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HNA Open de France – Le Golf National – Paris – France.

Right ladies and gents its time for a run of four huge events on the European Tour, 3 consecutive Rolex Series Events and then The Open.. Kicking off this series with the HNA Open De France at Le Golf National Paris. A regular venue on the tour since 1991 and always a spectacular event and venue. However this year we have a little added interest and excitement as this venue will also host the Ryder Cup in September.

The Course

Par 71. Measuring 7,247 yards. (3 x par 5’s)

Greens, fairly generous and well contoured. A mixture of meadow and bent grass running at 10’6″ on the stimpmeter reading.

Fairways look wide, however the shaping and narrowing within the hitting zones mean that they are much tougher to find than what they appear.

Water is one of the main features of this exposed, undulating stadium style course and comes into play on 10 of the holes.

The rough is up this year and the unmaintained areas have been allowed to grow tall to provide better definition and a tougher test for both this event and the Ryder Cup.

The final stretch of holes here are impressive and a little difficult to master even in the calmest of conditions.. The par 4 18th plays to an average of 4.52 and if we have a closely contested tournament it could provide an abundance of drama come Sunday afternoon.

The Field

A really strong field has been assembled here in Paris and arguably stronger than what were offered at this weeks Quickened Loans tournament. The field here includes Justin Thomas who’s here on a little scouting mission and warmly welcomed to accompany the likes of Rahm, Fleetwood, Garcia, RCB and many other favoured names.

Key Stats and Strategy

With the amount of danger around the course, the limited availability of birdies and the importance for keeping the ball in play and the card clean, I will be focusing most of my attention towards accuracy and ability to play well on tougher courses. 

Off the tee there is no need to be long as previous winners such as Jaidee and GMac have proved, its far more important to find the fairways and strategically plot your way around the course.

Were set for the gorgeous weather to continue, however this course is very susceptible to the breeze and with the forecast showing that winds in the afternoon on Thursday are due to be stronger that that of Friday, I will have to consider this as I make my final decisions. 

My Picks

$10,000 +

Tommy Fleetwood $11,100

Rafa Cabrera-Bello $10,600

$9,000 – $10,000

Ian Poulter – $9,400

Andy Sullivan – $9,200

$8,500 – $9,000

Matthew Fitzpatrick – $8,900

Martin Kaymer – $8,700

$8,000 – $8,500

Lucas Bjerregaard – $8,500

Matt Wallace – $8,400

$7,500 – $8,000

Mikko Kohornen – $8,000

Alexander Bjork – $7,700

Soren Kjeldsen – $7,600

$7,000 – $7,500

Mike Lorenzo Vera – $7,500

Jordan Smith $7,400

Wade Ormsby $7,100

$7,000 or less

Shubhankar Sharma –  $7,000

Justin Walters – $6,900

Matthieu Pavon – $6,700

Richard Sterne $6,700

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