The Porsche European Open will be played at the Green Eagle Golf Courses near Hamburg for the second time having moved from Bad Griesbach last year. At a shade over 7,800 yards the North Course is the longest on the European Tour. With testing fairways, huge lakes and the highest slope rating in Germany it is set to provide a stern challenge. The tournament was won by our 50/1 selection Jordan Smith 12 months ago. The Englishman beat Alexander Levy in a play-off after the two men had finished on 13-under-par. Levy was the 2016 champion at Bad Griesbach, while Thongchai Jaidee won the 2015 edition. Previous editions had been staged at a variety of locations in the UK and Ireland. Winners including the Ryder Cup stars Lee Westwood (twice), Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie.
Porsche European Open Favourites
Masters champion Patrick Reed is the star attraction in Germany this week. The American heads the betting at best odds of 9/1* with Bet365, Paddy Power and William Hill. Paul Casey was second at the recent Travelers Championship and the world number 14 is at 10/1* with Bet365, Ladbrokes and Coral. Though several bookmakers rate in-form American Bryson DeChambeau as a 14/1* chance. There’s big leap after the first three in the betting to Pat Perez and Charl Schwartzel. The South African priced at 25/1* across the board and Bet365 offering that price about Perez. Levy is at 30/1* with Bet365 and Betfred and defending champion Smith is at 33/1* with Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred.
Porsche European Open Tips
On such a lengthy track, hitting the ball a long way will be a distinct advantage. Lucas Bjerregaard is among the players who have been driving the ball in excess of 300 yards on average this season. Prior to the recent run of links golf events, the Dane had been in outstanding form. He had reached the brink of the world’s top 100 for the first time. He finished sixth or better in four of five tournaments between the end of April and the end of June. Now he should be backed at best odds 45/1* with Betfred to get back in the swing of things this week.
Scott Hend is a man in form. The big-hitting Australian looks a great each-way pick at best odds of 50/1* with Betfred this week. The world number 184 thrives in hot and humid conditions. He has won nine times in Asia, so the sweltering weather predicted for Hamburg over the weekend will suit him. He shared 14th place at the Scottish Open on his last outing, the fourth time in six starts that he has finished in the top 15.
Since turning professional last year, Sam Horsfield has split his time between the European and PGA Tours. The 21-year-old, who has lived in the United States since the age of five, has recently begun to make an impression on this side of the pond. Already on the fringes of the world’s top 200, Horsfield finished just inside the top 25 at both the Irish and Scottish Opens. He was also runner-up in Tshwane earlier in the year. Big things are expected of the Englishman in the not too distant future. Therefore, this could be a great opportunity for him to shine. Bet365, Ladbrokes and Coral are among the bookmakers quoting him at 50/1*, with Coral paying seven places at one-fifth odds.
(*All odds subject to change)