Rocco Forte Open 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Scott Jamieson (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral
Alexander Bjork (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Sky Bet
Matthieu Pavon (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Bet365, Betfred

Venue

The European Tour visits Sicily this week for a new event – the Rocco Forte Open at the Verdura Resort. The tournament takes place 5 years after the final Sicilian Open, which was won at this venue by Thorbjorn Olesen. The course is a composite of the resort’s East and West Courses and finishes with a spectacular six-hole stretch along the Mediterranean coast. At a touch over 7,200 yards the course is not among the longest, but the narrow fairways and firm greens will ensure the players have to plot their way around carefully. As you would expect on a coastal course, water hazards come into play on half of the holes.

Favourites

With many of the European Tour’s top stars taking a week off there’s an opportunity for some of the lesser-known names to shine in Sicily and the market leader is rookie Jordan Smith, at best odds of 20/1 with Coral – who are offering 7 places for each-way bets. Smith has already recorded three top 10s this year but missed the cut on his last outing in China. Another Englishman, James Morrison, is widely available at 25/1, as is Haotong Li, who was 11th at the Volvo China Open. Matteo Manassero hasn’t fulfilled the promise he showed early in his career, but he was third in India earlier in the year and he leads the home challenge at 33/1.

Tips

Scott JamiesonSCOTT JAMIESON has had a tough few years on the tour but he seems to have turned a corner, climbing more than 300 places in the world rankings over the last nine months. Top five finishes at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and in India have been the highlights, but he’s been just outside the top 20 in a couple of other recent events where there have been much stronger fields than this one. He’s best price 50/1 at Coral – with those 7 places.

Alexander_BjorkALEXANDER BJORK regained his tour card at the end of last year after a strong run on the Challenge Tour and the Swede has enjoyed some good weeks so far in 2017, finishing seventh at the SA Open and fifth in Tshwane – along with good performances in both Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen a few weeks ago. Available at 40/1 with most bookmakers this week, he’s a stand-out price of 50/1 at Sky Bet with 5 places – or take 45/1 at Paddy Power and 6 places.

Matthieu-PavonMATTHIEU PAVON is another newcomer to the European Tour after making the grade on the Challenge Tour – and the young Frenchman has something to build on, after finishing in third place in Portugal at the weekend and 13th in Morocco last month. A couple of decent pay cheques have pushed him into the top 100 on the tour and he can strengthen his position this week. Take a chance on him at best odds of 66/1 with either Bet365 or Betfred.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Scott Jamieson (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral
Alexander Bjork (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Sky Bet
Matthieu Pavon (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Bet365, Betfred