Open de Espana Tips: Each-way selections for this week's European Tour event

Paul is hoping to follow up his 150/1 place last week with Max Kieffer in the Open de Espana
Paul is hoping to follow up his 150/1 place last week with Max Kieffer in the Open de Espana

After five months of globetrotting the European Tour is finally on home soil with this week's Open de Espana and after landing place money on 150/1 shot John Parry last time out the BB golf team are confident of getting in the money again. Here are their selections...


"It's just impossible to ignore such a terrific iron player at these odds now that he is back in the comforts of his homeland. A reproduction of his form from a few months ago and he'll be a big factor this week."

Mike Norman: Back Alejandro Canizares @ 126.0125/1

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Pablo Larrazabal @ 29.028/1

I'm a sucker for players performing on their home course and given Pablo Larrazabal went very close when the Open de Espana was last held at El Prat in 2011 (third), I'm surprised the mercurial Spaniard is available as big as 29.028/1 this week. Since his 2011 third in this event Larrazabal has won twice, beating Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy/Phil Mickelson (tied) into second at the BMW International Open and Abu Dhabi Golf Championship respectively. For five years now, Larrazabal has been tantalizingly close to cracking the world's top 50 - which would rubberstamp his invitation to the WGC events and all the majors - and a win here would give him a big boost towards entering the elite.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Maximilian Kieffer @ 101.0100/1

Touted as the best German player of his generation, 24-year-old Max Kieffer has shown bits and pieces of form in his early European Tour career to suggest he could be one to watch, most notably in this tournament. At different Open de Espana venues in the last two renewals, he's finished fifth and runner-up. I always say a good indicator of a player's wellbeing is recent Greens in Regulation stats and Kieffer has been very reliable of late, hitting below 70% in only one of his last seven tournaments. Those all came on different continents, where he may have felt less at home on the greens, so it's well worth a bet that he steps up from consistent mid-division, back in a country where he has proven form.


Joe Dyer: Back David Horsey @ 81.080/1

There'll be a premium on putting at this week's venue with the European Tour describing the greens as 'glass-like' and I'm happy to have one of the better putters on my side in David Horsey (ranked 43rd Putts Per Round). A very solid all-rounder, this three-time European Tour winner, has gone close at the Open de Espana before including a fifth when staged at this event in 2011 (he has also finished fourth in 2013 and eighth in 2009). After a nomadic few months we are back in Europe for the next five weeks and I think that'll aid Horsey, who seems to get his best results relatively close to home. Betfair's 80/1 looks relatively generous for a player who would have given you a place payout in two of his six cracks at the event.


Steven Rawlings: Back Mikael Lundberg @ 201.0200/1

Swedes have had a better event record than Spaniards recently, with Jarmo Sandelin, Robert Karlsson, Peter Hanson and Niclas Fasth all taking the title in an eight-year period between 1999 and 2006. Maybe it's about time we had another Swedish Spanish success so step forward Mikael Lundberg. The three-time European Tour winner claimed the Lyoness Open title only last year and given he was 10th in South Africa and 3rd in Morocco in March and that he finished inside the top-20 last week in Mauritius, he has some fairly decent recent form to boast also. He finished 13th at this course on the Challenge Tour ten years ago so he just about ticks the course form box as well and he might just have been dismissed too easily at 200/1.


Mike Norman: Back Alejandro Canizares @ 126.0125/1

Alejandro Canizares started 2015 in excellent form, recording a T12 at the Abu Dhabi Championship before going four places better at the Qatar Masters. As we know, both those events are extremely strong fields compared to other early season European Tour standards and the 32-year-old proved that form was no fluke by finishing third at the Malaysian Open the following month. So it's scarcely believable that we can back this talented Spaniard on home soil at 125/1 given the form I've mentioned and the fact that he finished seventh in this event 12 months ago (also second in 2012). The reason Canizares' price is so big is because he has missed his last four cuts, and while that has to be a worry it's just impossible to ignore such a terrific iron player at these odds now that he is back in the comforts of his homeland. A reproduction of his form from a few months ago and he'll be a big factor this week.


2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

Year to date P/L: +£459.59

- Mauritius Open, John Parry @ 150/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- US Masters, Paul Casey @ 66/1 - PLACE (Romilly)
- Thailand Classic, Andrew Dodt @ 100/1 - WON (Paul)
- Malaysian Open, Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan)
- DD Classic, Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)

*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75

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