Free Tips For The Open De France 2019
Published on 14/10/19
Open de France 2019 Analysis
The European Tour returns to Le Golf National this week, the venue for Europe’s rousing 2018 Ryder Cup win in France. This week, Golf National hosts the French Open (17-20 October) for the 26th time, including every year since 2002.
However, sadly, with so many big Rolex Events around the Open de France this year, it means this fantastic tournament has not attracted the usual high-quality field associated with it. Reigning Open de France Alex Noren is the only member of Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup team in attendance, but that is understandable as this year’s prize fund is only €1.6 Million compared to €7 Million last year.
If you didn’t watch the 2018 Ryder Cup, and haven’t watched the Open de France in the last 17 years, Le Golf National is a course that requires long game accuracy and short game wizardry. It may only measure 7,245 yards but the rough can be penal, whilst there are a variety of water hazards that can cause players to quickly rack up double and triple bogeys if they get too adventurous.
The bookies have priced-up five players at 20/1 or under this week and it’s no surprise that Alex Noren is the favourite with most books. In winning last year, he notched up his third successive top-10 finish at Le Golf National and he also has the memories of the Ryder Cup to draw upon.
Admittedly, he’s not been at his best this year but, on the back of finishes of 28/15/34, and in a weak field, he looks worthy of being the first of our free tips for the Open de France 2019.
The next two players in the market are Erik Van Rooyen and Matthias Schwab, two young golfers who are enjoying an excellent season. Schwab has posted four top-8 finishes in his last six events, but he finished 37th here last year on +3. Van Rooyen fared even less well and missed the cut with +8 total after 36 holes.
Thomas Pieters is next in the betting, but his power hasn’t proved a potent weapon at the Open de France so far. Juist Luiten completes the players priced at 20/1 or less but, despite the Dutchman having the sort of accurate tee-to-green game than should be ideal for Le Golf National, his best finish in seven attempts is only ninth.
That means the second of this week’s Open de France free tips is Marcus Kinhult. The young Swede has been playing solidly consistent golf of late and he’ll be keen to put last year’s final round in the Open de France behind him. He seemingly had the tournament in his grasp but paid an expensive price for getting too adventurous on his way to racking up a triple bogey before eventually fading into fifth. That was still a much better effort than most of the market leaders and he deserves another chance to show Le Golf National is a good fit for him after winning the British Masters earlier in the season.
Matthew Southgate also deserves to be one of this week’s Open de France free tips, as he’s another player who has put in some career best performances this week, including when second at the Alfred Dunhill Links. A missed cut was no surprise in his next event, but he looks value to bounce back at a course where he’s finished 11th and fifth in two of his last three visits.
Another player that went well at Le Golf National last year was Julian Suri and, though the American has been hit and miss all season, he did post some good numbers late on last season. He was also a model of consistency here last year when recording rounds of 70, 70, 69, and 69, one of the most impressive French Open debuts by any player in recent years.
The fifth and final of our Open de France free tips this week is Shubhankar Sharma. The Indian player is a two-time European Tour winner and he also led a WGC after 54-holes last year. He looks to be peaking just at the right time for an event in which he finished 27th last year, but that doesn’t tell the whole story as he started with a 76 before shooting rounds of 69, 71, and 68 in the final three rounds.