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Remind me next time

It was a very profitable week for the preview last week at the Italian with Victor Perez placing in 3rd place at 55/1 and Tyrrell Hatton rallying well on his back 9 to finish 8th at 22/1.

Perez, unfortunately, missed a 6 foot downhill putt to force a playoff with eventual winner Bobby MacIntyre and Matt Fitzpatrick but had a great week other than that and impressed on several occasions throughout.

An early look a year before the 2023 Ryder Cup and some very promising performances put in by European Team potentials and obvious members, which included; MacIntyre, Perez, Fitzy, Rory, Rai and Jordan Smith to just name a few that caught the eye.

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From one future Ryder Cup venue to a passed one and one that holds many glorious memories for the European Team for sure.

Players travel to Paris where they will once again compete for the French Open on the Albatros Course at Le Golf National.

This course played host to the 2018 Ryder Cup where Europe strode to victory, coming out on top with a score line of 17 ½ - 10 ½ that week.

We saw the birth of ‘Moliwood’ where Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari found their love for match play, playing 9 matches between them with Tommy losing the only one.

Cesco Molinari was exhilarating all week going 5-0-0, leading Europe to a clear victory. The only guy in the field from either team to tee it up this week is one of the Danish stars of the game Thorbjorn Olesen who went 1-1-0 in his two matches, defeating Jordan Speith in his singles match quite impressively 5&4.

Albatros Course @ Le Golf National

  • Par 71, 7250 yards approx.
  • Herbert Chesneau design
  • Stadium Style layout
  • 4 x Par 3s – ranging from 177-210 yards
  • 11 x Par 4s – ranging from 375-480 yards
  • 3 x Par 5s – 558, 592 and 595 yards
  • Fairways/Rough – Bentgrass/Fescue grass
  • Greens – Bentgrass
  • Tight tee shots, meandering fairways protected by thick rough
  • Undulating greens with harsh runoffs to test event the elite scramblers
  • 6 holes with water in play either off the tee or beside the greens

We haven’t seen Le Golf National in action since the 2019 French Open when Nic Colesaerts was victorious due to COVID and scheduling issues last year, it is great for the Tour to have it back as it continues an unreal stretch of tournaments throughout Europe in August, September, October and November.

A classic test of all abilities of the players’ games this week. Scrambling and grinding to the max this week will be the play as the premium and accurate ball strikers will rise to the top evidently.

Past Winners and Stats

2019 winner – Nicholas Colesaerts -12

  • 6th OTT
  • 52nd DA
  • 2nd T2G
  • 5th GIR
  • 7th APP
  • 40th SCR
  • 10th Putting
  • 12th Bogey Av.

2018 winner – Alex Noren -7

  • 17th OTT
  • 6th DA
  • 9th T2G
  • 9th GIR
  • 11th APP
  • 28th SCR
  • 49th Putting
  • 7th Bogey Av.

2017 winner – Tommy Fleetwood -12

  • 6th DA
  • 1st GIR
  • 3rd SCR
  • 95th Putting
  • 2nd Bogey Av.

Average stats for the past 3 winners – Score -10

  • 11th OTT
  • 21st DA
  • 5th T2G
  • 3rd GIR
  • 9th APP
  • 24th SCR
  • 51st Putting
  • 8th Bogey Av.

Only the last teo editions worth of Strokes gained data as none were collected pre 2018. I have only done my research on the last 3 renewals as getting into any older fields we start to lose sight of any names in this field this week.

Key Stats this Week

  • Driving Accuracy/OTT
  • GIR/Approach
  • Scrambling/Bogey Avoidance

As we visit yet another tester of a golf course, all aspect of the players’ games are going to be under the scope this week and as we are on track that is tight and intricate, mistakes will be magnified.

A lot of these pins are positioned tough, either on undulating greens or tucked away behind a water hazard/bunkers. To get on the right side of par, players will need to make sure they are hitting their approach shots into these pins mostly from these fairways. Landing in this thick Fescue rough can mean horrid lies/fliers, meaning the water and double bogies can come into play. – Accuracy/OTT

Looking at previous performances from the winners above, hitting these greens in regulation has been key, putting performances have been substandard, meaning that emphasis has gone onto how good the approach is and how close players can consistently get the ball to these pins. - GIR/APP

As I have said and will repeat it again, the rough is thick and players will find it at some points this week and have to lay up and scramble for their pars/bogeys to minimize any damage caused. Scrambling stats haven’t been top notch the past three editions, however looking at how the course will set up, the eventual winner will have to grind at some stage over their four rounds.

Cazoo French Open Betting Tips

Five each way selections again for you people this week, lets keep the good results going!

  1. Adrian Oteagui 40/1
  2. Jorge Campillo 45/1
  3. Mikko Korhonen 45/1
  4. Matt Southgate 55/1
  5. Marcel Schneider 80/1