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Rupert Wyman 30th Jun 2010 - 15:36

Quiros the big-hitter to conquer in France

This week the European Tour heads to Versailles in France, where a strong-field will tee-up.

The French Open is being hosted at the Le Golf National, it is a course that favours the long hitters, the fairways are generous in size but the greens can be small and awkward.

There are various water hazards, Poulter (20/1) found the water on the 18th twice on his opening round last year.

Heading the betting is last year's runner-up Lee Westwood (9/1).

However, Lee Westwood may withdraw from the event, there have been reports that he has been troubled by pain and swelling in his calf and he may have a blood clot in his leg.

Last year Westwood was beaten in the play-off by the German Martin Kaymer (14/1). Kaymer has been disappointing since his win in Abu Dhabi in January but recently he has shown signs of his ability after his top-10 finish at Pebble Beach.

He has won previously at this venue and he should be thereabouts come Sunday afternoon.

Other world class players that help complete the field are McIlroy (16/1), Donald (14/1) and Schwartzel (16/1).

The event has plenty of big names but there have been many shocks in recent years. The course favours the big hitters and there are few bigger hitters than Quiros (40/1). He is a big price at 40/1 and he is currently lying ninth in the European Points List.

With his big hitting and accurate iron-play, he should set himself up for plenty of birdie opportunities. So as long as he is playing well with the putter, this bet should offer you your money's worth.

Gregory Havret is 50/1, he will be a popular bet after his second in the US Open and he will be desperate to win his national open but he may not cope well with the pressure. I would not back him at this price.

A surprising name further down the list is Heath Slocum (40/1), he has made the trip across the Atlantic and although he missed the cut at the US Open, he managed five top-10 finishes from his previous seven starts.

He is a tidy and accurate player that could thrive around difficult greens where accurate iron play is essential.

Luke Donald (14/1) is difficult to ignore after his recent trip to Europe, he is back to improve his Ryder Cup points tally.  On his most recent trip, he had a trio of top-three finishes, including a win at the Madrid Masters.

Rhys Davies (25/1) is a young talent, who may well feature for Europe at the Ryder Cup. He is one of the most exciting players on the tour and he is capable of contending at the top in this very strong field.



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