The BB golf team saw 100/1 Thomas Aiken place at Wentworth and go to Sweden for the Nordea Masters £200 up on the golf season so far. Here are their five picks for the Nordea Masters...
"I'm drawn to Soderberg, who won on the Challenge Tour earlier this year in Kenya and currently sits third in their Road to Oman series. Soderberg was an unexpected third in the Nordea Masters last year and given the way he's started 2016, he looks vastly overpriced here."
Dan Geraghty: Back Sebastian Soderberg @ 125/1
*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 5 places
Dan Geraghty: Back Sebastian Soderberg @ 125/1
I was at Walton Heath yesterday where Swedes Mikael Lundberg, Alex Noren, Sebastian Soderberg and Peter Hanson qualified for the US Open. It was a timely boost for the four, who this week all tee it up in their home European Tour event, the Nordea Masters. Noren is a standing dish in this event, which he's won twice, but at 18/1 he's reluctantly swerved. Instead I'm drawn to Soderberg, who won on the Challenge Tour earlier this year in Kenya and currently sits third in their Road to Oman series. Soderberg was an unexpected third in the Nordea Masters last year and given the way he's started 2016, he looks vastly overpriced here.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Lucas Bjerregaard @ 80/1
Not surprisingly, Scandinavians have an outstanding record in this event and filled plenty of places in previous renewals at Bro Hof Slott. Lucas Bjerregaard was a total novice when last playing here in 2012, yet performed with credit to make the cut. Nowadays the 24-year-old Dane is recognised as one of Europe's best long-term prospects, who has contended strongly in numerous decent events. In terms of recent form, he was third last month in the China Open, though has thrown in some more inconsistent efforts alongside that. However, with driving distance a key asset here, this powerful driver has a great chance to break his European Tour duck.
Joe Dyer: Back Mikko Ilonen @ 66/1
Finland's finest has twice shown he has the goods for the Bro Hof Slott challenge, winning in 2013 following a third place finish in 2012. And yet this five time European Tour winner is a 66/1 shot this week, a price that strikes me as an over-reaction to a run of three missed cuts. Taking a wider view, we can see that this season has not been a complete write-off by any means - Ilonen put together a run of three consecutive top-20 finishes in January and February, including a pair of high-class Desert Swing events, and added another in China in April. Current form is not ideal but Wentworth has never been a good track for my man, while the Irish Open tripped many a player up. This week, on a course that is proven to suit, offers a great opportunity to get back to form with a strong showing.
Steve Rawlings: Back Scott Hend @ 50/1
After his disappointing Sunday at Wentworth, when he fell from first to 15th, Scott Hend performed poorly at the US Open qualifier at Walton Heath on Monday before withdrawing after nine holes of round two. I suspect that poor performance was due entirely to the hangover caused by Sunday's 78 and there's a chance that he won't have worked through that disappointment by Thursday but if he has, he's a cracking price at 50/1. Hend has already won this year where power hitting was the essential prerequisite, at the True Thailand Classic, and he's already been placed at this week's venue, back in 2011, when he wasn't playing anywhere near as well as he is this year. It's a risk that he's still a bit hungover but at 50/1, he looks very fairly priced.
Dan Thomas (standing in for Mike Norman): Back Nicolas Colsaerts @ 33/1
After landing a 40/1 winner in my last foray into the each-way column, I'm keen to keep up the momentum as I step in for the holidaying Mike Norman, and I like the look of Nicolas Colsaerts this week. The Belgian landed the column a winner with an excellent third place in Mauritius earlier this month, and he followed up with a couple of solid performances in Ireland and Wentworth, with a 22nd and 23rd place respectively. As Steve says in his main preview, big hitting is a must here in Stockholm and we know that Colsaerts ticks that particular box, as well as delivering good stats on greens in regulation (over 75% this season). Nicolas is no slouch with the putter either, and with a number of five pars on offer this week, I expect him to go close.
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2016 Season P/L to date: + £200.83
- BMW PGA Championship, Thomas Aiken @ 100/1 - PLACE (Dan G)
- Mauritius Open, Jeunghun Wang @ 16/1 - WIN (Dan G)
- Mauritius Open, Nicolas Colsaerts @ 28/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Shenzhen International, Scott Hend @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- True Thailand Classic, Scott Hend @ 40/1 - WIN (Dan T)
- True Thailand Classic, Thomas Pieters @ 22/1 - PLACE (Dan G)
- WGC Cadillac Championship, Danny Willett @ 66/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Perth International, Peter Uihlein @ 33/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 28/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Dubai Desert Classic, Andy Sullivan @ 33/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Thomas Pieters @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- South African Open, Christiaan Bezuidenhout @ 250/1 - PLACE (Dan G)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Joost Luiten @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75