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A weak field in Mallorca can be dominated by Alejandro Canizares

| 10.05.2011

The American’s may call it the fifth major but The Players Championship will be without world number one Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy after both players decided to skip the event.

However neither Westwood or McIlroy have travelled to Mallorca for the Iberdrola Open and the field at this week’s European Tour event looks wide open.

Thomas Aiken currently heads the Iberdrola Open betting at 12/1 after winning the Open de Espana last week, and with four top-10’s to his name this year, Aiken’s form this year makes him a player to be respected.

Gregory Bourdy is a previous winner of this event and after a top-twenty last week the Frenchman is available at 14/1 to win.

But Bourdy’s form this year has been mediocre barring one second place finish at the Malaysian Open, and we’re tipping Alejandro Canizares to go one better than last year when he lost in a play-off final to Peter Hanson.

Despite a solid first round last week Canizares missed the cut due to an erratic second round, but the Spaniard shot four rounds under par here last year on a tricky course which saw just four players finish under par in last year’s event.

Canizares can lead the Spanish charge and Pablo Larrazabal is expected to do well at 20/1 following a fourth-place finish last week, and Jose Maria Olazabal will be hoping to play a major role in remembrance of his good friend Seve Ballesteros.

Paul Lawrie also stands out as great value at 20/1 following his final round of 67 last week, while the outsider in the Iberdrola Open betting is Alfredo Garcia-Heredia at 200/1.

One bad round last week stopped Garcia-Heredia claiming a top-10 finish and we fancy the Spaniard to make a name for himself this week.

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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.