Italian Open preview

A preview and stats for this week's European Tour event - the Italian Open at Circolo Golf Torino

By Dave Tindall Twitter: @DaveTindallgolf.   Last Updated: 17/09/13 8:50pm

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Matteo Manassero: Can give the home fans plenty to cheer

Matteo Manassero: Can give the home fans plenty to cheer

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The Tour is back in Turin to celebrate the 70th instalment of the Italian Open.

Circolo Golf Torino is the home course of Ryder Cup brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari, although the latter will not be teeing-up this week having been ruled out for the season following hand surgery.

After four successive years at nearby Royal Park, Italy's national open moves to Torino which is another lush parkland course around 12 miles north-west of Turin city centre.

This will be the second time Torino has staged the event, the first being 14 years ago when Scotsman Dean Robertson lifted the trophy after holding off Padraig Harrington by a single shot.

Although the current site has been in existence for 57 years, the club itself goes back even further to 1920.

EUROPEAN TOUR FORM

Register of Top-25 Finishes

Last Ten Tour Events Played on European Soil

Player: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

Felipe Aguilar: - / - / 18 / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Thomas Aiken: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 16
Fredrik Andersson: - / - / - / - / - / - / 23 / - / - / -
Matthew Baldwin: 18 / - / - / - / - / 10 / - / 18 / - / -
Seve Benson: - / - / 18 / 17 / - / - / - / 8 / - / -
Gregory Bourdy: - / - / - / - / - / - / 23 / Won / - / -
Gary Boyd: - / - / - / - / - / - / 17 / - / - / -
Kristoffer Broberg: - / - / 25 / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Rafael Cabrera-Bello: - / 5 / - / - / 21 / - / - / 15 / - / -
Jorge Campillo: - / - / 18 / - / - / 24 / - / - / - / -
Alejandro Canizares: - / 10 / - / - / - / - / - / - / 4 / -
Magnus A Carlsson: - / - / - / - / - / 13 / - / - / - / 11
Nicolas Colsaerts: - / - / - / 8 / - / - / - / - / - / -
Eduardo De La Riva: - / - / 3 / - / 15 / - / - / 15 / - / 16
Matteo Del Podio: - / - / - / - / - / 17 / - / - / - / -
Robert-Jan Derksen: 10 / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Christopher Doak: - / - / - / 12 / - / - / - / - / - / -
David Drysdale: - / - / - / - / - / - / 10 / - / - / -
Victor Dubuisson: - / - / 18 / 17 / - / - / - / - / 3 / -
Simon Dyson: - / - / 5 / 12 / - / 9 / - / 18 / 22 / 3
Johan Edfors: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 18 / - / -
Gonzalo F'dez-Castano: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 8 / - / -
Richard Finch: - / - / - / - / - / 17 / 23 / - / - / -
Oliver Fisher: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 11
Oscar Floren: - / - / - / - / - / 24 / - / - / - / -
Mark Foster: - / - / - / - / - / 5 / - / - / - / -
Marcus Fraser: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 20 / 16
Lorenzo Gagli: - / - / - / 17 / - / - / - / - / - / -
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet: - / - / - / - / - / 13 / - / - / - / -
Ricardo Gonzalez: - / - / - / 17 / - / - / 2 / - / - / -
Richard Green: - / - / 6 / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Emiliano Grillo: - / - / - / - / - / - / 6 / 18 / - / 11
JB Hansen: - / - / - / 3 / - / 4 / - / - / - / -
Andreas Harto: - / - / - / - / - / 13 / - / - / - / -
Gregory Havret: - / 15 / - / - / - / 5 / - / - / 7 / 3
Scott Henry: - / 22 / - / - / - / - / 4 / - / - / -
Michael Hoey: - / - / - / - / - / Won / - / - / - / -
Dave Horsey: - / - / - / 24 / - / 17 / 14 / - / - / 9
David Howell: - / - / 8 / - / - / - / 17 / - / - / -
Raphael Jacquelin: - / 22 / - / 8 / - / - / - / - / - / -
Michael Jonzon: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 11
Alexandre Kaleka: - / - / - / - / - / 2 / - / - / - / -
Rikard Karlberg: - / - / - / - / - / 13 / - / - / 15 / -
Simon Khan: - / - / 18 / 17 / - / - / - / - / - / -
Maximilian Kieffer: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 13 / -
Soren Kjeldsen: - / 18 / 8 / - / - / - / - / 3 / - / 8
Brooks Koepka: - / - / - / 12 / - / - / - / 18 / 7 / 22
Espen Kofstad: - / - / - / - / - / - / 23 / - / - / 22
Mikko Korhonen: - / - / - / - / - / 10 / 10 / 8 / - / -
Maarten Lafeber: - / - / - / - / - / 24 / - / - / - / -
Joakim Lagergren: - / - / - / 24 / - / 17 / - / - / - / -
Jose Manuel Lara: - / 15 / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Peter Lawrie: - / 10 / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Alexander Levy: 3 / - / - / - / - / 10 / - / 18 / - / -
Tom Lewis: - / - / - / - / - / - / 17 / - / 15 / -
Sam Little: - / - / - / - / - / 17 / - / - / - / -
Shane Lowry: 22 / 5 / - / - / - / - / 10 / - / - / -
Morten Orum Madsen: - / - / - / 24 / - / - / 14 / - / - / -
Matteo Manassero: 22 / - / 25 / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Gareth Maybin: - / - / 8 / 5 / - / - / - / - / 22 / -
Richard McEvoy: - / - / - / - / - / 17 / - / - / - / -
Damien McGrane: - / - / 18 / - / - / - / - / 6 / - / 3
Francesco Molinari: - / - / 18 / - / 9 / - / - / - / - / -
James Morrison: - / - / - / - / - / 5 / - / - / - / -
Matthew Nixon: 22 / - / - / - / - / 2 / - / - / - / 16
Jose Maria Olazabal: - / 5 / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Hennie Otto: - / - / 13 / 12 / - / - / - / - / - / -
Chris Paisley: - / - / - / - / - / 17 / - / - / - / -
Julien Quesne: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 7
Alvaro Quiros: - / 5 / - / 24 / - / - / - / - / - / 22
Richie Ramsay: - / - / - / - / - / - / 10 / - / - / 22
Robert Rock: - / 2 / - / - / - / - / - / 15 / - / -
Ricardo Santos: - / 15 / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Joel Sjoholm: - / - / - / - / - / 24 / - / - / - / -
Lee Slattery: - / - / 25 / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Graeme Storm: - / - / 3 / - / - / - / - / 6 / - / -
Simon Thornton: - / 18 / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Mark Tullo: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 20 / -
Tjaart Van Der Walt: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 18 / - / -
Jaco Van Zyl: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 22 / -
Simon Wakefield: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 8 / - / -
Peter Whiteford: - / 10 / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Bernd Wiesberger: 4 / - / 13 / - / - / - / 4 / - / - / -

