It was a profitable week for us at the BMW Championship last week, with Callum Shinkwin placing for us at 400/1. However, I couldn’t help but feel hard done by when Tyrell Hatton, my win bet, finished in second place after being in a four-shot lead, with just eight holes left to play. It was incredibly frustrating, but as it was a profitable week, I shan’t complain too much.
This week, we’re heading across the Channel to France, as the DP World Tour heads to Le Golf National for the French Open and I have a cracking six-man squad lined up ready for you.
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This week Le Golf National hosts the French Open once again. This is a great test of golf, over 7247 yards, which demands really good iron play to be in with a chance. There is plenty of water surrounding some of these greens ready to catch any loose balls, so if there is an attribute to consider, then accuracy would be high up on the list. The squad I have for this week are all really good ball strikers that I think will be well suited to this course and I am really looking forward to seeing how the French Open unfolds.
My strongest selection of the week is world number 45, Min Woo Lee from Australia. He is a real fan favourite and he has all the credentials he needs to win the French Open this week. I don’t usually like backing players when they are so short in the market, but Min Woo Lee really stands out for me this week and he comes into this event in really good form too. He finished seventh in the Irish Open and then tied 14th in the BMW Championship last weekend. He’s really hitting the ball well at the moment and I find it hard to see how he won’t go close this week.
I’m a big fan of Scandinavian player Alexander Bjork. He is seriously good and he is possibly the most consistent player on the DP World Tour this season. He has been so close on a number of occasions this season, but has struggled to get over the line. However, the track here suits him perfectly and provided his putter behaves, this could be his best chance of victory yet. Whatever happens, he’s sure to give us a really good run for our money once again.
Ryo Hisatsune has been hugely overlooked by the bookies this week and he is well up to winning a DP World Tour title. He has finished in the top 15 no less than ten times this season and he played really solid golf at Wentworth last week, posting two 72s. His form immediately prior to the BMW and the Irish Open read 10th, 14th and 13th, so he was by no means disgraced. He will find this course much more suited to his game and as a player who can go low, I see him as a contender for first round leader, so that could be worth a market check too. Either way, back on a course where good iron play is essential, I really fancy his chances this week.
I don’t think the bookies know where to place Laurie Canter in the market this week as he has been away playing on the Liv Golf circuit, where he has done well, but without making a massive impact. He has been very consistent, always finishing mid- to high-table and his scores have been good too, so I think he could be worth a bit of a punt here. I’m not entirely sure why he has decided to come here rather than playing the Liv Golf Chicago, which makes him a bit of a dark horse in this event. However, he must fancy his chances and at 66/1, he is surely a player going under the radar this week.
Two-time DP World Tour winner, James Morrison, is having a really good season and he has been striking the ball extremely well of late. He finished in a tie for 18th at Wentworth last week, where he really put on a great display of golf and made very few mistakes. He has made his last six cuts and he will be feeling very confident this week. James just seems to be getting better every time I watch him play, his talent should not to be underestimated here and he’s great value at 125/1.
My only real longshot for this week is Kazuki Higa. He hasn’t really done a lot since finishing fourth in the Soudal Open back in February, but he was in seriously good form at that time and climbed the ranks to reach world number 156. The main thing being, that when on top form, he hits his irons really well, which is must-have on this course. He also made his last two cuts, which is another good sign and if he can return to his earlier form, he’s more than capable of making an impact this week.
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