Open de France 2017: Course and form stats for this week's European Tour event

World No 19 Francesco Molinari is a three-time runner-up at Le Golf National
World No 19 Francesco Molinari is a three-time runner-up at Le Golf National

The French Open is one of the most prestigious titles in European golf. Andy Swales provides course and current form stats for this week's event at Le Golf National ...


"Looking further down the pecking order, Graeme Storm could provide a decent each-way bet. A former winner in Paris, Storm tied-for-sixth at Wentworth in May, so should be full of confidence."

The impressive Le Golf National hosts this week's French Open for a 25th time.

Selected as the venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup, the club - which is situated around 20 miles south-west of Paris city centre - is staging the national Open for the 16th straight year.

Opened in 1990, Le Golf National is a modern stadium-style course, with plenty of water and a fair amount of sand. It can never be labelled as boring, while offering spacious, undulating greens which require a golfer's full attention.

In fact the quality of field is excellent for a tournament which, for many decades, has had a reputation for being the most prestigious national open on the continent of Europe.

Probably one of the reasons why the field is even stronger than normal this week, is the reasonably close proximity of the next Ryder Cup, with the pros all hoping to impress European skipper Thomas Bjorn - just in case they need a wild card in 14 months' time.


Horses for Courses


Le Golf National has many course specialists teeing-up this week.

Among those with a strong pedigree at Le Golf National is Francesco Molinari. The Italian is one of those golfers who should definitely win more often than he does.

Three times he has finished runner-up in the French Open, which was also the position he occupied at Wentworth earlier this year.

Despite his missed cut at the US Open, Molinari's form over the past few months has been exemplary.

Former champion Martin Kaymer is a regular top-10 performer in Paris but has failed to post a top-25 finish in his last five starts.

Defending champion Thongchai Jaidee is in the same position as Kaymer: Good course form but recent results have been poor.

However, the same can't be said for Bernd Wiesberger whose current form and course history are both strong.


Outside Interest


Looking further down the pecking order, Graeme Storm could provide a decent each-way bet.

The Englishman, who edged out Rory McIlroy in a play-off to win the South African Open in January, is enjoying his best season for years.

A former winner in Paris, Storm tied-for-sixth at Wentworth in May so should be full of confidence.

And also flying a little below the radar is Lee Westwood who's shown glimpses of decent golf in recent weeks, without contending on Sunday afternoon.

Maybe the time has arrived for the Ryder Cup veteran to reach for the stars once again.


Yet To Shine


In-form Tommy Fleetwood tees-up again on Thursday. However, his results at Le Golf National have been disappointing: Four missed cuts from as many starts.


