European Open Betting Tips & Results

The European Open was founded in 1978 and immediately became a European Tour event. For much of its history, the tournament toured around some of the finest courses in the United Kingdom such as Walton Heath, Sunningdale and East Sussex National. It then found a longer-term home at the K Club (1995 – 2007) before falling off the schedule after two years in London.

It wasn’t until 2015 that the European Open returned, this time in Germany. The new look, Porsche-backed tournament immediately attracted some big names from European golf before and soon saw the odd PGA Tour star make the trip over from America. It is now a very well thought of event which has a habit of producing thrilling finishes.

Betting Tips for 2nd to 5th June 2022

The Porsche European Open has been able to attract some big-name players over from the PGA Tour in recent years. The organisers have been disappointed in their quest to do similar for this year’s event with Tommy Fleetwood the only player to make the trip over.

Obviously, Fleetwood is a European golfer and he will be seen more times on the DP World Tour. It’s also obvious that he has the class to win at Green Eagle Golf Courses. The North course is demanding off the tee as it can stretch to 7,600 yards. However, it is also a serious test of ball striking so it is important to consider a player’s game from tee to green rather than just with their driver. Fleetwood stacks up very well in this regard but after three tough weeks in America he is likely to just miss out on victory and so is too short at a general price of 11/1.

If Fleetwood doesn’t win this could still be a very good week for English golfers as Matt Wallace is ready to build on a positive outing last time out in the Netherlands. Wallace has seen his world ranking tumble from his high of 23 and he is now battling to stay inside the world’s top 150. Wallace is a much better golfer than that and he has been working hard to recover his best form. That work finally paid off last week with a very solid fifth-place finish at the Dutch Open.

Wallace was actually fairly disappointed not to kick on over the weekend at Bernardus Golf and have a real run at the title. We’ve seen time and time again how a return to form can get a professional golfer’s competitive juices flowing and at a course which should suit Wallace’s power and quality iron play he can get back into the winner’s circle at 33/1. He is certainly worth an each way interest against this calibre of field.

Last week was a very good one for French golf as Victor Perez returned to winning ways and Romain Langasque has every chance of following in his countryman’s footsteps. When you look at Langasque’s stats over the course of the last six months there is nothing that particularly stands out but that’s because he is a streaky player. With a couple of good recent performances under his belt Langasque seems to be on the edge of a hot streak and with a test that will play to his strengths he could get hot enough to win at 45/1.

Talking of players who go hot and cold takes us to 300/1 shot Marcel Siem. The popular German will get a lot of support from the galleries this week not least because he plays a lot of golf at Green Eagles. He knows the challenge of the North Course better than anybody in the field so will know where to push and where to settle for a par. Siem has to prove that he still belongs at this level and may just do so with a big week at a very big price.

Past Winners

Year Course Winner
2022 Green Eagle Golf Courses Kalle Samooja
2021 Green Eagle Golf Courses Marcus Armitage
2020 Cancelled n/a
2019 Green Eagle Golf Courses Paul Casey
2018 Green Eagle Golf Courses Richard McEvoy
2017 Green Eagle Golf Courses Jordan Smith

2022: Kalle Samooja

Kalle Samooja had been threatening to win his first DP World Tour event for some time before this tournament. Generally, the Finn has been let down by his putting so it was somewhat of a surprise that his breakthrough came on a week where he actually lost strokes to the field on the greens.

Fortunately for Samooja, the rest of his game was in tip-top shape from pretty much his first shot to his last. He was the very best in the field from tee to green, with most of that good work coming from his approach play. That was always likely to be key at Green Eagles. The length of the Green Course was the big story before the tournament but it was the way that the course firmed up over the week that had the biggest impact on the outcome. Samooja’s approach play was all the more impressive given the difficulty that so many of his competitors were having just holding the greens, making his incredible final round of 64 to overturn a seven-shot deficit all the more impressive.

Samooja’s immediate thoughts after the tournament were less about the challenge of the week or even his run through the field and more about his path to this defining moment. “It’s truly special,” said an emotional Samooja to the TV cameras afterwards. “It’s been a long journey, been close a few times.”

