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Nic Ladds 26th Aug 2009 - 16:18

Three against the field in the Johnnie Walker

The Johnnie Walker Championship comes back to the 'home of golf' Gleneagles and our main pick to make himself right at home in Scotland is in fact an Argentinean in the shape of 50/1 shot Rafa Echenique.

The young South American appears to improve on courses he has played on before and if this theory stays true to form then it will be music to his backers' ears as he finished in a share of tenth last year in this very tournament and an improvement could well mean a bit push for victory.

After shooting a terrible opening round last year he recovered to climb the leader board and finish in his respectable position and with a year's extra experience it is hoped he can eradicate a shocking round from the four which is bound to put him right up there.

His second in the BMW International makes for pleasing reading and a reasonable display last week give us the hope that he can fulfil that undoubted potential at 50/1.

On a Jack Nicklaus designed course we certainly wouldn't put anyone off backing Soren Hansen who is the 12/1 favourite as his last seven starts on a Nicklaus designed course has yielded a top 10 each time, but it is hard to back a man with such a more win percentage at the odds available.

Instead we go for a man who clearly gets on well with Gleneagles and has come so close the last two years, 25/1 chance Graeme Storm.

Storm finished second last year and fifth in 2007 and he has shown flashes this year that suggest he can have another stab at glory this week. A fourth two weeks ago and another fourth in the BMW along with a reasonable display in The Open show the Englishman is in good heart and can make a big play for the title at double the favourite's price.

Finally, we put him up last week to no avail but after his first week back from injury where he was bound to have been a little rusty, Joost Luiten's price has nearly doubled to a whopping 125/1 this week.

As reported, he has been playing superbly on the Alps Tour and last week should have got him back in to the swing of things mixing it with the big boys, and his effort here in 2007 which followed his second in the KLM could have been so much better than his 36th place.

He said himself the excitement of his big finish the week before got to him but he had shot a 68 on the Thursday and Sunday which shows he can handle the course and at the price 125/1 is worth backing with William Hill paying ¼ the odds for the first five places.


Rafa Echenique - 50/1

Graeme Storm - 25/1

Joost Luiten - 125/1

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