Re-Cap From The Open.
Wow, what an incredible week, what an amazing tournament and what a sensational performance from Franky Molinari. I honestly can't describe how impressed I was with the way he closed out the event, flawless golf has been his thing of late but to do it on a course like that and under that pressure gives him every right to proudly be announced as champion golfer of the year and cement his place as the hottest golfer on the planet right now.
Hope you all managed to jump on Franky pre tournament, I was lucky enough to take him at 40/1 but even at 30/1 which I believe he was going into the tournament week isn't a bad return for what seemed like a 'dead cert'
Anyway I could go on and on talking about all the incredible stories from the Open and I could go on even longer talking about Tiger, but no doubt like most of you I have well and truly had my fix of Major Golf for now at least and in some ways glad its time to get back to regular play and back to slightly more predictable eventualities.
With The Open now behind us and a series of links courses having been played across the British Isles, The European Tour heads back to Germany for the 36th edition of The Porsche European Open. This historic event has seen many great players lift the title, including Faldo, Woosnam, Kite and Norman. Thankfully this year a number of quality, entertaining players from both sides of the pond have stopped on for one more weeks golfing in Europe in hope to add theirs to a long list of illustrious names.
It's great to see that European Tour members Patrick Reed and Pat Perez have decided to stop on with Bryson DeChambeau to play the European Open this week. Without their addition to be quite honest the field would be extremely weak. We do of course welcome Paul Casey back playing Euro Tour golf but other than that your best offerings are Charl Schwartzel and last years winner Jordan Smith.
Green Eagle Golf Courses in Hamburg, Germany.
The North Course at Green Eagle is a beast of a course, it has the potential to be stretched out to as much as 7,831 yards and typically plays to a par of 73. The 16th hole off its very back tees measures a staggering 705 yards and most of its par 5's measure well in excess of 600 yards.
However and possibly a shame, the European Tour have made several amendments to courses natural layout, reducing
its length and consequently its par... It will now play as a par 72 and use only 7,582 of its possible yardage. I would of loved to see them all take it on in its full form. Don't get me wrong I'm still looking forward to this and still rate the course very highly.
Water comes into play on nearly every hole and this course will play extremely tough however they decide to set it up this week.
Normally I would suggest checking the weather at the very latest opportunity, however seeing as this is coming out to you all later than anticipated I thought it would be best to give you all an idea of what I'm seeing at this point.. Not Much!!!! Its Hot, sunny with occasional clouds and a mild consistent breeze. Green light for gold golf.
This week I'm simply going to take a punt, play the players I like and not be influenced by the draw.
Key Stat and Strategy.
Could be a very interesting week, I think it can be very easy to fall in to the wrong trap and pick players who's form suggests should play well. With the last 3 events all being played on links courses, it will be a very different style of course and very different set of attributes required for success.
This is undoubtedly a beast of course and there will be high emphasis on those skill sets off the tee, however with the substantial amount of water in play there will be a big demand for accuracy as well. Good ball striking and a tidy short game will be in demand, greens wont always be that easy to hit and with the length of some of the par 5's outstanding wedge play will be required for their 3rd shot and scoring opportunities.
There is very little history to go by other than last year and a challenge tour event played here a few years back, obviously data from this can be partially useful and there are a good few representing this week that have some experience here... however there have been a fair few tweaks and amendments made to the courses layout so in many ways I have found it more useful to study the course on its own merit and match that up as best as i can to players current form and attributes
Par 5 Performance - Last years winner Jordan Smith was one of the best par 5 performers on tour, with 5 par 5's on offer it may be no surprise he did as well as he did
Top Par 5 Performers In The Field - Patrick Reed (1st), Paul Casey (15th)
Par 3 Performance - Last years runner up Alex levy was one of the best par 3 performers on tour, again there were 5 par 3's on offer. The play off was won by Jordan Smith after 2 extra holes (played on the 18th hole which is a par 5).
Top par 3 Performers In The Field - Paul Casey (5th), Steve Webster (21st)
Off The Tee - I will be looking at total driving this week, distance and accuracy are as equally as important as each other, however if your player's are slightly longer off the tee they will stand a better chance scoring well on the important par 5's
Into The Green - The majority of contenders performed well with greens in regulation, the only exception to the case was Levy who put on a demonstration of unbelievable scrambling skills. (its worth noting though that Levy was, as always playing super aggressive and most of his misses weren't too far from the pin)
Birdie and Eagle Performance - All important for your DraftKings line ups. Coming into this event Patrick Reed comfortably leads as best performer for both (1st Birdies, 4th Eagles)
My DraftKings Picks
Patrick Reed $11,800
Paul Casey $11,600
$9,000 - $10,000
Alexander Levy $9,600
Jordan Smith $9,500
Adrian Otaegui $9,300
$8,000 - $9,000
Sam Horsfield $9,000
Richard Sterne $8,800
Thomas Detry $8,400
Nacho Elveria $8,200
$7,500 - $8,000
Richie Ramsay $7,800
Zander Lombard $7,600
Marcel Siem $7,400
Nicolas Colsaerts $7,300
Christian Bezhuidenhout $7,100
$7,000 or less
David Lipsky $6,800
Richard Bland $6,700
Tapio Pulkkanen $6,600
Adrian Otaegui - 30/1
Jordan Smith - 30/1
Zander Lombard - 66/1
Marcel Siem - 125/1
First Round Leader
Paul Casey - 18/1
Jordan Smith 40/1
Time for me to have a little break, a few weeks off to play, practice and enjoy watching the Bridgestone and PGA Champs unfold. As always you can contact me through Twitter @AshleyMorrisson.
Very best of luck to you all and fingers crossed for even more green screens.