Italian Open 2018: Form stats for this week's event in Brescia

Ross Fisher: Played well at Wentworth last week
Ross Fisher: Tied-second at last year's Italian Open in Milan
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Andy Swales supplies form stats for this week's Italian Open on the European Tour...

"The 37-year-old Fisher is one of the few players teeing-up who has previously competed at this week’s venue."

After a wait of more than 15 years, the Italian Open returns to the stunning Gardagolf Country Club in Lombardy.

Opened 32 years ago and situated close to Lake Garda, in the Province of Brescia, this week's photogenic venue is approximately 80 miles east of Milan.

This will be the fourth European Tour event to be staged at Gardagolf, with its former winners being Sam Torrance (1993), Bernhard Langer (1997) and Mathias Gronberg (2003).

Since the Swede's triumph, Gardagolf has also hosted three Challenge Tour events, most recently 12 years ago.

This superbly crafted parkland layout in northern Italy is the home course of Matteo Manassero, with the club offering 27 wonderfully scenic holes.

This week's tournament will combine the nine holes of the White Course, with nine from the Red - the latter being the back nine.

Water will come into play on six holes of this rolling tree-lined venue, with the tournament being the second of seven in the Tour's lucrative Rolex Series.

And many of Europe's leading players, who teed-up at Wentworth last week, are competing again in Brescia.

Hero's Welcome!

Italy's top player Francesco Molinari is likely to receive a hero's welcome, following his well-deserved victory at Wentworth on Sunday.

Even by his own levels of consistency, the 35-year-old conjured up a remarkable performance over the West Course - just two bogies all week and none in his final 44 holes.

British Challenge

It's been almost three months since a Brit won on the European Tour but this could change in Lombardy.

Ross Fisher tied-second in Milan last October and enjoyed a top-10 finish at Wentworth over the weekend.

The 37-year-old Ascot-born pro is one of the few players teeing-up who has previously competed at this week's venue.

Back in 2005, Fisher finished fifth when the Challenge Tour visited northern Italy.

Another Englishman who showed up well in the BMW PGA Championship last week was Matt Fitzpatick.

The Sheffield golfer finished in a tie-for-eighth alongside Fisher, thanks to a closing 67. It was only his second top 10 since mid-November.

Gardagolf Knowledge

Few of this week's competitors teed-up in 2003 when the Italian Open was last staged at Gardagolf.

One such player was Ian Poulter, who ended up in a share of 18th spot.

Poulter's first European Tour victory arrived in Italy and the current world No 27 could be among the front-runners once again.

Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello looked in good shape last week off the tee, while his putting stats are also currently quite impressive.

If he can start finding a few more greens in regulation, then his next victory may not be that far away.

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Table Below Shows Form For Last 12 Weeks

