The 2012 European Tour continues this week with the Lyoness Open, which tees off on Thursday morning.
Ernie Els’ success at the Open Championship rewarded the value seekers this past weekend, and there looks sure to be more of that at the Lyoness Open as the Betfred
favourite is installed at 14/1.
That favourite is Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and the 22-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough year, following his promising rookie season where he finished 48th in the Race to Dubai standings.
The Dane landed his first European Tour title in April at the Sicilian Open and enjoyed three other top-ten finishes before landing another at the Open Championship, where he had been flirting with the top of the leaderboard for the first three days.
He was not the only one to struggle on the final day but he still managed to finish ninth and should be full of confidence going into the event at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria.
What may put off some punters though is the fact that he has seemingly struggled immediately after his better results this season and could be worth taking on.
Kenneth Ferrie has previous having won this tournament last year at the track (when it was known as the Austrian GolfOpen) but his odds of 80/1 are possibly still rather generous considering his season to date.
The 33-year-old has missed 12 out of 18 cuts this year, five of the last six, finishing 134th on his last outing at the Scottish Open – although that did come on the back of a 31st-place finish at the Alstom Open de France.
Markus Brier is another previous winner of the event but like Ferrie, is struggling for form this season having missed his last six cuts, and is chalked up at odds of 80/1.
Although he will carry some of the home support, the locals may have more joy following Bernd Wiesberger, who is currently in 34th position in the Race to Dubai.
That has largely come about because of his success at the Ballantine’s Championship in April and he has struggled to hit the heights since then with just one top-20 finish to his name – missing two of his last three cuts.
However, he will be hoping home support and a weaker post-Open field will give him the opportunity to get back in contention – and he is priced as the 18/1 second favourite.
Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal will also be hoping that the weaker field to help him rediscover the winning feeling and he is available at 22/1 to land his third Tour win.
The 29-year-old has two top-ten finishes to his name this season and can take some confidence from his efforts at Lytham last week, as he did at least make the cut.
One that could be worth keeping an eye on though is Thomas Levet, who is currently available at 55/1, with the Frenchman trying to rediscover his best game after an injury lay-off.
The 43-year-old has been way off contention for much of the year but bounced back in good style last time out at the Scottish Open, finishing in fifth place at 15-under-par.