Peter to make Hed-way in Spain
This could be a colossal week for Martin Kaymer (6/1). He could overtake Tiger as the world number one if he wins the Andalucia Valderrama Masters or if he ties for second with one other golfer.
He is currently ranked third in the world but he has stormed ahead in the Race to Dubai but he will have to fend off some world class golfers at Valderrama this week. In difficult conditions, he recently won the Dunhill Links Championship but he looked fatigued at the exhibition tournament, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf last week.
He has performed admirably in the Majors this year, with the highlight being his victory in the PGA Championship. He could be the first player since Vijay Singh in 2005 to knock Tiger off top spot.
Sergio Garcia is 25/1 to win in Andalucia, he returned to professional golf last week after two months out of the game. However, he failed to make the cut at the Castello Masters event on his home course. He has been in a slump of late but his form at Valderrama has been fantastic over the years.
At the Volvo Masters he finished in the top 5 in three of his last four visits. His confidence cannot be questioned nor his talent but after his performance last week, he may be better watched in Andalucia.
Another player who enjoys Valderrama and Spanish courses in general, is the warm weather fan Soren Kjeldsen (25/1). He let me down in Valencia last week but the straight-hitting Dane has course knowledge and form. He won here in the Volvo Masters in 2008 and was tied for second in 2007, whether he can reproduce this form is questionable.
His record in Spain is fantastic, he was excellent at the Vivendi Cup in Paris recently where he started sprightly but he was never in the mix at the Castello Masters. He is a consistent low scorer and if he is the first round leader at 28/1, he should be thereabouts on Sunday.
Peter Hedblom could be a solid each-way bet at 80/1, he found some form at the Castello Masters where he led after the second round and finished in the top ten. He has had a slow start to this season but Valderrama could bring out the best in him. He was tenth there in 2008, where he hit a final round of 67. He finished twenty-second there in 2007, where a poor third round cost him dearly.
The Swede has had a poor year but there is noticeable improvement in his game of late.
Anthon Wall is 66/1 to be the first round leader, he has a tendency to start well but fall off the pace as a tournament progresses. His best performance of late was at the Omega European Masters, where he finished thirteenth. He may only have one European Tour victory to his name and he is eighty-first in the Race to Dubai but he has great course form at Valderrama.
He was tied second in 2008 at the Volvo Masters at Valderrama and he finished tied twelfth in 2007, after a great first round at the Portugal Masters he must be worth a small punt at that price.
Cabrero Bello (100/1) won on the European Tour at the Austrian Golf Open in 2009, he was in better form this time last year but he may have turned a leaf after his thirteenth at the Castello Masters last week. He is overpriced on last season's form and if you fancy siding with a Spaniard, he could be a value bet.