The Italian Open is a glamourous and attractive event on the European Tour that always brings in a world-class field and always produces a memorable week.
The Englishman Ross McGowan won the tournament last season, completing a one-stroke victory over Laurie Canter and Nicolas Colsaerts to secure his second European Tour title.
English players have a fantastic record in this tournament. Tyrrell Hatton, Robert Rock and Ian Poulter have all won this prestigious event in years gone by.
In 2021, the betting favourite this year is Matthew Fitzpatrick. Unfortunately for the 26-year-old, he was eliminated from the FedEx Cup Playoffs at the Northern Trust stage but now he is focused on this week in Rome.
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There will be a lot of players who will be looking to catch the eye of European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington, as the matches at Whistling Straits edge closer.
Matthew Fitzpatrick - 14/1
Now ranked at No. 24 in the world, Fitzpatrick has finished in the top-10 on five occasions in his last 20 PGA Tour events, with his best result being a tied fourth finish at the RBC Heritage.
The man from Sheffield has won six times on the European Tour. Although it is boring to go with the favourite, Fitzpatrick is definitely a worthy favourite and 14/1 is a very reasonable price.
Henrik Stenson - 33/1
It hasn't been a good season for Henrik Stenson, but his last two performances have been reminiscent of his old self. He has made back-to-back top-five finishes at the Omega European Masters and the D+D Czech Masters.
The 2016 Open champion is staking a late claim for the European Ryder Cup side and although it may be too little too late for the Swede, his form has dramatically improved in recent weeks.
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Richard Bland - 60/1
I have chosen Richard Bland a couple of times this season after he won the Betfred British Masters earlier in the year. This is because he continues to be offered at a huge price such as 60/1.
Since that memorable week at The Belfry, he has had top-five finishes at the Made in Himmerland, the Irish Open and the Cazoo Classic. As long as the Englishman is offered at such large prices, I will continue to support him.