Open de France Tips: Each-way selections for the Le Golf National test

Is Joost creeping back into tournament-winning form?
Is Joost creeping back into tournament-winning form?

We're off to next year's Ryder Cup venue, Le Golf National, for this year's Open de France and the betting.betting golf team are after a hat-trick of winners in the event following victories for Bernd Wiesberger in 2015 and Thongchai Jaidee in 2016...

"Like two of the last three tournament winners, Thongchai Jaidee and Graeme McDowell, Luiten is a Wales Open winner at Celtic Manor and I highlighted that as a possible angle in - in my preview."

Steve Rawlings: Back Joost Luiten @ 40/1

*Each-way 1/5 odds, 7 places

Dan Geraghty: Back Thomas Pieters @ 28/1

With Ryder Cup 2018 fast approaching, I find the field a bit disappointing this week to be honest. Jon Rahm turning up is a welcome bonus; however, I think the Spaniard being so much shorter than Thomas Pieters in the betting, despite never having seen the course is a bit insulting to the mercurial Belgium, who is still steadily climbing those world rankings. Pieters has three years of experience at Le Golf National and posted his best finish here (16th) last year when he topped the scrambling stats, a key stat here according to the main man Steve Rawlings. Pieters' US Open missed cut is easily forgiven, he looked in rude health prior to that.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Mikko Korhonen @ 110/1

Mikko Korhonen has been on my radar for some time as a likely improver. Since graduating from the Challenge Tour a few years ago, the Finn has been steadily accumulating respectable finishes, just outside the contention zone - primarily due to a very reliable long game. And 2017 has seen further progress, having twice finished runner-up, including on his penultimate start, and I get the sense that Mikko is primed for a breakthrough. This tough - almost US Open style - test should be precisely what is needed to maximise that long game prowess and he fared respectably enough as a rank outsider on his first couple of appearances at Le Golf National - finishing 26th and 33rd in 2014 and 2015.

Joe Dyer: Back Soren Kjeldsen @ 55/1

Soren Kjeldsen's game has regularly held up to the rigours of Le Golf National test and I'm happy to have fighting my corner at 55/1 this week. Though a winner at the World Cup of Golf late last year, 2017 has been lacking highlights so far without being anywhere near disastrous. The Dane has had a tilt at PGA Tour action throughout the first six months of the season with a decent run at the WGC Match-Play (T5) the highlight alongside a handful of finishes between 20th and 40th. But if this consistent performer is to enjoy a good week it could well come in France where he has finished top 20 or better in his last four attempts and I'm hopeful he is primed and ready for a decent few weeks following a break from tournament action. Hugely accurate off the tee and a demon on the greens, he has the skills for a good week and won't be fazed by a strong field in France.

Steve Rawlings: Back Joost Luiten @ 40/1

Almost every pro golfer's form ebbs and flows and nobody stays hot for very long so trying to gauge when someone's just coming in to form is often a better way to find value than backing someone already hot and Joost Luiten could be one such player about to rekindle the magic and win again. Luiten's been in the doldrums since he won his home event, the KLM Open, in September last year but a fast finishing seventh at the Lyoness Open in Austria and 14th place finish in Germany last week are encouraging efforts. A second round 73 after a 66 in day one messed up his chances last week but his stats were really good. He's putted well over the last couple of events and his Driving Accuracy and Greens In Regulation figures have been solid too. It took him a while to get to grips with Paris National (as it does with a lot of players) but his ninth last year was a decent effort and I can see him improving on that as he creeps in to form. Like two of the last three tournament winners, Thongchai Jaidee and Graeme McDowell, Luiten is a Wales Open winner at Celtic Manor and I highlighted that as a possible angle in - in my preview.

Mike Norman: Back Jamie Donaldson @ 66/1

A visit to an upcoming Ryder Cup venue might just inspire Jamie Donaldson - who famously secured the winning point for Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup - to his best performance of the season this week, and on recent evidence he looks to be playing himself into some decent form. The Welshman finished a very respectable 14th in Germany last week, that coming after an excellent always-in-contention seventh place finish at the Nordea Masters in his previous outing. But on a course that repeatedly sees the same players contending, Donaldson's fifth and sixth place finishes at Le Golf National in 2014 and 2013 offer plenty of hope. He has three further top-21 finishes at this venue to his name, and on a course that definitely suits accuracy over distance, Donaldson's recent GIR stats of 11th (last week) and 7th (Nordea) have been much improved on his seasonal GIR stat, again suggesting that his game is coming to the boil.

2017 Season P/L to date: -£126.67

- US Open, Brooks Koepka @ 40/1 - WIN (Dave Tindall)
- Lyoness Open, Dylan Frittelli @ 40/1 - WIN (Paul)
- Lyoness Open, Mikko Korhonen @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Nordea Masters, Chris Wood @ 33/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Nordea Masters, Thorbjorn Olesen @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Open de Portugal, Mark Foster @ 50/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Golf Sixes, Denmark @ 10/1 - WIN (Dan)
- Golf Sixes, Scotland @ 12/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Volvo China Open, Dylan Frittelli @ 35/1 PLACE (Paul)
- Masters, Paul Casey @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Hero Indian Open, Carlos Pigem @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 16/1 - WIN (Paul)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Martin Kaymer @ 30/1 PLACE (Steve)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Thomas Detry @ 66/1 - PLACE (Dan)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Richard Sterne @ 22/1 - PLACE (Paul)

* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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