The 50th edition of the Open de France—the French Open of the golfing world— as a DP World Tour event takes place as the final tune-up before next week’s Ryder Cup. Here the 2023 Open de France Odds, Field & Betting Picks.
While all 12 of the European team members took part in last week’s BMW PGA Championship in England, just one member of the team will be competing this week: Robert MacIntyre. He joins a relatively strong field of DP World Tour and PGA Tour winners at Le Golf National, which was the site of the last Ryder Cup held in Europe (2018).
While the event has been a part of the DP World Tour since 1972, its roots date back to 1906. Guido Migliozzi is the defending champion, and this event wasn’t played in 2020 or ’21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seve Ballesteros holds the record with four wins in this event, and Nick Faldo is among the three-time winners.
Le Golf National, which is just outside Paris, opened in 1990 and will host the men’s and women’s golf events for the 2024 Summer Olympics. It has hosted this event every year since 1991. The Albatros course is a par 71 and measures 7,247 yards in length. The course has a links feel to it, but water is also in play on much of the back nine.
The course record to par is a -17, which was set by Retief Goosen in 1997. Migliozzi’s winning score of a 16-under 268 is the lowest aggregate total at Le Golf National after it was changed to a par 71 in the run-up to the 2018 Ryder Cup.
Tom Kim (+900), who had a successful first full season on the PGA Tour with a win last fall and coming in 20th in the final FedEx Cup standings, remains on the DP World Tour for another week. He placed tied for 18th at Wentworth last week, entering the final round at -10 but shot even par on Sunday to drop out of the top 10. He’s on a streak of six straight top-25 finishes worldwide and has been strong in Europe as of late, coming in sixth at the Genesis Scottish Open and tied for runner-up at The Open Championship.
Kim’s driving accuracy in DP World Tour-sanctioned events has been strong and should suit him well this week. He’s also been in the top 10 for scrambling in three of his last five European starts.
Australian Min Woo Lee (+1200) was consistently strong at Wentworth last week, shooting four rounds under par and winding up with a 14th-place finish. Since returning from a break following The Open Championship, Lee was 14th last week and seventh the week before at the Irish Open. He also played well in elite fields at the U.S. Open and Travelers Championship in June, finishing fifth and ninth respectively.
Aaron Rai (+1400) would’ve been in a playoff in last week’s BMW PGA Championship if it wasn’t for Ryan Fox going on a birdie run on the back nine, which was punctuated by one on the final hole that gave him the championship. Rai spent most of his year on the PGA Tour, where he qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Rai hasn’t played here since 2019 but hasn’t broke par in four rounds at Le Golf National.
Ryan Fox (+1500) himself is just beneath Rai on the odds board. Fox, who finished sixth here in the past but missed the cut last year, is looking to keep his momentum going following his first Rolex Series win last week and a third-place run at the Irish Open the week before.
American Billy Horschel (+2200) appears to have rediscovered his game following a miserable start to 2023. Horschel needed to win the Wyndham Championship in August to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, and he nearly did so. He was the co-leader going into the final round and wound up fourth. Horschel, who won the BMW PGA Championship in 2021, played in the event last week and finished tied for 18th despite a rough start (75 in round one).
Alexander Bjork (+1800) tied for 18th last week against a strong field at Wentworth, rebounding well from a missed cut at the Irish Open the week before. His results on the DP World Tour this year, despite not winning, have been spectacular. The Swede has eight top-10 results, including a runner-up at the European Masters earlier this month and a tie for second place at the Ras al Khaimah Championship in February.
While Robert MacIntyre (+2500) would gladly take a win here leading to the Ryder Cup, expect him to work on his game. That seemed to be his intention last week at Wentworth, where he shot -4 to finish in 45th.
Rasmus Hojgaard (+2800) was also 45th last week but heads to Le Golf National, where he finished runner-up in his debut on the course in 2022. Hojgaard has been a boom or bust player, and the last couple of months show that. He missed the cut at the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open Championship but rebounded to win the Made in HimmerLand in his home country of Denmark. He also missed the cut at the Irish Open before finishing 45th last week.
Adrian Otaegui (+3500) has been the leader here after rounds one and two several times before and has also been playing good golf, making the cut in eight of his last nine events. In that span, the Spaniard has a runner-up and a fourth-place finish and was 36th at Wentworth last week.
Thorbjorn Olesen (+3500) played in the 2018 Ryder Cup, where his highlight was soundly defeating Jordan Spieth in singles competition. He also owns second and third-place finishes on this course. A missed cut at The Open Championship hurt his chances of getting on this year’s Ryder Cup team, but he has a win this year (among a run of four top-six finishes in five events over the winter) and was 33rd last week at a course he typically struggles at.
We’re not sure Kim’s game as of late merits such low odds, so we’re avoiding him this week. We do like Lee, Horschel, Bjork, Hojgaard, and an underdog pick of Olesen.
Here are the latest Golf odds from JazzSports for the DP World Tour’s 2023 Cazoo Open de France.
|GOLFERS||ODDS TO WIN 2023 CAZOO OPEN DE FRANCE|
|Min Woo Lee||+1200|
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