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Golf: Woosie a popular choice to master Montecastillo.

Byline: Steve Palmer

WORLD Match Play champion Ian

Woosnam was all the rage in betting shops yesterday as punters put their faith in the Welshman for victory in the Volvo Masters at Montecastillo in Spain,

Woosnam was a 40-1 shot with Chandler in the morning, but was cut, first to 33-1, then to 28-1 by noon under a weight of steady support.

Chandler spokesman Don Stewart said: "As soon as we picked up the Racing Post in the morning and saw Woosnam was one of Jeremy Chapman's tips, we knew the money would flood in and we took a pounds 1,000 each-way bet straight away."

Jose Maria Olazabal was the subject of a reported pounds 500 each-way at 28-1 with Chandler, while a punter was said to have had pounds 3,000 on Peter O'Malley to beat Michael Campbell in a match bet at evens.

Coral reported Darren Clarke as their best-backed golfer, while Hills were forced to cut Padraig Harrington from 14-1 to

11-1 and Paul Casey from 50-1 to 33-1 after laying plenty of bets on the pair.

Tim Pickering of the Tote said: "Ollie was well fancied by Jamie Spence and plenty of people followed him in by taking our

33-1, so we had to cut Olazabal to 20s."

Peter O'Malley was the Tote's other market mover (50-1 to 33-1), while Stan James saw money for Woosnam and rank outsider Jean Hugo at 150-1. The big-hitting South African, fourth at St Andrews three weeks ago, was slashed to 80-1.

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Out of form Lee Westwood fires away a drive on the Montecastillo course in Jerez yesterday ahead of today's first round
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Date:Nov 8, 2001
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