The BB Golf team once again dug out a return last time out with Dan Geraghty getting a place payout from Eddie Pepperell's fine fifth at the KLM Open. Here are our five to follow at the Open d'Italia...
"Prior to last week's missed cut, Kristoffer Broberg looked a winner-in-waiting after top-13 finishes in six out of eight strokeplay events, and the 50/1 available for Italy looks a classic over-reaction."
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Kristoffer Broberg @ 50/1
*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 5 places
Dan Geraghty: Back Clement Sordet @ 200/1
The remarkable performance of the amateurs at this year's Open Championship (three finished in the top 12) showed how well players are prepared for the professional ranks these days. Former amateur star Clement Sordet is making his European Tour debut this week, the Frenchman turned professional this July following a glittering college career and immediately signed to Chubby Chandler's ISM management stable; it didn't take the youngster long to make his mark - he won on his fourth start (at the Northern Ireland Open, on the Challenge Tour) and now has the world at his feet. His inexperience may be helped by the fact this week's course is unknown to the majority of the field, 200/1 looks generous.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Kristoffer Broberg @ 50/1
Prior to last week's missed cut, Kristoffer Broberg looked a winner-in-waiting after top-13 finishes in six out of eight strokeplay events, and the 50/1 available for Italy looks a classic over-reaction. He didn't do much wrong in Holland, hitting a good percentage of fairways, greens and a decent second-round 68, yet a cold putter made it impossible to keep pace with scoring. Widely regarded as a star in the making since sweeping all before him on the Challenge Tour, Broberg is ready to make his mark at higher levels.
Joe Dyer: Back Wade Ormsby @ 100/1
A long discussion between the BB golf team leads us to believe that an accurate driver with ace scrambling skills is what we need at the short-ish, tree-lined Golf Club Milano. I've had a tough time getting my shortlist down to one but my man this week is 100/1 Wade Ormsby. The Aussie is a hot and cold golfer - witness four top 10s and two top 20s this year but also a run of seven straight missed cuts stretching from Wentworth to Crans - and I'm hoping he'll take last week's good form to Italy. Ormsby's play at the KLM Open saw him open with a 61 to share the first roundlead which he followed with three under par rounds to finish up tied 10th. He was in fine, accurate form in the Netherlands and his putter was darned hot. More of that this week please, Wade!
Steve Rawlings: Back Pelle Edberg @ 150/1
Pelle Edberg looks to have been dismissed too readily given he's finished inside the first-four in two of his last four strokeplay events and I'm happy to chance him again at a handsome price. He was my fancy at the Made In Denmark last month after he'd finished fourth in Switzerland so it was frustrating to see him finish runner-up at a monster price at the Czech Masters a week after he'd missed the cut in Denmark. He missed out on weekend employment again at the KLM Open last week but he started very slowly (six-over par after nine holes) following the disappointment of defeat in Prague and he finished much stronger - birdying four of his last seven holes. He could very easily get back on track again here and 150/1 looks generous.
Mike Norman: Back Rikard Karlberg @ 66/1
In a week with no course form to go it may pay to stay loyal to in-form players, those who have continued to play well on a weekly basis regardless of the venue or course set-up. So on that basis I have to stick with a man who I've backed previously, namely Rikard Karlberg who is available to back at 66/1 this week despite continuing to get in the mix regularly. The Swede has finish 9th, 10th, 13th, and 14th in four of his last six events and last week recorded four rounds in the 60s at the KLM Open without getting into full contention. Those recent finishes suggest his game is in tip-top shape, he ranks highly on the European Tour's Scrambling stats if indeed that does become a key attribute this week, and it seems that just a few more holed putts will see the 28-year-old go close to winning.
Year to date P/L: +£452.20
- KLM Open, Eddie Pepperell @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dan G)
- Czech Masters, Roope Kakko @ 66/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Made In Denmark, Kristoffer Broberg @ 25/1 - PLACE (Dan T)
- USPGA Championship, Branden Grace @ 66/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- European Masters, Tyrrell Hatton @ 50/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- The Open, Justin Rose @ 23/1 - PLACE (Ralph)
- The Open, Louis Oosthuizen @ 20/1 - PLACE (Dan T)
- Scottish Open, Eddie Pepperell @ 125/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Open de France, Bernd Wiesberger @ 33/1 - WON (Mike)
- Lyoness Open, Robert Rock @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW PGA Championship, Chris Wood @ 125/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Mauritius Open, John Parry @ 150/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- US Masters, Paul Casey @ 66/1 - PLACE (Romilly)
- Thailand Classic, Andrew Dodt @ 100/1 - WON (Paul)
- Malaysian Open, Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan G)
- DD Classic, Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)
*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75