The Austrian Golf Open Predictions, Picks & Odds
- European Tour returns to action on the continent
- Home star Matthias Schwab has a great opportunity for his first win
- Diamond County Club hosts the circuit for the 11th time
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The Austrian Golf Open Odds
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The Austrian Golf Open Picks and Predictions
Alexander Bjork is the first outright pick at +5500 with bet365
Joost Luiten is the second outright pick at +2200 with bet365
Dave Horsey can land another top 10 at +350 with DraftKings Sportsbook
Alexander Bjork each way in the outright +5500 with bet365
Joost Luiten each way in the outright +2200 at bet365
Dave Horsey top 10 +350 at DraftKings Sportsbook
How to Watch The Austrian Golf Open
|The Austrian Golf Open Information|
|What||The Austrian Golf Open|
|Where||Diamond County Club, near Vienna|
|When||Thursday, April 15 – Sunday, April 18|
|How to watch||Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 7.30 am ET (Golf Channel). And on Sky Sports.|
The Austrian Golf Open Profile
This tournament is swiftly gaining a reputation as the European Tour’s mini rescue package! Last year, the first event after the enforced lockdown? It was this tournament and yet originally it still did not feature on the 2021 schedule.
Instead, we should have been considering an early visit to Iberia. But that tournament was canceled and the Austrians stepped in again – good for them and good news for punters because the course, the Diamond Country Club, has hosted many various editions of this event.
They’ve had all sorts of names and even this version is subtly different to last year’s (the curious addition of the word “Golf” is intriguing – as if last year lots of other sportsmen and women turned him hope to have a go). But the course has remained a constant and it has proved popular with a certain type of player.
Home favorite, alas not here this week, Bernd Wiesberger always thrived here, as have Joost Luiten, Chris Wood and Mikko Korhonen. It’s not just that they won here, they also have plenty of top finishes. It’s a modern design in a parkland setting, but with very distinctly modern features and those players who excel here tend to do likewise at other new layouts.
Thomas Detry leads the betting, but he continues to be a very short price for a fellow who is yet to win and the same could be said of home hope Matthias Schwab.
Both, surely, will win sooner or later, but it would be an expensive business backing them at these prices.
Bjork Can Win For a Second Time
The Swede broke his European Tour duck back in 2018 when he won the China Open at Topwin Country Club, a set-up very like this week’s track in many ways and one on which plenty of previous and future Diamond winners have done well on. He also played nicely in his only previous course start, carding rounds of 69, 74, 68 and 72 to finish T15th back in 2017, a week when all of his stat rankings were solid, indicating that his entire game felt comfortable.
A look at his best results at this level shows that Bjork is a golfer who likes new designs. He’s been seventh at Al Mouj, third and eighth at Le Golf National, sixth at Education City, ninth after the changes to the greens at Royal Dar. Plenty of those courses have, again, seen success for Diamond specialists.
Bjork’s form has not been great, but he has been recording very solid Greens in Regulation rankings and finally his putter warmed up in his last start. Indeed, he even managed to rank first for Putting Average.
Take that hint and back him each way in the outright with bet365 at +5500.
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Joost One More Time
A second outright pick this week and that’s because Joost Luiten at Diamond Country Club is little more or less than the Flying Dutchman.
There will be some who quibble about his price because he hasn’t made a top five in two years. But there have been plenty of times over the last five years when, had you been offered Luiten at this price, against this field, on this golf course, at anything above +1600 and you would have bitten off the bookmaker’s hands.
On the golf course, he finished third on debut in 2011, was the winner in 2013, third again in 2014, sixth in 2016, seventh in 2017 and T18th last year. Even within that effort last summer he started proceedings with a fast start of 65 – he simply loves the venue. And get this – he finished seventh in his last start at Karen Country Club in the Kenya Savannah Classic.
Luiten is not only a class above many in the field, but he has proved it with wins at this level. This price might be one we wonder about at the end of the week. Take him at +2200 each in the outright with bet365.
Horsey for Courses
England’s David Horsey is another player who loves the Diamond Country Club. He’s played there seven times and on three visits he returned with a top 10 finish.
It gets better: all three have been in his last five visits and he hasn’t missed a cut in that period. And just (or should that be Joost?) like Luiten, he found form in his last start out – thrashing a first-round 61 as he finished T12th in the Saudi International.
His price is not one to be missed – a cracking +350 for another Diamond top 10 finish at DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Matt Cooper has been a sports journalist since 2009 with his work appearing at ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC, Sporting Life and the Planet Sport Network among many others, in addition to guest appearances on the BBC and CNN. Although a specialist in golf, who has traveled the world to cover the sport, Matt has also covered rugby, cricket, football and the Olympics.
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