Things Begin to Heat Up at The Belfry

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The big guns of the European Tour are back in full force as the tour jumps from Italy to England for the Benson and Hedges International Open.
 
Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Justin Rose and Thomas Bjrn are all scheduled to tee it up at The De Vere Belfry in what will be the 33rd and last year that Benson and Hedges will sponsor the tournament.
 
Also due back is defending champion Angel Cabrera, who held of Montgomerie, Harrington and Micheal Campbell on the final day for his second European Tour win.
 
The reason that many of the top players are back in the fold is due to the fact that they are gearing up and preparing for the upcoming Deutsche Bank - SAP Open in Germany and the Volvo PGA Championship in two weeks back in England.
 
The names high on Order of Merit have the usual suspects with Ernie Els, Harrington, Goosen and Clarke all ranking amongst the top 13 on the list. But several of the young guns are now sprinkled in and around those names and hope to begin to establish themselves as regulars when people talk of the Order of Merit race.
 
Adam Scott, Paul Casey and Trevor Immelman all rank inside the top-10 thus far, though only Casey is entered this week. Rose, only 23-years-old, is also a representative of this next great wave of talent that's destine for stardom on the European Tour.
 

Statistical Preview of the Benson and Hedges International Open