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By David John Last updated: 22nd September 2010
Home hopes Markus Brier and Martin Wiegele look the men to follow at this week's Austrian Golf Open, says Dave John.
This week's Austrian Golf Open lacks depth so Ryder Cuppers Graeme McDowell and Miguel Angel Jimenez provide the star quality at the Diamond Country Club on the outskirts of Vienna.
This is a new venue for the event after a switch from Fontana Golf Club with McDowell and Jimenez both chalked up at single-figure odds.
The latter is in wonderful form at the moment and is chasing a fourth win of the campaign after lifting the trophies in Dubai, France and Switzerland - all top-class events.
This will be his last event before Celtic Manor and he admits his build-up will be nice and relaxed and involve a bottle or two of Rioja and a decent cigar.
I would be more inclined to side with him than McDowell at the prices with the Ulsterman making his return to action after a month out.
He told the European Tour's website: "I needed some rest and time away from golf. The last month has been all about resting and getting my head refreshed.
"I now need to play some competitive golf and sharpen up ahead of the Ryder Cup."
Those quotes suggest that McDowell could be a touch underdone for this event - but you balance that against the fact he is head and shoulders above the vast majority of this field and still could be contender on ability alone.
There are a lot of players quoted in the next echelon of prices who look poor value - journeymen who don't win often or have not won at all - that is why I am drawn towards the home duo of Markus Brier and Martin Wiegele.
Brier has already won his home event three times and both he and Wiegele can rely on bags of support, particularly now that the latter has also delivered the goods this season on his own patch in the Karnten Golf Open by Markus Brier Foundation at Klagenfurt.
Brier said recently: "This (the Diamond County Club) is a good venue and there has been a lot of investment on the course.
"I have played it probably 10 times so will have a small advantage over a lot of the guys."
That should come in very handy and a solid warm-up last week at the KLM Open (T22, three rounds in the 60s) makes him very much of interest at 40/1.
The younger Wiegele looks like Brier's obvious successor in Austrian golf and clearly rises to the occasion when playing on home soil.
Ahead of his win earlier this season in Austria he said: "It is exciting, especially as I will be playing in front of the home crowds who will be cheering for me.
"It always gives you something extra when you have people watching and rooting for you."
Wiegele then went on to win on the main Tour at Saint Omer just a couple of weeks later so has clearly displayed the ability to get across the finishing line.
As mentioned, this is not a strong line-up and he looks a lively type once more at 55/1.
If a first-time winner is to emerge it could be England's John Parry at the same price as Wiegele.
Parry has posted a couple of top-10s in his rookie season on the European Tour but he still has some work to do to ensure his card for next season as he is currently 117th in the Race To Dubai and needs to climb into the top 115.
He should be encouraged by his efforts in recent weeks with three consecutive top-30s and one good showing here would solve all his problems.
This is not a field to be intimidated by and I would not be surprised if he was capable of a bold showing.
1pt e.w. Markus Brier at 40/1 (Coral 1/4 1,2,3,4,5). Golfing legend in his own country and invariably rises to the occasion.
1pt e.w. Martin Wiegele at 55/1 (bet365 1/4 1,2,3,4,5). Developing similar mentality to Brier and looks poised to go well.
1pt e.w. John Parry at 66/1 (Betfred, Ladbrokes 1/4 1,2,3,4,5). Solid form lately and could emerge as a potential first-time winner.
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