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Go long with Quiros in Portugal

Alex Livie October 10, 2012
Going long: Alvaro Quiros will look to unleash his driver this week © Getty Images
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It may be coat and scarf weather at home, but the sun is still shining in southern Europe and the European Tour heads to Oceanico Victoria for the Portugal Masters.

Ryder Cup winners will tee it up, with Martin Kaymer and Franceso Molinari heading the field, and Padraig Harrington adds a touch of class to the field. The aforementioned trio take a chunk out of the market, while defending champion Tom Lewis and last year's Open champion Darren Clarke may ensure a few extra bodies come through the gates.

But it's probably safe to chalk off the above quintet, with all out of form to varying degrees. Clarke and Lewis have fallen off the radar since their fine efforts of last year, while Kaymer may have holed the vital putt and Molinari taking the winning half at the Ryder Cup, but they too are not in good enough shape to justify taking short prices.

Betting bullets

  • George Coetze E/W - 22/1 at bet365
    Alvaro Quiros E/W 80/1

The Oceanico Victoria track has water and bunkers aplenty, but it features wide open fairways and is one that suits those happy to bomb the ball down the fairway. Alvaro Quiros would normally be high on the shortlist, but he has struggled this season on account of injury. However, his price reflects the form he is in, he is a past winner at the course and at 80/1 he is way too big to leave out of the equation.

"It's a golf course that I like, because I've won there in the past and I always seem to play well there," Quiros told europeantour.com. "My form at the moment is not the best, but I hope returning to Oceanico Victoria will inspire a change of fortune. I'm not playing badly but I'm not playing as well as I know I can, so it's good to have the Portugal Masters to look forward to and hopefully I will get some good feelings from going back there."

Another player to appeal is the South African George Coetzee. He is yet to win on the European Tour, but has five top-ten finishes to his name this year - most recently at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. That event went to Coetzee's friend and fellow countryman Brandon Grace and that could be just the spur Coetzee needs to get over the line.

The wide-open nature of the track will play to Coetzee's strengths and with him being in form, suited by the course and hungry to leap on to the bangwagon that South African golf is riding at the moment - he is our second against the field at 22/1.

Please note that odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

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