PRAYAD MARKSAENG has really taken the eye in recent weeks. Amongst his last five starts are two runners-up spots, an excellent 13th place against Woods, Mickelson and co at Doral. The other two were hardly a disgrace either. He went out of the World Matchplay on day one, but only after losing a very high quality affair to Westwood, and nobody really expected Marksaeng to make the cut at Augusta. He played well enough for 24th place here last year, failing to keep up with the really low scoring, but the tougher conditions look far more suitable.

Finally, this looks a decent opportunity for the other Challenge Tour recruit, (besides Maybin), who I rate as a likely winner in their first full season at the higher level. RAFAEL CABRERA-BELLO is a birdie machine when he gets going, and wasn’t beaten too far in 11th place at the weekend. I never expected Beijing International to really suit his talents, and as he always seems to post good greens in regulation stats, this looks a better layout for the young Spaniard.

Good Luck!

ADVISED BETS

BALLANTINES CHAMPIONSHIP

3pts ew LEE WESTWOOD @ 15/1 (STAN JAMES, TOTE, 16/1 SPORTINGBET)
1.5pts ew THONGCHAI JAIDEE @ 33/1 (GENERAL)
1.5pts ew PRAYAD MARKSAENG @ 45/1 (STAN JAMES, VCBET, 50/1 LADBROKES)
1pt ew GARETH MAYBIN @ 50/1 (CANBET, CENTREBET, EXPEKT)
1pt ew RAFAEL CABRERA-BELLO @ 66/1 (GENERAL)

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