OTHER CANDIDATES

GRAEME STORM
Storm made the shortlist, as he’s shown signs of turning around a bad run recently. He’s generally very accurate off the tee, has form in windy conditions and was third at Oitavos in 2007.
 
BRADLEY DREDGE
Dredge has plenty of form on similar courses, and warrants consideration after making the top 20 last week.
 
DARREN CLARKE
Despite his class, Darren has always been a man to avoid unless known to be in good form. There is very little evidence of that in his 2010 record.
 
NICOLAS COLSAERTS
Sunday’s 12th was Colsaerts’ sixth straight cut, a run which includes four top 15s. However, his game is primarily about driving distance, which should be neutralised here.
 
OLIVER FISHER
Fisher remains one of the best young prospects in Europe, and showed aptitude for this type of test when runner-up at Madeira and making the top 15 at Oitavos in 2008. He’s hard to support after shooting two 78s over the weekend though.
 
ALASTAIR FORSYTH
So long as we’re willing to overlook recent form, Forsyth must make any shortlist. His record on similar courses in the region is superb, making the top seven on each of the last three renewals of this event, and winning the 2008 Madeira Island Open.
 
MARCUS FRASER
Fraser won the recent Ballantines Championship in very windy conditions, and as an accurate driver, could well take a hand here too.
 
RICHARD GREEN
The Aussie left-hander’s best form gives him a big chance in this grade and he certainly fits the right profile in terms of accuracy. There’s been little encouraging form of late, though.
 
STEVE WEBSTER
Here’s another player with plenty of form in the region, but who is hard to fancy on recent efforts.
 
STEVEN O’HARA
O’Hara was pipped by Gary Clark for the role of extremely speculative, big-priced pick. He is very reliable from tee to green, and tends to thrive when the wind gets up. Indeed, the worse weather, the better.

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