Henrik Stenson heads the field at a top price of 15/2 and I'm really torn whether or not to invest in him. He really does not have an awful lot to beat this week and should he arrive in any form whatsoever he could hose up. A missed cut at Sawgrass was his last outing, but it's hard to put much weight on that as it was a tough week. Previous to his missed cut at Quail Hollow he had a host of solid results. I do think 15/2 is a value price, but given that his last win came over 18 months ago I'm prepared to let it go. I wouldn't put anyone off backing him should he get off to a fast start.
Lee Westwood is showing a fair bit of form lately and comes to an event which he thrives on. He has won on this course before and will no doubt be a force over the weekend. His short game has improved down the year but he still misses a fair amount of putts inside 10 feet and for that reason I find the 12/1 hard to pile into. There is better value lying elsewhere.
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The best betting proposition of the week comes in the shape of Peter Hanson. The rejuvenation of this man's career has been underway now for the guts of a year and a win at his home event would just about cement his place back on the tour as one of the top players. He was right in contention at Wentworth going into day four before faltering on quite a difficult day. A missed cut in Ireland is not too much of a worry as the course is a bight tight for him. At Bro Hof Slott he can open those broad shoulders and give it a mighty clip. Prior to that he has no missed cuts in ten, and six top 20 finishes in that time frame. It has been a long road to come back to this sort of form for the Swede.
Another reason for supporting Peter this week is that he has won at Lake Malaren and contended another year so everything points towards a big performance at this course. I tissued up a top price of 25/1, so anything bigger is worth taking, especially the 35/1 currently available.