Course/Event Preview & Key Stats
Venue – Le Golf National. (L’Albatros)
Location – Paris, France
Style – Exposed Stadium Course
Par – 71
Yardage – 7,247
Architect – Hubert Chesneau and Robert Von Hagge, in collaboration with Pierre Thevenin.
Event – Rolex Series.
Greens: Bent and Medow Grass (12’6″ stimp speed)
Previous winners and runners up since 1991 at Le Golf National:
Off the Tee – Players will need the ball to be on a frozen rope this week and manage their game from tee to the highest standards.
Missing fairways here isn’t really an option, yet finding some of the narrow landing zones can be an immense struggle, especially with any firm crosswind sweeping through its grounds.
The wet thick rough can be evil here, obviously it wont be anywhere near as dense and lush as we experienced during the Ryder Cup but you can still be sure that playing from this stuff will heavily reduce the control of the ball and result in missed green.
Approach Play – Not only is it very important for players to hit a high number greens in regulation, it is also equally important that players hit shots into the right areas of these well contoured and slick greens.
Creating the right opportunities and missing in the right spot will be key to success this week. Therefor stats like GIR and Proximity to Hole from all yardages have been heavily factored into my selections.
Scrambling – Decent scrambling stats feature for past winners and those contending for the majority of past tournament. There’s is no doubt that a solid short game will massively help with bogey avoidance and keep scoring ticking over. However, as mentioned above its gonna be those that miss in the right spots that will make this task much easier, as some misses here present next to no chance over saving par.
Putting – Its always reassuring to have players experiencing form with the short stick or renowned to be more competent than the average tour pro. This week I’m only looking for a little of that reassurance compared to usual however where I have focused my efforts is searching for players that are showing high performance inside 10ft.
Course Form and Recent Form – Always factored in and no different this week.
European Tour DraftKings Picks
$10,800 – Erik Van Rooyen
$10,600 – Matthias schwab
$9,600 – Ross Fisher
$9,400 – Kurt Kitayama
$8,900 – Matthew Southgate
$8,500 – Stewart Cink
$8,100 – Callum Shinkwin
$7,800 – Joachim B. Hansen
$7,700 – Jeunghan Wang
$7,600 – Sebastian Soderberg
$7,500 – Ashley Chesters
$7,300 – James Morrison
- Other inclusions in player pool – N/A. This weeks pricing offers me a great chance to produce well balanced teams and I don’t really feel I need to dip into the below $7k range.
European Tour Betting Tips
- Matthias Schwab 16/1, 1 point e/w
- Stewart Cink 50/1, 1point e/w
- Ashley Chesters 90/1, 1 point e/w
First Round Leader
- Callum Shinkwin, 1/2 point e/w
- Gavin Green, 1/2 point e/w
- Tapio Pulkkanen, 1/2 point e/w