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Lyoness Open 2017 Betting Preview

Eduardo De La Riva (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral
Max Orrin (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral
Benjamin Hebert (ew)Tournament Winner35/1Bet365


Coming just a week before the US Open, the Lyoness Open in Austria is not one of the more prominent events on the European Tour and the €1m prize fund tends to attract only a modest field. The tournament is staged at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, which measures a hefty 7,417 yards, and was won two years ago by Chris Wood and in 2013 by Joost Luiten. Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger was the 2012 champion but last year’s winner came out of nowhere – Ashan Wu had displayed little form before his one stroke victory 12 months ago and has done little since too. No fewer than nine of the 18 holes involve water hazards, typified by the brutal 7th, a severe dogleg around a lake which was the toughest hole on the course last year.


Tournament ambassador Wiesberger is back to play his home championship once again and is a strong favourite at best odds of just 5/1 with Bet365. Wiesberger, who won in Shenzhen in April, always seems to be in the mix and has not missed a cut at a European Tour event since September 2015. Luiten, who had been playing well before missing the cut at the Nordea Masters last week, is also back for a crack at a second title here and is the second favourite at 11/1 with Bet365. Gregory Bourdy has had some good results here and is at 22/1 with Bet365, while Julian Suri is 30/1 at Betfred after finishing second, first and third at his last 3 Challenge Tour events.


Eduardo De La RivaEDUARDO DE LA RIVA is not the sort of player you would consider backing most weeks – he’s missed the cut at close to 40% of his tournaments in the last five years – but after top 20s in Shenzhen and Sicily in the last couple of months he could be worth backing here. The Spaniard enjoys this event, recording three top 10s in his last four visits to Austria, and can be backed at best price 50/1 at Coral who are offering 7 places each-way.

Max-OrrinMAX ORRIN had a consistent season on the Challenge Tour last year and is beginning to make a name for himself on the main tour, having finished between 15th and 27th at six of his last seven events – he was disqualified from the other in Sicily for mistakenly signing for a wrong score. With the big names away preparing for the US Open, this is a big opportunity for the 23-year-old from Margate, who is also a 50/1 chance with Coral and those 7 places.

BENJAMIN-HEBERTIn a week when many of the field are showing unimpressive form, BENJAMIN HEBERT stands out after some good recent performances. The Frenchman was 8th at last week’s Nordea Masters and was also in the top 20 at the Trophee Hassan and the Volvo China Open. Hebert, who won three times on the Challenge Tour in 2014, is finally showing that he is getting to grips with his promotion to the main tour. He’s 35/1 at Bet365.

Eduardo De La Riva (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral
Max Orrin (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral
Benjamin Hebert (ew)Tournament Winner35/1Bet365