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W21 W20 W19 W18 W17 W16 W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10
Tommy Fleetwood 20 7 MC 4 17 17 26
Alex Noren 3 17 MC MC 3 36
Tyrrell Hatton MC MC 42 MC 44 9 69
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 8 17 MC MC 38 MC 36
Ian Poulter 20 11 22 7 44 1 5 41 MC
Francesco Molinari 1 MC 16 49 20 17 26
Matthew Fitzpatrick 8 46 14 38 36 MC MC
Ross Fisher 8 71 63 MC MC MC 36 MC
Hao Tong Li 43 MC 32 32 59 54
Alexander Levy 52 MC 14 1 36
Dylan Frittelli MC MC 20 32 MC MC 36
Thomas Pieters MC 39 66 MC 52 52
Paul Dunne MC 7 MC 2 8 5
Adrian Otaegui MC 1 2 19 12
Alexander Bjork 27 1 3 39
Joost Luiten MC 46 25 9 9
Jorge Campillo MC 5 3 46 5
Matt Wallace 20 3 MC MC 1
Chris Paisley MC MC 4 MC
George Coetzee MC 43 MC 4
Eddie Pepperell 43 14 MC MC
Hideto Tanihara 35 MC 9 12
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 43 8 2 62 34
Martin Kaymer MC MC 42 MC 73 48 MC
Wade Ormsby MC MC 52 25
Lee Westwood 27 MC*
Jordan Smith MC 46 3 52 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 60 MC 37 46
Chris Wood 27 MC MC 54 48
Dean Burmester 12 3 MC Dq 71 3
Ryan Fox 43 65 37 12 MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC 27 MC 21 4
Andy Sullivan 35 3 7 21
Fabrizio Zanotti 15 MC MC 50
Joakim Lagergren MC 1 37 3 MC
Andrew Johnston MC 12 2
Dave Horsey MC MC 36 MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 52 7 13 MC 40
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 7 MC MC 28
Erik Van Rooyen 20 46 MC 7 21 MC
Harold Varner MC 7 55 MC MC MC MC 45 78
Julien Guerrier MC 6 20 MC 9 MC
Darren Fichardt 7 52 58 1
Scott Jamieson MC 53 MC MC MC
Richie Ramsay 35 46 32 72
Benjamin Hebert 35 2 MC 13
Jazz Janewattananond 4 37 MC 12 56 28 MC
David Lipsky 27 23 45 MC 67
Matthew Southgate 27 12 48
Nacho Elvira MC 14 22 3 40
Jason Scrivener MC MC 20 MC 73 40
Renato Paratore MC MC 61 21 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 3 5 6 MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC 17 Wd MC MC
Richard Sterne MC 22 34
Gavin Green 52 34 56 MC 46 16
Aaron Rai MC 46 20 52 12 9
Matthieu Pavon 64 MC MC MC MC
Marcus Kinhult 12 63 MC MC MC
Phachara Khongwatmai MC MC 12 56 66 MC MC
Scott Hend MC 64 MC MC MC
Callum Shinkwin MC 65 MC 13 28
Haydn Porteous 43 39 41 MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 63 56 36 21
Padraig Harrington MC MC 28 MC* MC MC
Mikko Korhonen 15 26 41 MC
Paul Waring 52 11 9 63
Jin Ho Choi MC 31 20 7 MC 58 9
Thomas Detry 43 33 MC 19 MC
Adam Bland MC 28 MC MC MC
Graeme McDowell 12 MC 27 22 51 55 MC 22 40
Marc Warren 60 MC MC 46 5 53
Clement Sordet MC MC 45 MC MC 12
Andrew Dodt 51 MC 27 32 MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC 10 MC 52 MC Wd
Andres Romero MC MC 5 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC 45 2 MC
Stephen Gallacher 52 12 MC 52 7
David Drysdale MC 3 MC MC MC MC
Robert Rock 20 36 28 12
Mikko Ilonen MC 14 3
Romain Wattel MC 59 56 52
Austin Connelly MC MC 11 MC 13 63
Jacques Kruyswijk 20 MC 14 MC 9
Ryan Evans MC 59 11 46 MC 34
Lorenzo Gagli 20 20 2 36 MC 1
Sam Brazel MC MC MC
Sam Horsfield 15 41 MC 32 MC MC 14
Nino Bertasio 60 70 32 59 34 MC
Brandon Stone 60 MC MC 22 39
Pedro Oriol MC 46 MC 29 39
SSP Chawrasia MC MC 41 MC 40 MC
Ashun Wu 64 MC 7 29 34 53
Lee Slattery MC 58 MC 32 MC
Chase Koepka MC MC 34 MC MC
Robert Karlsson MC 15 MC MC
Andrea Pavan 52 MC 9 11 3 21
Sebastian Heisele MC MC 4 MC MC 44
Jens Dantorp 35 46 48 MC 67 16
Marcus Fraser MC 34 MC 32 22 46 60
Adrien Saddier 35 MC MC MC MC 62
Maximilian Kieffer 42 28 MC 41 12
Oliver Farr MC 25 26 MC MC MC
Steven Brown MC MC 7 65 MC 16
Jamie Donaldson MC MC MC 32 MC 34
James Morrison MC 46 MC 65 MC MC 16
Marcel Siem MC MC 56 19 MC
Brett Rumford MC MC MC MC 5
Chris Hanson MC MC 27 41 MC MC
Matthias Schwab 10 28 20 MC 28 8 4
Edoardo Molinari MC 9 45 MC MC 57
Thongchai Jaidee 8 MC MC 73 MC
Richard Bland 35 MC MC MC MC
Gregory Bourdy MC 74 MC 62 46
Jeff Winther MC 17 14 MC 34
Thomas Aiken MC MC 14 MC MC
Bradley Dredge MC MC MC 13 52
Gregory Havret MC 38 MC MC MC 23
Jason Norris MC MC 27 Wd 58 MC
Lasse Jensen 27 MC 27 MC MC Wd
Peter Hanson MC MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC 45 59 52 16
Justin Walters 22 34 MC 66 9
Danny Willett MC MC MC MC Wd
Charlie Ford MC MC MC MC 63
Matteo Manassero 27 20 20 46 39 57
Gavin Moynihan Wd MC MC MC MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Ashley Chesters MC MC 20 MC MC 30
Carlos Pigem MC 20 MC MC MC MC
James Heath 68 4 MC 72 MC
Felipe Aguilar 59 MC 65 17 MC 28 53
Nico Geyger 20 MC 23 4 MC MC 3
Scott Fernandez 43 26 34 MC MC 34
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 26 26 46 22 28 MC
Zander Lombard MC MC 34 MC MC
Ben Evans MC MC MC MC MC 14
Daniel Brooks 67 MC 48 MC 66 MC
Bradley Neil 58 MC MC MC MC 58
Francesco Laporta MC 7 MC 9 27 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 19 MC 24 Wd MC MC MC
Daniel Im MC MC 48 MC MC MC MC
Pep Angles MC 14 48 MC 46
Laurie Canter 31 26 29 MC 8
Ross McGowan 46 MC MC 2 MC MC 14
Thomas Bjorn MC 41 MC 34
Matthew Baldwin 9 55 MC 52 28
Mark Foster MC MC MC MC
Christofer Blomstrand MC MC MC MC 60
Soomin Lee MC MC 14 Dq MC 53
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC 41 MC MC
Jonathan Thomson MC MC MC 66 39 MC
Pontus Widegren MC Dq 41 MC
Rak Hyun Cho 64 41 MC MC MC 12
Sebastien Gros 27 MC 48 MC 12 25
Connor Syme MC MC 74 MC MC
Guido Migliozzi MC 26 MC MC
Josh Geary 10 MC 26 46 MC
David Howell MC MC 36 39 MC
Jacopo Vecchi Fossa 4 MC
Trevor Immelman 58 MC MC*
Marcel Schneider 25 46 MC MC 66 58 MC
Matthew Nixon MC 48 26 46 MC 44
Luca Cianchetti 38 MC MC
Enrico Di Nitto Wd 34 MC MC MC
Filippo Bergamaschi MC MC MC 15 32
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