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Wood Boosts Hopes Of Revival In Oman

Joost Luiten won the inaugural NBO Open in Oman (pictured above), but the tournament was also notable for a return to form for England’s Chris Wood, who finished two shots back in second place.

Wood’s star was very much in the ascendancy up until the disappointment of the 2016 Ryder Cup, when he was one of three European players to be selected to play in only 2 matches in a losing cause.

Since then he has slipped from a career-high world ranking of 22nd to 109th, with his share of second place at the Nordea Masters one of only three top 10s in 2017. However, his strong performance at the links-style Al Mouj Golf in Muscat will have him looking forward to this summer’s Open Championship, which has provided several of his career highlights to date.

Wood was the leading amateur when he shared fifth place in 2008 at Royal Birkdale and he was third a year later at Turnberry. Last year he tied for 14th, proving again that The Open represents his best chance of making an impact at the majors.

He is 100/1 for this year’s Open at Carnoustie with Paddy Power and BetVictor, but Ladbrokes and Coral are offering clear best odds of 200/1.

All odds quoted are subject to change