Rob Taylor (@RobTaylorSport) previews the Open de France and provides us with his best bets for this week’s latest event in Paris.
- 2019 Profit & Loss: +6.95pts
2019 Open de France Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 17/10/19
- Time: First tee off 7am (GMT)
- Venue: Le Golf National, Paris, France
- Channel: Sky Sports Golf
Well that felt like a long time coming! It was a great feeling to finally get a winner, and at a lovely 35/1 price too. I hope some of you were also on Bernd Wiesberger, who collected his 3rd trophy of the season at last week’s Italian Open, in what was a very impressive display. It’s been a frustrating run with my players starting really well in rounds 1 and 2, to only fade away over the weekend. So having 25/1 pick, Matt Wallace, collect a shared each way place, made it a very sweet week for the preview.
It would of course been greedy to have expected Joost Luiten 45/1 to also deliver a return, but he was very competitive again and looks a hot prospect for this week’s event in Paris.
Le Golf National is once again the host for the Open de France this week, as the European Tour, rolls into Paris. A lesser ranked field arrives at the scene of last year’s Ryder Cup victory for Europe, with the switch in schedule to October and a downgrading from a Rolex Series event, being the probable reasons for giving this a regular European Tour event feel.
Alex Noren is the favourite, as well as being the defending champion, with Erik Van Rooyen, Joost Luiten, Thomas Pieters, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Smith amongst the other headline acts.
Recent winners of Open de France
- 2018 – Alex Noren
- 2017 – Tommy Fleetwood
- 2016 – Thongchai Jaidee
- 2015 – Bernd Wiesberger
- 2014 – Graeme McDowell
- 2013 – Graeme McDowell
- 2012 – Marcel Siem
- 2011 – Thomas Levet
Key Stats & Facts
Le Golf National is one of the most famous courses on the European Tour circuit. Host of last year’s Ryder Cup, this 7,245 yard par 71 stadium course is a great tee to green test. The roll of honor shows you all you need to know about the type of player that thrives here, and it of course saw the birth of “MoliWood” last year as well.
This is by no means a bombers paradise. It’s a ball striker’s paradise, with those with a premium iron game and the ability to eliminate mistakes around the greens known to prosper. The course is set to play slightly differently this year, with the switch to October; the firm, fast feel of previous renewals being replaced with cooler and damper conditions across the first three days.
Despite the reduced quality of field, it’s always an exciting event, especially with the drama that typically unfolds over the closing holes, with water in play on risk reward opportunities.
- Alex Noren 12/1
- Erik Van Rooyen 14/1
- Joost Luiten 16/1
- Matthias Schwab 16/1
- Thomas Pieters/1
- Jordan Smith 22/1
- Marcus Kinhult 25/1
- Thomas Detry 33/1
- Ross Fisher 33/1
- Julian Suri 40/1
This is always an event that whets my appetite, so I’ll be looking on with excitement, with a trio of picks I feel are well suited for the challenge ahead at this prestigious event.
Luiten is my headline pick this week. Whilst his price is a bit skinnier than I would like, with the early 20/1 being snapped up, his stats, form and course experience just cannot be ignored.
Just like last week, where I picked him at 45/1, Luiten is very well suited to the challenge at Le Golf National. He sits 2nd in GIR, 2nd from tee to green, 8th in approach and 9th off the tee. Building on his recent run of form, with a 25th place finish in Rome.
He has also shown his liking for this event with a 9th and 18th place finish in two of his last three finishes here. On a track where bogey avoidance is almost more important than a hot putter, Luiten is rightly at the top of the market for this event.
Kitayama is a very intriguing prospect this week. The two time winner this season has been a nice run of form recently; 21st at the KLM Open, 14th at Wentworth, and 3rd last week in Rome. Kitayama is showing all of the signs of a game returning, that won in both Oman and Mauritius earlier this season.
He was 4th from tee to green and 10th in approach last week in Rome, all good pointers to the challenge in Paris this week. I’m sure his price is inflated because this his debut on the track, but that doesn’t put me off at a course that should suit him.
One final point on the American, is that whilst he is the 5th highest ranked player in the field, he is only the 12th listed in the betting, so seemingly some extra value there!
It’s fair to say that 2019 hasn’t lived up to expectations for Sharma, who burst on the scene in late 2017 and early 2018 with two quick high profile wins. However, buds of recovery have been clear to see in recent weeks, with an impressive 17th place at Wentworth and a 7th place last week in Rome.
Married with the fact that he was 3rd from tee to green and 1st in approach last week, Sharma is seemingly clicking back into form nicely.
Sharma was 27th on debut here last season, so I can see him building on that experience and contending here this week at a very attractive each way price.