THE ITALIAN OPEN 2019 WILL BE PLAYED AT OLGIATA GOLF CLUB, ROME
The 76th Edition will take place from 10th to 13th October. The tournament, with a price money of 7 million dollars, will be again one of the Rolex Series of the European Tour
The Tournament, at its 76th Edition, will be again included in the Rolex Series of the European Tour and it will raffle off 7 million dollars, this price money will remain until 2027. The big worldwide players are expected for an event that, as usual, will combine sport and entertainment in order to engage also non-golfers.
The choice to host the most important national golf event in Rome is part of an agreement between the Italian Golf Federation and Lazio Region with the aim to enhance the territory towards the path to Ryder Cup 2022, which will be take place in Rome within four years at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
The Italian Open, the spearhead of Ryder Cup 2022 Project, after four consecutive years of tournaments in Lombardy will finally reach Lazio Region. In agreement with the Official Advisor In front the Italian Golf Federation states its willingness to engage the whole Nation in the road to the prestigious contest between Europe and USA, which Rome is ready to host after receiving the handover from Paris.
The Sixth edition in Lazio – It will be the sixth time that an Italian Open will be played in Lazio after three editions at Acquasanta (1950, 1973, 1980), the 1994 edition at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club and the 2002 edition at Olgiata, when the victory of the Englishman, Ian Poulter, kicked off his extraordinary career that brought him to play in six Ryder Cup, among them the latest win in Paris together with Francesco Molinari and the rest of the Europe Team.
Over the years, Olgiata was the scene of several prestigious events, such as two World Cup, one Amateur World Cup, one final of Dunhill Cup, three Ladies European Tour Tournaments, some contests of Challenge Tour in addition to many national championships.
The Golf Course – Opened in 1961, the 18 holes golf course was designed by the English Architect C. Kenneth Cotton and it was deeply restyled in 2012 by the American Architect Jim Fazio. The golf course is endowed by a second 9 holes course for a total of 27 holes and by a wide Club House inspired by American Country Clubs which is perfectly suited to the wonderful natural surroundings.
- 2018 – Thorbjorn Olesen
- 2017 – Tyrrell Hatton
- 2016 – Francesco Molinari
- 2015 – Rikard Karlberg
- 2014 – Hennie Otto
- 2013 – Julien Quesne
- 2012 – Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
Matt Fitzpatrick (ENG) 25/1
Strong contender here this week. This is a course that he will just love to go and attack. He is also a player who performs well in the latter part of the golfing calendar, with all five of his wins on the European Tour coming after June. He has picked up silver-ware every year since 2015.
He came close at the WGC St Jude this year picking up a tied fourth finish and then followed that with a runner up spot at the Scandinavian.
He had a good Alfred Dunhill as well a couple of weeks ago, his form is good and no reason why this will not continue here.
Key pointers for this week.
- Solid off the Tee with 65% accuracy
- Greens in Regulation 72.22%
- Putting always good Putts Per Gir 1.71
- Stroke Average 69.13 ranked second on the European Tour
Haotong Li (CHN) 50/1
He is well overdue a win for sure. His last win was back at the Omega in Dubai in January 2018. He has been knocking on the door this year but finding it hard to cross the line.
I think this course is set up for him to go low this week, some tree lined holes which he likes to play and a very good tee to green player is a must around here. He also holds an impressive stroke average of 69.71 which is eleventh place on the European Tour rankings.
Driving straight is a must, like most courses. But here it has a similar look to that of Wentworth on a few of the holes, a lot of rough placed in the run off areas. So, players will need to be patient.
And being one of the best putters in the game today he should be holing a lot of birdies.
Benjamin Herbert (FRA) 110/1
First of my French picks for this week is Ben Herbert at 110/1, you can get 125/1 with Ladbrokes paying five places.
His last win was in 2014, since then his top ten places each year have been:
- 2016 – 3
- 2017 – 4
- 2018 – 3
- 2019 – 3
We saw some great golf from him in Scotland a few weeks ago. He looks to be peaking at the just the right time to go low very soon. Why not here, where he has fond memories of this course and it really seems to suit his eye. In fact, the last time the event was held at this venue was 2014 on the Challenge Tour and he had a great week finishing at five under par in a tie for third spot.
