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Garcia and Harrington hoping to roll back the years in China Open

| 20.04.2011

Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington may have been on promotional duty with the European Tour this week, but it’s their golf games that have spent more time in the wilderness than that baby panda.

Since the 2008 US PGA Championship – a collapse from Garcia handed victory to Harrington – two of the finest golfers the game has produced have suffered from a dramatic loss of form which has seen both players fall down the rankings.

But this season both players have witnessed a resurgence to their game and the Volvo China Open betting reflects the states of their games at the moment as the two share second favouritism at 12/1.

Garcia has made the cut in all four European Tour tournaments he’s played in this year and his 35th place finish in the Masters is his worst result of the season.

Harrington hasn’t had as good a season but his 10thplace finish in the WGC-Cadillac Championship provided glimpses ofthe three-time Major winner’s best form and he has a big chance this week.

Both players will be playing the Luxehills International Country Club course for the first time and while both players have strong chances, last year’s China Open winner Y E Yang deserves his favouritism at 10/1.

But it’s last year’s runner up who we’re siding with to have a huge week and after his second place in the Trophee Hassan II, Rhys Davies (33/1) is knocking on the door of his first European Tour win of the season.

Two final rounds of 65 and 67 last year took him to within two shots of Yang after a poor opening round of 75, and if Davies can get off to a stronger start this year, the Welshman will be confident of victory.

A £10 stake on Rhys Davies winning the Volvo China Open would return £340. New customers can sign up here to receive a free golf bet worth up to £30.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.