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The DP World Tour makes a return this week and we head to Spain and the Lakes Course designed by Greg Norman. Norman's designs include Al Mouj in Oman as well as the Earth course in Dubai, among others, and are always worthy of a glance as a potential form guide when we arrive at a relatively unknown course this week. It is less than 7000 yards and plays to a par of 70 with various hazards dotted around the course. It looks an intriguing layout and although having held some Tour Qualifying events in the past we have little to go on in terms of stats. I suspect a solid ball-striking game will be needed here with the trouble around the course and those who manage their long game well throughout the week will have a fair chance of competing over the weekend.

Laurie Canter at 40/1 (Seven Places)

Laurie Canter has had a handful of close shaves in recent years on tour and signs were encouraging last month when finishing 12th in Qatar. His game off the tee can be relied upon in general and that should prove fairly important here around this Lakes course. He has somewhat struggled on approach all season but was improving before the break and posted solid numbers in that department both in Steyn and Qatar. Runner up at Wentworth last year to Horschel shows what ground he can make on the field on a technical track and has the added bonus of a top 5 at the Earth course, another Norman design. He has twoce secured his card on this track in the Qualiyfying event and  40/1 looks a fair enough price to land his maiden victory this week.

1.5pts each-way L.Canter  40/1  (1/5 7)

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Romain Langasque at 33/1 (Seven Places)

Romain Langasque has been finding ways not to win all season long and surely he will run out of real estate in that department soon and finally land his second tour victory. Earlier in the season, he was posting some serious numbers during events only for one part of his game to be letting him down dramatically. One week in Ras he was off the charts impressive from the tee, then the following week similar on Approach, before his short game letting him down buckets on both occasions. More consistent numbers have followed and the Frenchman should be able to compete here should there be no ill effects shown from the break. 

1.5pts each-way R.Langasque  33/1  (1/5 7)

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Joost Luiten at 66/1 (Seven Places)

Joost Luiten was another who showed positive signs before the break finishing 10th in South Africa whilst playing well through the bag and can't be ignored on a track that should suit. The Dutchman is a six-time tour winner with the last of those coming at the Norman designed Al Mouj in Oman. He also has another top ten around that track back in 2018. Add in a 4th place in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and we have someone with some serious form around Greg Norman designed courses. The positives last time out with a top ten finish in South Africa look ominous towards another solid effort here. Knows how to win on his day and 66/1 more than a fair price to gamble on here this week.

1pt each-way J.Luiten  66/1  (1/5 7)

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Hurly Long at 80/1 (Seven Places)

Hurly Long has kicked off life on the tour in fine style and given his pedigree must be closely watched on this tour for a win at a potentially big number. This may be the week for the German who can hopefully capitalise on some of his solid work from the tee. Long was performing extremely well in ball striking a few months ago when finishing 3rd in Ras followed by a runner up the following week in Kenya. That's an impressive start for someone who failed to make an impact a couple of years ago despite hitting the headlines as an Amateur when breaking the course record at Pebble Beach shooting a 61. His run this year so far looks much more impressive and could have been better had he not rankled 137th out of 139 on the greens in Qatar. Better things can be expected with the flat stick this time and punting him around this price should prove fruitful in the long run.

1pt each-way H.Long  80/1  (1/5 7)

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Lukas Nemecz at 125/1 (Seven Places)

Austrian Lukas Nemecz filled the gap recently in the schedule by playing on the Audi Circuit and successfully so into the bargain. With some match practice that must be an advantage heading to Spain this week where so many of the field come in cold. He has been going well this term with a third place in the Desert and top 20 in Kenya. That 3rd place in Ras was the only time he has gained strokes on the field this year with the putter and ultimately it has been that club that has held him back. This Norman layout just may play into his hands however as he has been impressive all season off the tee and on approach. We will need the putter to warm compared to earlier in the year, but clearly putted well enough last week in the lower leagues and may fancy his chances on this more technical layout.

0.75pt each-way L.Nemecz  125/1  (1/5 7)

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Marcus Helligkilde at 80/1 (Seven Places)

Marcus Helligkilde hasn't quite hit the heights expected of him thus far on tour after a sparkling season in 2021 which saw him win three Challenge Tour events. The Dane is highly thought of and another worthy of close inspection in the market each week. He has performed well off the tee all season long which bodes well for the trip around this layout. His approach play has taken a battering though and has been the main reason for some lacklustre efforts since making the grade full time. There were good signs last time out though in Qatar and I'd imagine he has worked closely on that part of his game throughout the break these last few weeks. Generally solid with the short game so we are relying upon him to continue that trend we saw in Qatar with some improvement on approach. If he does, he has a big ceiling to hit and could make a mockery of the early 125/1 quotes.

0.75pt each-way M.Helligkilde  80/1  (1/5 7)