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Betting preview: Molinari to keep Italian Open at home

by Sean Goff | September 12, 2012
Francesco Molinari

BEND IT’: Molinari won the 2006 Italian Open and has had two Top 10 finishes at Turin since (pic: Getty)


The golfing world is starting to focus on the Ryder Cup but the BMW Italian Open that starts tomorrow gives three of Europe’s team the chance to shine before the showdown at Medinah on September 28-30.

Homegrown hero Francesco Molinari, Belguim’s Nicolas Colsaerts and Germany’s former World No. 1 Martin Kaymer tee it up at the  Royal Park course outside Turin for  €1.5 million in prize money.

Molinari was the 8/1 favourite in Paddy Power’s online betting to add to his 2006 victory in the tournament in the last European competition before the Ryder Cup starts at the end of the month.

The 29-year-old will hope to join an increasing band of Ryder Cup team members who have won tournaments in recent weeks including Rory McIlroy three times in the States, Scotland’s Paul Lawrie and Sweden’s Peter Hanson.

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And if your selection at the Italian Open is one of the golfer(s) that finishes second to a Ryder Cup team member (Colsaerts, Kaymer or Molinari) then Paddy Power will refund your losing single stake (T&Cs apply).

Molinari has the lowest 12 stroke average at the Royal Park in the past three years – 68.38 shots – and has finished in the Top 10 on his last two visits to Turin.

Belguim’s Nicolas Colsaerts was named as one of European captain Jose Maria Olazabal’s wild card picks  for Medinah and the big-hitter is 11/1 second favourite to deliver here.

But French pro Victor Dubuisson and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen represent a little bit more value and their 62’s last year were the joint lowest score racked up at the Italian golf course in Tour history.

Paddy Power quote  Oleson at 18/1 to go one better than his second-place finish here last year  while Dubuisson is a tasty 66/1 at a course where he has already shown a liking for and appeals as an each-way bet at 1/4 the odds the first five.


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