Alstom Open de France | Thursday 04 July - Sunday 007 July | Albatross Course at Le Golf National
The Alstom Open de France tees off this week and will be played at the top quality Albatross Course at Le Golf National. The tournament has been played here for 12 years now so the layout will provide no surprises to those who regularly feature and course form could prove a useful guide in deciding who will go far in this one. Thankfully, this one has also attracted a top quality field and there should be some great golf on display as the likes of Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald compete against a host of other big names. The par 71 7,331 yard course demands accuracy off the tee and approach play needs to be pinpoint as wayward shots will be punished by the undulating greens. So who will win this one? Let’s have a look.
To Win Outright
Martin Kaymer 14/1
Matt Kuchar 14/1
Luke Donald 14/1
Graeme McDowell 22/1
Ian Poulter 25/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez (50/1 a win, 11/1 a place)
Jimenez has made a strong comeback since breaking his leg in a skiing accident and when he is on offer at 50/1, he simply cannot be ignored. Since his recovery he has managed a 4th at Wentworth and two top 20s, showing a man who has it in him to mix it up with the best. He also won here in 2010 and although I think it will take a lot for him to walk away with a victory here, a top 5 finish is a real possibility.
Mikko Ilonen (50/1 a win, 11/1 a place)
Sticking with the mid-range prices, my next tip is Mikko Ilonen, who has really impressed thus far this season and looks like he still has a lot to offer. A win at the Nordea Masters was backed up by two second places, one coming in Morocco and the other in China. Much like Jimenez, I’m not convinced he can win this one but a top 5 is a serious possibility.
Richard Sterne (55/1 a win, 12/1 a place)
Sterne is tough to ignore in this one because his form so far this season has been solid. He won early on in the season back in South Africa and he managed five top 25 finishes after that before he disappeared for a while. Never mind that though, he is now back and I reckon his 22nd at the Irish Open didn’t bear testament to his ability and he should improve this time around. I’m going each way on this one.
TOP BET: Bernd Wiesberger (33/1 a win, 73/10 a place)
Wiesberger ticks a lot of boxes for me this week and for that reason his is my top bet, despite not being quite in the same class as some of the other golfers in this field. He’s hit a rich vein of form in the last few weeks as a win in Indonesia has been backed up by a 3rd and a 4th in two of his last four starts, whereas in the other two he by no means let himself down with top 15 finishes. His course form isn’t great but based on the season he’s had so far the only way he is going is up. 33/1 looks like a great price to me. Get on.