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Nic Ladds 17th Feb 2009 - 13:11

Norman the attraction but Green can steal the show

One of the star attractions at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth this week is the chance to see golfing legend Greg Norman in action and 'The Great White Shark' is 66/1 in the betting.

Coming from the Vines Resort and County Club where it was also held in 2006, this tournament has an illustrious set of previous winners including Norman himself, Tiger Woods, Fred Couples and Ernie Els.

The last few years have been won by lesser known golfers however and the field this year doesn't look as strong as previous years but perhaps that will make it easier for us to find the winner!

Previous winners of this taking part include Mark Brown who won last year with five birdies on the back nine of the last round to win by three shots and is available at 125/1.

Anton Haig won in 2007 but his recent form has been absolutely dire and it would take a brave man to part with their money on him even at massive odds of 200/1.

As the odds would suggest, these two don't have a great chance on current form and their wins came in Thailand and India respectively while the last course winner Kevin Stadler is not taking part.

So where should our money lie? Market leaders Anthony Kim once again holds favouritism at odds of 9/1. Kim had a shocking opening round last week, taking 39 putts to struggle to a 78.

He did recover to finish 33rd but it appears that this could largely turn into a putting competition as it shouldn't be too hard tee-to-green for anyone but if it's down to putting, Kim cannot afford the costly mistakes he made last time.

Camillo Villegas can be backed at odds of 10/1 and definitely has the talent to win this. The flamboyant Columbian will be hoping to build on his wins last year in the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship.

Ian Poulter makes his first start after corrective eye surgery and is 20/1 in the betting. It maybe best to see how Poults gets on after some time off but will be one to keep an eye on (not that you can usually miss him!).

Paul Casey who finally got off the mark in the Dubai Desert Classic is available at odds of 10/1 while the ultra consistent Lee Westwood is 14/1.

Both Englishmen could go well in what is not the strongest field and would certainly be preferred to Kim at the prices.

Richard Green is interesting at odds of 22/1. He finished third the last time this tournament was played at this course. He sits an impressive tied 18th in the putting stats leader board and that could be crucial for this course.

He finished in a respectable 11th place in his last tournament, the Dubai Desert Classic and should therefore come into this tournament in good heart.

Alexander Noren can be backed at odds of 25/1 and again comes into the tournament in decent form.

He made a blistering start in the Malaysian Open last week before faltering late on to end up in a share on seventh. The Swede always seems to be on the premises and it surely can't be long before he records an overdue victory.

Johan Edfors has been in cracking form recently, clearly really enjoying the tournaments out in the Far East.

Recent finishes of 5, 16, 69 and 11 makes for excellent reading and there is no reason why the Swede won't be involved again at 33/1.

At bigger odds, last week's winner Anthony Kang may tempt some at 80/1 while Robert Rock is capable of putting in a big round as he showed with his excellent second in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and could give you a run for your money at 125/1.

At 50/1 Nick Dougherty who undoubtedly has the talent to win this was finally starting to look like his old self last week.

After a multitude of personal problems the Liverpudlian put in a solid display last week to finish in a share of 15th place and could be winning again very soon.

While the field isn't quite as strong as previous years this should be a cracking tournament and it will be interesting to see if the favourites can get back on track or if, for the fourth year running it will go to an outsider.

One thing for sure, if Greg Norman can roll back the years and take victory in his home country it would be a truly memorable victory.

Recommendations:
Richard Green - 22/1
Johan Edfors - 33/1
Nick Dougherty - 50/1
Robert Rock - 125/1

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