Another home favourite, though Jimenez is unlikely to have convinced any backers with last week’s poor display. That missed cut around one of his favourite venues followed on from a disastrous finish in the Italian Open, and was rather typical of a strangely inconsistent year.
All the usual comments apply to perennial loser Hansen. Nobody will be surprised if the emphasis on long-game accuracy ensures another place on the weekend leaderboard, but he won’t be carrying my cash.
Gonzo was a respectable 14th here in 2007, and would have a great chance on his tee to green form. However, it will take several years for me to erase the nightmare of his putting performance at Mallorca, when carrying our cash as favourite and final round leader.
Davies is another of Monday’s US Open qualifiers, and deservedly so after a superb season to date. He’s a big price at 50/1, even if driving accuracy hasn’t really been a strength.
Jaidee maintained his excellent 2010 form at Wentworth, and gives the strong impression that a first win outside Asia is imminent.
Oosthuisen’s last trip to Spain resulted in a comfortable win, and promised much for the season ahead. Both failures since, at Augusta and Wentworth, are happily overlooked.
Though Edoardo misses out on selection for a change, he remains very much one to follow, and his win ratio suggests 40/1 is perfectly reasonable value.
The defending champion put up one of the best performances of 2010 to win this title, albeit on a different course. He is worth considering again at a big price.
Another plausible home contender, Cabrera-Bello returned to form with a top 20 at Wentworth and followed up by qualifying for the US Open.
Having gone close on him so many times, it will be particularly infuriating to see Lawrie go in here at a big price. He certainly can’t be written off, given a good record in Spain, and that accuracy is his forte.