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 5th to 7th June 2021
The administrative staff at the European Tour continue to work incredibly hard to make sure that the show goes on in the face of obvious difficulties with travelling and competing in multiple different countries. Less than a week before the scheduled start of the European Tour the decision was made to make it a 54 hole event starting on Saturday rather than Thursday.
The change in date is to do with rules for travellers from the UK. It is a headache not just for the European Tour officials but also for a whole number of players and caddies who can only enter Germany on Friday giving them limited time to prepare.
Paul Casey has no such problems as the defending champion travelled from the USA. It’s pretty much business as usual for Casey who is the bookies’ favourite at 6/1 to do what Bernd Wiesberger did last week and successfully defend the title that he won in 2019. Speaking of Wiesberger, the Austrian has a good record at this course and given that he’s full of confidence he will rightly be well supported at a top price of 16/1. We certainly can’t advise against an each way bet on him given he finished fifth here in 2019.
Laurie Canter has been playing some very good golf in recent weeks. You get the feeling that the big hitting Brit is very close to that first victory on the European Tour and it could come as soon as this week. He has ample power to cope with the North Course at Green Eagle which can stretch to further than 7,500 yards, and his approach play and putting were better last week than at almost any time this season, so 30/1 looks a fair price.
|2021||Green Eagle Golf Courses||Marcus Armitage|
|2019||Green Eagle Golf Courses||Paul Casey|
|2018||Green Eagle Golf Courses||Richard McEvoy|
|2017||Green Eagle Golf Courses||Jordan Smith|
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.
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.