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Amundi Open de France – Free European Tour, DraftKings Picks and Betting Tips.

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)

Fairways: Bent/Fescue/Rye

Rough: Bent/Fescue/Rye

Previous winners and runners up since 1991 at Le Golf National:

Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
HNA Open de France
2018 Alex Norén  Sweden Le Golf National 277 (−7) 1 stroke Scotland Russell Knox
United States Julian Suri
England Chris Wood
2017 Tommy Fleetwood  England Le Golf National 272 (−12) 1 stroke United States Peter Uihlein
Open de France
2016 Thongchai Jaidee  Thailand Le Golf National 273 (−11) 4 strokes Italy Francesco Molinari
Alstom Open de France
2015 Bernd Wiesberger  Austria Le Golf National 271 (−13) 3 strokes England James Morrison
2014 Graeme McDowell (2)  Northern Ireland Le Golf National 279 (−5) 1 stroke Thailand Thongchai Jaidee
United States Kevin Stadler
2013 Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland Le Golf National 275 (−9) 4 strokes South Africa Richard Sterne
2012 Marcel Siem  Germany Le Golf National 276 (−8) 1 stroke Italy Francesco Molinari
2011 Thomas Levet  France Le Golf National 277 (−7) 1 stroke England Mark Foster
Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen
2010 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain Le Golf National 273 (−11) Playoff Spain Alejandro Cañizares
Italy Francesco Molinari
Open de France Alstom
2009 Martin Kaymer  Germany Le Golf National 271 (−13) Playoff England Lee Westwood
2008 Pablo Larrazábal  Spain Le Golf National 269 (−15) 4 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie
2007 Graeme Storm  England Le Golf National 277 (−7) 1 stroke Denmark Søren Hansen
2006 John Bickerton  England Le Golf National 273 (−11) 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
Open de France
2005 Jean-François Remésy (2)  France Le Golf National 273 (−11) Playoff France Jean van de Velde
2004 Jean-François Remésy  France Le Golf National 272 (−12) 7 strokes Australia Richard Green
Australia Nick O’Hern
2003 Philip Golding  England Le Golf National 273 (−15) 1 stroke England David Howell
Novotel Perrier Open de France
2002 Malcolm MacKenzie  England Le Golf National 274 (−14) 1 stroke South Africa Trevor Immelman
2001 José María Olazábal  Spain Lyon 268 (−12) 2 strokes England Paul Eales
Italy Costantino Rocca
New Zealand Greg Turner
2000 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Le Golf National 272 (−16) 2 strokes England Jonathan Lomas
1999 Retief Goosen (2)  South Africa Médoc 272 (−12) Playoff New Zealand Greg Turner
Peugeot Open de France
1998 Sam Torrance  Scotland Le Golf National 276 (−12) 2 strokes France Olivier Edmond
Italy Massimo Florioli
Australia Mathew Goggin
Germany Bernhard Langer
1997 Retief Goosen  South Africa Le Golf National 271 (−17) 3 strokes England Jamie Spence
1996 Robert Allenby  Australia Le Golf National 272 (−16) Playoff Germany Bernhard Langer
1995 Paul Broadhurst  England Le Golf National 274 (−14) 8 strokes England Neal Briggs
1994 Mark Roe  England Le Golf National 274 (−14) 1 stroke Sweden Gabriel Hjertstedt
1993 Costantino Rocca  Italy Le Golf National 273 (−11) Playoff Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
1992 Miguel Ángel Martín  Spain Le Golf National 276 (−8) 2 strokes England Martin Poxon
1991 Eduardo Romero  Argentina Le Golf National 281 (−7) 2 strokes Spain José María Olazábal
Scotland Sam Torrance

Tournament Forecast

Mainly cloudy, windy and cool with periods of showers likely.
Wind Direction SW
Wind Speed 10mph
Variable clouds and windy with scattered showers.
Wind Direction SW
Wind Speed 12mph
Mainly cloudy and breezy with scattered afternoon showers.
Wind Direction SW
Wind Speed 12mph
Cloudy and breezy with afternoon showers possible.
Wind Direction SSE
Wind Speed 10mph
Key Stats

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

Outright Market
  • 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


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