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Followers of Ben Coley were rewarded again as his 16/1 tip Graeme McDowell took victory at Valderrama.

Followers of Ben Coley were rewarded again as his 16/1 tip Graeme McDowell took victory at Valderrama.

The Northern Irishman added to his sensational 2010 by claiming a two-shot win in Spain on Sunday, once more showing his class and ability to close out tournaments over the final holes.

Ben had written in his preview: “Valderamma is a near 7000-yard Robert Trent Jones design that last saw competitive action in 2008, the eighth consecutive year that the then season-ending Volvo Masters was staged at the course.

“In golf a lot can change in a week let alone a decade, but what ties all of the early-millennium Volvo Masters winners together is the amount of greens they hit during the week, with seven of the eight finishing in the top-10 for greens in regulation.

“McDowell’s strength this year has been in the number of greens he’s hit. Not only does he lie third in the season-long ranking for greens in regulation, but when he won the Celtic Manor Wales Open he led the field all week. So, when the course fits and he’s on-song, that’s how he gets the job done.

“The course fits. G-Mac has finished inside the top-10 on his last two visits to Valderrama, with a T8 in the 2008 Volvo Masters and a T4 a year earlier. On top of that, he has two other top-25 finishes to call upon.

“I’m also encouraged by McDowell’s light schedule since the Dunhill Links. He and Kaymer were involved in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf last week but that was a two-day event on Thursday and Friday and really doesn’t hold much value in terms of form, nor will it have been particularly taxing. Since then, McDowell has been back home in Ireland relaxing ahead of one last push at the end of his breakthrough season.

“Victory in the US Open made him a household name and he’s grown in stature on the back of it, guiding young friend Rory McIlroy through the Ryder Cup and showing incredible poise under the gun. Almost out of knowhere, McDowell has become exactly the type of player you’d want on your side when things get tight.

“And at Valderrama, things can get tight. The winning total from 2002 to 2008 averaged just short of 7-under par, some distance away from the near 19-under average at last week’s Castello Masters. In winning at Pebble Beach, McDowell shot level-par and he has experience of making the most of a round in poor conditions from the hours spent on his home course, Royal Portrush.

“To top it off Valderrama is, like Celtic Manor and Pebble Beach, a par-71. Five of McDowell’s six wins have come on par-71 tracks so, with plenty in his favour, he’s poised to take home a big cheque; we’ll get in on the action with a decent each-way punt.”

Those words proved absolutely spot on as McDowell topped the greens in regulation stats for the week and posted a winning score of 3-under.

Ben’s advice of 2pts e.w. at 16/1 produced 40pts profit and made it more good news for followers of Golf365’s betting tips.

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