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Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Experienced Hebert should have the edge over newcomer

Frenchman tamed the course five years ago

Bernd Wiesberger is the headline attraction in Austria
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Benjamin Hebert has proven he can perform well at Diamond Country Club and the stylish Frenchman looks a solid Lyoness Open match-bet option against Julian Suri.

Hebert finished sixth in the 2012 Lyoness Open, firing a third-round 64, and he can be expected to get back among the birdies at the same venue this week. A 75 was disappointing in the Nordea Masters on Sunday, but eighth place there was his fourth top-20 finish of the season.

Hebert, a six-time winner on the Challenge Tour, appears a more serious title contender than European Tour newcomer Suri.

 American Suri has made an impressive start to life on the Challenge Tour and won the Czech Challenge last month, but the more experienced Hebert should still be clear favourite to beat him. Suri is making only his fifth start on the European Tour and he had never seen Diamond CC prior to this week.

The inconsistent putting of Bernd Wiesberger makes the home hero a risky outright proposition at 9-2 to beat 155 others players, but the Austrian giant looks a solid bet at 4-6 to beat just one, namely Joost Luiten.

Wiesberger has finished outside of the top 15 only once on this course – that was in 2015 when he sent his regular caddie over to the US Open a week early and clearly lacked focus for the Lyoness – and another place on the leaderboard seems extremely likely. He has not missed the cut in a regulation European Tour event since September, 2015.

Luiten also has excellent course credentials, but is lacking confidence. The Dutchman missed the cut by three shots in Sweden last week and has not posted a top-ten finish since winning the KLM Open last summer.

Recommendations
B Hebert to beat J Suri
3pts 10-11 Betfred
B Wiesberger to beat J Luiten
3pts 4-6 Sky Bet

Suri is making only his fifth start on the European Tour
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