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19 W18 W17 W16
Alex Noren MC 15 1 10 31
Jon Rahm MC MC 2 72 4
Francesco Molinari MC 24 2 6 24
Tyrrell Hatton MC 30 41 MC
Tommy Fleetwood 6 4 MC MC 41 2
Thomas Pieters MC 14 MC
Bernd Wiesberger 20 16 15 30 12 4 1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 35 2 12 MC
Danny Willett Wd 58 Wd
Russell Knox 62 MC 37 65 MC MC MC
Ross Fisher MC 22 9 MC 6 3
Hideto Tanihara MC 15 3 32
Martin Kaymer MC 35 MC 69
Lee Westwood 55 15 14 65
Chris Wood MC 2 49 4
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 8 MC 59
Shane Lowry 46 15 6 MC 24
Andy Sullivan 51 8 30
Soren Kjeldsen 71 30 MC 24 62
Dylan Frittelli 14 1 MC MC 2 5
Alexander Levy MC 15 51 1 8
Joost Luiten 14 7 MC 24 31 29
Thongchai Jaidee MC 53 54 48 8
Ian Poulter 31 40 35 2 32 MC
Brandon Stone 31 35 MC 18 45
Fabrizio Zanotti 67 MC MC 31 5
Thorbjorn Olesen 34 4 MC 31 8
Graeme McDowell MC 27 29 69 18 27
Scott Hend 34 47 24 6 MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal 14 MC 24 3 11
Dean Burmester 82 9 22 65 39
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 12 41 14 6 MC 21
Nicolas Colsaerts 26 8 3 58 42 39
Jordan Smith 44 21 40 48 MC 14
Andrew Johnston 42 21 MC 29 40
Richard Sterne 34 47 MC
David Lipsky 10 30 MC 20 24 5
Jaco Van Zyl 20 MC 36 14 24 MC
Hao Tong Li 68 26 30 3 11 MC
Bradley Dredge MC 15 40 MC 48 MC
Victor Dubuisson 34 24 Wd
Renato Paratore 6 1 MC 23 18 MC
George Coetzee 14 MC 4 MC 8 8 11
Graeme Storm 67 15 41 6 42 57
Matt Wallace MC 10 MC 38 1 25
Jorge Campillo 20 MC 40 9 MC
Alexander Bjork 34 15 MC 14 27 MC 14
Sam Brazel MC 57 MC 48 51
Peter Uihlein MC 78 25 30 31 33
Rikard Karlberg 5 47 MC MC 18 57
Brett Rumford 34 57 MC Wd 59 14
Gregory Bourdy MC 21 62 MC 3
Joakim Lagergren 14 68 MC MC 71
Ryan Fox 26 23 21 MC MC MC 51
Mikko Korhonen 75 2 MC 11 MC 39
Thomas Aiken 58 MC MC MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC 40 MC 48 14
Paul Dunne MC MC 30 33
Marcus Fraser MC MC MC 5
Nacho Elvira 8 MC 57 MC 36 25
SSP Chawrasia 15 30 58 36 58
Richard Bland 2 64 53 MC MC MC 53
Matthieu Pavon MC 6 MC MC 3 MC
James Morrison 34 MC MC 23 31 29
Andrew Dodt 65 6 38 MC 33
Romain Langasque 31 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC MC 11 33
Peter Hanson 44 62 21 Wd 29
Alejandro Canizares MC MC 30 MC MC 29
Darren Fichardt MC MC 18 MC
Pep Angles MC MC MC 4 MC 42 MC
Alexander Knappe MC MC MC MC MC MC 67
Jason Scrivener 85 MC MC 5 MC 45
Thomas Detry 2 MC MC 65 48
Lasse Jensen MC 62 MC MC Wd MC
Soomin Lee MC MC MC 8 8 9 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC 1 22 MC
Sam Walker MC MC MC MC 4 36 MC
Benjamin Hebert MC MC 8 58 13 45
Anthony Wall 31 MC MC 40 MC
Jamie Donaldson 14 7 MC 58 MC
Julien Guerrier 1 MC 26 29 8 MC 3
Edoardo Molinari 73 MC MC MC 70
Julien Quesne 82 MC MC MC MC 18 33
Ashun Wu MC 10 MC MC MC 24 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 59 7 62 MC 56 53
Scott Jamieson MC 21 14 38 21
Paul Waring 52 36 MC MC
Jaco Ahlers 59 MC MC MC 59 25 18 4
Matteo Manassero MC 72 30 48 36 39
Matthew Southgate 51 57 65 MC MC 42 14
Shih-Chang Chan MC MC Wd 56 MC MC 45 MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC 18 13 MC
Paul Peterson MC MC 40 67 42 64
Chris Paisley MC MC MC 31 56 72
Mikko Ilonen MC MC 62 36 45
Maximilian Kieffer 82 20 MC 24 MC 45
Richie Ramsay MC 36 30 62 21
Stephen Gallacher MC 38 53 21 MC 26
Adrien Saddier 2 MC 52 48 26 MC
Chris Hanson MC MC MC MC MC MC
Robert Rock MC MC MC 12 48
Eddie Pepperell MC 16 43 8 38 MC
Marcus Armitage MC 47 MC 38 10 21
Johan Carlsson 67 6 MC 58 18 24 MC
