Lyoness Open Tips: Each-way selections for the Diamond Club dilemma

James Morrison brings both course and current form
James Morrison brings both course and current form

The each-way column came so close to a win and place return at last week's Nordea Masters but a final hole bogey for Chris Wood meant we had to settle for a pair of places. Our final stop before next week's US Open is Austria for the Lyoness Open, here are our five to follow...

"Dylan Frittelli has been relentlessly accurate from tee to green and that always seems to count double around the Diamond Course."

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Dylan Frittelli @ 40/1

*Each-way 1/5 odds, 6 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Lukas Nemecz @ 300/1

It's clear in-form Bernd Wiesberger is the man to beat this week and I do like keeping an eye on Austrians in their home events - Markus Brier, for instance, was a standing dish here in the early 2000s and has been invited back this week. Brier warmed up for this event with a sixth place finish at the Alp's Tour's Gosser Open (held in Erzherzog, Austria), an event that fellow Austrian Lukas Nemecz won after opening with a 64. That was 27-year-old Nemecz's first professional victory and he followed it up with a third place finish at the following event in Paris. He's very clearly in the form of his life and if he's ever going to make an impression on the European Tour, this is the week. I expect to see him flirting with the top quarter of the leaderboard.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Dylan Frittelli @ 40/1

A good rule to follow in golf betting is to identify over-reactions based on small samples of short-term form. If this had been played a fortnight ago, prior to a couple of missed cuts, I doubt Dylan Frittelli would have been available at even half of these odds. His drift is due to four bad rounds - two of which came at notoriously penal Wentworth. I'm happy to ignore that because Dylan is one of the best prospects on the European Tour and very much a winner-in-waiting. Previously he'd been second in the China Open when carrying my cash and fifth in the Shenzhen International. The South African has been relentlessly accurate from tee to green and that always seems to count double around the Diamond Course.


Joe Dyer: Back Mikko Korhonen @ 50/1

After a good few weeks we are back to standard, scratchy European Tour fare and I can't say I make this week's selection with huge confidence. Steve Rawlings tells us that accuracy and good short game skills will make the difference this week and with that in mind I am content to put Mikko Korhonen up at 50/1. The Finn is showing his best stuff pretty late in his career but that level makes him very competitive in tournaments such as this - a runners-up spot in South Africa being his best result of 2017. That came some time back but he was tied for 11th in Sicily just a few weeks back and is entirely capable of going close against this field. Korhonen's game is built on keeping the ball in-play off tee and fairway, coupled with smooth operating on the greens and four appearances at Diamond Golf Course have shown an aptitude for the test, his best finish being ninth in 2015.


Steve Rawlings: Back Gaganjeet Bhullar @ 150/1

With the US Open looming large on the horizon, it's fair to say this week's European Tour fare isn't the strongest but there's still value there if we dig deep enough and the one I like is India's Gaganjeet Bhullar. The 29-year-old is now fairly prolific on the Asian Tour with seven wins to his name already and he very nearly made it eight last time out when he finished second in the Thailand Open. Asian Tour player, Ashun Wu, won this 12 months ago at a big price and Bhullar looks like a value outsider to follow in his footsteps given he led the tournament at halfway in 2011 when playing the course for the first time.


Mike Norman: Back James Morrison @ 33/1

I'll be very surprised if home favourite Bernd Wiesberger isn't picking up the trophy come Sunday afternoon but he's no each-way price at just 9/2 so I'll put my faith again in James Morrison. The Englishman had been in very consistent form prior to his missed cut at Wentworth last time out but in light of Renato Paratore's victory at the weekend, that MC is easy to forgive - Paratore was also in decent form prior to a missed cut at Wentworth, but won next time out. Morrison has this year recorded eight consecutive finishes inside the top 31, including four finishes inside the top 15 and two inside the top six. Take out 'world class' Wiesberger and this is another very average field, so the fact that Morrison finished fourth here last year bodes extremely well for a man who has performed with credit in similar fields recently. He's an industry best 33/1 with Betfair, and that has to be taken.

2017 Season P/L to date: -£451.67

- Nordea Masters, Chris Wood @ 33/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Nordea Masters, Thorbjorn Olesen @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Open de Portugal, Mark Foster @ 50/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Golf Sixes, Denmark @ 10/1 - WIN (Dan)
- Golf Sixes, Scotland @ 12/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Volvo China Open, Dylan Frittelli @ 35/1 PLACE (Paul)
- Masters, Paul Casey @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Hero Indian Open, Carlos Pigem @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 16/1 - WIN (Paul)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Martin Kaymer @ 30/1 PLACE (Steve)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Thomas Detry @ 66/1 - PLACE (Dan)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Richard Sterne @ 22/1 - PLACE (Paul)

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