The European Open fell off the European Tour schedule seven years ago but it returned last year with an event at the Beckenbauer Course at Harlt Golf Club. It returns to the club once again this week with yet another strong field looking to take home the prize.
The Beckenbauer Course is a 7,188 yard par 71 layout. That’s a relatively short layout by professional standards and it really is a course which the bigger hitters can overpower. Not only is the land very flat and the fairways generous, but there has been a great deal of wet weather in the Bad Griesbach area which will make the course play longer but the fairways play wider.
The wet weather has also had a couple of other knock-on effects. First, the greens are going to be slow. Players will have to make the most of their practice rounds to ensure that they get the ball to the hole when it counts. The greens will also be more receptive, meaning we could see some low scores if players can adapt to the greens.
Pieters Can Power to Victory
Thomas Pieters may have planned to turn up to Hazeltine next week fully rested but a bad reaction to a bee sting put paid to that. His withdrawal from the KLM Open meant he felt a bit under-golfed so the Belgian has decided to play at the European Open. It could prove to be a great slice of luck.
There are few players on the European Tour who can hit the ball as far as Pieters. That gives him an instant boost around the Beckenbauer Course but he’s also playing some stunning golf right now. Pieters has a bit of a reputation as a streaky player. He’ll want to improve his consistency eventually but for now he can ride his good form to victory this week at odds of 10/1 with Bet365.
Wiesberger Back In Form
Bernd Wiesberger has endured a fairly frustrating season so far. The Austrian ended last season ranked 31st in the world but he’s now slipped outside of the top 50. The top 50 is a key standard for golfers to reach and Wiesberger will be desperate to get back in there. He got a boost to his game when competing for his country at the Olympics and played very well at the KLM Open. That runner up finish a fortnight ago will boost his morale no end, as will the boost given to bombers this week. If he gets to grips with the greens, he can go well again at 16/1 with Coral.
Levy to Bounce Back From a Poor Finish
Another player who likes giving it a good rip off the tee is Alexander Levy. The Frenchman rarely holds back with his driver and he can get out any frustration from last week with the big stick. Having made it into the final group at the Italian Open, Levy could only watch Danny Willett and Francesco Molinari battle it out as he really struggled. Getting that taste of the sharp end of a tournament should get his competitive juices flowing, so back Levy each way at 40/1 with Ladbrokes.