Donald is the first World No. 1 to play the Madrid Masters since Nick Faldo in 1993 and the leading money winner is just 5/1 with Coral to defend his title and should certainly be in the mix on Sunday afternoon.
Peter Hanson is next in the betting at 16/1 (Betfred) and it was Hanson whom Donald shared T9 with at last week’s Dunhill Links Championships. The Swede has had a good season and stands every chance of making the top 10, 8/5 with Stan James.
Francesco Molinari’s season has seen him tail off from a series of top 10 finishes to a series of missed cuts but a return to form at the Omega Masters 4 weeks ago, plus a month’s rest, means he is ready to challenge at 18/1 (Totesport) on a course where he finished 3rd in 2010 and 17th in 2009.