Open de Portugal Tips: Each way selections for this week's event in Europe

Up-and-coming Clément Sordet qualified for last year's Open Championship - can he land a breakthrough win in Portugal?
Up-and-coming Clément Sordet qualified for last year's Open Championship - can he land a breakthrough win in Portugal?

After hitting the 10/1 winners of the GolfSixes it's back to strokeplay for the Betting.Betfair golf team this week and they recommend backing three young guns and pair of old geezers in their search for a winner at the Open de Portugal...

"At the odds, Joel Stalter looks fair value. The 24-year-old Frenchman won and contended regularly on last year's schedule, rapidly progressing to the higher level. He looked very promising when starting this rookie European Tour campaign with three consecutive top-25s, and returned to that standard last time in Morocco. Never mind potential, those results represent better recent form than most alternatives at around these odds."

*Each-way 1/5 odds, 6 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Christiaan Bezuidenhout @ 40/1

Two weeks ago in this column, Paul put Dylan Fritelli up for the China Open, outlining the importance of keeping a close eye on those emerging from the hotbed of golfing talent that is South Africa. And to my mind, Christiaan Bezuidenhout belongs right at the very top of that list. The former star amateur has impressed since emerging from a nine month ban after an unfortunate beta blockers misunderstanding in 2014. He won on the Sunshine Tour at the end of last year and has four top 10s from eight appearances in 2017. The youngster hasn't had many opportunities outside South Africa - this week represents an outstanding chance to secure more playing rights in Europe.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Joel Stalter @ 60/1

Let's be frank - with all the European big-guns at Sawgrass, this is effectively a Challenge Tour event and players with competitive form on the main tour are thin on the ground. Therefore, following form on that feeder tour may be the answer to a very trappy puzzle. At the odds, Joel Stalter looks fair value. The 24-year-old Frenchman won and contended regularly on last year's schedule, rapidly progressing to the higher level. He looked very promising when starting this rookie European Tour campaign with three consecutive top-25s, and returned to that standard last time in Morocco. Never mind potential, those results represent better recent form than most alternatives at around these odds.


Joe Dyer: Back Johan Edfors @ 100/1

Every few months or so it seems that we write about the European Tour hitting a fresh low but this one really does take the biscuit! With all due respect to the field assembled in Portugal - which includes Major winners (Paul Lawrie, Mike Weir) and almost certainly some of the game's future stars - no-one is crying out to be backed on either reputation or current form. And with so little to go on I am prepared to take a flyer on a triple-figure selection in the form of Johan Edfors. Long-time golf fans will know Edfors as a high-class European Tour pro who hit his best form midway through the last decade - his best was good enough to win three tournaments in 2006 and he has played all four Majors in his career. Injuries have seen the dashing Swede change his game around, switching power for accuracy and he's shown his quality by twice winning on the Challenge Tour in the last three years, most recently in October 2016. This week's course looks pretty short so Edfors will be able to contend from tee and fairway while his sweet putting stroke may just carry him all the way to another win.


Steve Rawlings: Back Clément Sordet @ 50/1

France's Clément Sordet first caught my eye when he led the prestigious Thailand Golf Championship with round to go back in December 2015, only months after the Texas Tech grad had turned pro. He couldn't quite hold on there and he eventually finished second behind Jamie Donaldson, with the likes of Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Anirban Lahiri and Bubba Watson all in close attention. The wheat had sorted itself from the chaff and Clement was in the wheat pile. With two Challenge Tour wins to his name already and five other placed efforts from only 42 starts, 22-year-old Sordet's credentials are strong enough given the context of this weak event and the fact that he finished fifth last time out when defending the Turkish Airlines Challenge title is another plus.


Mike Norman: Back Mark Foster @ 50/1

In quite possibly the weakest field ever assembled on the European Tour I'm going to take a chance on a former winner who has been playing okay this season. This Open de Portugal actually doubles up as a Challenge Tour event so at least in putting my faith in 50/1 shot Mark Foster we're getting a three-time Challenge Tour winner, who has also won once on the main tour, on our side. His form this season has been promising if not spectacular, finishing in and around the top 30 in three successive European Tour events at the start of the year. He also shot a couple of low rounds on his only Challenge Tour start of the season a fortnight ago when finishing top 20 in the Turkish Airlines Challenge, so he has pieces of recent form that will give him a decent each-way chance in this very low quality field.

2017 Season P/L to date: -£358.42

- 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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