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Rupert Wyman 7th Sep 2010 - 17:16

Matteo can be top Man

This week the European Tour heads to the Netherlands. The defending champion is England's Simon Dyson. Kaymer (16/1) is playing on the European Tour for the first time as a Major winner.

He is just one star player in an eye catching line-up. He is joined in this world class field by the open Champion Oosthuizen (25/1) and Francesco Molinari (12/1).

The teenage sensation Matteo Manassero (40/1) will be looking to make an impact this week. He was third in last week's Omega European Masters. He officially turned pro on the 3rd May 2010 and he is a future Ryder Cup Star.

Francesco Molinari may have lived in his elder brother's shadow in the last few weeks but he is a consistent pro. Surprisingly, he has only won once on the Tour at the Telecom Italia Open in his native Italy.

In his last six events, he has had three top ten finishes and he is seventeenth in the Race to Dubai.

There is a far stronger line-up this year than the previous year and the venue has changed. This is the first time the event has been held at Hilversumsche since 2005, so there is little past course form to work off, making it tougher to tip a winner.

I fancied Dyson (25/1) to be thereabouts at the top of the leader board at the Omega European Masters but he was never in contention. He performs well at this time of year and if you can look past his poor form last week, he could be a good punt.  His driving accuracy is up on last year's percentage and he is hitting more Greens in Regulation.

Another player that has caught my eye is The Dazzler, he won this event in 2008 and he shared fifth last year. Darren Clarke (33/1) has returned to form this season and he has been in the top fifteen players in three of his last five events. That includes a superb second behind Edoardo Molinari at The Barclays Scottish Open.

He is putting well and is clearly enjoying his golf. A player that may make an impression is Europe's Ryder Cup player Ross Fisher (16/1). He went off the boil after he won the 3 Irish Open in August but he did not take a week off post event. He put in an average performance at the Bridgestone Invitational but he returned to form at the Johnnie Walker Championship and is coming to this competition fresh.

He has won on the Tour every year since 2007 and although he fell short at Gleneagles, this could well be his week.

Nicola Colsaerts could be a value bet at 66/1, he is returning to Holland for the first time since winning on the Challenge Tour there last year. He has had a solid season and the price makes the punt attractive. He just needs to find the consistency that would turn him into a fantastic golfer.



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