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European Open 2019: Form guide for this week's European Tour event in Germany

Porsche European Open 2019, Green Eagle's North Course
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We're heading to the outskirts of Hamburg where the North Course at Green Eagle stages the European Open for a third time. Andy Swales has all the stats for the event...

"Thomas Pieters, who returned to the winners' enclosure last month following an absence of three years, tied-12th in Switzerland on Sunday - just three strokes outside the five-man play-off. All four of his Tour wins have come in either August or September and on European soil too."

From the altitude of the Swiss Alps to the lowlands of northern Germany, the players travel to the outskirts of Hamburg for this week's Porsche European Open.

For a third successive year, the tournament takes place at Green Eagle Golf Club, situated approximately 15 miles south of Hamburg city centre.

Opened in 1997, Green Eagle has developed into one of Germany's leading golf resorts, with the European Open being played over the club's North Course.

Strong American Contingent

Despite a poor turn out among Europe's top-ranked pros, three leading Americans have travelled to Germany ahead of Thursday's opening round.

Xander Schauffele, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar, all ranked inside the world's top 20, are free to compete in Europe following an early conclusion to the PGA Tour season.

Reed, who is teeing-up at Green Eagle for a third straight year, has played well since mid-June.

He won the opening FedEx Cup Play-Off event in New Jersey, which followed a top-10 finish at Royal Portrush, and he should certainly be among the contenders on Sunday afternoon.

North Course debutant Kuchar is no stranger to playing outside of the United States, while world No 9 Schauffele tasted victory in China last autumn.

Another American in the field is two-time PGA Tour winner Troy Merritt, who is ranked just outside the top 100 and recently survived the opening two legs of the three-tournament FedEx Cup Play-Offs series.

He is suitably acclimatised to Central European Time having tied-for-35th at last week's event in Switzerland.

Euro Challenge

The only top-30 ranked European taking part is Paul Casey who tied-7th at Green Eagle 12 months ago.

Others who will feel they stand a chance include Thomas Pieters and Alexander Levy, along with fast-improving duo Matthias Schwab and Adri Arnaus.

Pieters, who returned to the winners' enclosure last month following an absence of three years, tied-12th in Switzerland on Sunday - just three strokes outside the five-man play-off.

All four of his Tour wins have come in either August or September and on European soil too.

As for Levy, he was runner-up over the North Course in 2017 and tied-fifth in Gothenburg two weeks ago.

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Meanwhile Arnaus and Schwab, both aged 24, have made giant strides during the current season.

Spaniard Arnaus won the Grand Final on the Challenge Tour last November and, in his debut season on Europe's main tour, has already posted a hat-trick of runner-up finishes.

On Sunday he closed with a 64 in the Alps, to miss out on a play-off by a single shot.

Just one stroke behind Arnaus at the weekend was Austria's Schwab who collected a fourth top-10 finish from his most recent eight starts on the European Tour.

One other name to mention is Renato Paratore, the 22-year-old Italian who tied-second in Hamburg last year.

He may have struggled during the first half of 2019, but is showing signs of the form which earned him a maiden European Tour victory two years ago. Just might be worth an each-way punt.

Plenty Of Yardage To Cover

At more than 7,500 yards, the 11-year-old North Course is one of the longest layouts in professional golf and is spread out over 86 hectares.

And if you suffer from a fear of water hazards, don't bother teeing-up here as they come into play on all but one hole.

A traditional parkland venue, the North Course has large greenside bunkers and a good selection of dog-legs.

In addition to staging the European Open for the past two years, it also hosted a Challenge Tour event in 2010.

