Fantasy Golf Picks for the 2018 Open de France

THE OVERVIEW

Le Golf National, Paris, France - The European Tour continues its Open Season with a big purse up for grabs this week in Paris. Le Golf National is the track this week and it will also be the location for the 2018 Ryder Cup this coming September. Because of that, some of the players here this week will have some of their thoughts elsewhere (it is the reason Justin Thomas made the trip over).

But FGWW will be focused on the week at hand where the course will play as a 7,247-yard par 71 and the field will be strong. For our model this week, SG: OTT, SG: T2G, current form, and course history will be key factors when selecting our picks.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017  -12   Tommy Fleetwood   (Runner Up:   -11   Peter Uihlein)

2016  -11   Thongchai Jaidee   (Runner Up:   -7   Francesco Molinari)

2015  -13   Bernd Weisberger  (Runner Up:   -10   James Morrison)  

2015  -5   Graeme McDowell  (Runners Up:   -4   Thongchai Jaidee, Kevin Stadler)  

 

BETTING ODDS   (Bovada 6/25/2018)

Justin Thomas +1000

Jon Rahm  +1200

Tommy Fleetwood  +1200

Alex Noren  +1600

Rafa Cabrera Bello  +1600

Ian Poulter  +2000

Sergio Garcia  +2000

Andy Sullivan  +2500

Matthew Fitzpatrick  +2500

Nino Bertasio  +2500

Thorbjorn Olesen  +2500

Tyrrell Hatton  +2800

Martin Kaymer  +2800

Lee Westwood  +4000

Matt Wallace  +4000

Paul Dunne  +4000

Thomas Pieters  +4000

Haotong Li  +5000

Lucas Bjerregaard  +5000

Mikko Korhonen  +5000

Ross Fisher  +5000

Russell Knox  +5000

Shane Lowry  +5000

Alexander Bjork  +6600

Alexander Levy  +6600

Graeme McDowell  +6600

Jordan Smith  +6600

Jorge Campillo  +6600

Mike Lorenzo Vera  +6600

Soren Kjeldsen  +6600

Thomas Detry  +6600

 

HOT PLAYERS

Tommy Fleetwood

Thorbjorn Olesen

Matt Wallace

Mikko Korhonen

Adrian Otaegui

Mike Lorenzo-Vera

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Tommy Fleetwood

Alexander Bjork

Rafa Cabrera Bello

Martin Kaymer

Graeme McDowell

Mike Lorenzo Vera

Bernd Wiesberger

 

LONGER SHOTS

Aaron Rai  +8000

Andrew Johnston  +8000

Chris Wood  +8000

Julian Suri  +8000

Nacho Elvira  +8000

Nicolas Colsaerts  +8000

Adrian Otaegui  +10000

Chris Paisley  +10000

Dean Burmester  +10000

Dylan Fritelli  +10000

Eddie Pepperell  +10000

George Coetzee  +10000

Pablo Larrazabal  +10000

Ryan Fox  +10000

Scott Hend  +10000

Benjamin Hebert  +12500

David Lipsky  +12500

Erik Van Rooyen  +12500

Fabrizio Zanotti  +12500

Hideto Tanihara  +12500

Jeung Hun Wang  +12500

Joakim Lagergren  +12500

Justin Walters  +12500

Sam Horsfield  +12500

Shubhankar Sharma  +12500

Callum Shinkwin  +15000

Julien Guerrier  +15000

Maximillian Kieffer  +15000

Sebastien Gros  +15000

 

FAITHFULS

Tommy Fleetwood

Martin Kaymer

Sergio Garcia

Andy Sullivan

Graeme McDowell

Lee Westwood

 

THE 'FORE' SOMES

'FORE' SOMES are chosen by selecting one player from a "low tier" betting pool (30:1 or better), two players from a "mid tier" (30:1 - 75:1), and a final player from a "high tier" (75:1 & up).  

KEITH'S 'FORE' SOME 

Martin Kaymer  (28:1).  Kaymer could have won last week if it weren't for just a couple of mistakes on the last few holes. So, current form? Check. Course Form? How's this? Kaymer has played here the past eleven years and has a win, five top tens, and two top fifteens. We also like Bello, Fitzpatrick, and Olesen, but a confident, on-his-game Kaymer, at 28:1 is too good to pass up.

Paul Dunne  (40:1)  & Thomas Pieters  (40:1).  For tee-to-green prowess, Paul Dunne and Thomas Pieters are two of the best in this range. Dunne has not been playing a whole lot lately. He is coming into Paris rested and refreshed and tends to really play his best in stronger fields. T13 here last year and having a solid season. We'll be expecting the 25-year-old Irishman to have a good showing this week. Thomas Pieters also finished T13 last year at Le Golf National and has two top 20s coming into Paris (T18 at the BMW and T14 at The Italian Open). The tall, svelte Belgian has not been playing his best golf this year, but he is trending upward and will have his sights set on trying to make the squad coming back here in September.

Adrian Otaegui  (100:1).  Adrian Otaegui at 100:1 is also too good to pass on. Just a few weeks ago he was one of the hottest players on this tour. The 25-year-old Spaniard won the Belgian Knockout and placed 2nd at the Volvo China Open. There are also a few other names in this range that look really good. Rai at 80:1, Fox at 100, Walters at 125, and Kieffer at 150 would all be other great choices and may get some top ten action from FGWW.

**(differing odds come from Will Hill)

 

JOHN'S 'FORE' SOME 

Tyrrell Hatton  30:1

Martin Kaymer  33:1

Alexander Bjork  66:1

Adrian Otaegui  100:1

 

GAVIN'S 'FORE' SOME 

Tyrrell Hatton  30:1

Matt Wallace  40:1

Soren Kjeldsen  66:1

Adrian Otaegui  100:1

 

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