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Dodd leads home Wales Open hope

CELTIC MANOR WALES OPEN
Venue: Celtic Manor Resort, Newport Date: 4-7 June Coverage: Updates on Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and the BBC Sport website; highlights on BBC TWO Wales from Saturday


Stephen Dodd
Stephen Dodd is Wales' best hope of a first home winner at the Wales Open

In-form Stephen Dodd leads the challenge of 11 Welsh golfers bidding to become the first home winner of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.

Dodd goes into the week after finishing fourth in the PGA Championship at Wentworth and joint-fifth in last week's European Open in Kent.

Standing in his way will be a batch of players keen to acquaint themselves with the course for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

They include European captain Colin Montgomerie and USA rival Corey Pavin.

It is the second time that Montgomerie will have played on the Twenty Ten course and in last year's Wales Open - his sixth time at the event - the Scot began with rounds of 69 and 68.

In contrast it will be Pavin's first time around the Twenty Ten course.

Also confirmed for the £1.8m 72-hole tournament, which has a winner's cheque of £300,000, are Ryder Cup stars Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thomas Bjorn, Paul McGinley, Paul Lawrie and David Howell.

606: DEBATE

However, their numbers have been thinned by the withdrawals of Oliver Wilson, Soren Hansen (both bad backs) and Robert Karlsson (inner ear infection).

Karlsson won the Wales Open in 2006 on the Celtic Manor's old Roman Road course.

Australian Scott Strange took last year's title with a tremendous final-round of 64 and returns to defend his title.

The other main Welsh contenders are Bradley Dredge, Phil Price, Jamie Donaldson and Stuart Manley.

These European Tour players will be joined by remaining home hopes Rhys Davies, Tim Dykes, Sion Bebb, Kyron Sullivan, Garry Houston and Craig Smith.



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Karlsson set for Wales Open bid
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Ryder captains set for Wales Open
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Jimenez returns for Wales charge
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Woods urged to make Ryder recce
29 Apr 09 |  Golf
Strange secures Wales Open title
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Twenty Ten course in photos
03 Jun 09 |  Golf
Wales Open - former winners
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