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Open De Espana 2019: Five to follow in Madrid

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The each-way column scooped a place from 100/1 shot Joakim Lagergren last week and will be backing the following five in Spain

"Alvaro Quiros has finished runner-up and tied 16th in the last two editions of the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama and it seems that Quiros has a talent for playing tree-lined courses in his Spanish homeland - even if wayward driving suggests otherwise."

EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 8 Places

Dave Tindall: Back Alvaro Quiros @ 100/1

The validity of course form over 10 years old is a debate to be had. In which case, how useful is it to know that Alvaro Quiros shot 66-66-64 over his final 54 holes at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid to finish fourth back in the 2008 Madrid Masters held there. In isolation, it's perhaps no more than interesting to note but when used as part of an overall case, it could be significant. Add that to the fact that the big-hitting local man has finished runner-up and tied 16th in the last two editions of the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama and it seems that Quiros has a talent for playing tree-lined courses in his Spanish homeland - even if wayward driving suggests otherwise. Often, his latest form will consist of missed cuts but he heads back to his own turf having made four cuts out of four in September so some underlying confidence has been built. Scoring is set to be low this week and hopefully Quiros can make hay at a generous three-figure price.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Rikard Karlberg @ 70/1

One would think that there will be a premium on hitting fairways and greens around this tree-lined course. Scoring will be low so keeping bogeys off the card while setting frequent birdie chances with accurate iron play looks the order of the day. In Rikard Karlberg, I'm going for a player who is usually ultra-reliable in that regard. Amongst this ordinary field, the 32 year-old ranks top-five for both driving accuracy and GiR over the past twelve months and that has been paying off lately. Since finding some good form on the Challenge Tour, he's made all five cuts at the higher level and finished top-six twice, at the Czech Masters and KLM Open. Karlberg has won at this level - the 2015 Italian Open - and is no forlorn hope to do so again.

Steve Rawlings: Back Mikko Korhonen @ 45/1

This week's Open de Espana should develop into a low-scoring birdie-fest, where the key skillset will be putting. Finland's Mikko Korhonen, who won the Volvo China back in May with a 20-under-par total, often excels in low scoring affairs, where stringing a few hot-streaks together is the way to win the title. He's been playing better than his results suggest of late, thanks to a few poor final rounds when not quite in-contention, so he comes in under the radar slightly but he's been putting really nicely. In his last four starts he's had a Putting Average ranking of fifth, fifth, 27th and 10th so if he can just find a few more greens in regulation this week, he looks highly likely to contend.

Joe Dyer: Back Jeunghun Wang @ 70/1

For a player with European Tour victories to his name, this has not been a season to remember for Jeunghun Wang. Last week's tie for fifth at the Alfred Dunhill Links was his first top 10 of a campaign that has really been quite mediocre. At his best, Wang is a great putter which is going to be a handy skill this week. But most intriguing for me is his potential return to championship-winning form in a tournament completely without depth. The 70/1 available makes it a gamble worth taking, and one that my colleague Steve Rawlings will be in on, too.

Mike Norman: Back Hugo Leon @ 100/1

In a lopsided field with just two world-class talents, and another 100-plus very good golfers, let's take a flyer on a player in very good form available at a big price. Hugo Leon is his name and he is available at 100/1 this week. The Chilean missed the cut last week in Scotland but was seventh at the KLM Open the week before and 17th at the Porsche European Open a fortnight ago, that's better form than most in the field. Sat 121st in the Race to Dubai, Leon could do with a few more good weeks to jump up the rankings. He should feel at home in Spain, and hopefully can carry that good play through another week.

2019 Season P/L to date: -£357.55

- Alfred Dunhill Links, Joakim Lagergren @ 100/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW PGA Championship, Rafa Cabrera-Bello @ 50/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- Omega European Masters, Matthias Schwab @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Scandinavian Invitational, Alex Levy @ 70/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Scottish Open, Andrea Pavan @ 110/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW International Open, Jordan Smith @ 28/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- US Open, Gary Woodland @ 70/1 - WIN (Dave)
- Made In Denmark, Pablo Larrazabal @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- USPGA Championship, Brooks Koepka @ 11/1 - WIN (Steve)
- Volvo China Open, David Lipsky @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- WGC Dell Match Play, Matt Kuchar @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Cameron Smith @ 60-1 - PLACE (Paul)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Paul Casey @ 35/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- World Super 6, Scott Vincent @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- World Super 6, Paul Dunne @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 80/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Mauritius Open, Justin Harding @ 30/1 - PLACE (Dave)

*2018 P/L: +£727.16
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75

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