Matthew Fitzpatrick Is A Top Tip For The Italian Open Golf

The European Tour heads to Milan for the Italian Open on Thursday and the fact it is part of the Rolex Series ensures there is a bumper €7m prize fund on offer at the Golf Club Milano, which takes on hosting duties for a third successive year...

Thursday 12th October - 9.00am OddsWon/LostBet
Italian Open    
Tips Matthew Fitzpatrick (each way)    Best Bet @ 25 / 1  
Alex Levy (each way) @ 60 / 1  
Darren Fichardt (each way) @ 250 / 1  

The Head Of The Market

Home favourite Francesco Molinari returns to this tree-lined, parkland course as defending champion following his victory last year and he is available at 16/1. The Italian can take confidence from both Brendan Steele and Tyrrell Hatton successfully defending titles last week but it is a big ask.

Molinari is usurped at the head of the betting by Jon Rahm, who has risen to World No. 5 following a stunning 2017 campaign, and he arrives off the back of four straight top-ten finishes worldwide, although 13/2 is a very short price (Bet 365).

The Selections

The past two US Masters winners are in attendance this week as current Augusta champion Sergio Garcia is available at 16/1 despite missing the cut at the British Masters in his most recent outing, while 2016 Masters winner Danny Willett is available at 100/1. Willett loves playing at Milano as he finished 3rd in 2015 and 2nd in 2016, although the Englishman hasn't secured a top-thirty finish since February!

We prefer to back another Englishman this week as Matthew Fitzpatrick is in outstanding form, with the man from Sheffield winning the European Masters before returning from a short break with successive top-fifteens.

A four-time winner on the European Tour, Fitzpatrick should thrive at a course where accurate iron play will be key and he did finish 3rd in 2015 and 16th in 2016. At 25/1 Fitzpatrick is a stand-out pick.
Tip #1: Matthew Fitzpatrick (each way) @ 25/1 with Betfred.

Meanwhile, Alex Levy is another who should enjoy himself this week as he has gone 7-72 in his two visits to Milan and he arrives in decent touch. The China Open winner secured his fourth European Tour title earlier this year and the European Open runner-up was impressive when taking a share of seventh at the Alfred Dunhill Links last time out.
Tip #2: Alex Levy (each way) @ 60/1 with Betfred.

Finally, Darren Fichardt has endured a torrid time of it since winning the Joburg Open earlier in 2017 but there are signs that he is returning to form as he has made the cut in each of the past four tournaments he has played, including a tie for 6th at the European Masters.

The veteran South African has gone 20-16 in his two appearances in Milan and he is well worth an each-way punt at a massive 250/1.
Tip #3: Darren Fichardt (each way) @ 250/1 with B365.

2017 Italian Open Odds

Posted: Tuesday, 10th October 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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