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Nic Ladds 29th Apr 2009 - 16:47

You won't be grouchy if Oskar takes the Spanish Open

The Spanish Open gets underway on the European Tour this week and punters can get involved by backing Oskar Henningsson to win it at odds of 125/1.

There is very little course form to go on this week as this course was last used back in 2000, but the Q-School was qualifying tournament was held here as recently as November last year and guess who won by 3 shots? That's right, our boy Oskar.

If you look at Henningsson's recent form you may think we are mad for putting him up.

A host of missed cuts before finally making it through all four days to finish in a share of 46th in the Ballantine's Championship.

However he played so well at this course and says himself that he found Catalunya pretty easy last time and if he can get his iron game going (which he says is his strength), then he could make a mockery of the 125/1 on offer.

Some of Henningsson's rivals in the Q-School Qualifier include Spaniard Carlos del Moral, Wade Ormsby and Danny Willett.

Ormsby at 200/1 in the betting has shown very little since finishing in a share of second behind Henningsson along with del Moral.

The Spaniard comes in to this tournament with big hopes and is at odds of 50/1 to win his maiden tour title.

Until last week's Ballantine's Championship when he had an awful time of it he was a model of consistency and looks a winner waiting to happen.

Finishes of 14, 12 and 20 amongst some decent competition bode well for the youngster and a reproduction of that form will have him going close.

Danny Willett is as short as 33/1 in the betting and he certainly has the capabilities to go close.

He played very well in Spanish surroundings last year when finishing 10 in the Spanish Open when held in Seville and did well in the Andalucian Open.

While he is still inconsistent an excellent 8th in the Ballantine's last week should stand him in good stead for a decent tilt at winning this tournament.

If the host of rookies aren't to your liking then may be a the favourite Gonzalez Fernandez - Castano is for you at 14/1 in the betting.

Castano is a man with a serious case of seconditis. Blistering form yes, but he just can't seem to get over the finish line having finished second on his last three starts.

It could be argued that this may have taken a lot out of him mentally but he will no doubt be desperate to put in a big performance in his home country and he certainly comes here with a favourite's chance.

Francesco Molinari has two 3rd places to his name in his last two tournaments and could certainly go close in the kind of climate that brings out the best in him. The Italian can be backed at odds of 16/1.

Miguel Angel Jiminez is one of the biggest names in the line up and is also 16/1 but he is yet to win the Spanish Open and there is little to suggest he will now at the ripe old age of 45.

Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen won the Andalucia Masters which stands him in good stead for a stab at this.

Kjeldsen seems to thrive in Spanish climates and he certainly has the game to get involved here at a tempting looking 18/1.

Soren Hansen is another who is generally consistent and will be looking for a big performance but he rarely seems to win, although he did come third in this tournament last year and he is 20/1.

A better 20/1 proposition looks to be Charl Schwartzel who did well in the Gulf earlier on this season, and his 4th in the Joburg Open gives the South African a chance.

Others to look out for include Spaniards Alvaro Quiros at 25/1 in the betting who has not set the world alight since his win in the Qatar Masters but a reproduction of that would have him fighting for the title.

Rafael Cabrera Bello should be happy on home turf and comes off the back of an excellent fourth in Korea last week.

Last year's winner Peter Lawrie is available at 70/1 and his share of 8th at the Ballantine's Championship has him coming in to this in good form.

Keep an eye out also for dual Major winner John Daly who's appearances are few and far between now a days and while it is doubtful if 'The Wild Thing' can make an impact at odds of 80/1, he is always good entertainment.

Don't forget about our host of other markets that include, top 10 finish, 1st round leader, match bets and 3-ball betting.

The action gets underway at 7.00 Thursday morning and there will be live coverage brought to you on Sky Sports 1 from 10:30.

Recommendations:
Soren Kjeldsen - 18/1
Carlos del Moral - 50/1
Oskar Henningsson - 125/1

 

 
 
 

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