The DP World Tour heads to Paris this week, with Le Golf National course hosting the French Open.
Robert MacIntyre is the only member of the European Ryder Cup team who is using the French Open as a final warm-up for next week’s clash with the United States, meaning that there is a substantial drop off in the talent appearing when compared with last week’s BMW PGA Championship.
Min Woo Lee is used to playing in higher quality fields than this. It’s true he is making his Le Golf National debut, which could be a disadvantage, but he is superb in the wind, and thus will be unfazed by the weather forecast for the first two rounds. We’ll take a punt at 12/1.
Turning to team golf, the Finca Cortesin course in Malaga, hosts the 18th edition of Solheim Cup, with Europe looking for a historic hat-trick of victories.
Home advantage is typically a huge factor in golf team events, with the home team having won 12 of the previous 17 Solheims. This suggests Europe have the edge. Additionally, three-quarters of the European team have tasted Solheim Cup combat before, while the visitors have five rookies going to post.
Leona Maguire was the star for the European team in Ohio two years ago, going undefeated while becoming Europe’s top scorer. However, her form has been less impressive so far this season.
Charley Hull, on the other hand, has been playing very well. She loves this event, having made her debut ten years ago, aged just 17, and is 2-2-1 in singles, an excellent 4-2-1 in fourballs and a wonderful 5-1-1 in foursomes. She is also 6-1-2 on European soil. She’s 6/1 to be European top scorer, and we will be on that.
French Open: Lee to win,1 pt, at 12/1, Unibet
Solheim Cup: Hull to be top European points scorer, 1 pt, at 6/1, widely available
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