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Nic Ladds 15th Apr 2009 - 10:11

The Verizon could get you hooked on Colombia's finest

After a thrilling Masters tournament last week it's back to reality with the Verizon Heritage Open where Jim Furyk is favourite at odds of 14/1.

Furyk had a decent Masters tournament, finishing in tenth place overall and his record at this tournament certainly gives him a fair bit of appeal.

He has finished second twice and fourth once in his last four visits and as long as last week didn't take too much out of him he should be there or there abouts again.

Paul Casey disappointed last week as a lot was expected of him and he could only finish midway down the field. He has never played here before and is overlooked at odds of 16/1.

Camilo Villegas is also 16/1 and is preferred to the Englishman. He has played here three times now with his seventh last year hugely encouraging as it included a deluge of birdies in his final round.

His strong finish of three birdies and an eagle in the last six holes at The Masters should have his confidence sky high.

The Colombian is first in the greens in regulation table which is only going to boost his chances at a tricky course like Harbour Town, where accuracy off the tee and excellent putting are favoured over raw power.

Once again this week, Rory McIlroy will be watched and no doubt bet on by many who feel the 18/1 shot's second tour win is just around the corner.

He made a fantastic Masters debut finishing in a share of 20th which is a fantastic achievement as Augusta is an absolute nightmare for those with little course experience.

He was brought up playing links courses and has played some fantastic golf at links courses in the UK when he had only just started out.

He is now an improved player and you can be sure a big performance here will see his odds for The Open at Turnberry cut.

Course form can often be an invaluable pointer as to who is going to do well, and none play this course better than five-time winner Davis Love III.

Love is available at 33/1 in the betting which may seem short given his current form. He has had flashes this season that he is on his way back, including a second in the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Whilst his last victory here came back in 2003, positive connotations with a course can really bring out the best in a player and it would be unwise to discount Love totally.

Stewart Cink is a dual course winner and is also priced at 33/1 but his driving has been poor recently which could cost him dear here, and the other two-time course winner Boo Weekley would be preferred also at 33/1.

Weekley has won the last two renewals of this tournament, having won last year by the biggest margin in ten years. He has played very poorly recently though and his putting needs to improve if he is to win this for the third year in a row.

Others to consider are Ernie Els at 20/1 who has recorded seven top-tens here, Kevin Na who finished fourth here in 2007 and has been a model of consistency this season.

He will be fresh having not taken part in The Masters and is sitting an excellent 11th in the overall rankings giving him a cracking chance at 25/1.

Aaron Baddeley is another with a big shout at odds of 25/1. He won this tournament in 2006 and is an excellent putter which could prove crucial here.

He needs to improve some other areas of his game, but he has recently returned to his old swing coach and if his 17th in the Masters is anything to go by we can start to believe that his tee-to-green game is beginning to improve and he should put in a bold show to capture a second Heritage title.

Don't forget, we're betting 1/4 the odds for the first five places in this tournament and you will be able to bet in-running from the moment this tees off, and you can see live action from the Verizon Heritage from 8pm on Setanta Sports 1.

Camilo Villegas - 16/1
Rory McIlroy - 18/1
Aaron Baddeley - 25/1

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