After a ‘nearly’ week at Royal Birkdale, where our three Open Championship selections of Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia and Soren Kjeldsen all threatened to contend but never quite did, it’s back to European Tour duty and the Porsche European Open.
Alexander Levy won the event last year at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, beating Ross Fisher on the second hole of a play-off after the event had been reduced to 54 holes.
Thick morning fog was to blame for the shortened event on that occasion and despite moving from September to July and from Griesbach to Hamburg, bad weather could again play a part.
Wednesday’s pre-tournament pro-am was cut to just four holes due to waterlogging on the course, which will play even longer than its stated yardage of 7,582 – unless some holes need to be altered due to the conditions.
With that in mind and five par fives in play, the first of our European Open betting tips is England’s Jordan Smith, who ranks seventh on the European Tour this season in par-five scoring. Smith topped the Challenge Tour rankings last season and has missed just one cut so far in 2017 from 18 starts, so makes an appealing choice at 40/1.
Ranked just below Smith in par-five scoring is Swedish veteran Peter Hanson, who has been threatening a return to top form since finishing eighth in Abu Dhabi at the start of the season. Hanson played four weeks in a row before the Open and will hopefully benefit from the week off at a price of 66/1.
And finally, with nine Spanish players in the field, the big-hitting Pep Angles represents excellent value to finish as the top Spanish player at 12/1.
Angles ranks second in driving distance this season and although he has gone off the boil since finishing fourth in Sicily, the price is too good to turn down against the calibre of opposition.
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