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Open De France 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Soren Kjeldsen (ew)Tournament Winner55/1Paddy Power
Thomas Detry (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Bet365
Jamie Donaldson (ew)Tournament Winner70/1Paddy Power

Venue

Le Golf National near Paris was opened in 1990 and has staged the Open de France for all but two years since then. The 7,331-yard Albatross course, which will host the 2018 Ryder Cup, is a tough test, featuring undulating fairways, punishing rough, vast bunkers and water hazards. Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee is the defending champion at the Open De France 2017, while Graeme McDowell won this event in both 2013 and 2014. Other previous winners include Bernd Wiesberger, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Martin Kaymer and Marcel Siem. Our three selections at last year’s edition all finished in the top 25, with 33/1 shot Rafa Cabrera-Bello sharing fourth place.

Favourites

Jon Rahm makes a rare visit to Europe this week and the Spaniard heads the betting alongside Francesco Molinari, with both men surely having an eye on representing the continent here in the Ryder Cup next September. Rahm (14/1 with Sky Bet) and Molinari (14/1 with Paddy Power) head the market – with the European Tour’s Mr Consistency, Bernd Wiesberger, next up (18/1 with Ladbrokes). Alex Noren is next (20/1 with Coral), followed by Tommy Fleetwood (22/1 with Paddy Power) after a couple of near misses over the last fortnight. Sky Bet are offering 6 places for each-way bets on this tournament, while Paddy Power and Coral are both offering 7.

Tips

soren-kjeldsen-oddsAfter two of the best years of his career, SOREN KJELDSEN has switched his focus to the PGA Tour in 2017, without much success so far, and he has dropped from 46th to 75th in the world rankings since the end of 2016. He should find his return to Europe more to his liking though and he has a great record at this venue, finishing no worse than 18th on his last four visits to Le Golf National. Back him each-way at 55/1 with Paddy Power – with those 7 places.

THOMAS-DETRYTHOMAS DETRY was pipped to the post by Andres Romero’s late birdie surge at the BMW International in Germany on Sunday, but the young Belgian was hugely impressive and is definitely one to watch this week. The 24-year-old Challenge Tour graduate clearly has a bright future – and having finished a creditable 25th on his debut at Le Golf National last year is one to follow at a stand-out price of 80/1 on offer with Bet365 – as short as 50/1 elsewhere.

Jamie-DonaldsonJAMIE DONALDSON spent four years as a top 50 player before a dramatic loss of form last season and he is now trying to work his way back up from outside the world’s top 250. But in the last few weeks he has shown signs of his old spark returning, finishing 7th in Sweden and 14th in Germany at the weekend. He’s previously shown his liking for this course by finishing 6th in 2013 and 5th a year later and he is worthy of support at 70/1 with Paddy Power.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Soren Kjeldsen (ew)Tournament Winner55/1Paddy Power
Thomas Detry (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Bet365
Jamie Donaldson (ew)Tournament Winner70/1Paddy Power