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Added August 31st, 2011 by Chalk

McIlroy Favored Over Westwood: 2011 Omega European Masters

The second leg of the PGA Tour’s FedExCup playoffs doesn’t get started until Friday because of Labor Day weekend, but some of the best golfers in the world will be teeing off Thursday at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. US Open champion Rory McIlroy is the slight betting favorite at 8/1, just ahead of World No. 2 Lee Westwood at 9/1. Germany’s Martin Kaymer is next at 16/1.

McIlroy will be playing in his first event since injuring his wrist at the PGA Championship earlier this month, but insists he’s fine and roaring to go. “I’m feeling good,” said the 22-year-old phenom. “I had two weeks of rest. I hit balls three times last week in the United States which was fine. I felt it after about 45 minutes of hitting balls and got a bit of treatment on my wrist.  I practised for an hour and played nine holes yesterday. Its fine, I’m going to get a little bit of treatment for about 15 to 20 minutes later and do some more practice. It feels like it is nearly a 100 percent.”

Here are your 2011 Omega European Masters Odds for all the top competitors:

  • Rory Mcilroy, Northern Ireland (World Ranking: 6) 8/1
  • Lee Westwood, England (2) 9/1 – Won 1999 Omega European Masters
  • Martin Kaymer, Germany (5) 16/1
  • Matteo Manassero, Itlay (30) 18/1
  • Francesco Molinari, Italy (22) 28/1
  • Peter Hanson, Sweden (49) 28/1
  • Alexander Noren, Sweden (73) 28/1 – Won 2010 Omega European Masters
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain (36) 33/1 – Defending Champion
  • Simon Dyson, England (56) 33/1
  • George Coetzee, South Africa (100) 33/1
  • Seung-Yul Noh, Korea (106) 33/1
  • Edoardo Molinari, Italy (52) 40/1
  • Pablo Larrazabal, Spain (88) 40/1
  • Stephen Gallacher, Scotland (96) 40/1
  • Gary Boyd, England (136) 40/1
  • Bradley Dredge, Wales (188) 40/1 – Won 2006 Omega European Masters

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