Mallorca Classic: 6 to watch
Last Updated: October 25, 2007 6:15pm
Garcia: Impeccable record
The leading Spaniards will be out in force when the Tour arrives in Mallorca for the penultimate event of the 2007 International Schedule.
Three of the four previous Mallorca Classics have been won by Spanish players, with former champions Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez both teeing-up for the fifth instalment.
Last year's event was won by Swede Niclas Fasth, yet two home players still finished in the top-four. And the Spaniards should once again be the players to beat.
The tournament is also the 'last chance saloon' for those trying to qualify for the Volvo Masters, with the top 60 in the Order of Merit earning invitations to Valderrama.
The event also offers a final chance to those hoping to avoid November's dreaded European Tour Qualifying School by earning enough money to retain their Tour Card.
The undulating Pula course should provide a stiff test, with water hazards coming into play on eight holes. And being an island venue, the layout is fairly exposed too.
Jose Maria Olazabal, who has also won here, has spent much of the past three years over-seeing a course re-design at Pula.
So who are the likely lads this week?
Phillip Archer: Can the best current player yet to win on Tour finally break his duck on the holiday island of Majorca.
Markus Brier: Enjoying his best season to date and possesses a decent record in this part of the world. Averages 70.07 for 15 trips around the course.
Paul Broadhurst: Three top-10 finishes from four visits. Seems to produce his better performances in southern Europe.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano: The young Spaniard is tipped for stardom having chalked up three Tour wins in his career already. Can he continue the great Spanish record at the Mallorca Classic?
Sergio Garcia: His three performances here read: Won-2nd-2nd.
Jose-Manuel Lara: His 15 rounds at Pula average out at 69.33. Has posted top-three finishes in each of the last two years.