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David Thompson 24th May 2011 - 12:48

English duo like Kaymer's new BMW right hand draw

This week the European Tour arrives in Surrey, with the 7,320 yard West Course of Wentworth hosting four of the world's top five golfers.

After a nice reprieve from the standard format which saw Ian Poulter (33/1) win the Volvo match play event at the stunning Finca Cortesin in the south of Spain, procedures are back to normal with a four day stroke play event.

Looking at the recent form guide it's no surprise that world numbers one and two, Lee Westwood  and Luke Donald, head the field at 8/1 and 13/2 respectively. Both played well over the Match Play event and will not be too disheartened or concerned about their swings having both lost to an inspired and determined Ian Poulter.

Last year's event saw Chris Wood 60/1 take a two shot lead into the final day, only to throw it away early with a double bogey six on the 3rd. This opened the door to eventual winner Simon Khan 150/1 who was a popular winner having been ranked 471st in the world pre-event.

Similarly in the other European Tour event recently held in Mallorca, The Iberdrola Open, Chris Wood in the latter stages on the final day threw away a three shot advantage by three-putting the 12th and 13th and driving out of bounds at the 15th as he came back in 40.

If Wood can sort out his final day nerves he could be good value at 60/1, but if you're also jumpy placing your money on this type of character the top five finish at 10/1 could be more sensible.

2009 Runner-up Ross Fisher evidently likes Wentworth and, having lost a close match last week to Charl Schwartzel 20/1 on the par 5 18th, he looks like he is coming back into form and is a tempting 28/1 for the title and 7/1 to place in the top 5.

16/1 on the third best player in the world appears generous, however Martin Kaymer's past success has all come from his signature left to right high fade. He is currently in the progress of developing a new draw shape. This, at times, has shown glimpses of improving the German's game, however doubters are yet to be convinced that it can hold up in those big pressure moments.

McIlroy 18/1 is still producing shots of a genius, but for me these are too few and far between, and his all round game still needs improvement before the rolling stone of success begins to tumble.

If value is what your after considering Colin Montgomerie, who albeit is a three time winner in 1998, 1999 and 2000, stands at 125/1, then 150/1 on the Swede Johan Edfors would be a great price. Having surprised many in Spain he suffered an unlucky defeated to Luke Donald on the 19th Hole in a quarter-final play-off.

This event promises a good turn-out, players are now hitting their stride with many coming into form, not to mention the large £4.5 million prize fund to keep everyone keen and interested. There is a chance of rain on the West Course in the latter stages of the week, but hopefully attendance will be high and the European Tour maintains its momentum.



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