The DP World Tour heads to Hamburg for this year’s Porsche European Open. Held at the picturesque Green Eagle Golf Resort, this week’s course represents one of the longest challenges on the DP World Tour with the course measuring an imposing 7,800 yards.
With water on almost every hole, reasonably tight fairways, and a whopping five par 5s, it’s certain that every player in the field this week will be tested.
With crucial Ryder Cup points on offer as well as a share of the €2,000,000 prize pool a huge week awaits the 156-man strong field. Here are our best betting tips of the week.
Currently leading the betting are the due of Rasmus Hojgaard and Victor Perez.
Heading into this year, many saw Rasmus Hojgaard as holding a strong outside chance to be on Team Europe for the year’s upcoming Ryder Cup. Currently ranked 43rd on the official Race to Dubai standings, the Dane has some work to do if he is to force his way into the Ryder Cup reckoning.
Without a win this year, Hojgaard has produced two top-ten finishes in the six events he has played so far this season. A strong performance at last week’s KLM Open where he finished in a tie for third shows that the Dane’s game is clearly in a good place. He finished in a tie for 51st in this tournament last year and hopes to perform much better this year.
Victor Perez is a three-time winner on the DP World Tour and a former top thirty player. Last season was a struggle for the French star who saw his world ranking dramatically tumble. However, he has turned that around in 2023 winning the HSBC Championship and posting a top ten in the Italian Open. He also finished in the top 15 at the PGA Championship.
Despite missing the cut at last week’s KLM Open, that performance is easy to forgive given his exploits at the PGA. Clearly, in a good groove, he will be hoping for another solid showing here and to build on his third-place finish at this event twelve months ago.
Playing in his home country Yannik Paul could be an interesting play this week. The German finished inside the top twenty in this event last season and has posted three top-five finishes on the DP World Tour so far this year. Ranked just outside the top 100 in the world, Paul will see this week as a good opportunity to win his first DP World Tour title since last year’s Mallorca Open.
Another man who clearly handled the challenge last year was Englishman Richard Mansell. Mansell finished in a tie for third and showed that the course’s imposing distance wasn’t a problem.
It’s probably fair to say that Edoardo Molinari’s days of challenging the top end of the leaderboard are probably over. A vice-captain for this year’s Ryder Cup, Molinari was able to post a fifth-place finish in this event last year. While he has only posted one top-twenty finish so far this season, he will be another who will be hoping this colossal course will play to his strengths.
Marcus Armitage is one of the most popular figures on the DP World Tour and won this event in 2021. A big driver of the ball, it’s clear that this course clearly plays to his strengths. He has had a solid enough year and posted a top ten finish at this year’s Italian Open just a few weeks ago. The odds of +7000 look large considering his form at this venue.
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