The DP World Tour rolls into Germany this week with the Porsche European Open. One of the better tournaments on the European Tour, the players in this week’s 140 man field will be wanting to add their names to the list of famous winners of the event.
The players need to prepare to bring their A game and muscles if they are to conquer the beast of a course that awaits them. For the fifth year in a row the players will head to the Green Eagle Golf Course which is one of the longest courses the players will encounter all year.
Measuring at a whopping 7,544 yards, the course plays as a Par 72 and consists of five par 5’s.
Just like last week at the Dutch Open, water is a huge feature of the course with seventeen of the holes having some sort of water hazard on them. The greens are huge and undulating, with many surrounded by vast greenside bunkers. To be successful this week a player will need to be accurate off the tee and deadly in their approach play.
With The Open now just over a month away,, those lucky enough to have qualified will be wanting to head into the tournament with some decent form behind them. Leading the field this week is Tommy Fleetwood. This will be Fleetwood’s first appearance in Europe this year and he will want to build on his 5th place finish at the US PGA Championship.
In what looks to be another fantastic event, we preview the betting and look at who has a chance of glory this week.
We have already mentioned that Tommy Fleetwood is the highest ranked player in the tournament and because of this he starts as favourite for the tournament.
Fleetwood hasn’t had a great time of it over the last eighteen months. He had a disappointing finish on last year’s PGA Tour where he failed to finish inside the top 120 of the FedEx Cup race and subsequently lost some of his PGA Tour playing rights.
Fleetwood has the game to do well this week. Despite being recorded over a small sample size, Fleetwood’s leads the entire European Tour in strokes gained through approach and if he can dial in his approach play he will have every chance of contending this week.
Adrian Meronk is a man whose game is in a great place. Meronk has just snuck inside the top 100 in the world rankings and has recorded three top five finishes in his last five events. No golfer heads to Germany in better form.
Meronk leads the European Tour when it comes to the total amount of birdies and if he can give himself the chances there is no better man to take advantage. Meronk can drive the ball amongst the very best on Tour but his slightly negative greens in regulation stats is an area that the Pole will want to tidy up ahead of this week.
Englishman Jordan Smith is piecing it all together and has now become one of the most solid players on the European Tour. Smith currently ranks in 13th place in the Race to Dubai rankings and has one European Tour victory to his name. The third favorite for the event, the stats suggest that Smith could well have a say in proceedings this week.
Smith ranks in 8th for driving accuracy, first in greens hit in regulation and averages over 300 yards for his driving. He also ranks in 4th for overall strokes. Smith should be able to handle the test that awaits him this week and at odds of +2000 could be in with a real chance of victory.