2016 Open de France Betting Preview

Rory McIlroy is the headline act in what is a strong field for the 100th edition of the Open de France this week. McIlroy is the highest ranked player in attendance and he will be keen to get a feel for Le Golf National in Paris as this will be the venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup, although it is one of McIlroy's potential European Ryder Cup teammates who is the focus of our best bets...

  • Martin Kaymer won the Open de France in 2009 and has six other top-15 finishes from visits to Le Golf National
  • Graeme Storm won his only European Tour event at Le Golf National in 2007

30th June - 3rd July Odds Won/Lost Bet

Open de France
Martin Kaymer (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 16 / 1 P
Martin Kaymer first round leader (each way) @ 25 / 1  
Graeme Storm (each way) @ 175 / 1  

Best Bets

McIlroy is currently a 9/2 favourite (Boylesports) after finishing tied 4th on his previous appearance at Le Golf National in 2010 and the recent Irish Open winner is obviously the man to beat.

We fancy that Martin Kaymer could be the man to get the better of McIlroy though as the German won this tournament in 2009 and has six other top-fifteens to his name here, while he could do with some big performances to force his way into the reckoning for this year's Ryder Cup team. The 31-year-old has really found some form in the past few months as he hasn't missed a cut since the Valspar Championship in March and he has racked up three top-fives in his last six outings worldwide.
Tip #1: Martin Kaymer (each way) @ 16/1 with Boylesports.

Kaymer's improved recent form has been highlighted by the fast starts he is making to tournaments as he boasts a first round scoring average of 70.67 from his six appearances on the European Tour this year but that average comes down to an impressive 69.33 when only considering his events from the past three months. Furthermore, Kaymer has been in the top-five of the Open de France leaderboard after the first round on four occasions in the past nine years, boasting a first round scoring average of 69.67 in the process, and he is a tempting 25/1 to be first round leader this week.
Tip #2: Martin Kaymer to be first round leader (each way) @ 25/1 with Bet Victor.

The Leading Contenders

Elsewhere, US Masters champion Danny Willett (20/1) has obvious claims after finishing in the top-fifteen in three of his six visits to Le Golf National, while Francesco Molinari (25/1) had twice finished runner-up here prior to his tie for 6th twelve months ago. Graeme McDowell won the title here in 2013 and 2014, with Betfred pricing him 25/1. 

US Masters runner-up Lee Westwood (22/1) finished second here in 2009 and defending champion, Bernd Wiesberger, is a 30/1 shot off the back of a decent year that has seen him pick up five top-fifteens.

The Best Of The Rest

We prefer to sign off our preview with a small each-way wager on a player who could defy a triple-figure price as Graeme Storm clearly enjoys this tournament. His 2007 victory at Le Golf National remains his only success on the European Tour but he has finished in the top-35 in six of his eight visits to Paris since (21-13-11-11-MC-3-MC-33). He hinted at a return to form last week when tying for 9th at the BMW International Open in Germany, where he ranked 12th for both driving accuracy and greens in regulation, which augurs well as Le Golf National rewards accurate golf.
Tip #3: Graeme Storm (each way) @ 175/1 with Bet 365.

2016 Open De France Odds