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Nic Ladds 22nd Apr 2009 - 9:51

Hanson can continue his Asian love-affair

Graeme McDowell returns to defend his Ballantine's Championship title this week and can be backed at odds of 16/1 to make a successful defence.

McDowell won last year on the third play-off hole after he tied with Jeev Milkha-Singh on -24.

These two were seven clear of third-placed Paul McGinley who can be backed at 33/1 this year.

Singh is not competing here this week which many may feel leaves the door open for McDowell to put in another super-low total.

He has been steady but quiet this year though although he did finish as Top European in The Masters in 17th place which is still not spectacular.

He has the course form to put in a big show but at the prices, it could pay to look elsewhere.

Pinx on Jeju Island has a reputation for high winds and this is reportedly the case this year. If conditions are treacherous, this could become a grind.

Birdies will be readily available as the low scores last year showed, but accurate, low ball striking could be paramount.

Henrik Stenson is a worthy favourite at odds of 11/1. He is a class act, has the ability to make birdie after birdie and has some solid form this year.

Punters will be hoping that one of the market leaders obliges soon as it has been a year of huge price winners for the most part.

Ernie Els who is 14/1 in the betting has been average to woeful most of the year and makes little appeal at the price, unlike Lee Westwood who is also 14/1 and will surely carry his fair share of money due to his reasonable Masters display before his last round 79 and his game looking better suited to conditions at Pinx.

Peter Hanson will no doubt be on the premises at 33/1 as he has not missed a cut this year and has never finished outside of the top 35 when playing in Asia. This is an extremely impressive statistic and you can therefore be confident of at least getting a run for your money.

The field here is not the strongest which should give him an excellent chance of displaying what he can do.

He finished a decent third in the HSBC Championship, and his GIR stats, (18th last season, currently 29th this season), are impressive making Hanson look a fair bet to go well.

Richard Green is one who will have no problem with the conditions. He hits it long, low and straight which is perfect for windy conditions.

He's had a couple of months off but had some decent form before that including finishing in a share of 11th in the Dubai Desert Classic, and he is expected to thrive in these conditions compared to others and is worth a bet at 50/1.

Pryad Marksaeng looks one to keep an eye on at odds of 40/1 after some decent performances this year.

He played well for a long time last year here before finishing tied 24th, but his impressive stats this year on the Asian tour of 8th in driving accuracy and 14th in greens in regulation stand him in good stead for a bold show here.

At a big price of 80/1 American Anthony Kang could be worth a wager. A fantastic win in the Malaysian Open and a share of 12th in the Indonesian Open make for pleasing reading, and while he has been quiet for the last few weeks a bold show at a nice price could be on the cards.

Others to consider are one of the favourites for the China Open last week, Johan Edfors who had a bad week but could be excused on the grounds of never having played the course before.

He finished fifth here last year and a big show would not be a surprise after such big things were expected of him last week. The Swede is available at 28/1.

Seung-Yul Noh is only 17 years old but has been in the mix on a number of occasions on the Asian Tour this year and 40/1 may be a little short for the youngster this week.

Carlos del Moral is another youngster who is accurate off the tee and could put in a big performance at 50/1, while Gonzalo Fernandes-Castano and Thongchai Jaidee at 20/1 and 33/1 respectively are two who could go well if at their best.

Don't forget, we have a whole host of other betting including, hole in one, top 10 finish, round leaders, 3-balls and many more.

Peter Hanson - 33/1
Richard Green - 50/1
Anthony Kang - 80/1

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