By Tom Clarke
Home of the 2010 Ryder Cup, the Wales Open proves a proper test of golf as the Twenty Ten course which it is played over has large amounts of bunkers and water in play.
Alexander Noren won last year with a score of nine under par, but there are plenty of players on the hunt for Ryder Cup points and Race to the Dubai money to make sure he doesn't have an easy ride defending his title.
Paul Lawrie at 14/1 is just about playing the best golf of his career, won the Wales Open in 2002 although missed the cut here last year. A strong second place finish last week at Wentworth means he is in good form.
Jamie Donaldson at 25/1 the home favourite is having a decent year so far and is inside the magical top 60 on The Race to Dubai rankings as they currently stand. Had a top 10 finish here last season, so knows his way around the course.
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Pablo Larrazabal at 33/1 The Spaniard has had a good season so far this year with a couple of top 10s and is currently 33rd in The Race to Dubai. Finished tied 4th last season here and could well be challenging come Sunday afternoon.
Miguel Angel Jimenez at 40/1 Seems a very large price for someone as good as Jimenez in what is not an overly strong field. Has had three top 10s this season but has stumbled on the greens. Reported to be changing from the belly putter he has been using to a regular sized short stick this week, which could be the tonic his game needs.
Marc Warren at 100/1 the former World Cup winning scot managed to qualify for his first Major this week when US Open qualifying took place at Walton Heath. Has not captured the form which saw him finish 3rd at the Joburg Open in January recently, but will be on a high after qualifying to play at the San Francisco in a few weeks time.
ISPS Handa Wales Open advised bets
3pts each way on Paul Lawrie
at 14/1 with Ladbrokes 2pts each way on Jamie Donaldson
at 25/1 with Ladbrokes 2pts each way on Pablo Larrazabal
at 33/1 with Ladbrokes 2pt each way on Miguel Angel Jimenez
at 40/1 with Ladbrokes 1pt each way on Marc Warren
Tom Clarke joined Golf Monthly as a sub editor in 2009 and was promoted to content editor in 2012 and then senior content editor in 2014. Tom currently looks after all the digital products that Golf Monthly produce including website and social media. Tom plays off 17 and lists Augusta National, Old Head and Le Touessrok as the favourite courses he has played. Tom is an avid viewer of all golf content with a particularly in depth knowledge of the pro tour.
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