Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Challenge Tour - Montecchia Open 2016

 The Challenge Tour rolls onto Italy this week following events in Turkey, Madrid, Egypt and Kenya and the weather forecast for the week is to be a lot cooler than what has been experienced to date on the tour. Sebastian Soderburg leads the Road to Oman rankings after the these four events having won in Kenya and finishing third last week in Turkey. Frenchman, Romain Langasque produced his third TOP5 last week and looks the man to beat this week. Clement Sordet won last week though having missed the cut in Spain and Kenya so don't be surprised if the event doesn't go the way of form players. With next weeks Irish Open at the K Club to look forward to, the Irish contingent will be looking to hit some form here and will welcome the wet conditions that are being forecasted. Kevin Phelan, Cormac Sharvin, Gary Hurley, Gavin Moynihan, Ruaidhri McGee and Chris Selfridge tee it up here and I wouldn't be surprised to see all of them go well here at the Golf Della Montecchia. Whilst on first glance it may seem Phelan with his European Tour experience, maybe the pick, it's the two Northern Irishmen, McGee and Selfridge that have posted TOP10s in Madrid whilst Hurley & Moynihan have posted TOP20s in Kenya. Phelan's best effort to date was 38th in Kenya.

Betting wise, Langasque heads the market at best price 16/1 with Soderburg and Gagli perhaps offering some value @ 25/1. Of the Irish contingent mentioned, Selfridge is the shortest @ 60/1. Regular readers of this blog will know I am keen to follow my neighbour, Gavin Moynihan regardless but he's a player to be respected out here on tour as he finds his way in the professional ranks. Twice a Walker Cup player, The Island player had a fantastic amateur career, he has an invite to the K Club next week and has that as motivation this week to perform well. He will also be thrilled to see Colm Campbell win at Royal Dublin last week too. At 150/1, I have to get on board here as the early start Thursday on the 10th (opening first looks a monster) looks favourable along with the weather conditions.

I also have to have a punt on Christian Bezuidenhout @ 33/1. The South African was in Morocco last week finishing 34th. He did miss the cut in Egypt by a shot but was T4th in Kenya prior to that. Back in January he made all the headlines when coming second at his South African Open. We were being offered similar odds and lower back then on the European Tour & Sunshine Tour events so I'm very happy to take the 33s on offer for this one this week.


0.5 pts e/w C. Bezhuidenhout @ 33/1
0.5 pts e/w G. Moynihan @ 150/1

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