Peter Fowler will be among the tournament favourites when the Senior Italian open kicks off in Fagagna in the country’s north this week.

Fowler, a five-time winner on the European over 50’s circuit, is hunting his first victory since 2015 and after a close call last week will like his chances at the Golf Club Udine.

While an over par final round in England last week still resulted in a top five finish, Fowler won’t be happy with that performance and will be motivated to erase those mistakes this week.

Seven of the top 10 on the Order of Merit are in this week’s field, Fowler 7th on that list and one of the most consistent performers.

Three Australasians tackle this week’s event, Mike Harwood and New Zealand’s Greg Turner also in the field.

Harwood has notched three of his best four finishes for the year in the last three weeks and it was only a poor second round last week that saw him finish T20.