Italian Open preview and golf betting tips 2023
Italian Open Golf Tips
Nicolai Hojgaard 18/1- 3PTS EW 6 places
Jorge Campillo 28/1- 3PTS EW 8 places
Ewen Ferguson 50/1- 1PT EW 7 places
Marcus Helligkilde 40/1- 2PTS EW 8 places
Scott Jamieson 50/1- 1PT EW 8 places
Mikko Korhonen 50/1-1PT EW 8 places
Marco Simone GC, Rome, Italy
After a few weeks in Asia, we now visit the venue of the upcoming Ryder Cup. The course has gone through a massive renovation by Tom Fazio ll (son of the course's original designer, Jim) just before the 2021 edition and in preparation for the Ryder Cup, situated only ten miles from Rome, near the historic town of Trivoli.
At 6,939 yards and par 71, the course features 3 par-5s and 4 par -3s, this course has several holes with water, trees blocking the pathway to the greens, and dog legs. The greens are going to be a proper test with some of them being elevated with run-off areas and undulations.
The rough has a links-style look about it with long fescue awaiting the wayward drives, with the wind also being a big factor to consider.
Nicolai is in a rich vein of form at the moment, my only concern is jet lag, he's been making a name for himself on the PGA Tour, he was a close second in the Corales followed by a T28 in the Valero Texas Open with a stellar field, he then finished T33 in the Mexico Open, his SG total for the last three tournaments read Corales 14.7- Valero 4.9 with SG APP 5.2. Nicolai was a winner here in Italy at Marco Simone GC in 2021.
What can I say, Jorge has been Mr consistent this year, the 36yr old won in Kenya in March, and he also has three top tens with some really good rounds in between them. Campillo has three wins on the tour with the Qatar Masters being the best of the bunch, his stats for last week were 13th APP- 5th OTT- 6th TTG- 22nd PUTT, out of all my selections he is my star man this week.
There are probably going to be a few Scots that are on this sheet this week and where better to start than with Mr Ferguson, world number 141 has made some solid efforts recently. He won last year twice on the DP Tour and with his recent results it looks like he's ready to strike again.
We have many Danes on the DP Tour and Marcus is not just your average one, in 2021 he had three wins on the challenge tour and two seconds, since then it's been rather quiet as he's only managed three top tens in 2022. But he seems to be coming back to his old self, so far this year he has three top 20s and was second last week at the Korea Championship.
There is no reason why he shouldn't be there Sunday holding the trophy and his maiden title, his recent stats and stats for the year are good, last week he was 1st SGAPP- 7TH OTT - 1ST TTG- the only stumbling block could be the flat stick, but he has the class to get over the line.
Another one who is making a revival after a cold spell is Jamieson, the world number 169 has form around this course when he played here in 2021 he finished T8th four shots off the winner Nicolai, he's been putting up some good numbers on the course, he was 24th OTT -63RD APP- 18TH TTG AND 9TH PUTT, last week he was joint leader after the second round but could only manage 71-70 in the final two round to finish T3rd, lets hope he came put four good round together to win this title.
This man seems to have been around for ages, the 43yr old has been on the tour since 2010 and has had his struggles along the way losing his card a few times. He's won two times in 2018 with the Shot Clock Masters and 2019 Volvo China Open. This year he's been steady with three top 30s and a T17th, twined with his steady form and finishing T8th at this venue im taking a chance he can get back on the podium.
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