LAST week wasn’t great but at least Martin Kaymer gave us a run for our money and almost an each-way place.
Hopefully we can recoup some of our money at the Turkish Airlines Open which has enticed favourite Tiger Woods (9-2, general), Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Charl Schwartzel and loads of other top golfers.
Ian Poulter seems to be on song at the moment, with his second-place finish in the WGC-HSBC last week. It looks like he’s really enjoying his golf so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s there or thereabouts.
He’s desperate to be European No.1 this year and even has a bet with Henrik Stenson he can catch him -so expect fireworks from him.
Another one chasing Stenson in the European Order of Merit is past winner Justin Rose who is having a quiet time since his US Open win. He’s loosening up for the big one in Dubai next week but after his fifth-place finish in Shanghai last week a good display here will get him closer to the title.
Thomas Bjorn has had a great season so far and is ninth in the European Moneylist. The easy-going Dane might not have spectacular rounds but is steady and before you realise it he is threatening the top of the leaderboard.
He won the European Masters in September and was fifth in the BMW last month so could finish in the top five this time out.
Finally, I have to go back to Kaymer. With a 62, 68 finish last week he had 17 birdies in his last two rounds and this to me looks as if he’s getting back to where he was. If he can just cut out the odd bad round he will do the business.
Recommended Bets (10pt staking plan)
Ian Poulter (1.5 ew)
Justin Rose (1.5 ew)
(11-1, Paddy Power)
Thomas Bjorn (0.5ew)