While many will tab Sergio “El Niño” García to win this week, rolling with Nino isn’t a bad call, either.
The 29-year-old showed well in his home country last week, closing with a Sunday 64 for four rounds in the 60s on the way to a T10 that matched his best finish of the year.
That’s not to say he hasn’t been playing well as of late. The week prior, Bertasio tied for 15th against a strong field at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Bertasio is in his second full season on the European Tour and has developed some consistency after a slow start to 2017. His last 14 rounds have been par or better.
Three starts ago he shot one-under at the British Masters to miss the weekend by one and the week before he finished T12 at the Portugal Masters where he owned the 36-hole lead.
Along with promising recent form, Bertasio played well at Valderrama at the 2016 Open de España. He tied for 11th and was one of just three players to post all four rounds below 75 amid tough conditions. Besides from winner Andrew Johnston, Bertasio was the only other to avoid a double bogey or worse.
This is Bertasio’s 10th start in a row so fatigue could be a factor, but I like him to keep riding the wave. He’s one of the longest hitters on tour (302.4 yards off the tee) and hits nearly 69 percent of greens. If he’s got a lot of short irons in his hands, he can hunt for his first career top-five.