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BlogFrench Open Preview and Picks

Open de France Alstom

June 30th – July 3rd, 2016

Le Golf National

Versailles, France

Par: 71 / Yardage:

Purse: $3.8 Million

with $675,800 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Bernd Wiesberger

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes 28 of those in the top 100 and 8 of the top 50 in the latest Official World Rankings, with the highest rank player in the field being #4, Rory McIlroy and #9 Danny Willett.  Here are the other top-50 players in the field: #23 Chris Wood, #31 Rafael Cabrera Bello, #35 Lee Westwood, #37 Matthew Fitzpatrick, #42 Andy Sullivan, #50 Bernd Wiesberger.

Last year there were 26 top-100 players and 10 top-50 players so there a bit less.

The field includes 15 of the Top 25 on this year’s Race to Dubai money list.  Those players include #1 Danny Willett, #2 Rory McIlroy, #4 Rafael Cabrera Bello, #5 Chris Wood, #8 Lee Westwood, #11 Joost Luiten, #12 Matthew Fitzpatrick, #14 Rikard Karlberg, #15 Soomin Lee, #17 Andy Sullivan, #19 Thorbjorn Olesen, #22 Scott Hend, #23 Gregory Bourdy, #24 Bradley Dredge and #25 Martin Kaymer.

The field includes 5 past champions: Bernd Wiesberger (2015),Graeme McDowell (2013 & ’14), Marcel Siem (2012), Martin Kaymer (2009) and Pablo Larrazabal (2008).

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the French Open field is our performance chart listed by average finish. One last way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at French Open in the last five years or check out our brand new and sortable 8-year glance at the French Open.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

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Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the Open de France Alstom

Player BMW Inter. Quick Loans U.S. Open Lyoness Open FedEx St. Jude Nordea Masters Memorial BMW PGA Dean & DeLuca Irish Open AT&T Nelson The Players Mauritius Open
Chris Wood
(246 pts)
DNP DNP T23
(54)
T6
(60)
DNP DNP DNP Win
(132)
DNP T54
(0)
DNP DNP DNP
Gregory Bourdy
(185.67 pts)
DNP DNP T18
(64)
T6
(60)
DNP DNP DNP T15
(35)
DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Rikard Karlberg
(153.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP 7
(36.67)
DNP 2
(100)
DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Rory McIlroy
(140.33 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP T4
(53.33)
DNP DNP Win
(88)
DNP T12
(19)
DNP
Martin Kaymer
(133.17 pts)
DNP DNP T37
(26)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T7
(55)
DNP T5
(46.67)
DNP T39
(5.5)
DNP
Lee Westwood
(131 pts)
DNP DNP T32
(36)
DNP DNP T8
(33.33)
DNP T15
(35)
DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Ashun Wu
(126 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP Win
(132)
DNP T48
(1.33)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T31
(12.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Nicolas Colsaerts
(126 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP 3
(60)
DNP T22
(28)
DNP T23
(18)
DNP DNP T3
(30)
Adrian Otaegui
(121.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP 2
(100)
DNP T74
(0)
DNP DNP DNP T19
(20.67)
DNP DNP T18
(10.67)
Raphael Jacquelin
(121.33 pts)
4
(80)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T8
(33.33)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T23
(18)
DNP DNP DNP
Danny Willett
(119 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T37
(26)
DNP DNP DNP DNP 3
(90)
DNP T23
(18)
DNP CUT
(-5)
DNP
James Morrison
(118 pts)
WD
(-5)
DNP DNP 4
(80)
DNP T30
(13.33)
DNP T47
(3)
DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Tyrrell Hatton
(111.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T20
(20)
DNP T7
(55)
DNP T5
(46.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Bernd Wiesberger
(110.5 pts)
T7
(55)
DNP CUT
(-20)
T10
(40)
DNP DNP DNP T15
(35)
DNP T58
(0)
DNP T49
(0.5)
DNP
Joost Luiten
(110.33 pts)
T16
(34)
DNP DNP T6
(60)
DNP DNP DNP T27
(23)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Thorbjorn Olesen
(110 pts)
T2
(100)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Graeme McDowell
(99.5 pts)
DNP DNP T18
(64)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T27
(23)
DNP 65
(0)
DNP T9
(22.5)
DNP
Andy Sullivan
(99.33 pts)
T21
(29)
DNP T23
(54)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T22
(28)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-5)
DNP
Robert Dinwiddie
(98 pts)
T9
(45)
DNP DNP T10
(40)
DNP 64
(0)
DNP T37
(13)
DNP T63
(0)
DNP DNP DNP
Romain Wattel
(96 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP 63
(0)
DNP DNP T25
(16.67)
DNP T4
(80)
DNP T36
(9.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
(92.33 pts)
DNP DNP T32
(36)
DNP DNP DNP T52
(0)
T22
(28)
DNP T8
(33.33)
DNP CUT
(-5)
DNP
Richard McEvoy
(91.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP 3
(90)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T7
(18.33)
Pablo Larrazabal
(89 pts)
T9
(45)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T12
(38)
DNP T31
(12.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Nino Bertasio
(88.33 pts)
T21
(29)
DNP DNP T19
(31)
DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T41
(3)
David Horsey
(87 pts)
T7
(55)
DNP DNP T31
(19)
DNP DNP DNP T37
(13)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the Open de France Alstom

