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Rupert Wyman 25th Oct 2011 - 20:20

Thomas is Bjorn again this season

The European Tour heads to the Costa del Sol in Spain for a return to the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama this week. The event was won by Graeme McDowell (20/1) last year and he will hope to retain the trophy in Spain in what has been a very average season for him.

He is part of a fantastic field and he will have his work cut out if he is to get his first win this season. McDowell tied for third recently at the Dunhill Links Championship and he is a battler, he will want to make amends for missing out on top spot.

There are many players with chances in Spain,  some players need the purse in the Race To Dubai and there are others like Dougherty (300/1) and Oliver Wilson (125/1) who look like they need to win to avoid qualifying school.

At the Castello Masters last week, the local hero Sergio Garcia (11/2) won his first tournament in three years. He finished twenty-seven shots under par on his home course.  The margin of the victory was massive and he has finished in the top twenty in five of his last six events.

He seems to have overcome his putting demons, he is in a steady relationship and he has put the despair over his split from Greg Norman's daughter behind him. He is making birdies and he is playing with confidence.

Thomas Bjorn (20/1) heads to Andalucia in fantastic form, he has amassed a trio of titles this season. He believes he is playing the best golf of his career and he has won two of his last four events, he was in the top ten in the Portugal Masters last time out and his poor performance came at a links event.

He was tied for fifth at this event last year and it would be foolish to ignore his chances.  Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (35/1) came second in the Castello Masters last week and he shot a sixty-four in his final round.

The native looks a cracking price at 35/1, he was also sixth at the Madrid Masters, so he clearly enjoys playing at in his home country.

He was inside the top thirty last year at the event and he has not won on the Tour since 2008. He is not always the most reliable player and he can throw in a shocking round to ruin his chances.

I would not discourage anyone backing Soren Kjeldsen each-way at 40/1, he won this event in 2008 and he followed it up by winning the Open de Andalucia in 2009.  He was tied for second with Maybin (150/1) and Mcgrane (150/1) in the most recent renewal.

He clearly enjoys playing in Spain and he is a consistent player that hits over sixty-eight percent of greens in regulation.

He is 40/1 because he has struggled for form in the second half of this season but it must turn a corner soon.  He is a straight hitter and he is 9/4 to be the top Danish player.

Another good each-way punt is the not well known David Lynn (50/1), he has finished in the top ten in three of his last five events and he was sixth here in 2008. He is driving straighter and his accuracy off the tee has never been better whilst on the Tour. He is clearly in good form and there is no pressure on him to mount a serious challenge in Valderrama.



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