19th Oct 2020 | Italian Open
Italian Open: Hurly Long
Has 16 top-ten finishes in 37 starts as a professional, with two wins, one at the start of October in Italy on the Challenge Tour. T51 at Scottish Championship suggests he can handle step up in grade.
This week we have a low-key renewal of the Italian Open and I’m struggling to muster much enthusiasm for the front of the market. Recent form is always a good start but I’m not sure how two results in Scotland on quasi-links courses with Wentworth in-between translates to a flat, inland resort course in Brescia, Italy.
With that in mind i’m rolling the dice with Hurly Long. Yes he might sound like club abuse in the monthly medal but the young German is making waves. The 25-year-old turned professional at the beginning of 2019 having come through the American collegiate system and he has already won twice in 37 starts.
Long has been moving through the tours, first winning on the Pro Golf Tour last year and then tasting success at the start of the month on the Challenge Tour, incidentally in Italy. He is obviously stepping up in grade but the winning habit can be hard to shake and he has 16 top-10 finishes in just 37 starts.
That is a tremendous strike rate and he struck the ball well to finish T51 at the Scottish Championship, ranking 39th in strokes gained tee-to-green. He is worth a second look.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 18:28 19th Oct, 2020 but subject to change