Simon Dyson needs a win for an automatic invite to the Masters

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Miguel Angel Jimenez may be assured of his place in the Masters field in two weeks time, but his hosting skills will be put to the test this week when he hosts the Open de Andalucia in Malaga.

Winner of this event last year, 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen has had to pull out due to illness leaving Alvaro Quiros (12/1) and Jimenez (14/1) at the top of the betting.

The two Spaniards are the strongest in the field but with the Masters offering those players who are capable of getting into the world’s top 50 extra incentive this week, punters may want to take a chance on those battling for their Masters invite.

Simon Dyson, currently the world number 78, needs a win this week to throw his name into contention and after playing his way into form last week, Dyson is 25/1 to win the Open de Andalucia.

Last week we backed Dyson to perform strongly at 40/1, and the cut in odds this week suggests the Yorkshireman is fancied by many to make a charge for the title.

Three European Tour wins suggests Dyson knows how to win on the European Tour and the extra incentive of the Masters invite will spur Dyson on to a strong finish.

Australian Daniel Gaunt may have finished down in 49th last week, but a first round of 67 and a final round of 66 suggest he’s in strong form and the way he recovered in the final round after two poor middle rounds will do his confidence no harm.

At 125/1 Gaunt looks a strong each-way bet and after a T13 finish last week, Lee Slattery, with two top-20 finishes in three starts also looks a decent bet at 100/1.

A £20 stake on Simon Dyson winning the Open de Andalucia would return £520. New customers can sign up here to get up to £60 in free bets.

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