Open de France Betting Tips
The Rolex Series returns to the European Tour this week with the always popular Open de France.
The increased prize money that the Rolex Series provides has helped guarantee a stellar field but the main draw is the chance to get familiarised with Le Golf National before it hosts the Ryder Cup next summer.
With so many stars in attendance, we’re promised a quality tournament as everybody in golf starts gearing up for the Open.
Top Betting Tips
Jon Rahm is only at the very start of his professional career but he is already one of the most highly regarded golfers on the planet.
In his first full season on the PGA Tour, the Spaniard has already bagged a win and European Tour fans finally have a chance to see him for themselves in the Open de France.
Rahm recently took up European Tour membership so that he could gain a place on Thomas Bjorn’s team in next year’s Ryder Cup and he’s shown a real commitment to the cause by competing in Paris.
The bookies have promptly installed Rahm as the favourite for this week’s tournament but he still looks good value at the best price of 14/1 with Sky Bet.
Rahm’s got the class to outcompete this class field and the style to suit Le Golf National so we make him the one to beat.
The main thing working against Rahm is his inexperience at the venue. He’ll have to quickly get to grips with Le Golf National in the practice rounds but he’s always going to be up against it compared to players like Ian Poulter and Francesco Molinari who have quality records at the Paris venue.
Molinari’s finished second three times at this tournament. That raises questions about his ability to see out a win but we still think he’ll go close this week so recommend backing him for a top five finish at 10/3 with Paddy Power.
As for Poulter, his recent resurgence in form and burning desire to contribute for Europe in the Ryder Cup once again makes him a dangerous player.
The Englishman has three top 10 finishes in his last six appearances at the Open de France and given the confidence he’s playing with he’s got to be considered good each-way value at 40/1 with Boylesports.
That’s especially true as Boylesports are paying six places and will give you money back should your player finish second or third.
Soren Kjeldsen didn’t play the Open de France last year but he must have taken great confidence from Thongchai Jaidee’s win. Kjeldsen has a very similar game to the veteran Thai and will turn up to Paris believing he can get the job done.
Kjeldsen has found the going pretty tough since taking up PGA Tour membership this season but back on mainland Europe he can show all his class and challenge the leaders at odds of 66/1 with Unibet.
Finally, a bet on Martin Kaymer to finish inside the top 10 looks well priced at 28/11 with 10Bet.
The German has six top 10 finishes in his last 10 appearances at Le Golf National and with his game starting to return to him, he should have another solid showing in Paris.
The Course – Le Golf National
Part of the reason why Le Golf National is such a great fit for the Ryder Cup is that it’s a stadium course.
Banks and viewing areas are built up around the greens and key points around the course to provide the best possible fan experience.
While Le Golf National is great for spectators, it’s very tough for the players. The par-71 course stretches to around 7,250 yards from the back tees which means players either need power off the tee or to be top class with long irons and fairway woods.
Thongchai Jaidee took the latter route when winning last year whereas Bernd Wiesberger took the former the year before.
No matter what style of golf this year’s winner has, they’ll need a quality display of scrambling. Hitting the greens in regulation at Le Golf National is not easy so it is vital that players get up and down for par to keep damaging scores off their cards.
- The Open de France is the first of three straight events on the Rolex Series taking part on the European Tour
- This historic tournament was first held in 1906
- The high-class nature of the Open de France is reflected by the list of previous winners which includes Byron Nelson, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie
- Fittingly for the future Ryder Cup venue, former winners for Europe including Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke are in the field