Twitter: Andy Swales @GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26
Xander Schauffele 2 19 MC 27 41
Patrick Reed 15 19 1 22 12 10 23 5
Paul Casey 3 24 13 27 57
Matt Kuchar 20 52 MC 43 41 20
Bernd Wiesberger MC 30 32 1 2
Lucas Bjerregaard 28 MC 51 16 MC MC
Rory Sabbatini 63 16 43 6 16 MC 3
Jorge Campillo MC MC MC* 7 15
Thomas Pieters 12 1 67 20 MC
Ryan Fox MC 16 MC MC
Adri Arnaus 6 MC 2 MC 15 2
Robert MacIntyre MC MC 23 6 MC 41
Troy Merritt 35 43 12 MC 2 MC MC 7 MC
Guido Migliozzi 33 28 MC MC
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC MC 20 MC MC
Andy Sullivan MC 20 MC 28 2 13
Kurt Kitayama MC MC 43 MC MC
Alexander Bjork 28 20 23 MC 62 50
Paul Waring 20 30 63 48 7 MC
Julian Suri MC MC MC 55 MC 15
Jordan Smith MC MC MC MC
Oliver Wilson 48 MC* MC 69 19 70
Lucas Herbert 8 MC 62 55
Richard Sterne 48 MC MC 34 26
Alexander Levy MC 5 18 MC MC MC
Ross Fisher 35 MC MC MC
Sean Crocker 28 Wd 55 MC 26
Dean Burmester MC 3 58 33 MC* MC 39
Sam Horsfield 43 10 3 MC MC
Nacho Elvira MC 48 MC MC
Scott Hend MC 71 MC MC MC
John Catlin 29 30 MC MC
Matthias Schwab 8 5 MC MC MC
Jake McLeod MC MC MC MC MC
Joachim B Hansen 43 16 30 MC MC MC
Sihwan Kim MC 5 51 26
Pablo Larrazabal MC 72 MC 26
Alvaro Quiros 48 MC MC 2
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 55 MC 26
Darren Fichardt 43 MC 30 48 MC MC
Louis De Jager MC MC MC 18 68 MC MC
Zander Lombard 72 16 11 MC MC 9 MC
Dimitrios Papadatos MC 39 MC
Cormac Sharvin 2 21 6 5 15 MC
Grant Forrest 58 MC 43 14 37
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC MC
Matthew Southgate MC 10 30 MC MC MC
Ashun Wu MC 20 MC MC MC
Kalle Samooja 2 47 51 20 MC MC
Jack Singh Brar 33 37 14 62 50 15
David Drysdale 23 MC* MC MC
Johannes Veerman 41 MC MC
Joakim Lagergren MC 10 MC 31 59
Soren Kjeldsen MC 29 MC MC MC 39
Min Woo Lee MC MC* 23
Anton Karlsson MC MC* MC MC 46 46
Padraig Harrington MC 58 MC MC MC MC 50
Berry Henson 48 23 MC
Liam Johnston 61 MC 5 MC 64 MC
Jeff Winther 37 70 28 64 MC
Clement Sordet 75 MC 55 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC 39 MC MC 46
Ben Stow 10 9 14 MC MC 23
Niklas Lemke MC 20 MC MC 34 64
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC 64 MC
Hideto Tanihara 20 MC 62 MC 8
Renato Paratore 12 20 39 28 MC MC
Ashley Chesters 72 MC 18 MC* MC 46
Victor Dubuisson 43 Wd 39 MC MC 20
Justin Walters MC 59 58 MC MC 26
Allen John MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC 51 48 34 MC
Richie Ramsay 58 MC 58 34 MC MC
Callum Shinkwin Wd MC 41 MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu 22 61
Hyo Won Park MC 66 MC MC* 46 71
Hurly Long
Harrison Endycott 49
Moritz Lampert 28 7 18 49 MC MC MC
Stuart Manley 76 MC 67 55 MC 46
Yusaku Miyazato 48 MC MC MC MC
Hugo Leon MC MC 5 18 39
Viraj Madappa 22 MC
Lorenzo Gagli 2 40 MC 14 55 69
Romain Wattel MC MC 14 20 MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk MC MC 23 MC 34
Trevor Immelman MC MC* MC
Max Schmitt 48 72 MC 16 48 41 MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC 7 5 MC 19 4 10 28
Jaco Van Zyl 63 2 MC MC
Jens Dantorp 48 40 MC 69 MC MC
Jarin Todd 29 MC
Tom Murray MC 51 30 MC MC MC
Kristoffer Reitan MC MC 14 MC MC 23
Thomas Bjorn MC MC 58 Wd MC 8
Pedro Figueiredo 35 MC MC MC MC MC
Jin Ho Choi MC MC MC
Rikard Karlberg 46 53 5 6 4 MC
Gavin Moynihan MC 47 MC 11 MC MC
Joel Girrbach MC MC MC MC 36 MC MC MC
Christofer Blomstrand 3 MC MC 18 30 Wd 64
Alejandro Canizares MC 40 MC 31 53
Eduardo De La Riva 48 MC MC 2
Marcel Siem 37 MC MC MC 38
Ben Evans MC 66 18 62 MC MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco 66 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Adam Bland MC* MC 58 MC
Jeung-Hun Wang MC MC* MC MC MC 46
Matthew Nixon 29 58 MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC* 48 MC MC MC
Max Orrin 46 70 MC MC 17 MC
Michael Hoey MC MC MC Wd MC
Deyen Lawson 69 53 MC MC
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez 59 23 MC 34 8 MC
Marc Warren Dq MC MC MC MC
