The event might not be quite the championship it was back in the days when some of the European Tour’s best players won the event but it is in a rebuild phase and might well re-establish itself as one of the must play events on that tour.
Matthew Fitzpatrick is the defending champion following his victory at Woburn last year and apart from a missed cut at last week’s Alfred Dunhill Links event his most recent form has been good with four top twenties in his last six starts. His Ryder Cup experience was not a good one but he could bounce back in an environment where he has much better experiences
Alexander Noren has been in great form of late including wins at the Scottish Open and the European Masters. Noren, the leading world ranked player in the field, did not play this event last year but is one of the more in form players in the field.
Ross Fisher has been runner-up in each of his last two starts and although he missed the cut in this event last year that was another venue. He seems to have found something with his game and is a real chance it would seem.
Fabrizio Zanotti has recorded one win and three runner-up finishes in his career and has certainly been playing solidly enough of late without necessarily contending. One of those runner-up finishes came in this very event last year so it may be that he can go close to winning again.
Bernd Wiesberger has been inside the top ten in each of his last three starts and although this is his first time at this venue there is little doubting his form at present. The three-time European Tour winner has a genuine chance.
Richard Green, Nathan Holman, Andrew Dodt and Brett Rumford are the Australians in the field.
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