Centro Nacional de Golf
Charl Schwartzel 33/1:
Schwartzel was the winner of the inaugural Madrid Masters in 2008, his third European Tour title. The South African finished on 19 under, three shots clear of Ricard Gonzalez despite battling illness all week. The key to his win last year was imperious driving and amassing a score of 15 under for the par fives all week. That win enabled Schwartzel to end the season inside the Order of Merit Top 30 and he is on course to do again this season with a current rank of 27. This weeks venue, the Centro Nacional de Golf also staged the Open de Espana in April 2007, an event won by guess who? You got it, Charl Schwatzel! Expect strong performances from him this week and next at Villamoura.
Alvaro Quiros 28/1
Alvaro has the added pressure of being the poster boy for this event which is missing many of the European Tours big stars. The towering James Bond fanatic should be able to take it all in his stride as he performed brilliantly in last years staging. Tied 99th after a first round 74, Quiros produced rounds of 66,66 and 64 to claim a tie for fourth on 14 under par. The longest hitter on Tour eagled both par fives on the front nine during his final day charge.
Ricardo Gonzalez 50/1
Another massive hitter to watch this week is former caddie, Ricardo Gonzalez. The big Argentinian looks to continue his Spanish love affair this week have won twice previously here. Won the 2003 Open de Madrid on the Club Campo de Villa course and finished second last year. That performance included a third round 62 with a back nine of 27 shots, which would have tied the European Tour scoring record but for placing on the day. Claimed his first victory in five years at the SAS Masters in Barseback in the Summer and could repeat the dose this week.