Porsche European Open: Reed May be Difficult to Beat

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 4:15 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2018 4:15 PM UTC

American is one of the few big names tempted for a length test in Germany

<p>The Porsche European Open is manfully doing its best to attract attention this year. A bit like an ageing Boxster revving up and wheelspinning in the car park, it wants its eyes on you.</p><p>But despite celebrating its 40th anniversary, it has struggled to attract the big names. Not least because of its timing. The emotional and physical drain of The Open means that this tournament is an after-thought.</p><p>What also doesn’t help is the fact that, this year, it will be staged at the Green Eagle Golf Course, Winsen, Germany. It is not for the faint hearted and if you don’t pack power in the gym and in your game, don’t bother turning up. This is for the big-hitters with Green Eagle the longest on the tour and the tenth longest in the world.</p><p>Not surprisingly, Patrick Reed heads the betting. The Masters champion must have mates near by to stay over for this one. Or he just reckons it’s a likely big pay check.</p><p>Given that Augusta is a fair old poke and rewards the big drivers, Reed makes sense at 9/1 <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&amp;a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f&amp;f=2">with Bet365</a>. Reed, who hardly disgraced himself at Carnoustie with a tie for 28th, is in fine touch. In the Scottish Open he tied for 23rd and, previously, he was tearing it up in the US with those famous Major finishes – fourth at the US Open following on from his brilliant effort at Augusta.</p><p>Another notable price is the 10/11 with Ladbrokes that Reed finishes as top American. Bryson DeChambeau and Pat Perez are next best at 9/4 and 7/2 respectively with the same firm.</p><p>DeChambeau has had problems with a shoulder injury and although he made the weekend at The Open he did not challenge in 51st. Perez came 17th but his game does not look to have been in great shape for some time before that and with him at third jolly it strongly suggests Reed has nothing to beat in the market.</p><p>Last year’s winner of the title – and on the same course – was Jordan Smith. It was his first European Tour title. He is 33/1 <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&amp;a=45a32028-f668-4cc0-b786-c8ac9d4db1f7&amp;f=2">with Ladbrokes</a> but the form is not there. His last three (tied) finishes read: 93-32-103.</p><p>For an each-way pick, have an interest in Sebastien Gros. The Frenchman will enjoy the brute of a course with only Spain’s Adri Arnaus hitting it further than him this year. And Arnaus is not involved here.</p><p>Gros, at just 29 fits the bill as the sort of young buck this place rewards and he could give us a fun run for our money. He is 200/1 with most of these <a href="https://www.bookmakersreview.com/best-bookmakers/">green listed bookmakers</a>.</p>
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