2016 Italian Open Betting Preview

The PGA Tour enjoys a week off before the FedEx Cup-ending Tour Championship but there is still action on the European Tour as we head to Milan for the 73rd edition of the Italian Open from Thursday. The tournament will be held at the Golf Club Milano for the eighth time after it returned to this venue for the first time since 1990 last year...

  • Martin Kaymer has finished in the top-fifteen in all three appearances at the Italian Open (14-5-2)
  • 2006 Italian Open winner, Francesco Molinari, has finished in the top-25 in 10 of his last 12 appearances in this tournament

15th September - 18th September Odds Won/Lost Bet

Italian Open
Fabrizio Zanotti (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 50 / 1  
Alejandro Canizares (each way) @ 66 / 1  
Julien Quesne (each way) @ 80 / 1  

The Main Attractions

Rikard Karlberg emerged victorious twelve months ago as he edged out Martin Kaymer in a play-off. It is Kaymer who returns to this tight and demanding 7,200 yard course as the bookmakers' favourite and the German can be backed at 14/1 (Bet Victor). Kaymer has never finished outside of the top-fifteen in three previous appearances in Italy (T14 in 2007 and T5 in 2012) and he will have a point to prove after last year's meltdown.

Kaymer is plenty short enough as favourites don't have a great record in this event, while he faces some stiff competition, with Byeong Hun Ann (18/1) looking to build on his tie for 3rd in the Netherlands last week and US Masters champion Danny Willett (20/1) aiming to improve on his tie for 3rd in Milan from last year.

Matthew Fitzpatrick (22/1) also took a share of third in 2015, while Joost Luiten is a 20/1 shot when bidding to build on his victory at the KLM Open, albeit social media would suggest that the Dutchman is still celebrating that victory!

The Selections

Our first pick for Italy is Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti as looks very decent value at 50/1 with Betfred, who are paying 1/4 odds on six places this week. Zanotti has made eight cuts in a row worldwide, as well as picking up seven top-25s in his last eleven starts, and he clearly has a liking for this tight, tree-lined course as he tied 3rd in Milan last year.
Tip #1: Fabrizio Zanotti (each way) @ 50/1 with Betfred.

Alejandro Canizares has also been in good form of late as he followed up his quarter-final effort at the Paul Lawrie Match Play with a tie for 24th at the European Open and a tie for 4th at the KLM Open. The Spaniard's form is certainly going in the right direction and he is just the sort of player who should enjoy this narrow track in Milan, where he tied 25th last year. Canizares is in much better form going into this one and is more than capable of improving on that effort.
Tip #2: Alejandro Canizares (each way) @ 66/1 with Bet Victor.

Finally, Julien Quesne picked up one of his two European Tour wins when landing the 2013 edition of the Italian Open and the unheralded Frenchman could sneak under the radar here. Quesne enjoys the challenging, tight courses and he picked up a sixth top-25 in his past thirteen starts when tying for 5th at the European Masters last time out.
Tip #3: Julien Quesne (each way) @ 80/1 with Ladbrokes.

2016 Italian Open Odds