Open D’Italia Lindt 2013

After a quick stop in Holland, the European journey continues as we move south to Turin, Italy. We find ourselves at Golf Club Torino, a 7,208 yard par 72 track. It is if you didn’t already know, home of the Molinari brothers. Only Francesco will tee it up in Turin this week and the bookies have slapped a very un-backable price of 14/1 on his head, which we can’t touch especially considering his recent form!

Accuracy is crucial on this tree lined course

Accuracy is crucial on this tree lined course

It was previously played at this club in 1999 where Dean Robertson bagged his only European Tour victory, a player we can’t really tell you much about… But the course will be a relatively easy one, albeit tougher than its sister course, and scores should getting to at least 15 under. The fairways are tight and accuracy off the tee will be needed, but GIR and putting stats are where it will be at this week. People who have been playing well will of course benefit coming onto a relatively unknown track, so we have to look at people who have been playing well of late.

And with the tournament now being sponsored by famous chocolatier Lindt, let’s hope this week will be a tasty affair…

David Horsey (40/1 Various)

One of THE greatest iron players

One of THE greatest iron players

A big favourite of ours and man who on is day, is one of the best iron players on tour. His form has been slowly getting back to what it was earlier in the season where he recorded three top 6 finishes in a row. T17 at the Russian Open, T14 at the Johnnie Walker and T9 last week in Holland shows he is striking the ball how we know he can. And the Englishman is definitely a form player, he will build on the encouraged results he has earned. On the tour he ranks 24th stroke average, 27th driving accuracy, 25th putts per GIR and 19th putts per round, all of which will be needed this week.

He came so close to claiming victory on Italian soil in 2010 where he just lost out to Andersson Hed, so he has what it takes on similar style courses. He is a solid pick, and a man who we hope will go close.

Soren Kjeldsen (40/1 Various)

Peaking at the right time

Peaking at the right time

The Dane has been peaking of late and his accuracy and iron play could be crucial around this course. His 3rd at the Wales Open was a real eye opener and his final round of 66 was nothing short of sensational. He played consistent the week after and then played very well again last week eventually finishing T8. So his form is there for all to see.

What is very interesting is that he competed on this track back in 1999, where he posted a couple of cheeky rounds in the 60’s. It’s not exactly amazing, but that bit of course knowledge could give him the edge over the rest of the field. Statistically he ranks consistent in all areas, but as we say, he has been a different animal of late.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello (35/1 Stan James)

Bello on his day, could easily win this

Bello on his day, could easily win this

Despite being our lowest odds, we can’t put Rafa any higher in our picks purely because we still just don’t quite know what performance he will put in from one week to the next. What we have seen is that is iron play is back to its best and with the eradication of the odd error here and there, the Spaniard could have another title under his belt in the coming weeks. It was his strong Major finishes that impressed us and he himself said it gave him extra confidence to perform well back on the European Tour. It was proven with his T15 at the Wales Open a few weeks back.

Bello finished top 10 in this tournament last year, and although on a different course will have a similar feel this time around. But if it’s course knowledge you want, look no further. Golf Club Torino hosted the 2008 Piemonte Open on the Challenge Tour and Rafa finished tied for 5th place! His mix of form and course knowledge leaves us in no doubt that he could do very well in Turin.

Emiliano Grillo (50/1 Bet365)

The Argentine will without doubt be one of the stars of the future, and still at 20 years of age could easily grab a win this week. He has been one of the most consistent players on tour over the last month and challenged heavily at the Johnnie Walker Championship, eventually coming T6. And he showed he can continue his good form with a T11 last week. He will have no worries coming onto a new course striking the ball the way he is.

Statistically, you will not find many better for this course. 5th in GIR, 29th driving distance, 28th driving accuracy and 47th stroke average. He perhaps is not the best putter on the circuit, but when he hits it close to the pin like he has been, we don’t really think that matters!

Ricardo Gonzalez (125/1 Various) + Simon Wakefield (175/1 Various)   

Gonzo still has a win in him

Gonzo still has a win in him

We will end this week’s picks with a couple of cheeky outsiders, starting with our second Argentine pick of the week, Gonzalez. He caught everyone’s eye reaching the play-off at the Johnnie Walker eventually losing out to Tommy Fleetwood. But for injury worries on the final day, that title would surely have been his! Since then he has failed to replicate such results, but he comes onto a course he has previous with. He did in fact finish T6 all the way back in 1999 on this course, just three shots off the winner. He also ranks 7th in GIR on the tour. So if he can rekindle that bit of form he found a few weeks back, he could be an interesting prospect!

Our final pick at a very high price comes in the form of Simon Wakefield. For someone at those odds his form is more than respectable and did record a T8 finish three weeks ago at the Wales Open. The truth be told, the reason we could not take our eye off him was his statistics on the tour this year. Shakey Wakey ranks 2nd driving accuracy, 17th GIR and 31st sand saves which for us seals the deal. And at 175/1, you barely have to put anything on…


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