Key: 1 - Munich (Jun); 2 - Co Kildare (Jun); 3 - Paris (Jul); 4 - Inverness (Jul); 5 - Muirfield (Jul); 6 - Moscow (Jul); 7 -Perthshire (Aug); 8 - Newport (Sep); 9 - Crans Montana (Sep); 10 - Zandvoort (Sep)

Circolo Golf Torino: Par 72; 7,208 yards

Conclusion

The above stats naturally focus on current form given that the only European Tour course form we have is from 1999.

However, this venue did host the Challenge Tour's Piemonte Open in 2008 when the winner was England's Seve Benson.

Also in the top five that week was Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello and he's been showing enough good form over the last couple of months to suggest he can shine here again.

He made the top 30 in the final two majors of 2013 and, two starts ago, was fourth after 54 holes in Wales before slipping to 15th on the final day.

His greens in regs stats have been excellent since he put new Titleist irons in his bag recently and his liking for Italy (he was ninth in this event last year and also fourth in the 2008 Apulia San Domenico Grand Final) adds another tick.

Take Cabrera-Bello to follow in the footsteps of countryman Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and land the title at 33/1.

Another man who featured in the top 10 of that Challenge Tour event here in 2008 was Mikko Korhonen.

Interestingly, the Finn also happens to be in the best form of his career after a hat-trick of top 10s and two other decent efforts in his last five starts.

He's got a bunch of good form in Italian events and a closing 66 in Holland last week suggests he's worth a poke at 70/1.

At the same price, I'm going to take a punt on Alvaro Quiros.

The monster-hitting Spaniard's exciting career has been de-railed by injury and loss of form but there are signs that he's getting it back together.

He was 22nd in the Dutch Open last week after shooting a second round 64 and his putting stats look hot.

Quiros will like the four par fives on this course as all six of his European Tour wins have come on par 72s.

Finally, after we cashed in on Joost Luiten's home win last week, let's try and repeat the trick with a punt on Matteo Manassero.

The youngster, who scored a superb win at Wentworth earlier this year, has finished third and eighth in two of the last three Italian Opens so the signs suggest he can turn it on in front of his home fans.

He's expert at getting his nose in front so go 'win only' at 14/1.

Best bets

1.5pts e.w. Rafa Cabrera-Bello at 33/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5)
1pt e.w. Mikko Korhonen at 70/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5)
1pt e.w. Alvaro Quiros at 70/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5)
3pts win Matteo Manassero at 14/1

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