The European Tour have thrown their full weight behind this year’s Open de France. It is the centenary edition of the tournament and to help gather as strong a field as possible the Tour are offering increased qualification points for the Ryder Cup as well as a healthy prize purse. Those who believe they will be around the top of European golf for a while have another reason to compete around the remodelled Albatross Course at Le Golf National. The course will play host to the 2018 Ryder Cup so some of Europe’s leading lights have made the trip to Paris for what should be a quality event.
Rory McIlroy is the biggest star in the field and also the bookies’ favourite for the week. The Northern Irishman refuted claims that he is being paid to appear in Paris, making it clear that his decision to give the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational a miss is to support his home Tour and to get vital course form in the books ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup. At 9/2 with Bet365 Rory does look a little short but he is one of the best golfers of his generation and he’s got all the tools necessary to contend this week. Don’t be put off having a bet on McIlroy even at those odds, though there are a few players in the field who look like better value selections.
The first of those is Andy Sullivan. The Englishman is one of the most popular players on the European Tour largely because of the positive attitude that he approached his golf with. The past few months have been something of a struggle for Sullivan but it’s got better for the Nuneaton born player of late. He battled very well with three tough courses in his most recent appearances as his game has come back to him. If that improvement continues in Paris, Sullivan could win his fourth European Tour event at 33/1 with BetVictor.
Francesco Molinari is another player who offers great appeal. The Italian has a decent record at this event and he certainly has the controlled game required to go well around the tough Albatross Course at Le Golf National. There are few more accurate drivers of a golf ball in the world than Molinari which will be a big plus as he seeks to navigate a way around the course. Fresh of a top 10 finish at Congressional last week, Molinari is feeling good about his game and we feel good about the 25/1 that Betfred are quoting.
Finally, it is a bit of a surprise to see Nicola Colsaerts available at 100/1 with Coral. He’s been in contention at a number of events recently without being able to get over the line. The ‘Belgian Bomber’ has all the power needed to put himself in favourable positions around the Albatross Course and he is rediscovering that vital bit of belief in his game. It will be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure should he find himself in contention but at those odds it is well worth placing a speculative small stakes each way bet on Colsaerts.