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Golf: Mighty Atom has powerful claims.

Byline: Steve Palmer

RELIEF was etched on the face of Emanuele Canonica at Gleneagles 18 days ago - after 17 years as a professional he had finally landed his first European Tour title - and the tiny Italian may now go from strength to strength, writes Steve Palmer. The Mighty Atom certainly looks a man to follow on day one of the BMW International Open in Munich, where he can leave Ian Woosnam and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in his wake.

This threeball has all ends of the golfing spectrum covered. A Spanish youngster making his way in the world, the Ryder Cup skipper coming to the end of a glorious playing career, and a 34year-old in his prime.

Canonica has for ages been one of the longest drivers on the Tour and when you put him on a course like Nord-Eichenried with wider-than-usual fairways and few hazards he can do real damage. He was fifth in the 2000 BMW on the bland layout.

Woosnam is understandably starting to take his eye off his own game and on to others with K Club combat creeping closer. He has missed his last five cuts. And Fernandez-Castano has not trained on since his Dutch Open success, earning weekend employment in just one of his last four events.

Recommendation E Canonica 4pts 13-8 (Bet365)
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2005
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