European Golf: Go heavy on Levy…

It’s the turn of Germany to hold this week’s European Tour event, with Hamburg hosting the Porsche European Open. And length, particularly off the tee, looks likely to be very important as the Green Eagle is a big, American-style course which could play as long as over 7800 yards.

There is a significant US PGA presence at this event, with Xander Schauffele leading the betting odds. We’re fans of this young American star, considering him just below the very elite in the game. He hits the ball far off the tee and will desire to play well given his German heritage. However, we were stung at a short price by Rory McIlroy losing a playoff last week when we felt he was clearly the best player in the field, and we’re reluctant to take the 6/1 on offer with Schauffele given he has had to cross the Atlantic.

We’re going to stick with regular European Tour players. Thomas Pieters has shown some form of late and does have length off the tee, but we’re not sure 16/1 offers value. Instead, we like the look of Alexander Levy. He has a great record on this style of course used for this event, having won in 2016 and losing a playoff the following year. He recently finished fifth in a tournament in Scandinavia, suggesting his game is currently in good shape.

Our second selection is Renato Paratore. The Italian finished third here last year, just one shot behind Richard McEvoy, and comes off a 12th place finish in Switzerland last weekend. He hits the ball a mile, averaging over 300 yards off the tee, and is also known for a good short game. We’ll take a chance with him.


Levy 0.5 pts each way at 35/1, 1/5 the odds for the first six places, Unibet

Paratore 0.5 pts each way at 50/1, 1/5 the odds for the first six places, Unibet

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