David Borda MC MC MC MC MC
Simon Forsstrom 37 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Minchel Choi 25 24
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 40 MC MC
Adrien Saddier 74 MC MC 60 59
Max Rottluff 24 39 MC MC Wd MC
Sam Brazel 58 MC MC MC 50 MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC 59 MC 47 39 8
Espen Kofstad 48 64
Nicolai Tinning 62 MC 41 MC 29 MC
Dominic Foos 53 26 11 16 42 23
Daniel Gavins 48 Wd 18 MC 28 54 46
Per Langfors MC 53 MC MC MC
Austin Connelly 47 Wd MC MC
James Morrison 28 29 30 MC MC MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC MC MC 39 13
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC MC
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC
Brett Rumford MC 73 MC
Lasse Jensen MC MC MC 60 MC MC
Chris Hanson 58 18 MC 49 MC MC
Filippo Bergamaschi MC MC MC MC 67
Nick McCarthy MC MC 38 41 25 19 MC
Alexander Knappe MC
Pedro Oriol MC MC
Michael Campbell
Duncan Stewart MC MC 63 MC 17 56
Pelle Edberg 58 MC MC MC MC MC
Benedict Staben
Maarten Lafeber MC MC* MC MC
Harry Ellis MC 46
Wilco Nienaber 72 51 MC* MC 11
Scott Gregory MC MC MC MC 30 MC
David Cooke
Georg Schultes
Matthias Schmid MC
Marc Hammer
Player 2018 2017
Xander Schauffele
Patrick Reed 9 19
Paul Casey 7
Matt Kuchar
Bernd Wiesberger
Lucas Bjerregaard 39 MC
Rory Sabbatini
Jorge Campillo 37
Thomas Pieters
Ryan Fox
Adri Arnaus
Robert MacIntyre
Troy Merritt
Guido Migliozzi
Adrian Otaegui 68 5
Andy Sullivan
Kurt Kitayama
Alexander Bjork 53
Paul Waring
Julian Suri 16
Jordan Smith 64 1
Oliver Wilson 29
Lucas Herbert 29
Richard Sterne 39 19
Alexander Levy 13 2
Ross Fisher
Sean Crocker 33
Dean Burmester
Sam Horsfield 48
Nacho Elvira 54 12
Scott Hend 19
John Catlin
Matthias Schwab 7
Jake McLeod
Joachim B Hansen
Sihwan Kim
Pablo Larrazabal
Alvaro Quiros MC
Fabrizio Zanotti
Darren Fichardt
Louis De Jager
Zander Lombard MC 5
Dimitrios Papadatos 60
Cormac Sharvin
Grant Forrest
Maximilian Kieffer 29 47
Matthew Southgate
Ashun Wu 66
Kalle Samooja
Jack Singh Brar
David Drysdale 9
Johannes Veerman
Joakim Lagergren
Soren Kjeldsen 22
Min Woo Lee
Anton Karlsson MC
Padraig Harrington
Berry Henson
Liam Johnston 22
Jeff Winther 22 MC
Clement Sordet 64
Tapio Pulkkanen 48
Ben Stow
Niklas Lemke
Richard McEvoy 1 28
Hideto Tanihara 5
Renato Paratore 2
Ashley Chesters MC 8
Victor Dubuisson
Justin Walters 45 MC
Allen John 2
Oliver Fisher 39 55
Richie Ramsay 39 8
Callum Shinkwin 48
Ajeetesh Sandhu MC
Hyo Won Park
Hurly Long MC
Harrison Endycott MC
Moritz Lampert
Stuart Manley 47
Yusaku Miyazato MC
Hugo Leon
Viraj Madappa
Lorenzo Gagli MC
Romain Wattel 5 MC
Jacques Kruyswijk
Trevor Immelman
Max Schmitt MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Jaco Van Zyl
Jens Dantorp 55
Jarin Todd
Tom Murray
Kristoffer Reitan
Thomas Bjorn MC 33
Pedro Figueiredo
Jin Ho Choi 29
Rikard Karlberg 19
Gavin Moynihan MC
Joel Girrbach
Christofer Blomstrand 2
Alejandro Canizares MC
Eduardo De La Riva 28
Marcel Siem 54 60
Ben Evans MC Dq
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Adam Bland
Jeung-Hun Wang 13
Matthew Nixon 9 MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC
Max Orrin MC
Michael Hoey Ret
Deyen Lawson
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
Marc Warren 22 MC
David Borda
Simon Forsstrom
Minchel Choi
Kristian Krogh Johannessen MC*
Adrien Saddier 54
Max Rottluff
Sam Brazel
Bernd Ritthammer MC
Espen Kofstad
Nicolai Tinning
Dominic Foos
Daniel Gavins
Per Langfors
Austin Connelly 73
James Morrison 68 64
Nicolai Hojgaard MC*
SSP Chawrasia
Matteo Manassero MC MC
Brett Rumford
Lasse Jensen 29 MC
Chris Hanson MC 19
Filippo Bergamaschi
Nick McCarthy
Alexander Knappe MC 12
Pedro Oriol MC
Michael Campbell
Duncan Stewart Dq
Pelle Edberg
Benedict Staben 72 MC
Maarten Lafeber MC
Harry Ellis MC
Wilco Nienaber
Scott Gregory
David Cooke
Georg Schultes MC
Matthias Schmid
Marc Hammer

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