Francesco Molinari, a previous winner of this title in 2006, is plenty short enough at 8/1 (Paddy Power) in such an open event so I prefer the chances of Nicolas Colsaerts at 12/1 (Boylesports) as he tries to grab a win before his Ryder Cup debut at Medinah in a fortnight’s time. He played well enough in Holland last week and finished joint 3rd in this event two years ago.
Of the bigger prices, South African Thomas Aitken looks a big price at 50/1 with Coral – he showed improved form on his latest start and was a creditable 5th on this course in this event in 2009.
There is a week off in USA before next week’s Tour Championship at East Lakes Atlanta. Rory Mcllroy is certainly laying down a marker to his rivals with his current rich vein of form at present.
The Women’s British Open takes place at Hoylake this week and Na Yeon Choi at at 12/1 (bet365) is my selection here with American Paula Creamer a decent each way bet at 22/1 with Betfred and Catriona Matthew likely to be best of the home challange at 25/1 (Stan James).