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Johnnie Walker offers last chance for European hopefuls

| 25.08.2010

The Ryder Cup may be taking precedence this week but Gleneagles is ready to host its annual Johnnie Walker Championship tomorrow, and whilst the field may not be the strongest, the €1.4m prize purse is not to be dismissed.

Whilst Miguel Angel Jimenez, Simon Dyson, Alvaro Quiros and Ross McGowan fight out the subplot for the final automatic Ryder Cup spot, the field will be hoping the weather can stay away after heavy rain and fog has been forecast for the weekend.

Whilst the players on the fringes of the Ryder Cup team may have that little extra motivation – Dyson in particular has been in excellent form recently and is 25/1 to win – it’s worth looking to some of the guys who’ve had decent seasons without managing a top result.

Robert Karlsson was involved in the 2008 Ryder Cup but has failed to maintain the same level of performance to be involved this time around.

Karlsson has had some tremendous results from recent weeks including a seventh in Sweden and two top-20 finishes at the final two majors, The Open and PGA Championship, of the season and is 16/1 to be victorious in Scotland.

If the weather reports are to be believed and the rain thunders down then Thomas Bjorn has proven he can handle testing conditions and it was only two months ago he picked up a victory in the Portuguese Open.

Bjorn is a very long 80/1 to join the list of 11 two-time winners that this season has produced.

Robert Karlsson is currently in tremendous form and is excellent value at 16/1. See the full Johnnie Walker Championship golf betting market here.



Ed Needham