Open de France Fantasy Preview

Looking to rebound this week after Thongchai Jaidee left my lineups in shambles last week.

Now we head to Le Golf National, the site of next year’s Ryder Cup, for the HNA Open de France.

The course is a beauty, but it’s no cakewalk. The field has averaged nearly two strokes over par during the last 10 runnings of this event. The greens are T-1 bentgrass, there is water in play on at least 1/3 of the holes, and the par 5s are mostly unreachable boring.

Playing the second event of the Rolex Series, we have quite the strong field lining up to take on Le Golf National so let’s have a look at some past performance lists to see if we can find some golfers that really pop.

Top Performers on Bentgrass Greens (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Bernd Wiesberger
Francesco Molinari
Soren Kjeldsen
Martin Kaymer
Danny Willett
Chris Wood
Thongchai Jaidee
Russell Knox
Matthew Fitzpatrick

Top Performers in Europe (since 2015)

Alex Noren
Bernd Wiesberger
Soren Kjeldsen
Francesco Molinari
Martin Kaymer
Andy Sullivan
Tyrrell Hatton
Chris Wood
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Thongchai Jaidee

Top Performers on Hard Courses (since 2015)

Francesco Molinari
Alex Noren
Martin Kaymer
Lee Westwood
Thongchai Jaidee
Joost Luiten
Chris Wood
Gregory Bourdy
Bernd Wiesberger
Soren Kjeldsen

Top Performers against Strong Fields (since 2015)

Bernd Wiesberger
Francesco Molinari
Alex Noren
Martin Kaymer
Tyrrell Hatton
Chris Wood
Soren Kjeldsen
Thongchai Jaidee
Andy Sullivan
Russell Knox

Golfers that show up on all four lists: Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Bernd Wiesberger, Martin Kaymer, Chris Wood, Soren Kjeldsen

Golfers that show up on three-of-four lists: NONE

Golfers that show up on two-of-four lists: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Andy Sullivan, Russell Knox

My Top 25 for the 2017 Open de France

1. Francesco Molinari
2. Bernd Wiesberger
3. Martin Kaymer
4. Alex Noren
5. Jon Rahm
6. Thongchai Jaidee
7. Soren Kjeldsen
8. Lee Westwood
9. Ian Poulter
10. Joost Luiten
11. Andy Sullivan
12. Chris Wood
13. Ross Fisher
14. Tyrrell Hatton
15. Shane Lowry
16. Gregory Bourdy
17. Richard Sterne
18. Matthew Fitzpatrick
19. Graeme McDowell
20. Nicolas Colsaerts
21. Jaco Van Zyl
22. Bradley Dredge
23. Peter Hanson
24. Thomas Pieters
25. James Morrison

This article has 3 comments

  1. Yeah, Thongchai’s 81 on Friday left my cash team in ruins. You don’t think you have to worry about the cut when the guy is -4 after Round 1!

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  2. I quite fancy my chances in France this week folks. I’m not really in my comfort zone playing in the States or in the Majors but eight top tens in my last fourteen European or WGC events isn’t too bad is it? Watch me go!

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    • Hey there! Decent day and up to T7. I’m REALLY confident about overhauling those chaps above me (especially Tommy – he’s pretty tired btw) bur I’m a little more concerned about Andy (less so than Jon).

      Bon Nuit!

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