Trio to continue Spanish love affair in the Madrid Masters
Everybody loves a bit of sun and this would appear to apply to Ireland's Peter Lawrie who seems to come to life when playing on the golf courses of sunny Spain and this week, going off at colossal odds of 100/1, he gets exactly that in the Madrid Masters.
His golfing CV for events played in Spain makes mouth-watering reading for those punters who believe players always play well in certain places. Lawrie won the Spanish Open in 2008, finished third in it this year and in 2005, has made the top five in the Mallorca Classic and also played well in other events in the Mediterranean.
He finished a respectable 20th place when the Spanish Open was held at the Centro Nacional de Golf in 2007 and his second in the KLM Open a few weeks ago shows what good heart he is in and his accurate driving and solid putting could have him, and indeed you, drinking some victory sangrias come Sunday.
Another who seems to have a penchant for Spanish shores albeit at a much shorter price is Charl Schwartzel who at 22/1 will be delighted to return to Madrid which has been the scene for his last two victories.
Schwartzel won on this very course in 2007 in the Spanish Open and then won this tournament last year at the Club de Campo Villa, while his fifth at the Spanish Open in Girona this year is amongst his best efforts.
Despite having only finished in the top 10 four times this year, which he will no doubt be disappointed with, he won this last year when he wasn't fully fit and the return to his beloved Madrid could well ignite the fires that will drive the South African on to success.
The local crowd will be keen for one of their own to win this tournament but looking at the options, the Spanish contingent are being given a swerve.
Sergio Garcia is the obvious choice for many as he clearly is a class above the field but it is impossible to back a man at the single figure price of 7/1 who has not won this year and who's putting clearly is still shaky at best.
Miguel Angel Jiminez at 25/1 is sure to have his supporters but didn't play particularly well here back in 2007, while the same can be said for 50/1 hope Jose Manuel Lara and both are ignored, as is big hitting 40/1 chance Alvaro Quiros due to his poor form in the run up to this event.
The best option for those wanting to back one of the local boys looks to be Rafael Cabrera - Bello who at 25/1 comes in to this tournament following a fourth place in the Alfred Dunhill Links but his price is a little skinny.
The final pick Is Sweden's Alexander Noren who having got his maiden tour win under his belt I the Omega European Masters should be able to go on to win even more.
He finished tenth at this course in 2007 as well as getting top 20 finishes in a whole host of tournament based in the Mediterranean area over the last two years and is priced at a very backable 40/1.
Peter Lawrie - 100/1
Charl Schwartzel - 25/1
Alexander Noren - 40/1