic

A good few previous winners of the Viking Classic take their place for a crack at first prize and the one that appeals most to make it win number is 25/1 chance DJ Trahan.

Trahan won this tournament in 2006 and seems to be coming back to the boil at just the right time having been off the radar for most of 2009. He is back to form having made the last four cuts before finishing seventh in Las Vegas while a second round of 64 in the Frys indicates that he is back to his best.

In what looks a fairly weak field and on a course that he will have positive associations with, Trahan should be mixing at the top of the leaderboard come Sunday.

From the word go all eyes are going to be on exciting youngster Rickie Fowler who has finished seventh and second on his first two professional starts and he is creating the kind of hype that Rory McIlroy has in Europe but odds of 20/1 do look skinny for such a young lad who may be a little overwhelmed by all the hype over his progress, but he certainly looks a future superstar.

Tory Matteson at 25/1 looks to follow up his win last week and in the form of his life isn't without hope, while Matt Kuchar who is 20/1 followed up his win in the Turning Stone Championship with a seventh last week and looks sure to go close.

At bigger odds though of 40/1 a chance is taken on former Open champion, Ben Curtis who usually plays in much more esteemed company than this and despite wildly inconsistent performances recently, he has a big chance at this level.

A reasonable 29 at Turning Stone was preceded by a missed cut and a decent 24 in the PGA Championship and the underrated Curtis has shown time and again that he is able to mix it with the big boys at the highest level leaving us thinking that if he brings even nearly his 'A' game this week then he has a great chance in this lesser field.

The final selection at a big price is 80/1 shot Rocco Mediate who may just have bounced back to form following two missed cuts with a share of 13 in the Frys.com Open last week.

It has been a poor year for Rocco and it was not until a ninth in the Legends Reno - Tahoe Open that he produced anything like the golf he is capable of.

Two very poor performances at Turning Stone and the Justin Timberlake Open followed but his performance last week which included a finishing 65 makes for some interesting reading and he finished 16 here when he last played three years ago so should have no problem with the course.

This man who as recently as 2008 pushed Tiger Woods to a play off for the US Open title certainly has the ability to take this and a chance is taken at the big price that he is nearly back to his best and will give a good account of himself.

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