Porsche European Open Betting Tips & Predictions – Thursday 5th September 2019

This week sees the continuation of a strong run of tournaments on the European Tour with the Porsche European Open. This tournament has had an up and down history having been held in multiple different countries and even falling off the schedule for a while. The European Open has found a long term host country in Germany with the Green Eagle Golf Courses playing host for the third year in a row.

The newly truncated PGA Tour season has had the added benefit of seeing big names from American golf hop over the Atlantic to compete on the European Tour. Some big names are in the field for the European Open but it’s a star of European golf, Thomas Pieters, who could well go on to win his second tournament of the summer.

Top Tips

Thomas Pieters @ 16/1

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Course Info

Green Eagle is the sort of place that would impress any golf fan. Among a number of top class facilities are a number of courses and it’s the North Course that hosts the European Open. It’s not a course at which scoring gets out of hand. The primary defence of this layout is its tremendous distance. The North Course can stretch to over 7,800 yards but it’s unlikely to play to that maximum this week.

Water hazards are in play on almost every hole but the fairways and greens are quite easy to hit. There’s a much tougher test when actually aboard the greens as they are full of slopes and are tricky to read. The bigger hitters should have an advantage given the rain in the forecast, especially as par five scoring has been important in the two renewals at Green Eagle.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
North Course, Green Eagle Golf Courses Winsen, Germany 7,544 Yards €2,000,000

Recent Winners

The nomadic nature of the European Open means that we’ve seen players with very different styles winning the last five renewals. Jordan Smith and Thongchai Jaidee, for example, go about their business on the golf course in very different ways. Shorter hitters showed they could score well on the North Course last year when the fairways were firm and fast but it’s likely to be a different story this time around.

YearWinnerCourseTo ParWinning Margin
2018 Richard McEvoy Green Eagle Golf Courses -11 1 Stroke
2017 Jordan Smith Green Eagle Golf Courses -13 Playoff
2016 Alexander Levy Bad Griesbach -19 Playoff
2015 Thongchai Jaidee Bad Griesbach -17 1 Stroke
2009 Christian Cevaer London Golf Club -7 1 Stroke

Analysis: Agression Could be Key

The big names from the PGA Tour playing at the European Open will each hope they can make the most of the sort of soft, long golf course that they play quite often in America. Xander Schauffele, Paul Casey and Patrick Reed are each understandably getting a lot of support in the betting as they each play the sort of golf that looks to be required at the North Course.

When you give big hitters the ability to hit greens from the rough they don’t often fail to take advantage. It would be a surprise if this year’s European Open wasn’t won by a powerful golfer who plays aggressive golf and putts well.

Pieters Ready to Win Again

When Thomas Pieters won the Czech Masters the overriding emotion was one of relief rather than delight. The Belgian has really struggled since making his Ryder Cup debut in 2016, failing badly to take advantage of his incredible skills as a golfer.

The most eye-catching element of Pieters’ game is his power. He makes the most of his tall, athletic frame to shift the ball a long way from the tee and can hit shorter irons into the greens than most. That power will make him a danger this week, as will his excellent ball striking and putting which is excellent when he gets hot.

The win in Prague was important and Pieters now has a great chance to kick on against stars from both the European and PGA Tours at a generous looking 16/1 with Ladbrokes.

Herbet to Enjoy Opening His Shoulders

Lucas Herbert can reflect on last week’s eighth place finish at the European Masters very proudly. The Australian is among the biggest hitters on the European Tour and was only able to pull driver from his bag on very few occasions in the Swiss Alps. Displaying enough control with his game to narrowly miss out on a playoff was a major plus for Herbert as he seeks to wrap up a place inside the top 110 of the Race to Dubai rankings.

Herbert’s style of play should be much better suited to the North Course at Green Eagle. He can let rip off the tee on many of the holes and will be especially keen to maximise his power on the reachable par fives. Hitting form right now would be perfect for Herbert given how much money and how many ranking points there are up for grabs in the next few weeks. Challenging for the second week in a row and grabbing an each way payout for those who back him are well within Herbert’s capabilities at 60/1 with bet365.

Final Verdict: Thomas Pieters to Win

Thomas Pieters has long aimed to be competitive at the very top level of golf. He has a lot of work to do from here given the way his game fell away over the last couple of years but can remind some of the world’s elite just how good he is with victory in the European Open at 16/1 with Ladbrokes.

About

The European Open is an event that has had a bit of chequered past on the European Tour. It was first run in 1978 and featured heavily at course within England, Ireland and Scotland. Some of the host courses included the like of Walton Heath, Turnberry, Royal Liverpool golf Club, Sunningdale, The K Club and Easy Sussex National.

In 2010 the tournament was removed from the European Tour schedule and it took 4 years to return. It was decided that a fresh approach was needed for the tournament to succeed, so the plans were set a foot to host it outside of the UK and Ireland for the first time. The destination of choice was the Bad Griesbach golf Club in Germany who hosted in 2015 and 2016.

The following year it was hosted by the Green Eagle Golf Course. The course is one of the longest that the players enjoy on the European Tour, measuring a staggering 7,544 yards in total length.

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