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The Italian Open 2018 – GardaGolf – Brescia, Italy.

Re-Cap From The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club.

Well what a week that was for so many reasons. The golf was outstanding, the course was pure, their was record attendance and a very deserved winner in Franky Mollinari.. The visits to practice and long hours spent observing on the range paid off big time, every single line up made me a profit, I got to sweat it out on Sunday and better yet I got to do it all with plenty of you as well including DB. As always thank you for sharing your results, I honestly enjoy seeing your greenscreens just as much as I do seeing mine and bizarrely maybe more so.

This Week

The European Tour head off to Italy to play the Italian Open at Gardagolf Country Club in Brescia. Once again its a Rolex series event with a huge prize fund and although not a strong as last week in England it is fair to say that this is a relatively strong field, especially considering the attraction of playing Jacks Place and getting in some essential early practice in States side for the quickly approaching US Open.

The Venue

Its been a while since Gardagolf has hosted something of this significance and in fact the last time this event was played here was 2003 and the time before that 1998. Although it’s been a while that’s not to say it wont be up to the task. This is one stunning venue, located in an amazing part of the world, blessed with culture and passion.

The Course

Length: 7201 yards

Par: 71 (3 par 5’s)

Style: Parkland, Treelined, Awkward yet simply just strategic… oh and very Picturesque

Features: Small greens, narrow dogleg fairways, treelined and easy to be out of position. water features on 7 holes

Key Stats and Strategy

Very similar to last week and exactly why the bookies and DraftKings have priced the field the way they have. The top 12 or so I have absolutely no reason to not play them, especially that top 3, who I believe come Sunday will be your top 3.

Here it will be all about finding those angled fairways, hitting as many greens a possible and staying patient throughout, scoring should be good, not necessarily through a birdie-fest but more through progressive solid scoring and bogey avoidance. If Mollinari or anyone for that matter puts on another display of nearly flawless golf for 4 days, there gonna be tough to catch.

I think taking form from a course like Wentworth to here at GardaGolf hold significant weight and Im interested in those players that played well but may of disappointed with a weekend bomb out or simply didn’t have the luck they deserved throughout the week.

My Picks

$10,000 +

Francesco Mollinari

Alex Noren

Tommy Fleetwood

$9,000 – $10,000

Ian Poulter $9,900

Ross Fisher $9,700

Rafa Cabrera Bello $9,400

$8,000 – $9,000

Alex Levy $9,000

Lucas Bjerregaard $8,900

Matt Wallace $8,700

Alex Bjork $8,600

$7,500 – $8,000

Robert Rock $7,700

Eddie Pepperell $7,600

Miguel Jimenez $7,500

Andrea Pavan $7,500

$7,000 – $7,500

Sam Horsfield $7,400

Thomas Detry $7,300

Matteo Manassero $7,200

Nino Bertasio $7,200

Jordan Smith $7,000

$7,000 or Less

Matt Southgate $7,000

Jacques Kruyswijk $6,900

Gavin Green $6,800

Richard Bland $6,700

Lasse Jensen $6,600

Next Up

Monday its US Open Qualifying. An event for the golfing connoisseur and an absolute must attend event for me in the golfing season. 36 holes of tournament play in one day, played across both courses (old and new) at Walton Heath. This venue boast 2 of the finest heathland courses I have ever played and possibly 2 of the best examples in the country. Absolutely no surprise Justin Rose chose this venue to host the British Masters coming up in October.

So very early Monday morning I will be making the short 45 minute drive into Surrey to spend the day walking the fairways with the players from the European Tour whilst they try to claim a spot at Shinnecock Hills. Now unfortunately that’s not because I am trying to qualify myself and will be inside the ropes… There are no ropes, spectators providing they are fully respectful and give the players the space they need are free to watch from the middle of the fairway or even within touching distance of the greens edge. 

Obviously everything above is enough to entice a golf addict to this event but for me I find this event so valuable for my write up in upcoming events and never more so with the Upcoming British Masters being held here. It also often gives an opportunity to get to know more about each players true game and true character.. Last year I spent a lot of time with Alex Bjork, I even ran the last 5 holes with him whilst he tried to birdie his way in to make it or make a flight to his next event. After that I certainly knew him and his caddie much better and although I believe I was already writing him up it certainly gave me much more confidence to do so even more and with superb results.

Anyway enough waffle about my plans I’m sure I will be sharing plenty on twitter to try to give you all a little insight into this experience, next week those that wont be crossing the pond will be heading off to Austria for the Shot Clock Master… Basically a full field event with a 40 second shot clock introduced for every shot played and a 1 stroke penalty for every failure to hit within the time. Done as an experiment and attempt to massively improve the pace of play.. so basically next week stay miles away from Max Kieffer and Aaron Rai and hope DraftKings cover this event.

 

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Qualifier/Satellite Tournament

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