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Italian Open 2017: A quartet of first round leader bets

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Dan Geraghty picks out four to keep an eye on in round one of this week's Italian Open including the in-form Kiradech Aphibarnrat...

"That rusty performance on links courses after a couple of weeks off is easily forgiven and (Julian Suri's) firmly back on the radar."

The round one weather looks like it will be kind to all concerned, so wherever your fancy is drawn, they should have a fair chance at round one gains.

There aren't many players in the game that like to get on with it faster than Kiradech Aphibarnrat. The affable Thai has been in fine form of late and should enjoy being in the first group out with no-one in front. I imagine he'll drag David Drysdale and Mike Lorenzo-Vera round in double quick time.

Following a hugely successful summer in Europe, Julian Suri enjoyed a couple of weeks back home in America recently. He returned at the Alfred Dunhill last week, where he narrowly missed the cut. That rusty performance on links courses after a couple of weeks off is easily forgiven and he's firmly back on the radar.

Former star Italian amateur Luca Chianchetti turned pro earlier this year and signed up with ISM. He finished an excellent eighth on his first professional start at the European Open and looks an interesting contender this week just two hours from his hometown of Modena. Chianchetti has been drawn with fellow youngsters Austin Connelly and Thomas Detry for the first two rounds.

Finally, I had to throw a first round dart at Edoardo Molinari in his home Open after watching this great promo from earlier in the week...

...lets just hope he's left with plenty of nine irons.


Recommended Bets

Back Kiradech Aphibarnrat @ 60/1
Back Julian Suri @ 66/1
Back Luca Chianchetti @ 130/1 (bigger on the Exchange)
Back Edoardo Molinari @ 100/1 (bigger on the Exchange)

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