The Porsche European Open will be contested at the Beckenbauer course starting tomorrow, with a handful of sought after players at this event, will the winning home streak continue? Francesco Molinari winnning the Italien Open, and Luiten as well. Now, in front of a German crowd, is it time for the German striker Martin Kaymer to follow this trend, or will we see a non-european crowned at the European Open?
The course favours players that can drive long, and hard, and, the most consistent, long ball hitter is big Australian, Scott Hend, currently trending at the $44.00/+4300 value marker. Others in consideration are Patrick Reed, Paul Casey and Rikard Karlberg. With that said – lets breakdown our top players to follow at this tournament.
Scott Hend ($44.00/+3400)
As we said previously, this course is catered to those that can hit the ball the furthest with accuracy, and Scott Hend fits the mold. With an average drive distance of 301-yards thus far, the Aussie has a great chance to win this event outright in his current form, and grades as the top prospect on our model with a 4.88 rating out of 5. Hend missed the cut at the Italian Open, but, that shouldn’t be read into too much, as the course didn’t suit his style of play – which, with good fortune, the Beckenbauer does immensely.
Hend is no stranger to winning, as he has two European tour titles to his name already, striking gold earlier this year in Thailand. Is Hend ready to strike again? Form would suggest so, and his style of play is just too good to pass up on this type of course. If Hend misses the cut here, it would be a major surprise.
Patrick Reed ($10.00/+900)
Patrick Reed is the listed favourite to win this event outright, and for good reason, he has shown a lot of promise in the lead up to this event, Reed finished T28th at the Open at Carnoustie on a tough track, and maps well at the Beckenbauer. While Reed may not have one of the biggest drives at the event, hew is very good at the technical areas, the short game and the approach, this will more than make up for his lack of power. With that said, Reed will be wanting a win as he hasn’t had a great result since finishing fourth overall at the US Open.
With some of the bigger names missing from this event, if Reed wants to claim a title, this will be the one to go after, and, while the length of the holes don’t suit him, the ease of approach and the less technical greens will help keep him in it. The model grades Reed with a 4.62 rating and the second best chance to win here.
Lucas Bajerregaard ($41.00/+4000)
Another of the big hitting players here, the young Dane has a monstrous drive, and has shown that he can compete when he can use his drive, with both the BMW PGA Championship and BMW International both being played on tracks that suit big hitters, Bajerregaard finished T3 and T5 respectively. Being able to utilise that big swing here at the Beckenbauer, will definitely give Bajerregaard serious claims here to claim the title. While he does leave a bit to be desired at times in the short game, if he is able to make the most of his tee shots, he could prove to be a real dark horse at the event.
The model has graded Bajerregaard with a 4.61 rating, which is third best to win the event. He has the talent, and the ability to pull this one off. The drive and appraoch will be crucial to his success.
Paul Casey ($11.00/+1000)
Paul Casey has been ultra consistent without winning. Casey has been there abouts in all but one of his last five tournaments, and, maps well to provide a similar effort to those here. Currently listed as the seconds favourite to win the event across multiple book makers, Casey, will need to take advantage of his short game here, as the driver isn’t a key strength of the Englishman’s. Casey will need to reproduce a similar effort to The Travellers Championship, and he will be right in the thick of things here. Unfortunately at that event, he closed out with a +2 round which iced any chances he had of beating Ben Watson.
Putting is going to be much easier at the Beckenbauer than Casey found at the TPC River Highlands, and, if he can stay steady on the greens, Casey will be a hard man to beat. The model has given Casey a 4.58 rating at this event, which puts him fourth overall on the card.
Open Best Bets
Scott Hend to win outright @ $44.00/+4300 on Crownbet
Scott Hend to be the top Australian @ $2.90/+190 on Crownbet
Lucas Bajerregaard to finish inside the top 20 @ $2.62/+162 on Crownbet
Paul Casey to win outright @ $11.00/+1000 on Crownbet
Patrick Reed to win outright @ $10.00/+900 on Crownbet
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