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Nic Ladds 24th Jun 2009 - 11:28

Wild Thing can make low scoring his Daly ritual

It has been for sometime that we have been unable to do this but this week the main bet for the BMW International Open is none other than 'Wild Thing' Jon Daly at odds of 40/1.

Played at the Eichenried Golf Club, Munich, this course has until recently had a reputation for being very flat with wide fairway and easy-to-read greens.

With more demanding rough and extra bunkers it is tougher then when Daly boomed out the course record.

Big hitters can often prevail on such a course - not because the course is long mind as it is only 6955 yards, but the open fairways and reachable greens could give them an advantage, but due to the length it is no longer a huge plus.

Daly is the course record holder here having won in 2001 with a total of -27 which is mightily impressive.

While it is fair to say he is not the force he once was, he does still have potential to win some more events demonstrated by his second in the Italian Open.

Finishes of second in 2005, 10 in 2002 and 11 in 2004 show that he likes this course and he may be revitalised to his brilliant old self playing on a course he clearly gets on with.

The credentials of the two market leaders are obvious, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson could mop the floor with this field odds of 12/1 aren't appealing as they both played all five gruelling days in the US Open so have had very little time to recover.

If they feel no ill effects then either could walk this, especially Stenson who won here in 2006 but for this reason we will attempt to find some players at bigger prices.

Alex Cejka is the next selection at odds of 33/1 as the German has played well here finishing 16 last year, third in 2004 and second in 2003.

He has shown some reasonable form recently, finishing in a share of 13 in the Verizon Heritage and 23 last time out at Memorial.

He didn't play in the US Open so will be fresh and keen to impress in his home country at a course that is obviously to his liking.

Towards the head of the market, Martin Kaymer at odds of 14/1 won this last year but it looks a little short and he may feel the pressure being eager to impress, dangerous to totally discount though.

Luke Donald looks short considering what he has achieved this year at 16/1 while Anders Hansen did come second last year after a play-off with Kaymer but is not playing as well this year and as a result the 20/1 is best left alone.

Retief Goosen is another class act in the field and played extremely well in the US Open for a long time. He came third here in 2006 and 13th last year so clearly has a liking for the course.

He is experienced enough to know whether he could manage to play in this after the US Open and as he has elected to do so he will be a huge threat at 16/1 but is ruled out of the staking plan over the fresher players.

Niclas Fasth looks a live contender having won on the tougher course in 2007 he should know exactly what this is all about.

He finished second in the Wales Open last time out which shows he may finally be peaking at exactly the right time and with a familiar course for him to get stuck in to we could see a really big round from the Swede.

At longer prices two that we're going to have a crack with are David Lynn and John Bickerton.

Lynn has not won since back in 2004 but has been looking better of late and his respectable finishes in the Spanish Open, Italian Open and Wales Open suggest he may be able to get on the premises.

He has finished 13-26-16 the last three years so knows his way around the course and is worth a small each way wager at odds of 80/1.

Finally John Bickerton has no decent finishes to his name recently but has finished in the top four here three times, including a third place last year.

Add to this the fact that he lives in Germany so is likely to be familiar and at ease in the area then handsome odds of 150/1 could reward each way backers.

Recommendation:
John Daly - 40/1
Alex Cejka - 33/1
David Lynn - 80/1
John Bickerton - 150/1

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