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Nic Ladds 16th Sep 2009 - 16:56

Great Scott! Three against the field in the Austrian Open

In what is not one of the most stellar line ups that the European Tour will have seen in recent times, the Race To Dubai continues and Denmark's Soren Hansen finds himself way out in front as 6/1 favourite.

The Dane has form at the Fontana Golf Course which holds this tournament for the seventh successive year, as he finished eighth last year and runner up in 2006, but can you really back a man at 6/1 who has only won twice in over 300 tour starts?

Hansen looked good last week at the half way stage before once again coming up short, finishing a shot behind the leaders and therefore missed out on the play offs, and among the market leaders, Markus Brier looks a better bet.

Brier may be a little short for some at 16/1 due to his average season, but it is hard to knock his credentials in this tournament.

He has been victorious in the Austrian Open three times, including twice at this course and he has put in enough reasonable displays recently to suggest that he is capable of another big show in a tournament and at a course he clearly loves.

Out next selection is at a much bigger price in the shape of 125/1 chance Scott Drummond who has made some decent improvement in his recent outings.

He finished in a share of 15th in Germany last week in the Mercedes-Benz Championship which included a great fight-back after he dropped three shots in the opening two holes of this third round.

This field is a lot weaker than the one he faced last week and if you bear in mind that this is final year on tour with an exemption he needs a big show in order to keep his card which will be of paramount importance and he will be desperate for a big show this week and at 125/1 he may well deliver.

Another who is hopefully coming back to the boil in time to have a good stab at this tournament is South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen who is available at 50/1.

He had an absolutely blinding start to the year with five top tens in five weeks which included a second at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championhip and the Qatar Masters.

He is surely destined for great things but has been quiet the last couple of months with a share of 16th at the European Open the last time he got competitive, however he has thrown in some good rounds in his last outings which should have him tuned up for a good shot at glory in this week field in a tournament where he shot -7 last year.

Don't forget about the host of market William Hill offer including first round leader, margin of victory and tournament match bets, and that we offer ¼ the odds on the first five places.

Recommendation:
Markus Brier - 16/1

Scott Drummond - 125/1

Louis Oosthuizen - 50/1

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