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Nic Ladds 23rd Sep 2009 - 15:04

The Vivendi Trophy

The Vivendi Trophy takes place instead of a European Tour event this week and it is not hard to see why Continental Europe are 4/7 favourites over GB & Ireland who are available at 5/4 in the betting.

The sixth edition of the Vivendi Trophy (formerly the Seve Trophy in honour of the great Seve Ballesteros) takes place in Paris at the St Nom de la Bretech course.

This is not the most well publicised event which takes place in between Ryder Cup years but is good fun and provides future Ryder Cup captains with a sighter of potential players.

GB & Ireland having won the last four renewals of this event while Europe have won just the once but on paper the favourites do have much the stronger side.

It is noticeable that GB & Ireland are missing Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter while Europe's only notable misses are Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia.

So where should our money go? Despite being favourite, Henrik Stenson looks a good bet to be top point scorer for Europe at 4/1 due to his excellent record in match play scenarios (first and third in the WGC World Matchplay Championship), and he has done well both previously in this competition and in the Royal Trophy.

Other options look to be ultra-consistent Dane Soren Hansen at 11/2, veteran Miguel Angel Jiminez at 8/1 and the young, big hitting Spaniard Alvaro Quiros could do well at a bit looking 10/1 although it is not certain whether he would play all the games possible.

For GB & Ireland meanwhile, Rory McIlroy and Ross Fisher understandably head the betting for top point scorer at 7/2 and 4/1 respectively as they are the two class acts in the line up.

However, Graeme McDowell at 7/1 appeals more as he, like Stenson clearly likes this format of the game having played well in this competition and Royal Trophy as well as impressing on his Ryder Cup debut last year.

For a correct score if we assume that Europe will edge this encounter then something as close as 14.5-13.5 at 10/1 is plausible but backing two of 15-13, 15.5-12.5 and 16-12 all at 8/1 could be the best way to a profit.

This should be good fun to watch and is also a good chance to get to see some possible future Ryder Cup stars with the likes of Chris Wood, Nick Dougherty and Alvaro Quiros lining up and this should be hugely entertaining with all the action getting underway at 10:30 live on Sky Sports 2.

Top Continental Europe point scorer - Henrik Stenson 4/1

Top GB & Ireland point scorer - Graeme McDowell 7/1


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