The Open De France is one of the oldest and most lucrative championships on the European Tour, and the 2017 renewal has extra significance as the players will be keen to showcase their abilities to their Ryder Cup Captain as the 2018 Ryder Cup is being held here.
Therefore, it’s no surprise to see swashbuckling young Spaniard John Rahm make his first venture into Europe but, whilst a player of his talents can’t be ruled out, he does arrive here on the back of two missed cuts on the PGA Tour, and this is a course that demands a player has his ball on a string.
Sharing favouritism in most books this week is Francesco Molinari, and the Italian has proven on more than one occasion that this layout suits his style, as his straight driving and accurate iron-play is ideal for avoiding penal rough and the many water-hazards. He’s been playing well in America this season, finishing sixth and second, three and four starts ago, and he’s a had a break to prepare for this. A runner-up here in 2010, 2012 and 2016, he’s likely to give you a run for your money this week.
Bernd Wiesberger is another player who excels in the tee-to-green department, and his last four finishes here read 11/18/1/13. He’s another who’s been playing consistently well in good company this year, and could easily make it two wins here in three years after such an admirable defence last year.
Ian Poulter showed great commitment by securing his PGA Tour Card and then finishing second in the Players Championship recently and, now he’s full of self-confidence, he’ll have one eye on returning to Europe’s Ryder Cup Team in which he has enjoyed so much previous success. Victory here would certainly send him shooting up the world rankings, and he’s previously finished in the top-4 here in 2006, 2009 and 2012.
The final place this week goes to Graeme Storm, a player who was a surprise winner of this in 2007, but has also posted four further top-13 finishes here. He was struggling to keep his Tour Card last season, but is another who dug deep, securing it with a win. With that win taking off the pressure off this season, he’s been playing well, and he doesn’t deserve to be 110/1.
Francesco Molinari : 2 Points Each-Way @ 14/1 with LeoVegas or Mr Green
Bernd Wiesberger : 1 Point Each-Way @ 14/1 with LeoVegas or Mr Green
Ian Poulter : 1 Point Each-Way @ 40/1 with LeoVegas or Mr Green
Graeme Storm : 1 Point Each-Way @ 100/1 with LeoVegas or Mr Green