The European Tour restarts its season this week (July 9-12) with the 2020 Austrian Open taking place at the Diamond Country Club. The course is a par-72 measuring over 7,400 yards, and the Austrian Open has been held there since 2010, though there was no event in 2019.
The 2020 Austrian Open is a dual event, with the field made up of regulars from both the European Tour and the Challenge Tour. Only two past winners at the Diamond Country Club return, with those being Joost Luiten (2013) and Mikael Lundberg (2014).
It’s easy to see why the bookmakers are taking few chances by making Luiten favourite this week, as the Dutchman has a fantastic record at the Diamond Country Club, finishing 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 7th on his last five visits. He was also in decent form on the European Tour when last seen, finishing 10th and 21st in his last two tournaments in much stronger fields than this week’s event. This looks a great chance for Luiten to add another European Tour win to his C.V. but odds of 13/2 hardly get the pulse racing.
Lundberg has done little of note since his Austrian Open win and is seen more on the Challenge Tour nowadays. However, he’s finished 31st and 16th in his last two events and could have a say at a three-figure price.
Players who played well here in 2018 include Conor Syme and Nicolas Colsaerts who, respectively, finished 2nd and 3rd. Syme posted a top-10 finish in his last two events before the European Tour suspension, while Colsaerts won the French Open last season.
While all the above have chances, Sami Valimaki is our Austrian Open golf tip. The 21-year-old Finnish player earned his European Tour card at Q-school last year but wasted little time before securing his maiden victory in the Oman Open. He had also finished 7th in his previous tournament, and he wasn’t disgraced when finishing 38th the week after his win. We’ll have to take it on trust that he’s been practicing hard, but he should see the Austrian Open as a great chance to secure a second European Tour win.
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