I like top ten and top twenty markets here as well with him.
Julien Guerrier (FRA) 500/1
So, my second choice from France is Julien. Odds as high as 500/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair paying eight places WOW taken on the Monday 7 th October.
I would not have had him this high in the rankings this week. I have really liked what I have seen of him so far, having only played twice on the European Tour against strong fields. The BMW he started well, had a poor Friday but still made the cut and then finished Sunday well to close with a 69. The Alfred he started with three rounds in the sixty’s only to have a very poor 74 to finish off just outside the top fifty.
He comes into this week again with good course form after picking up a 6th place here in 2014.
You can get 9/1 top twenty here.
Amid the finely groomed fairways, the well-engineered greens and the challenging bunkers, you can almost hear the echoes of the PGA TOUR Professionals inviting you to have fun, encouraging you to compete and inspiring you to improve your game.
Step onto the tee box with Singh or Couples. Face Scott or Appleby and enjoy the rare combination of professional quality and beauty of this course.
With Golf Club of Houston being Houston’s only PGA TOUR stop, as your backdrop, your tournament takes on an increased aura of significance and the rewards and enjoyment will be immeasurable.
- 2018 – Ian Poulter
- 2017 – Russell Henley
- 2016 – Jim Herman
- 2015 – J.B. Holmes
- 2014 – Matt Jones
- 2013 – D.A. Points
- 2012 – Hunter Mahan
Daniel Berger (USA) 25/1
This course over the years has shown that a good off the tee stat is key to the win around here. The course has over fifty bunkers and a lot of water lurking so defensive tee shots will be needed this week.
Daniel has that game and ticks all the boxes here; I know he is fairly low in the markets this week but he looks the better player out of the top six in the leading odds market. Stenson heads the market this week but for me he blows too hot and cold and his driver stats did not look good on the range.
Should be a leading contender and worthy of the price
Russell Henley (USA) 28/1
Russell has been solid for weeks now on the back of three cuts made this season, and what is not to like about his previous results here:
Winner of this event back in 2017 and always seems to deliver at this place. His off the tee stat was a concern based on his average for 2019 but when investigating this fully is looks very positive.
- The Greenbrier – Total Driving 71 – Driving Accuracy 60.71% – GIR 76.39%
- Sanderson – Total Driving 77 – Driving Accuracy 64.29% – GIR 64.29%
- Shriners – Total Driving 83 – Driving Accuracy 71.43% – GIR 71.43%
Again, another low odds pick but he has to feature. I also like a top five bet here at 6/1.
Cameron Tringale (USA) 50/1
After working my way through the reports back from the team and analysing the top fifty in the betting. This guy features a lot and for good reason, at these odds we could be in luck.
Last week’s performance was not the greatest show but even with those poor stats, he still managed a top fifty finish. Still on a good run of form coming in here and surprising not yet won on the PGA so should be one he will be licking his lips at.
Another thing the team picked out was the wind could get up a bit here this week, and he is a very good wind player combined with being one of the best off the tee this should be a perfect match.
Lanto Griffin (USA) 60/1
He is sixty to one with Sky Bet this week. This player is on fire, if he was more of a well-known name coming in here, those odds would be more around 20/1 or lower.
Four events played; four cuts made:
- Greenbrier – 13th
- Sanderson – 11th
- Safeway – 17th
- Safeway – 18th
Pretty impressive reading. One of our team members we gather information from has been involved in the Korn Ferry Tour for some time now and called this name at the start of the year. He picked up two wins on that tour and looked a special talent. As you can see, he has carried that onto the PGA Tour which is not an easy task.
No fear and hungry for his first PGA Tour title, all the stats are green for GO this week so watch this space.
Matt Every (USA) 110/1
The last of my picks for this week. Matt looks overall like the sort of player that will score well around here. I would not be saying this if he didn’t find something in his game last week at the Shriners. He looked a different player out there compared to his first three events.
- MC/WD/MC/18 explains the 110/1 price
GIR over 81%, along with some of his best putting for this season last week. He has also won twice on the PGA which surprised me, a player very much under the radar this week. Good value and should go well.
Top ten market 11/1