The Wales Open gets underway tomorrow at the Twenty Ten course at Celtic Manor, where Thongchai Jaidee looks to retain his title. This will be the first time the since the Wales Open moved to the Twenty Ten course, that the tournament will not be played in June. The Twenty Ten course was built specifically for the Ryder Cup in 2010 and the par 71 course measures up to 7,493 yards off the back tees. The course has many signature holes that are engulfed in hazards and links style rough on either side of the fairways.
The odds on favourite is the steady Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez at 18/1. He has currently earned £654,078 this year and sits at 25th in the race to Dubai and is due a win this year after a couple of solid finishes at the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational and Both the USPGA championship and the Open championship. After turning pro in 1982, the Spanish mastermind has had 19 European tour wins including the BMW PGA championship in 2008.
Another 18/1 favourite is Dutchman Joost Luiten, who turned pro in 2006 and has had 2 European tour wins with one of them coming this season in the Lyoness Open in June, after shooting an incredible 17 under par over the four days. He has also come tied second this year in the Irish Open and is another player on some serious form.
Last years winner, Thongchai Jaidee, is at a respectable 40/1 bet after experience very little success since his win 12 months ago. He turned pro in 1999 and has had 5 European tour wins since but has only recorded four top ten positions this year, all of which came at the start of the year.
Bernd Wiesberger – 18/1
Francesco Molinari – 20/1
Ross Fisher – 20/1
Gonzalo F-Castano – 22/1
Thorbjorn Olesen – 22/1
Stephen Galacher – 25/1
Simon Dyson – 28/1
Chris Wood – 30/1