2016 Open de France
June 30th – July 3rd, 2016
Le Golf National, Versailles, France
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,249
Defending Champion: Bernd Wiesberger

Also check out my 2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Tips here.

Doc’s Five To Watch at The 2016 Open De France

Martin Kaymer 14/1

Martin Kaymer gets the frauleins.

There has to be a win coming soon again for Martin and this place suits him down to the ground.  The German has five top-10’s in Paris from nine starts with a win in 2009.  Co leader after 36 holes in 2015 and finished solo fourth.  T37 last time out at the US Open, T7 before that at Wentworth and T5 at the K Club. Great chance.

Bernd Wiesberger 22/1

A joy to watch when he’s in form.  Tough to come back to defend on such a tough course but Bernd knows he’s in form after a T7 at the BMW International in Germany where he served up a clip of T4 in driving accuracy and 2nd in GIR.  Good in Austria and Wentworth too and should put up a stout defence.  Was a massive 13 under on just the par-4’s in 2015, eight shots better than anyone else in the field.

Francesco Molinari 22/1

Fran. Suits you!

Three top sixes in his last six visits to Paris National and this week represents a massive chance for the Italian to let Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke know he’s in form.  Fran jets in from Congressional fresh off a T8 finish having gone 69, 65 at the weekend.  Fourth in driving accuracy and topped greens in regulation there; very handy skills to have on this tough Paris National layout.

Rafa Cabera Bello 25/1

Rafa shaves with his glove on. That's cool.

Hit plenty of greens at Oakmont but Rafa will be disappointed with a T32 finish there.  Very much dividing his schedule between the PGA and European Tour this year but with Keith Pelley splitting the Tour from the WGC Bridgestone and effectively offering double points this week in Paris it’s a great chance for Rafa to cement his Ryder Cup spot. Solo fifth last year.

James Morrison 66/1

James Morrison. Got a new motor recently

Great putter when he’s in the mood and has some impressive recent performances  like 4th in Austria, T10 in Ireland and T4 in Spain under his belt.
Solo second here last year and T7 in 2011.  Withdrew after the first round in Germany last week so let’s hope there’s no knock on effect from that here.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Scott Hend made a cameo in Wentworth and is lording it on the Asian Tour this season. I think he has a good week in him at 125/1.
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