Tyrrell Hatton became the first player to defend his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship as he won by three strokes over fellow Englishman Ross Fisher. Next, the European Tour heads to Golf Club Milano for the Italian Open as the final tournament in Dubai gets closer.
Event: Italian Open
Category: European Tour
Date: October 12th – 15th
Location: Golf Club Milano, Monza, Italy
Victor Dubuisson finished solo third last week at -17, while Gregory Bourdy, Robert Rock and Marc Warren were all at -14. Luke Donald, Paul Dunne, Oliver Fisher, Alexander Levy and Eddie Pepperell came in at -13.
Past Five Winners
2016: Francesco Molinari -22
2015: Rikard Karlberg -19
2014: Hennie Otto -20
2013: Julien Quesne -12
2012: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano -24
It looks like it will be a fairly challenging field for Francesco Molinari to navigate through if he plans to defend his title at the Italian Open. There are a few interesting players to watch in terms of betting purposes.
Keep an eye on Paul Dunne, who has played well recently. He finished the year strong, claiming the British Masters and then posting a Top 10 result at the Dunhill. Ross Fisher is another player to keep an eye on as he was second at the Dunhill Links for the second year in a row. He’s got some momentum on his side. Also take a look at Marc Warren for betting purposes. He was second in Portugal, 15th at the British Masters and four that Dunhill. He’s been very competitive of late.
What To Know About The Course
Golf Club Milano was founded in 1928 and it is made up of three nine-hole courses; for the purposes of this tournament, the Red and Yellow courses will be used. This will also be the ninth time that Golf Club Milano hosts this tournament, including the third year in a row. It’ll be a par-71 track that was 6,697 yards in 2016, and the hardest holes were the par-3 third that was 210 yards, followed by the par-4 fifth hole that was 427 yards. Players could definitely score on the three par-5s, which were all in the bottom of the stats in terms of difficulty.
A Good Matchup To Bet: Jon Rahm over Sergio Garcia
Rahm is the favorite in this matchup at -185 to +165 for Garcia, and both Spanish players are making their debuts at this event. Rahm closed the PGA Tour with a flourish, finishing in the top 10 in all four FedEx Cup events, and he also won the Irish Open on the European Tour last year. Garcia finished T-10 at the Tour Championship, and then missed the cut at the British Masters. He should make the cut, at least, in this event, but Rahm is playing lights out and he’ll be well-rested as he hasn’t played since the Tour Championship. He might even win it all and Rahm should be considered as one of the, if not the, favorites to win this event.
Top-Five Pick: Paul Dunne
Dunne has been playing some great golf as of late as he has finished in the top 15 in five of his last six starts, which includes a win at the British Masters and then he followed it up with a T-7 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Dunne is still only 24 years old, but he is playing with the confidence of a veteran right now and he looks like he could be next to explode on the European Tour. He shot a blistering 61 in the final round to win the British Open, holding off a furious charge from Rory McIlroy, so Dunne doesn’t get flustered. This is a player you should hear a lot from for a long time.
Odds To Win 2017 Italian Open
Jon Rahm +650
Sergio Garcia +1415
Francesco Molinari +1550
Tyrrell Hatton +1650
Tommy Fleetwood +1850
Matthew Fitzpatrick +1850
Alex Noren +1850
Shane Lowry +2250
Bernd Wiesberger +2550
Martin Kaymar +3050
Paul Dunne +3050
Ross Fisher +3050
Lees Westwood +3550
David Lingmerth +4050
Thorbjorn Olesen +4550
Marc Warren +4550
Joost Luiten +5050
Lucas Bjerregaard +5050
Andy Sullivan +5050
George Coetzee +5050
Eddie Pepperell +5050
Luke Donald +5005
David Horsey +5050
Graeme McDowell +5500
Hideto Tanihara +5500
Alexander Levy +5500
Victor Dubisson +6550
Joakim Lagergren +6550
Graeme Storm +7050
Richard Sterne +7050
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