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Nic Ladds 12th Jul 2009 - 9:32

Great Dane Hansen to be top dog

With a host of Scandinavian players out of form or with poor Open records punters may start flocking to back 7/4 favourite Henrik Stenson but we have a fancy at a bigger price.

Stenson is the class act of the market having finished third at Royal Birkdale last year and he is currently ranked at eighth in the world.

However since his win earlier this year in the Players Championship he has done very little barring a decent performance in the US Open without really challenging the leaders. Add this to his poor Open record before last year and he is worth taking on at the prices.

The man to oppose him with looks to be Denmark's Soren Hansen who is available at much healthier odds of 11/2.

Hansen's Open record doesn't make for amazing reading, a finish of eighth in 2002 his best finish from five starts but his current form bring the most optimism with top 10 finishes in a trio of recent tournaments showing what rude health he is in and at the healthy 11/2 he appeals more most for top Scandinavian.

The other main competitor is 9/2 second favourite Soren Kjedlsen who has a similar profile to his Danish compatriot with a decent record recently with his most recent effort of fourth in the Scottish Open promising.

His Open record is even poorer than Hansen's though with three failed cuts and a 43rd place from his four starts and while they are closely matched, Hansen's greater price makes him the bet.

Johan Edfors, Peter Hanson and Fredrik Jacobson are all priced at odds of 9/1 and all would have a shout on their best form but Edfors is in woeful form and have never made the cut in the Open.

Hanson's form has been inconsistent at best and again he does not look a threat on his past forays at the Open while Jacobson has the best Open record of the trio but has failed to make the cut on nearly half his starts this season and is too unreliable to be worth an investment.


Soren Hansen - 11/2


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