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Rupert Wyman 21st Jul 2010 - 18:44

The big hitters to prevail in Scandinavia

The Scandinavian Masters takes place on one of the best courses in Sweden. It is also one of the longest courses to hold a European Tour event this season.

It is such a lengthy course that it has attracted two of the PGA Tour's biggest American stars.

Dustin Johnson (17/1) and Rickie Fowler (18/1) have both decided to stay on in Europe the week after the British Open and will be excited at playing on a course that really suits the big hitters!

Neither of them has won on the European Tour and they have elected to stay in Europe at the expense of gaining more FedEx Cup points in America.

Both players are in excellent form and although they are both available at a short price, the poor quality field suggests they may find little competition come Sunday should they play to form.

The course has never featured on the European Tour list. There is no course form to look at when suggesting a potential winner this week, so it is hard to look past these two Americans.

The course is very open and exposed to wind and the fast greens mean that accurate iron play is essential. The Greens in Regulation percentage is an important stat to adhere to when backing a golfer on this course and players with an excellent long-game will excel.

Fowler has recorded four top-six finishes on the PGA Tour already this year and Dustin Johnson has won the AT&T Pro-am.

This could be a massive drop in class for them and with so many of Europe's best golfers missing, they may write their names in European Tour history this week.

Last week's British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen's entry will please the crowd and sponsors but I find it difficult to believe he will make an impression at 26/1.

He will be emotionally wrecked after the last week, his phone will barely have stopped ringing and he will have had little sleep. I cannot see him making an impact this week.

Edoardo Molinari (25/1) is in-form and he must be taken seriously in Scandinavia, he was excellent when he won at Loch Lomond in the Scottish Open recently and he has eight top-25 finishes this season.

It was his first ever European Tour title and he must be contemplating the prospect of representing Europe at the Ryder Cup should his form continue.

Robert Karlsson was tied for 14th at St Andrews, he is the pre tournament favourite at 10/1, he won the Qatar Masters in January and he should be buoyed on by home support.

Ricardo Gonzalez (160/1) led a weak leaderboard home last year and if he defends his crown, he will be the first player to successfully defend the Scandinavian Masters Title.

If interested in an each-way bet on an outsider, Bourdy is a 50/1 shot and he has made his last eleven cuts. He is in-form and finished sixth at the French Open recently, he usually hits a high percentage of Greens in Regulation and has won a tournament in each of his last three seasons, his last being the USB Hong Kong Open and he should be thereabouts come Sunday.



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