Italian Senior Open, Thursday, October 20

Italian Senior Open, Thursday, October 20  The European Senior Tour returns to Italy for the first time since 2010 on Thursday with the Italian Senior Open at Golf Club Udine and there are reasons for believing that Peter Fowler (13/2) is a worthwhile favourite to carry off the lion’s share of the €350,000 prize money. The 57-year-old Australian is still in search of his first title of the season, but has been nothing if not consistent, recording six top ten finishes from ten starts, including tied sixth in the Paris Legends Championship and tied fourth in the Travis Perkins at Woburn on his last two outings.

He currently lies fourth in the Order of Merit – in which he’s finished in the top five in five out of the last six seasons – having amassed €132,062 in prize money and it must surely only be a matter of time before he adds to his five European Senior wins. Fowler faces stiff opposition, in the form of Magnus P Atlevi and Stephen Dodd, first and tied second in Paris, and European Senior Tour debutante Philip Price, to name but a few, but can gain due reward for his consistency.

Selection: Italian Senior Open, Peter Fowler (13/2) to win

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