Thorbjorn Olesen 14/1
Five top 10’s this season for Jacob including an exciting week at the Open where he played the third round paired with Tiger Woods. Tiredness could be a factor for him in his fifth week in a row on the road but his recent form coupled with a win in Sicily in April make him the deserving favourite.
Thomas Norret 95/1
Norret lead by two after three rounds last year with some excellent golf but a final round of 72 dropped him to fourth. Played well at the Nordea Masters in this calender slot last season, so I’m hoping for a good week from the Dane in Austria.
Bernd Wiesberger 19/1
The powerful Austrian is the home favourite this week and has kicked on from his four top 10’s last season with a win in the Ballantine’s back in April. Form has been poor since with only one top 20 in Sweden but backed by the crowd and memories of his tied fifth finish here last year, Bernd should put on a good show.
Lorenzo Gagli 48/1
Plays his 62nd tournament this week in Austria and hasn’t quite found the formula for success. Yet! I saw enough from Gagli in his opening two rounds at Portrush a month ago to convince me he can win. Scored five top five finishes last year in his first full season on Tour coming close at the Scottish Open and even closer at the Madrid Masters. All that’s needed is a little step up from the Italian.
David Drysdale 32/1
O ne of the most consistent and underrated players on the Tour David has the chance to score big this week. In his 17 events this season, the Scot has made 14 cuts finishing every event at par or better. Back this week after a disappointing trip to Castle Stuart, Drysdale will be looking to recreate the form of Wentworth and Portrush and get into the mix come Sunday.
Best Of The Rest
Magnus A. Carlsson 25/1 has been on my radar with three top 10’s this season. He’s certainly good enough to break through. I’ll also be keeping an eye on gritty pro Robert Coles 95/1 who played well to podium in Morocco and showed signs of good things to come in Scotland last time out.