Golf: Italian Open
Venue: Chervò Golf Club, Brescia.
Dates: Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th October 2020
Having seen its status on the European Tour elevated in 2019, the Italian Open has become one of the flagship events on the tour. The impact of COVID 19 has left the event with a reduced prize purse however there are plenty of big names vying for glory in the Northern Italian City of Brescia. The event was first established in 1925 and is one of the most prestigious on the European Tour and the standard of golf should be high once more in 2020. Previous winners of the event Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton, and Francesco Molinari – testament to the prestige the event is held in on the European Tour.
Plenty of the biggest names on the European Tour are present in Brescia meaning it should be a hotly contested week of golf:-
Englishman Matt Wallace has been a consistent performer on the European Tour again this year and his second place finish at the Scottish Championship should fill him with confidence here.
German Martin Kaymer is still looking for his first tournament win in over 6 years, but his game looks in good nick and the conditions should suit here in Brescia.
Englishman Lee Westwood is a prolific winner on the European Tour, but this is an event that has eluded him so far during his illustrious career.
Defending Italian Open champion Bernd Wiesberger is a serial winner on the European Tour, and he looks well placed to challenge again here in Italy this week.
Emerging Scot Connor Syme looks to have the makings of a serious contender on the European Tour and he will be looking to test himself against the best this week.
1st Round Leader
Producing the goods over 72 holes is often the most difficult thing for any golfer to do therefore here are our first round leader picks:-
Englishman Jordan Smith looked in good form at the BMW PGA Championship last time out and he will be keen to build on that from the off here.
Dutchman Joost Luiten is another man searching for form on the European Tour, but he has an excellent game that could go well here in Brescia.
Marc Warren has enjoyed another excellent season on the European Tour and his tendency to get off to fast starts can leave others trailing in his wake.
Top Ten Finish
With so many quality players assembled here in Brescia, getting into the winning enclosure could be tough but there are plenty of candidates to finish in the top 10 come Sunday:-
Young Austrian Matthias Schwab has been trying to forge a name for himself on the PGA Tour and he should return to the European Tour full of confidence.
Fresh off his win at the Scottish Championship last weekend, Adrian Otaegui will be looking to build on that performance here in Brescia.
Englishman Chris Paisley is another man that always turns up on the bigger stages and he will benefit from the conditions here in Brescia.
BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Matt Wallace – 8.00
1st Round Leader: Marc Warren – 45.00