The Italian Open reverts to its early summer time slot and returns to the Gardagolf club near Brescia for the first time in 15 years, having been won by Tyrrell Hatton at the Golf Club Milano last October. Gardagolf is the home club to Matteo Mannasero, at one time one of European golf’s hottest prospects, as well as Nino Bertasio, the world number 302. Bernhard Langer won the first Italian Open to be staged at this beautiful course, lined with olive groves and cypress trees and measuring 7,201 yards. More recently this tournament was won by Francesco Molinari, winner of last weekend’s BMW PGA Championship, Rikard Karlberg and Hennie Otto.
The Italian Open Betting Favourites
Molinari returns for another crack at his national title and heads the betting at a best price of 10/1* with Bet365 and Paddy Power following his victory at Wentworth. Alex Noren posted another top five on Sunday and is second in the betting at 11/1* with Bet365, while Tommy Fleetwood is at 12s with Ladbrokes, Coral and Paddy Power. Matthew Fitzpatrick made some of the early runnings before sharing eighth at Wentworth and the young Englishman is a 20/1* shot with Ladbrokes. Ian Poulter and Rafa Cabrera Bello are among the other names towards the top of the market.
The Italian Open Tips
Dean Burmester has played a lot of his golf in Africa over the past few months in an attempt to recover the form that carried into the world’s top 100 for the first time in the early part of 2017 and after a run of three successive top fives on his home continent he finished just outside the top 10 at Wentworth on Sunday. The South African looks like one to watch at a big each-way price, with Bet365 offering 75/1*.
It was only natural that a couple of missed cuts should follow the biggest victory of Matt Wallace’s career when he won the Hero Indian Open, but the promising Englishman has been back in fine form over the last few weeks. After finishing in third place at the Volvo China Open, the 28-year-old tied for 20th at Wentworth. Bet365 and Betfred are offering best odds of 55/1*, which looks a decent each-way chance.
Paul Dunne has kept punters guessing in 2018 with a mix of strong results and several missed cuts, including one at Wentworth last week. However, his overall form remains strong and the winner of last year’s British Masters will still have the confidence to get in the mix this week. The Irishman has finished in the top 10 on four of his last six starts and can be backed at best odds of 40/1* with Betfred.
*All odds are subject to change.