Some joy for Spanish ace Sergio
The Castello Masters sees the return of Sergio Garcia (9/1) to golf. He fell out of love with the sport in August when he failed to make the cut at the USPGA Championship.
He assisted Montgomerie at the Ryder Cup and it was there that he decided he would make his professional comeback. The Club de Campo del Mediterraneo is his home club in Spain and his father works there and is the resident pro.
It will be interesting to see how he reacts on his home course, he is by far the most familiar player in the line-up and he has the backing of the home fans. He has in-depth course knowledge, he finished fourth on the course last year and won the event in 2008.
It is one of the shortest courses on the European Tour and it is little more than 6000 yards long. It has wide fairways and it is not the most testing. It allows room for minor mistakes and the winning scores in both renewals have been low.
For Garcia, it appears like it is now or never, if he fails to make a mark at this event, he may be waiting a long time to win on a Tour again.
Garcia won it with ease in 2008 and he would most likely have bettered his fourth position last year but a stomach bug disturbed his sleep on Saturday night and sapped away all his energy for the final round.
The Danish golfer Soren Kjeldsen (25/1) won earlier this year at the Open de Andalucia and he won the Volvo Masters in Spain in 2008.
He is currently ranked sixty-six in The Race to Dubai and he seems to perform best in southern Europe. He is in reasonable form, he came third recently at the Vivendi Cup in Paris and he was twenty-second at the Portugal Masters.
He did not play at the Club Campo del Mediterraneo last year but he finished tied for fourth in 2008, where he carded a fantastic 64 in the first round.
Alexander Noren (20/1) impressed in 2008 and he was consistent in that he scored 68 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. He needs a good week to help him break into the Race to Dubai Top 60. He has only ever won one event on the European Tour but it was around this time last year, the Omega European Masters.
He has played well recently at both the Portugal Masters and the Alfred Dunhill Links, so he could go close if he can continue his current run of form.
Rhys Davies (28/1) form has been patchy of late but he finished in the top thirty at the Portugal Masters. He has had an impressive season and he has won in Spain previously on the Challenge Tour. He came second in the Madrid Masters in May and won the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco in March.
Monty's Ryder Cup buggy driver will need to return to his early season form if he is to be in contention on Sunday afternoon, he is an accurate irons player and regularly makes birdies.