The return of the event sees the Woburn Golf Club as the host, thirteen years after it was last held at this venue and in keeping with its tradition the tournament sees many of Britain and Europe’s stars in the field.
Shane Lowry, whose year to date has included a victory at the WGC Bridgestone, is the leading world ranked player in the field, the Irish golfer having finished 19th last week at the Alfred Dunhill in addition to his win in Ohio two starts earlier.
Ian Poulter is playing at a venue he knows well as it was at Woburn where he developed much of his passion for the professional game after watching this event in his teens. He finished runner-up to Justin Rose when this event was last played at Woburn all those years ago. Poulter is low on form at present however.
Danny Willett is the second highest ranked player in the field after Lowry and is playing well enough to be a strong consideration this week. He of course won the European masters recently and fnished 3rd in Italy three weeks ago.
Matthew Fitzpatrick missed the cut last week at the Alfred Dunhill but with two third placed finishes in earlier events and five top tens this season he is playing well enough for a potential breakthrough this week.
After winning earlier this year in Indonesia Lee Westwood appeared as if he might be in for great season but it has not worked out that way with only two top twenties since. This might be just the opportunity and inspiration he needs to get things moving forward.
Francesco Molinari is playing solidly if unspectacularly of late and has made plenty of cuts. He could do well.
After a lengthy run of cuts made in recent months, Luke Donald finally missed one last week in Scotland but he has been playing solidly enough to bounce back.
Jamie Donaldson appeared to have lost his game after what had been a good start to the year but in recent starts he has played much better. I expect him to be right in the thick of things on Sunday.
Australians in the event are the European Tour regulars Richard Green, Marcus Fraser, Wade ormsby and Scott Hend.
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