We usually provide you with the Golf Insider‘s PGA Tour preview, but with a late start this week we thought we’d chuck in the European Tour preview as well. So here’s his take on the European Open in Hamburg.
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European Open: The Tournament
First played in 1978, this event has had a rather interrupted history, and returned to the regular tour schedule in 2015 (before again going missing in 2020 due to the pandemic). But as well as looking for a regular spot on the schedule, the tournament has also been searching for a regular home. The K-Club in Ireland, you might recall, was a regular host venue for 12 years but there have actually been nine different locations used in 37 editions of the European Open. Such change hasn’t allowed the event to settle much, meaning the field tends to be no more than “okay” in terms of quality, but the move to Germany since its re-introduction in 2015 (and we’re now in Hamburg for a fourth straight year) should see the tournament grow in stature.
European Open: The Course
What is becoming a regular host venue, the players return this week to the Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg. This is a 7,582-yard par 72 layout (using the North Course) designed by Michael Blesch and first opened in 2008. The course also featured for the ECCO Tour Championship on the Challenge Tour in 2010, and it’s an impressive parkland course with plenty of water, and sand hazards, scattered through a typical open-plan setting. The signature hole is the mammoth 663 yard (par 5) 16th… that’ll take some reaching into the wind!
267, Thongchai Jaidee (2015)
64, Paul Casey (2019)
European Open: Past Winners
2019: Paul Casey
2018: Richard McEvoy
2017: Jordan Smith
2016: Alexander Levy
European Open: The Field
A pretty similar standard to last week on tour, with a few big names lining-up in Germany. Paul Casey is the $9.50 outright favourite with TopSport.
European Open: The Weather
An unsettled week with a chance of rain on most days. Temperatures will be reasonable for the season, in the mid-70s, but the wind won’t be too much of an inconvenience, peaking at around 12mph.
COVID-19 restrictions delayed entry into Germany for the European Open, so the players got creative.
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) June 3, 2021
European Open: Value Bets
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Johannes Veerman – currently $91 with TopSport
If you just looked at Veerman’s recent results out of context you’d ask why are we backing him this week. The best finish he’s had from his last six starts is 45th in the Canary Islands. But, if you dig a little deeper, there is plenty to be optimistic about. Veerman qualified for the US Open in Texas just before the Made in Denmark event, which will be unknown by many. Playing this qualifier meant he didn’t arrive in Denmark until Wednesday night, and he lost his clubs along the way!! So he played the Made In Himmerland event with someone else’s kit – which explains the MC. He did an interview after R1 and was full of confidence, saying he’s found something on the range, and that his swing was back to where it was a few months ago. My European Tour contact is quite close with Veerman and he confirmed to me that the American has told him he’s “flushing it again” and that he can’t wait for this week. Veerman was going off around 33/1 not that long ago, so to be able to get this price this week (knowing what we do) I’m really excited about this bet. The extra two days before the start of this event are also a good thing, giving Veerman a bit of time to rest and recover from any jetlag he might have. All in all, he’s a no-brainer for me at the prices, and hopefully his confidence will translate onto the course come Saturday.
Daniel Van Tonder – currently $51 with TopSport
The awkward-swinging South African has been on fire across both the Sunshine Tour & European Tour. He leads the Order of Merit in his homeland by some distance, and carried that superb form to the European Tour where he won the Kenya Savannah Classic, ranking 1st from tee-to-green along the way. He made the cut at the USPGA Championship a fortnight ago and, despite finishing 55th, he amazingly ranked 2nd from tee-to-green, to further underline just how good a ball-striker he is. This week’s venue is a ball-striker’s paradise and I couldn’t believe he wasn’t a shorter price given how well he’s swinging it right now. DVT’s confidence must be sky-high, and his long game is as good as anyone’s right now. If the putter behaves this week, Van Tonder should definitely be close to the top come Monday afternoon.
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