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Austrian Golf Open 4:00 AM | Thu, Apr 15 2021
Sport: European Tour | Star Rating: 4.0 Evaluation: Win (2325)
Pick
100 (True) - Pre-Tournament Futures @ Multiple Sportsbook

For this week's second tournament we see the players return to mainland Europe.

This event, the AUSTRIAN OPEN, was the first one to be held after the 2020 sporting shutdown - and it's one we remember well, as it saw the Golf Insider back the +15000 winner Marc Warren!

Same again would be nice this week.

Here's a preview of the action from picturesque Atzenbrugg...

The Tournament - This event was first held in 1990, and joined the Challenge Tour in 1997. From 2012 onwards it appeared on the regular European Tour calendar, as the Lyoness Open, and ran through to 2017. For the 2018 edition it was re-branded as the "Shot Clock Masters" as the tour tried in introduce a new, quicker format - one of its recent innovations to boost the sport's appeal. The fact that it was dropped for the 2019 schedule suggests how well it was received! The 2020 edition was delayed due to the pandemic, being played in July of 2020, so this week the players return to Austria for the second time in just nine months.

The Course - This week we're at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg. This a 7,417 yard par 72 designed by Jeremy Pern. Opened in 2002 it's been used on tour since 2010 (formerly as the Lyoness Open). It's a well landscaped course that features water hazards on half its 18 holes. Don't expect a birdie-fest as going on past form the winner will have to work hard to claim the title.

72-Hole Record - 264, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (2009)

18-Hole Record - 64, Adrian Otaegui (1996)

Past Winners - Marc Warren (2020), Cancelled (2019), Mikko Korhonen (2018), Dylan Frittelli (2017), Wu Ashun (2016).

The Field - A regular tournament in terms of numbers with 150+ players in Austria. Thomas Detry is the +1000 market leader.

The Weather - The chance of rain this week is 10%-40%-40%-70%, with the first three days looking dry, for the most part. Sunday could be a bit wet! But the win won;t be a factor at sub-10mph all four days. Temperatures in the high 50s though - so bring a coat and a sweater!

The Bets - There are four bets this week, ranging from +1600 to +4500.

Here are the details...

AUSTRIAN OPEN - TOURNAMENT WINNER

(starts Thursday)

MATTHIAS SCHWAB
Bet: Place 0.5 unit to win, plus 0.5 unit on Top 10 (total stake 1 unit)
Winner Odds: +1600 Bet365, William Hill, Betvictor, DraftKings
Top 10 Odds: +150 Bet365, William Hill

"Schwab is the home favourite this week, and the Diamond CC is the perfect track for the tee-to-green machine to get his first, and long overdue, European Tour win. This course is quite demanding, and Schwab has demonstrated time and time again that his iron play is as good as anyone on the circuit. Schwab has ranked 8th and 4th for approach play on his last two starts, and comes here with his long game in fine form. He has plenty of course form and experience with a pair of top 15's here from his last three starts. Last time out in Kenya he finished 7th, and signed off with a weekend 66-65, so he'll be full of confidence when teeing it up this week in Austria. He's not a huge price this week, but the field is relatively weak, and he'll see this as the perfect opportunity to grab that first title and lay that particular demon to rest."

JOOST LUITEN
Bet: Place 0.5 unit to win, plus 0.5 unit on Top 10 (total stake 1 unit)
Winner Odds: +2200 Bet365, Betvictor
Top 10 Odds: +225 DraftKings

"Luiten is a stalwart of the tour, and has the game to match anyone this week. He too, like Schwab, is a classy tee-to-green operator who will love the layout at the Diamond CC. Luiten has a formidable record here, with form figures that would make you believe there was only 20 players competing. He's played this course six times and finished no worse than 18th, which includes a win back in 2013 and 4four more Top 10's! He's unrivalled when it comes to this venue, and therefore he looks the man to beat IMO. He too finished 7th in Kenya on his last start, shooting a 65 and 64 along the way, and ranking 9th in approach play and, more importantly for Luiten, 2nd in Strokes Gained: Putting. Like so many great ball-strikers it's usually the flat stick that holds them back, so coming here off a great putting week will give the Dutchman huge confidence no doubt. Luiten is probably the second most decorated player in this field, behind Kaymer, and everything suggests he'll have a great week and that his class will shine through."

DEAN BURMESTER
Bet: Place 0.5 unit to win, plus 0.5 unit on Top 10 (total stake 1 unit)
Winner Odds: +3500 Bet365
Top 10 Odds: +350 DraftKings

"Burmester has plenty of form to suggest even at these odds he's a big price. He's registered four Top 10's from his last 12 starts, which includes an 8th place finish in the first Kenya event. He happened to miss the cut in the second Kenya event, despite actually playing great from tee-to-greeen (gained four strokes over two days). This week's event will be played in almost freezing conditions, so although you need to be accurate, length will be a huge advantage as the ball will not be going far. Burmester is one of the best drivers on the European Tour, and has ranked 1st in Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee twice from his last 11 starts. If he continues to drive the ball long, and in play, the South African will have a big advantage against the field this week. Burmester has played here once in 2016, finishing a respectable 38th, but I expect a much improved showing this time around with plenty in his favour. At around 30/1, and with not much to beat, he looks a good bet to continue his fine form of late.

JOHN CATLIN
Bet: Place 0.5 unit to win, plus 0.5 unit on Top 10 (total stake 1 unit)
Winner Odds: +4500 Bet365, Betvictor, DraftKings
Top 10 Odds: +500 DraftKings

"Catlin should go well this week. The course is a good fit for the American's game, and his 8th place finish here in 2020 shows that the demands of Atzenburgg are to his liking. Catlin has since won twice on the European Tour, and even if his form dipped towards the end of the year, and hasn't exactly taken off in 2021, this is a weekw here he should expect to do well. He was 28th recently in Kenya (where he putted poorly) and although he missed the cut in that second back-to-back event at Karen GC, he actually shot a better pre-cut score! His numbers in the first week, 4th for Driving Accuracy and 2nd for Greens-In-Regulation, suggest to me that his tee-to-green game is in pretty good order - vital for this week in Austria. A recent two-time winner on the European Tour, playing at a track where he was Top 10 few months ago, Catlin looks a solid play."

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