Lee Slattery MC MC MC MC 11 MC MC
Joel Stalter 51 MC 34 MC MC MC
Romain Wattel 51 MC 66 31 24 53
Florian Fritsch 51 28 MC 30 MC MC
David Drysdale MC MC 49 48 MC 57
Oliver Fisher 79 38 MC 40 27 6
Felipe Aguilar MC 10 57 MC 48 MC
Marc Warren MC Wd MC MC
Nino Bertasio 34 10 MC 14 MC MC MC
Justin Walters MC MC MC MC 13 64
Kristoffer Broberg MC 57 30 MC MC
Marcel Siem MC 8 MC 8 42 MC
Robert Karlsson MC Dq MC 11 MC MC
Magnus A Carlsson MC MC MC MC
Callum Shinkwin Wd Dq Dq MC MC
Clement Sordet 56 MC 60 MC 19 MC 5
Jose-Filipe Lima MC 26 31 22 MC
Duncan Stewart MC 34 MC MC 68 39
Richard McEvoy 59 5 MC 48 MC
Adrian Otaegui 51 MC MC MC MC MC MC
David Howell Wd Wd 48 MC 56 MC
Espen Kofstad
Eduardo De La Riva 26 MC 36 MC 18 14
Haydn Porteous MC 38 MC MC 38 MC 45
Max Orrin MC MC 15 Dq 18 15
Gregory Havret 44 MC MC MC MC 67
Wade Ormsby 44 MC MC MC 38 57
Jeff Winther 44 MC 53 38 68 2 52
Daniel Brooks 67 MC 57 54 MC MC
Damien Perrier MC MC MC MC 42 MC
Stuart Manley MC MC MC 11 MC
Thomas Linard MC 8 MC 5 MC 12 32
Sebastian Heisele 73 MC MC MC 31 4 19
Sebastian Soderberg MC MC 41 18 64 MC
Mark Foster 51 47 MC 8 6 19
Daniel Im 59 34 MC MC 18 14
Anton Karlsson MC MC MC MC MC
Tom Lewis 44 MC 41 11 18
Yan-Wei Liu 32 MC 11
Ashley Chesters 20 28 MC MC 18 MC
Thomas Bjorn MC MC 57 23 MC
Nathan Kimsey MC MC 30 48 MC
Jens Fahrbring 34 MC 47 MC MC
Steven Tiley MC MC MC MC MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC
Darren Clarke MC
Richard S Johnson 59 MC 58 8 10
Simon Dyson MC MC 57 MC MC MC Wd
Sebastien Gros MC 47 64 MC Dq
Paul Maddy 59 MC 23 MC 47 38 72 47
Laurie Canter 79 57 41 MC 26
Clement Berardo 17 Wd MC MC 58 MC 25
Ricardo Gonzalez MC 10 MC MC MC
Niclas Fasth 20 MC 54 MC MC
Pontus Widegren 59 MC MC MC 12 MC
Matthew Nixon MC MC MC MC 26 MC
Hennie Otto 8 MC
Gary Stal 28 MC MC MC MC MC
Trevor Immelman MC MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC MC MC 36 26
Edouard Dubois 38 MC MC MC MC MC
Phachara Khongwatmai 42 28 MC 55 6 18 MC
Eddie Pepperell MC 16 43 8 38 MC
Jbe Kruger 79 9 2 7 11 45 36 MC
Trevor Fisher 20 52 MC 35 2
Zander Lombard 67 MC 43 65 MC 2 35 MC 47
Carlos Pigem 62 28 MC MC MC
Player 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Alex Noren 8 MC 15 37 78 MC MC MC
Jon Rahm
Francesco Molinari 2 6 26 18 2 MC 2 25 13 MC
Tyrrell Hatton 33 12 MC
Tommy Fleetwood MC MC MC MC
Thomas Pieters 16 Dq 29
Bernd Wiesberger 11 1 18 13 47 62
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC MC 26
Danny Willett MC MC 68 MC 5 10 13
Russell Knox
Ross Fisher 22 26 34 MC 64 MC
Hideto Tanihara
Martin Kaymer 5 4 12 13 70 4 6 1 MC 7
Lee Westwood 11 MC 40 18 2 5 33
Chris Wood 11 MC MC MC 37 65
Jeung-Hun Wang 22
Shane Lowry 17 MC MC 50
Andy Sullivan 5 6 26 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 15 18 8 9 MC 26 13 7 21
Dylan Frittelli
Alexander Levy 56 MC 35 52 MC MC
Joost Luiten 9 18 49 47 MC 42
Thongchai Jaidee 1 10 2 MC 15 26 MC 31 36 MC
Ian Poulter 25 4 18 3 30 9
Brandon Stone 5 MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 33 20 9 42 40 MC 48 MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen Wd MC MC MC 2
Graeme McDowell MC MC 1 1 17 MC 13 MC
Scott Hend 56 57
Pablo Larrazabal MC MC 61 MC MC 31 1
Dean Burmester
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC 43 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 22 MC 59 11 11 MC
Jordan Smith
Andrew Johnston 30
Richard Sterne 11 56 2 31 37 MC 25
David Lipsky MC 41
Jaco Van Zyl 62 3 MC 37 Dq
Hao Tong Li MC
Bradley Dredge MC MC MC 15 51 MC MC 10
Victor Dubuisson 66 12 48 18 MC 57 56
Renato Paratore MC MC
