OTHER CANDIDATES

ALVARO QUIROS
For reasons that escape me, Quiros has missed both cuts to date around a layout that would appear ideal for his attacking game. A vast improvement would be no surprise.

MIGUEL-ANGEL JIMENEZ
Jimenez has rarely shown his best lately, but this return to a course where he won in 2004, added to the fact he has made five top-tens, could provide the necessary spark.   

SERGIO GARCIA
Sergio hasn’t played this event since finishing 25th in 2004, and is very hard to fancy in what should be something of a putting contest.

PETER HANSON
Despite some very consistent recent numbers, including a win in Mallorca and an impressive top 20 in the US Open, Hanson is overlooked having only ever made the top 20 once in eight tries on this course.

ROSS FISHER
Still we wait for Ross to recapture the stellar form of 2009. I’m sure it will arrive sooner rather than later, but there was precious little in his US Open effort to suggest he’ll improve on an ordinary course record.

NICLAS FASTH
As a former champion, who also finished fourth in another year, Fasth deserves a mention. However, even accounting for some snippets of recent form, he hasn’t look like returning to peak form for a long while.

STEPHEN GALLACHER
With top-six finishes on his last three starts, Gallacher’s form claims are rock-solid, but the fact he’s never made the top-ten in 11 tries here doesn’t bode well.

THOMAS LEVET
Levet represents the direct opposite of Gallacher. He has superb course form, registering top tens on five of last six visits, yet has done nothing of note since a third place in Morocco back in March.

RAPHAEL JACQUELIN
Jacquelin made the short-list for the first time in ages, after finishing runner-up in last week’s second-division event; his fifth top 20 in seven starts. He has some decent efforts in this course, particularly when third last year.

NICK DOUGHERTY
The defending champ is very hard to fancy on the basis of anything seen this year, but then he was hardly obvious last year either.

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