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Italian Open 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Scott Hend (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power, Stan James
Miguel Angel Jimenez (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Ladbrokes, BetVictor
Tyrrell Hatton (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power

Venue

The Italian Open 2016 takes place at the Golf Club Milano in Monza for the second time, having been won by Rikard Karlberg 12 months ago. With largely flat terrain and no water hazards this peaceful parkland course, which measures 7,156 yards and plays to par 71, relies on narrow fairways lined by mature trees for protection. Karlberg’s winning score last year was 19-under-par, although he had to see off the challenge of Martin Kaymer in a play-off to secure the title. Seven other players finished one shot off the pace and no fewer than 51 ended the week with totals of 10-under or better, suggesting there are plenty of birdie opportunities to be had.

Favourites

Seven members of Europe’s Ryder Cup team are in this week’s field as they look to play their way into top form ahead of their trip to Minnesota at the end of the month. Danny Willett, Kaymer, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Lee Westwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan are all in action and as you would expect they feature prominently at the top of the betting market. They are joined in a competitive field by several other leading players from the tour, including Dutch Open champion Joost Luiten, Soren Kjeldsen, Nicolas Colsaerts and Francesco Molinari. Kaymer is the favourite at best odds of 14/1 with BetVictor and in a wide open market everyone else is priced at 20/1 and above, beginning with Luiten, Willett and Byeong Hun An, who also played well in the Netherlands last week. Fitzpatrick and Cabrera-Bello are at 22/1, with Westwood a 25/1 chance – all with BetVictor.

Tips

Scott HendSCOTT HEND has enjoyed a fabulous fortnight, finishing second at the European Masters – losing out in a play-off to Alex Noren – and in a share of fourth place at the KLM Open. This is Hend’s second purple patch of a fine season – the first saw him win in Thailand and claim two top 10s in China and another in Dubai. The Aussie looks a good-each way bet at 40/1 with either Paddy Power (with 1/5 odds for 7 places), or Stan James (with 1/4 odds for 6 places).

JimenezMIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ divides his time between the European Tour and the Senior Tour these days but the veteran Spaniard can still produce some fine performances, finishing in the top 3 at the Senior Open and Senior US Open in the last few months. He was also 18th at Royal Troon and just outside the top 20 at the recent European Masters. As one of the straightest drivers around he should cope easily with the narrow Monza fairways.

TYRRELL HATTONIt was a glorious summer for TYRRELL HATTON, who claimed top 10 finishes at both the Open and the PGA Championship to confirm that he is ready to compete with the best around and the 24-year-old from Buckinghamshire looks a big price here as he looks to bounce back from a couple of missed cuts. While Betfred go as short as 25/1, Paddy Power are offering 40s and with those two extra places that price holds plenty of appeal.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Scott Hend (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power, Stan James
Miguel Angel Jimenez (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Ladbrokes, BetVictor
Tyrrell Hatton (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power