Betting Preview And Tips
Open de España, Real Club de Golf El Prat, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain 05 May 2011 - 08 May 2011
Winner Alright: Last week we kept our winning run going with a double on the European and PGA Tours with Lee Westwood 10/1 and Bubba Watson 22/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 12/1
How does he keep doing it? Instead of sitting by the fire in a pair of slippers Miguel was out in Korea finishing second behind Lee Westwood at the Ballantine’s. Westwood prophesied “See you in the playoff tomorrow!” and he nearly did. Tied for fourth in the Open de Espana in 2008.
Matteo Manassero 15/1
This is the second of seven European Tour events to be staged in Spain this year and they may all suit Matteo Manassero. From Dubai to Florida to Malaysia the young Italian is well travelled and proving a prolific winner. Won last time out in Malaysia on a short course of 6700 yards, like Golf El Prat. Also won the Castello Masters on Spanish soil last October.
Peter Lawrie 32/1
This has been one Peter Lawrie’s majors for the past few years. He in 2008 when staged in Seville, then tied third in 2009 in Catalunya. This week the event has another new home at El Prat, a short Greg Norman track which should suit Lawrie. Tied for second at the China Open two weeks ago and has consistently finished in the top 30 in his last four events.
Thomas Bjorn 50/1
Hasn’t played since the Trophee Hassan at start of April. A final round 62 saw him climb into a tie for 15th. Winner at the windy Estoril Open last season, his first win in four years and followed it with another win in Qatar in February. Tied third in 2006 and 2009.
Mark Foster 150/1
A decent long odds squeak this week is Mark Foster. He’s looking for a bit of payback after missing a putt on the last to make the playoff last year when Quiros won. Foster continued his good form in Spain by finishing fourth at the Open de Andalucia in March but hasn’t played on Tour since the Trophee Hassan a month ago.
Shane Lowry 25/1
With 18 birdies and an eagle last week, Shane Lowry was even hotter than Lee Westwood. But for a couple of bad holes the Esker Hills man would have fared much better than his tied 13th at The Ballantine’s. Fully fir again after his scafoid injury. Tied 12th in last seasons Open de Espana.