Player BMW Inter. Quick Loans U.S. Open Lyoness Open FedEx St. Jude Nordea Masters Memorial BMW PGA Dean & DeLuca Irish Open AT&T Nelson The Players Mauritius Open
Matthew Baldwin
(-60 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-20)
CUT
(-10)
DNP WD
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Morten Orum Madsen
(-43.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Rhys Davies
(-43.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Edouard Espana
(-36.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Oliver Wilson
(-33.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T45
(3.33)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Jamie Mcleary
(-33.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP 73
(0)
Ben Evans
(-33.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T63
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Jens Fahrbring
(-33.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T67
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Jin Jeong
(-31.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP WD
(-5)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Simon Dyson
(-30 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T68
(0)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

For European Tour chief Executive Keith Pelley, it was a bit of a struggle but he did his best to get a first class field to the 100th French Open.  Seems that when the schedule was announced last year, nothing was said when the WGC Bridgestone was moved opposite the French Open.  With the Olympics entering the fray this year, it’s put a strain on scheduling events.  So when the first schedule was put out, nothing was done.  But months later, Pelley took control of the European Tour and heard the complaints from the folks that not only run the French Open but also have a big interest in the Ryder Cup, held on the same course in 2018.

So Pelley had no solution to the problem, other than not sanctioning a World Golf Championship event and giving incentives to players. First for players that compete on both the European and PGA Tour, Pelley raised the purse a half a million dollars, but also added more Ryder Cup points.  But the most important “perk” was to count this weeks event as two events for the Race to Dubai.  So for a player like Rory McIlroy, that means he can play in one less European Tour event this year.

Realistically stat wise it didn’t increase a better field for the tournament, but by having players like Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Chris Wood and Danny Willett playing in France instead of Akron was important.

Course information:

Le Golf National

  • Versailles, France
  • 7,249 yards     Par 36-35–71
  • Le Golf National’s Albatros course will host the tournament for the 25th time, though having undergone extensive remodelling since last year’s event in preparation for hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup. Designed by Hubert Chesnau and opened in 1990, it measures 7,249 yards. Eduardo Romero (2005) established a new course record, which was matched by Kaymer on his way to victory in 2009, of 62 (-9).
  • The course, is on the outskirts of Paris on the land surrounding the Palace of Versailles, once the home of Louis XIV. It is a public, inland-links/target-style course that is regularly ranked among the top five in Continental Europe.  The course is dotted with links-style bunkers guarding vast fairways. But there are also water hazards that are commonplace on American-style courses. The players love it, and it will be a perfect risk-reward venue for Ryder Cup match-play drama.
  • The course has undergone some significant changes since last year, in preparation for 2018 so for a lot of players they will have to learn new ways of playing the course.

