Forecasted bad weather has seen the tee times brought forward in Ohio so with both final rounds being played out simultaneously, we’re set for a busy afternoon. Our man looks at the current state of play at both events here…
08:25 – June 03, 2018
One week after winning the BMW PGA Championship, Francesco Molinari has positioned himself nicely to claim his third Italian Open title. Here are the latest standings with prices to back at 8:15.
-16 Lee Slattery 8.6-15 Francesco Molinari 3.55-15 Thorbjorn Olesen 6.4-14 Martin Kaymer 10.5-14 Danny Willett 18.0-13 Rafa Cabrera-Bello 14.0-13 Andy Sullivan 19.5-13 Haotong Li 22.0-13 Jordan Smith 30.0-12 and 30.0 bar
Lee Slattery’s nine-under-par 62 in round three is the round of the week so far and it sees him leading by one but whether he can stay there is highly debatable. Following one low round with another is never easy and Slattery isn’t the most prolific. situs judi online The 39-year-old is playing in his 365th European Tour event and he’s looking for just his third win. And whether we can read too much in to it is debatable but all five previous third round leaders at this venue were beaten.
Last week’s Wentworth winner, Molinari, is the man to beat. So far this week he’s ranked first for Greens In Regulation and Scrambling and his bogey at the sixth hole in round three yesterday is a collector’s item. That’s his only dropped shot over the first 54 holes and three rounds of 66 have put him in a terrific position to become the only Italian to win their national title three times.
Molinari’s handled himself brilliantly so far this week and if he can keep his cool as well as he did last Sunday he’s going to take some stopping but it’s possible that the magnitude of the situation hits home at some stage. Jockeying for position over the first three rounds is one thing, delivering the goods on payday in front of an adoring crowd, when mental fatigue must be a consideration, is something else though and I fancy the man alongside him in a tie for second, Thorbjorn Olesen, represents better value at more than twice the price.
The Dane has been in the wilderness for some time now and having won European Tour titles in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as the World Cup with Soren Kjeldsen in 2016 and the GolfSixes with Lucas Bjerregaard last year, Olesen will feel it’s about time he won again.
Olesen’s already been matched at less than 21 but he finished his third round tardily. He failed to birdie the par five 15th and bogeyed 16 before parring the last two holes.