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Michael Taylor 29th Sep 2009 - 18:37

Padraig looks nailed on for big win

Triple Major winner Padraig Harrington has rediscovered his sensational 2008 form and now looks a greats bet at 8/1 to land his first big tournament title since lifting last year's PGA Championship.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the home of golf in St Andrews welcomes a wealth of stars, both home grown and international, and is generally viewed as one of the European Tour's showcase events.

With one of the biggest prize pots of the year on offer for a European event, Scotland is treated to the presence of Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and returning champ Robert Karlsson, but it's Harrington who deserves most respect.

Not least because he's been a regular main player at virtually every PGA Tour over the past few months, including a very respectable fourth place in the past week's TOUR Championship.

Throw in the fact that he's already won this very title two times (2002 and 2006) then you begin to get the feeling that Padraig is about to explode into action on one of his favourite courses.

He better not think it's in the bag already though (as if he would) with Lee Westwood one of those looking to make a real impact this week.

Westwood is chasing hard in the Race to Dubai rankings and he knows that with a victory here he can jump right above Martin Kaymer at the head of the standings.

Westwood, a solid 14/1 shot, easily has the ability to challenge especially if you remember his magnificent performance right back in 2003.

The Worksop born star posted the best ever aggregate total, finishing the tournament on an eye watering 21 under, two shots better than any other total in history.

If he can just find a little bit of that form then he has to be within a shout, but, one thing noting is Westwood's often unpredictable form.

He's currently fourth on the Race to Dubai money list yet he's played more tournaments than anybody else in the top seven - but when he's on, he's on and can be one of the front runners in any event.

Another I'll be looking out for is last year's winner Karlsson, who edged out Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer in an epic three way play-off after clawing his way back into contention on the final day.

That win pushed Karlsson up to number one on the European money list for 2008 but unfortunately not all has gone to plan for the big Dane this year.

The Alfred Dunhill marks Karlsson's return to the Tour after a four month lay-off from an eye injury and, if he got rid of the rust at last week's Vivendi Trophy, then he could prove to be an absolute snip at 50/1.



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