2021: Marcus Armitage

Like all golf fans, Marcus Armitage watched some emotional post-tournament interviews in the weeks before the 2021 Porsche European Open. Unlike the rest of us watching Richard Bland, Garrick Higgo, Bernd Wiesberger and others talk about what their wins meant to them, Armitage was able to draw inspiration from those who came before him and complete an emotionally charged victory of his own at the 2021 Porsche European Open.

Armitage has always been candid about his struggles on and off the golf course and laid bare the raw emotion of his win at Green Eagle Golf Courses, saying, “20 years ago I lost my mum and I’ve dreamt about this since that day, being a winner, and you have days where you think it might not happen but I just stuck at it.”

Armitage’s outpouring of emotion was understandable as he had to keep a lid on things during the round itself as he had a tough job on his hands clawing back four shots from the overnight leaders Matthew Southgate and Maverick Antcliff. He managed that on a rare Monday finish courtesy of some stunning golf that was worthy of beating such a strong field at such as high-class venue.

2020: Cancelled

The 2020 tournament was cancelled.

2019: Paul Casey

Paul Casey is by no means unique in being a big name European golfer who bases himself in America. Casey went a step further than many though by relinquishing his European Tour membership for a number of years before returning in order to play in the 2018 Ryder Cup. He earned his place in that team via a captain’s pick despite not winning on the European Tour since 2015 but he ended that run in the 2019 European Open.

Casey wrestled the title from the grasp of Robert MacIntyre and Bernd Ritthammer both of whom were one shot better off than the Englishman at the start of the final round. For a player who has had his troubles closing tournaments out, the nature of Casey’s final 18 holes which included six birdies and no dropped shots was highly impressive. That -6 total took him to -14 for the tournament and neither of the 54-hole joint leaders nor Matthias Schwab could find that one extra shot to save which would have forced Casey into a playoff.

Second place for Ritthammer was a huge result for the German as he wasn’t given much of a hope before the tournament commenced. Second place was rather less of a surprise for MacIntyre who had already finished as runner up twice previously in the season.

2018: Richard McEvoy

The European Tour is an incredibly competitive environment. So much so that keeping your head above water by earning a tour card year after year is a huge undertaking. The history of the Tour is full of players who have plugged on, carving out a decent living for themselves without winning but each of them to a man would trade it all for one win. That is the context of Richard McEvoy’s win at the 2018 European Open.

Any win would have been the highlight of the 39 year old’s career but this was more than just any win. McEvoy, ranked outside the top 250 players in the world, finished atop a leaderboard that contained Paul Casey, Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau among others.

McEvoy was feeling very good about his game heading into the trip to Germany as it came just days after he earned his third win on the Challenge Tour in France. He took all of the positivity from that event with some excellent golf on the first three days of the European Open before making the most of his experience to finish his final round win a +1 round of 73 which could have easily got away from him. This victory brought a very welcome cheque of £300,000 and the knowledge that McEvoy would not have to make a 13th trip to Qualifying School for at least the next two years.

2017: Jordan Smith

The 2017 edition of the European Open moved from Bad Griesbach in the south of Germany to the north of the country and Green Eagle Golf Courses. To be specific, the North Course at the top-class venue hosted and it was Jordan Smith who best learned what that 7,544-yard layout required to secure his maiden European Tour win.

This was a very special win for the 24 year old as it marked his arrival on the big stage. Many golf fans had already heard of Smith after he topped the standings on the EuroPro Tour and Challenge Tour in consecutive seasons but success in the big leagues is never guaranteed so Smith was understandably delighted to make his breakthrough in his first season as a European Tour player.

Smith played some very good golf but, as is often the case, he did have to rely on a bit of luck along the way. That came in the first hole of his playoff with Alex Levy after the two men finished level on -13. Levy had just three feet to complete a successful defence of the European Open but could not convert as Smith watched on. Smith then gathered himself to go again and got the job done on the second trip up the 18th hole.