Italian Open Fantasy Preview

The Golf Club of Milano plays the role of host for the third straight year as we ready for the fifth event of the Rolex Series.

The addition of the Rolex Series will help explain the big uptick in field strength this year.

The course looks to be a par 71 that plays around 7,150 yards and features bentgrass/poa putting surfaces. The field has averaged around 1.66 strokes under-par, per round, so it’s kind of a cakewalk unless the weather says otherwise.

For correlated courses, I’m sticking the mainland Europe and looking for mid-length courses with bentgrass/poa greens. The following events are what I will use: 2015 thru 2017 Lyoness Open, 2016 and 2017 Czech Masters, 2015 and 2016 Porsche Euro Open, 2015 and 2017 BMW International, 2015 thru 2017 Open de France, and 2015 thru 2017 Portugal Masters. That is a total of 15 tournaments, which might give us a good snapshot of who fits the course.

On top of those correlated courses, I will also venture through the record books to see who has the most success on the following angles…

Top Performers on Easy Courses(since 2015)

Bernd Wiesberger
Byeong Hun An
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Victor Dubuisson
Tommy Fleetwood
Peter Hanson
Alex Noren
Shane Lowry
Francesco Molinari
Martin Kaymer

Top Performers on Bentgrass Greens (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Francesco Molinari
Bernd Wiesberger
Sergio Garcia
Martin Kaymer
Andy Sullivan
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Tyrrell Hatton
Byeong Hun An
Ross Fisher

Top Performers in Europe (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Francesco Molinari
Tyrrell Hatton
Bernd Wiesberger
Andy Sullivan
Martin Kaymer
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Tommy Fleetwood
Ross Fisher
Sergio Garcia

Top Performers against Strong Fields (since 2015)

Byeong Hun An
Bernd Wiesberger
Francesco Molinari
Alex Noren
Martin Kaymer
Tyrrell Hatton
Andy Sullivan
Ross Fisher
Thongchai Jaidee
Richard Sterne

Top Performers in the Fall (since 2015)

Tyrrell Hatton
Victor Dubuisson
Bernd Wiesberger
Andy Sullivan
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Thongchai Jaidee
Tommy Fleetwood
Byeong Hun An
Shane Lowry
Ross Fisher

Top Performers on Correlated Courses (since 2015)

Bernd Wiesberger
Andy Sullivan
Ross Fisher
Thongchai Jaidee
Tommy Fleetwood
Joost Luiten
Francesco Molinari
Lucas Bjerregaard
James Morrison
Lee Westwood

Golfers that show up on all SIX lists: Bernd Wiesberger

Golfers that show up on 5-of-6 lists: Francesco Molinari, Ross Fisher, Andy Sullivan

Golfers that show up on 4-of-6 lists: Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren, Martin Kaymer, Byeong Hun An

Golfers that show up on 3-of-6 lists: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Thongchai Jaidee

My Top 25 for the 2017 Italian Open

1. Matthew Fitzpatrick
2. Jon Rahm
3. Bernd Wiesberger
4. Tyrrell Hatton
5. Ross Fisher
6. Francesco Molinari
7. Alex Noren
8. Tommy Fleetwood
9. Martin Kaymer
10. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
11. Shane Lowry
12. David Horsey
13. Richard Sterne
14. Graeme McDowell
15. Paul Dunne
16. Victor Dubuisson
17. Julian Suri
18. Anthony Wall
19. Lee Westwood
20. Alexander Bjork
21. Graeme Storm
22. Ryan Fox
23. Eddie Pepperell
24. Benjamin Hebert
25. Sergio Garcia

This article has 3 comments

  1. Rahm obviously interested in hunting down Fleetwood and scooping up the Race to Dubai purse. He’s different class to this lot and the Rolex cash on offer here is his for the taking.

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