Gonzalo Fernandez Castano 25/1
Gonzo makes the trip to the Czech Republic for the first time this year looking to kick on from his recent tied third at the Irish Open in Killarney. Four rounds in the 60’s helped the Spaniard to a handsome cheque that went towards securing his playing rights for next year. Castano may be considered a journeyman by some but he has clocked up four Tour wins albeit that the last one came almost two years ago. Not a man that shines on the practice range but a more determined player you will not find in this week’s field.
Robert Rock 32/1
Robert Rock makes his first European Tour appearance since his unfortunate disqualification from the Irish Open. Having shot an opening round of 65, an error on the scorecard meant Rock was DQ’d. Rock has been working hard on his swing since and the Czech Open presents the perfect opportunity of a European Tour breakthrough victory.
Simon Dyson 25/1
Simon Dyson thrives on confidence. We found him practicing hard on the range in Killarney two days after having missed his fourth cut in five events and whatever he did paid dividends with a great showing last week at the US PGA Championship. Dyson knows what it’s like to be a winner having bagged the Alfred Dunhill Links and KLM. Open last season. After a poor opening salvo last year, Dyson caught the eye with two rounds in the 60’s to score a top-20 finish.
Miguel Angel Jimenez 18/1
Puffing on Cuban’s and downing Rioja is hardly the stuff of Champions but it seems to do the trick for Miguel Angel Jimenez. The Spanish veteran is the course designer and star attraction this week. Lest you think he’s there to make up the numbers, be warned Jimenez would love to get his hands on the title and cement his Ryder Cup berth. Still well able to win as proved at the Open de France in June.
Ignacio Garrido 40/1
Our long odds shot this week is Spain’s Ignacio Garrido. He may not have won since 2003 but he has a showreeel of near misses and I think he has one more win in him before he hits 40. Garrido had the tournament wrapped up last year but slid putt after putt by on his way to a final round of 72 saw him slip to tie fourth as Oskar Henningsson shot past him.
Early odds from betfair