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the French Open:

Key stat for the winner:

The Albatross course was built on flat farmland and manages to combine a links feel with American style target golf. The course has wide undulating fairways, with links style bunkering, water hazards and with artificially created sand dunes it offers a tough test of golf.  At the same time long hitters have an advantage and it’s a course that can be overpowered.  But in looking at the stats of the past seven winners have one trait and that is putting.  Those that putt well have won which shows that good putters will have a good week.

Here are some more key stats to look to for this week:

  • The average Driving Accuracy ranking for the last 12 winners is 22.7, so accuracy is more important than power off the tee but it’s not been the be all and end all stat either. Length is obviously not an issue so that opens things up quite a bit. Look for the winner to be someone who doesn’t like to muscle up with the driver, and just settle for using a long iron for control. Look at some of the past winners of the event they haven’t over power the course so looking for accuracy over length.
  • Water hazards come into play on 8 holes, and wind is often a factor on this relatively flat course.
  • Weather looks like it will be a factor early, it will be hard to practice on the course which has experienced rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Look for drizzle most of Thursday and Saturday, with it getting better over the weekend.  Still the course will play soft and the players will be able to attack the greens.

 

 

 

Who to watch for at the Open de France Alstom

Best Bets:

Martin Kaymer

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
4 T12 T13 70 4 T6 Win CUT T7

Has the best record of anyone in the field. Has played well of late, he is ready to return to the winners circle for the first time since Pinehurst in 2014.

Gregory Bourdy

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T24 T12 T34 CUT CUT T6 T70 T39 T19 T54 CUT

Good combination of playing well of late along with a good record in the French Open.

Lee Westwood

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
CUT T40 T18 2 T5 T33 T29

Showed us a lot at the U.S. Open, yes he finished T-32nd but he still played well and it could carry over to this week.

Best of the rest:

Rory McIlroy

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
4 CUT

We just don’t know what is up with him. He missed the cut at Oakmont, which is probably no more than a fluke, but he still did it. The course should be good for him and you know he will contend on Sunday so he may be a good choice this week.

Raphael Jacquelin

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T24 CUT CUT 3 CUT T18 T50 T53 T42 CUT CUT WD

Has played well of late, this Frenchman will have added pressure on him but he can get the job done.

Thorbjorn Olesen

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
CUT CUT CUT T2

Good pick for this week, was runner-up last week in Germany and was runner-up in the French Open in 2011.

Francesco Molinari

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T6 T26 T18 2 CUT T2 T25 T13 CUT T21 T26

Very good record on this course, he is a guy that could sneak up and win.

Danny Willett

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
CUT T68 CUT 5 T10 T13

His life is in flux right now so we don’t know the direction he will take this week. Did finish 5th in this event in 2010, but also did miss the cut last year.

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Solid contenders

Rafael Cabrera-Bello

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
5 T35 T29 T57 CUT T69 CUT CUT

He is a solid contender and his game is sharp right now.

Bernd Wiesberger

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
Win T18 T13 T47 T62

Defending champion has the tools to do it again and is playing well.

Matthew Fitzpatrick

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
CUT T26

Won last month in Sweden and could win again very soon. Not much of a record in this event, but could overcome those poor numbers.

Andy Sullivan

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T6 T26 CUT

Played well last year in this event, has done well this year.

Joost Luiten

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T18 T49 T47 CUT T42

Guy that can’t and shouldn’t be forgotten.

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Long shots that could come through:

James Morrison

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
2 CUT T52 T31 T7 CUT

A good choice, he was runner-up last year and could do one better this year.

Robert Dinwiddle

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Another person to watch, playing well right now and could be a factor.

Adrian Otaegul

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Was runner-up at Lyoness Open three weeks ago, course in Austria is a lot like the Le Golf National so good be worth a look at.

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