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Nic Ladds 13th Jul 2009 - 11:08

Last minute Levet to seize second chance

He may have only sneaked in to the Open line up at the last minute but at a tasty price of 16/1, Thomas Levet is fancied to be the top Continental European.

Having been disqualified from his qualifier for signing an incorrect score card, Levet was high on the reserve list to play and he has been given his chance after American Brett Quigley dropped out in favour of playing in the US and the Frenchman look set to make the most of his second chance.

The market is unsurprisingly dominated by Sergio Garcia at odds of 5/4 and the Spaniard does have a phenomenal Open record with six top 10 finishes and was second as recently as 2007 when just losing out to Padraig Harrington.

Garcia may well come alive in the Open but he has registered just one top 10 finish this year and due to the restrictive odds Levet is preferred.

The Frenchman famously lost out in the Open in 2002 after a five hole playoff to Ernie Els and that is no mean achievement as the South African was playing some of his best golf back then.

He is in decent nick as well having placed in the top 10 three times in his last six starts and finished respectably last time out in the Scottish Open. He says himself, "I think I've got a chance. I'm playing well and I hit the ball low, which you need to do at the Open."

Levet has nothing to lose and his decent record in this Major and current form make him look a great each way bet at 16/1 with William Hill paying 1/3 odds for the first two places just in case Garcia turns up playing his best.

Man of the moment Martin Kaymer is quite rightly 11/4 second favourite as he is probably the most in form golfer in the world at the moment with two victories in his last two outings.

He was quoted as saying he was very tired though after his win in the Scottish Open and a grueling four days at Turnberry may be a tournament too far for the German.

You can't knock his recent exploits but with just one start in the Open so far where he made little impression the more experienced option is the pick.

One man with experience that we're swerving is Miguel Angel Jiminez at 6/1 as he doesn't look the player he once was. Some respectable finishes recently offer a little hope but he has not won a Major before so there is no reason why he will now.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano at 9/1 certainly has the potential to win a Major one day and a second last time out is positive but little experience puts him down the pecking order, while the same applies to 10/1 chance Alvaro Quiros who is a great talent but his big hitting game may not suit Turnberry and to win his first Open would be a big ask.

In a very competitive market Thomas Levet at 16/1 is the selection and if Sergio Garcia doesn't turn up then the Frenchman could draw on his experience and really ruffle the feathers of some of the market leaders and looks good each way value for this Top Continental European market.

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