George Coetzee MC 17 37
Graeme Storm MC 33 MC 3 MC 11 11 13 21 1
Matt Wallace
Jorge Campillo 38 15 MC 18 MC
Alexander Bjork
Sam Brazel
Peter Uihlein MC
Rikard Karlberg MC MC Dq
Brett Rumford Ret MC MC MC 74 MC MC
Gregory Bourdy 25 24 12 34 MC MC 6 70 39 19
Joakim Lagergren MC MC
Ryan Fox
Mikko Korhonen MC 33 26
Thomas Aiken Wd 59 54 MC 74
Bernd Ritthammer
Paul Dunne MC
Marcus Fraser 15 MC MC 42 42 MC 50
Nacho Elvira MC MC
SSP Chawrasia MC 65 MC MC MC 76 MC
Richard Bland MC 15 MC MC 54 18 MC
Matthieu Pavon MC
James Morrison MC 2 MC 52 31 7 MC
Andrew Dodt MC 65 MC Ret MC 18
Romain Langasque 33
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 6 MC MC MC MC MC
Peter Hanson MC 30 61 MC 6 4 42
Alejandro Canizares MC MC MC 42 MC 47 2 13 30 MC
Darren Fichardt MC MC MC MC MC 52
Pep Angles
Alexander Knappe
Jason Scrivener MC 33
Thomas Detry 25
Lasse Jensen 38 57 MC
Soomin Lee MC
Alvaro Quiros MC Ret MC MC MC MC 32 42 64
Sam Walker MC MC MC
Benjamin Hebert MC MC MC MC 42
Anthony Wall 53 41 MC MC 10 55 Wd MC MC
Jamie Donaldson MC 20 5 6 MC 21 MC 60 21
Julien Guerrier MC 61 64 MC MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 52 57 35 MC 43 42 MC
Julien Quesne 16 27 43 MC MC MC MC MC
Ashun Wu MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 45 MC MC
Scott Jamieson MC MC 18 59 28 MC
Paul Waring 59 MC MC 60 6
Matteo Manassero MC MC 48 25 17 30 26
Jaco Ahlers
Matthew Southgate 11 MC
Shih-Chang Chan
Raphael Jacquelin MC 24 MC MC 3 MC 18 50 53 42
Paul Peterson
Chris Paisley 38 MC MC
Mikko Ilonen 25 45 MC 54 MC 53
Maximilian Kieffer MC 10 62 MC
Richie Ramsay MC 57 Ret 62 MC 5 41 MC
Stephen Gallacher MC 18 8 MC 30 56 MC MC 33
Chris Hanson 45
Adrien Saddier 45 69 MC
Robert Rock Wd 57 MC MC MC 26 56 70 42
Eddie Pepperell 45 Wd MC MC
Marcus Armitage
Johan Carlsson 16 MC MC
Lee Slattery MC 45 25 MC MC MC
Joel Stalter 49 MC
Romain Wattel 30 MC MC 29 MC MC 32 MC
Florian Fritsch MC MC 64
David Drysdale MC MC MC 42 11 MC MC 50
Felipe Aguilar MC 65 26 18 68 30 26 MC 60
Oliver Fisher MC MC 9 MC MC MC MC 7 42
Marc Warren 65 MC 26 13 17 MC 60 MC MC
Nino Bertasio MC
Justin Walters 45 MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg MC 12 12 25
Marcel Siem 53 24 26 MC 1 52 18 Wd 66
Robert Karlsson 62 MC 4 Wd 13
Magnus A Carlsson 38 33 12 MC 21 MC
Callum Shinkwin 9
Clement Sordet 45
Jose-Filipe Lima MC MC MC MC 15
Duncan Stewart
Richard McEvoy 53 MC MC MC MC
Adrian Otaegui 33 MC MC MC
David Howell MC 49 35 8 4 MC MC Dq MC
Espen Kofstad Wd
Eduardo De La Riva 25 45 66 3
Haydn Porteous MC
Max Orrin
Gregory Havret 38 MC MC MC 40 21 MC MC 53 15
Wade Ormsby MC 11 MC MC
Jeff Winther MC
Daniel Brooks MC 20 MC MC MC
Damien Perrier MC MC 54 MC
Stuart Manley MC MC
Thomas Linard MC MC 59
Sebastian Heisele
Sebastian Soderberg
Mark Foster 27 26 MC 28 2 6 42 MC 15
Daniel Im 25 MC
Anton Karlsson
Tom Lewis MC Ret MC MC
Yan-Wei Liu
Ashley Chesters
Thomas Bjorn 61 33 MC 8 57 18 58 MC 3
Nathan Kimsey
Jens Fahrbring MC
Steven Tiley
Jose Maria Olazabal Ret MC 28 MC 54
Darren Clarke MC MC MC MC MC 31 MC
Richard S Johnson
Simon Dyson MC 48 5 MC MC MC MC 39 59
Sebastien Gros MC
Paul Maddy MC
Laurie Canter
Clement Berardo MC
Ricardo Gonzalez MC MC MC 47 MC MC 13 53 MC
Niclas Fasth MC MC MC MC 47 MC MC 42
Pontus Widegren MC
Matthew Nixon MC 12 38 26
Hennie Otto MC 13 Wd 7 65 74 7
Gary Stal MC 33 18 MC MC
Trevor Immelman
Ricardo Gouveia 16
Edouard Dubois MC MC
Phachara Khongwatmai
Eddie Pepperell 45 Wd MC MC
Jbe Kruger MC MC MC MC
Trevor Fisher 38 41
Zander Lombard
Carlos Pigem

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