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Paul Foster, I believe, will win it for a fifth time! He is consistently excellent - very, very rarely playing a bad game.
I feel that he has the edge over his opponents, and that winning the World Bowls championship pairs tournment in Adelaide last month, coupled with his imperious display at the Scottish Open, will hold him in good stead.
When he is at his best I almost feel catatonic - in a daze watching his incredible ability. He, and his pal Alex Marshall, have an aura of efficacy about themselves, and I ferevently believe that only a handful of players will be able to lift the trophy.
Firstly, Andy Thomson. He won it last year and must not be discounted. I also feel Alex Marshall could get one over his pal.
David Gourlay got back to World Bowls Tour winning ways in February when he won the Welsh open, and I think he has a real chance of lifting the crown.
After that, I really am struggling. Robert Weale is always consistent, and there are many on their day who could beat Paul, icluding England supremos Simon Skelton and Robert Paxton, but not necessarily going all the way to win the title.
Of course, I would usually include Greg Harlow as a player that could win it, but he has succumbed to Colin Walker in the opening round this morning.
Many of these players are rightfully exalted by the bowling fraternity, and over one million people will watch the final.
Watch this space...