Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Open De France for oddsmarket.com.
<div><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Open De France</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Le Golf, National, Paris<br />Par 71, 7247 yards<br />October 17-20</strong></p><p>A change in schedule for one of the European Tour's long-standing tournaments since 1972 although the Open was inaugurated back in 1906. Since 1991 Le Golf National has been the host every year except 1999 and 2001. This year the Open De France has found a later slot on the European Tour schedule after 2018 when it was played in late June. The course played host to the 2018 Ryder Cup and can be a stern test of a player's patience as they need to plot their way around the course. A very exposed course to the natural elements and when the wind blows, links course specialists have flourished. The winning score rarely exceeds twelve under par to illustrate what a stern test awaits the players this week.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Betting Predictions and Tips </strong></h2><p>Sweden's <strong>Alex</strong> <strong>Noren</strong> is the defending champion this week in Paris. Surprisingly he has only managed two top 10s in the intervening fifteen months however, at the Dunhill Links Championship he had a promising finish just outside the top 10. At the French Open there has been a peculiar history of defending champions winning the following year. Graeme McDowell managed it in 2013/2014, home favourite, Jean Francois Remesy won in 2004/2005 while greats Nick Faldo, Severiano Ballesteros and Peter Oosterhuis also managed the feat in previous years.</p><p>England's <strong>Matthew</strong> <strong>Southgate</strong> has shown a previous liking for Le Golf National with two top 11 finishes in the last three seasons. A couple of weeks ago in Scotland at the Dunhill Links Championship he can count himself unlucky not to win when Frenchman, Victor Perez outstayed him in the final round. Known as a links course specialist, Southgate is still looking for his first European Tour tournament victory but many links specialists have been suited by Le Golf National’s demands over the years. No doubt the course has similar characteristics and Southgate has been a model of consistency this season with five top 10 finishes.</p><p><strong>Adrian</strong> <strong>Otaegui</strong> has been badly out of form since finishing runner up in the Handa Super Six ‘Down Under' in February. This slump in form has been a shock for the Spaniard, having won the Paul Lawrie Matchplay and Belgian Knockout in 2018 and 2017 respectively. Last week in Rome there appeared a small upturn in form and he travels to France with a chance to build on that. The last two seasons in France show how much he likes Le Golf National with high finishes and he rates an interesting each way bet this week.</p><p>Last year's Open De France, saw Sweden's <strong>Marcus</strong> <strong>Kinhult</strong> blow a winning chance with a poor final round of 76 after being the fifty-four hole leader. Fifteen months on he is has become well established on the European Tour winning the 2019 British Masters at Hillside Links, Southport. We mentioned earlier how Le Golf National suits links specialists and that means Kinhult is a perfect fit. An impressive US Open in June is further proof of the links correlation and this is a great opportunity to win his second European Tour title in 2019.</p><p><strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Pieters</strong> from Belgium gives the impression he is ready to fulfil his known potential and only five weeks ago won the Czech Masters. Since he has played solidly without being in contention and at Le Golf National in 2017 a poor final round cost him a chance at winning the title. It would not be surprising if he won again before the end of the season and Paris will offer the former Ryder Cup player an excellent opportunity.</p><p>One of the European Tour's most consistent golfer's this season has been the Austrian <strong>Matthias</strong> <strong>Schwab</strong>. Six top 10 finishes and several chances to win his maiden title in 2019 is a strong indication that the first win is around the corner. Tied 37<sup>th</sup> on debut last year will be an experience that holds him in good stead this week after last week's 4<sup>th</sup> at the Italian Open.</p><p>American, <strong>Julian</strong> <strong>Suri</strong>, has been out of form in recent months after back to back top 4 finishes at the Indian Open and Trophee Hassan in March. Last week in Rome he looked more like the player who won two European Tour title's early in his career and last season in France he played well on debut finishing runner up. He could go one better this year.</p><p><strong>Subhankar</strong> <strong>Sharma</strong> seems to have been around a while on the European Tour but is still only twenty-three years old. Already twice a winner on tour, he has been in poor form since his last win in the Maybank Championship in early 2018. That is not to be totally unexpected after a better than average rookie year and there have been encouraging signs in recent week's, culminating in a top 10 finish last week in Rome. Last year he made a promising debut at Le Golf National with a top 30 finish after an opening four over par 76 and could return to winning ways this week.</p><p>In summary I like the chances of Noren, Pieters and Schwab this week but at the prices in a 120-player field I prefer the value in the each-way selections below.</p><h2> </h2><h2><strong>Recommended Bets:</strong></h2><ul> <li>Adrian Otaegui @ 81.00 (80/1) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with PaddyPower">Paddy Power</a></li> <li>Matthew Southgate @ 41.00 (40/1) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with PaddyPower">Paddy Power</a></li> <li>Julian Suri @ 46.00 (45/1) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Unibet">Unibet</a></li> <li>Marcus Kinhult @ 29.00 (28/1) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with PaddyPower">Paddy Power</a></li> <li>Subhankhar Sharma @ 61.00 (60/1) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">William Hill</a></li></ul><div> </div><div style="text-align:center"><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=162&a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&f=3"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0005/1349915/Biggest-Ever-Bet-Boost-1280x480-English-UK.jpg" style="width:100%" /></a></div></div>