The Albatross course at Le Golf National has been the home for the French Open for years and will be hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup too. However there have been plenty of changes to the course this year and it has only recently re-opened after 10 months of improvements.
Rory McIlroy is the 9/2 tournament favourite with his nearest rival in the betting being Martin Kaymer at 16/1. I for one don’t think that this tournament should be as one sided as the betting suggests.`
Incidently I will also be betting in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in the States in a separate post.
Rory hasn’t shot under 70 in his first round in 5 of his last 6 tournaments, which has cost him dearly. Yes he won the Irish Open with -2 in his first round and was excellent in the final four holes, but that to me that was a one off performance and not the norm. He also missed the cut in last weeks US Open which is not a good sign for Rory backers coming into this tournament.
With the new course improvements he is going to have to be accurate off of the tee which he hasn’t been in recent months. Also and his putting under 10 feet isn’t as good as it was, so I will be taking him on at this price from the start.
however I can’t ignore the market and will back Rory for a top five finish as a little bit of cover plus the rest of the field are a little bit weak.
Lay McIlroy at 5.70 (9/2) Betfair Exchange
Back McIlroy at 2.75 (7/4) Top 5 Finish Hills
NB – lay means not to win
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