European Golf: Perez to pounce in Paris…

The DP World Tour heads to France this week, with Le Golf National course just outside Paris hosting the Cazoo Open.

Le Golf National is one of Europe’s finest courses, and hosted the Ryder Cup in 2018. On that occasion Francesco Molinari won all five of his matches, mainly by keeping the ball in play rather than risking the penal rough.

Patrick Reed, who lost two of his three matches in that Ryder Cup, is jostling for favouritism with Thomas Pieters, but we like the look of Victor Perez. The two-time DP World Tour champion closed with a 66 in Italy on Sunday for third place, and the Frenchman is sure to value the support of the home crowd. He finished 16th in the last French Open here, and the stiff tee-to-green test will suit.

Our each-way selection is Andy Sullivan. The former Ryder Cup player loves this course and has performed well here in the past. He’s not the longest off the tee, which shouldn’t really be a penalty this week, and a good putting week could see him contend.

Across the pond the Quail Hollow course hosts the Presidents Cup, with the U.S. firm favourites to continue their winning run.

The last time the States had a Presidents Cup home match, they romped to a 19-11 success, and that was before the disruptions the emergence of the LIV Tour has resulted in. It could be an even more emphatic win this time around. 

It’s true the U.S. would be a better team were Kevin Kisner not playing and Dustin Johnson was, but Kisner is the World Match Play-winning world number 25. The Internationals on the other hand have lost Cameron Smith, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Marc Leishman, Joaquin Niemann and Abraham Ancer for definite, while Charl Schwartzel and Carlos Ortiz might also have made their side.

We like the idea of the U.S. winning either of the first two days 5-0, and will also take a punt on the overall score being 23-7 or better.

Recommendations:

Cazoo Open: Perez to win, 1 pt, at 20/1, SkyBet

Cazoo Open: Sullivan 0.5 pts each way at 40/1, 1/5 the odds for the first 7 places, SkyBet

Presidents Cup: U.S. to win either day 1 or day 2 5-0, 1 pt, at 15/2, SkyBet

Presidents Cup: U.S. to win by a score of 23-7 or better, 1 pt, at 12/1, SkyBet

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