Betting Tips and TV Times for the Amundi Open de France
With just six events remaining in this season's Race to Dubai, the European Tour heads back to the 2018 Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National in Paris this week for the Amundi Open de France.
Alex Noren became the unexpected champion last year after coming from seven shots behind on the final day as all of the leaders faltered over the back nine at Le Golf National, and a four-under 67 became enough to claim his 10th European Tour title.
The tournament is no longer a Rolex Series event, but Noren is back to defend his title, along with fellow past champions Martin Kaymer and Marcel Siem.
Below, find out how to watch, and who we think is worth looking at putting your money on this week.
• Date: 17th-20th October
• Course: Le Golf National, Paris | Par 71 | 7,247 yards
• Prize Fund: €1,600,000
• Race to Dubai Points: 2,750
• Defending Champion: Alex Noren
Open de France: TV Times
• Thursday: Sky Sports Main Event (11:00), Sky Sports Golf (11:00), Sky Sports Main Event (14:30), Sky Sports Golf (14:30)
• Friday: Sky Sports Golf (11:00), Sky Sports Main Event (14:30), Sky Sports Golf (14:30)
• Saturday: Sky Sports Golf (11:30), Sky Sports Main Event (15:00)
• Sunday: Sky Sports Golf (11:30)
Open de France: Betting Tips
Alex Noren: 11/1
Noren has become something of a Le Golf National specialist: He had top 10s in both 2016 and 2017 before his victory last year, and won two points from three matches at the Ryder Cup - including his singles against DeChambeau. However, he hasn't cracked the top 10 anywhere this year so far, but did finish T15 at the Dunhill Links two weeks ago before a T34 at last week's Italian Open. Ranks inside the top 30 for both driving accuracy and greens in regulation, which are both a premium around this golf course.
Mike Lorenzo Vera: 14/1
The Frenchman has been the runner-up twice already this season but is still searching for his maiden European Tour win. Was T40 last week but T15 at the Dunhill Links before that and posted top 10s at both the Omega European Masters and KLM Open. He also has a good history at his home Open, having posted a T3, a T6 and a T16 finish in three of his last four trips to Le Golf National. Ranks 14th for scoring average.
Erik Van Rooyen: 14/1
Recorded his third top 10 in his last six starts on Tour (which includes his maiden win at the Scandinavian Invitaiton) at last week's Italian Open, and with the exception of a missed cut at the Dunhill Links has been one of the most consistent players on Tour, recording a T12 at the Omega European Masters and T14 at the BMW PGA Championship. Missed the cut on his debut last year. Ranks 17th putts per round and 18th scoring average.
Joost Luiten: 16/1
Luiten didn't play this event last year but has a best of T9 ('16), and finished T32 in 2017. Heads to France following a T25 at the Italian Open - and hasn't ended an event worse than T40 in his last seven starts (including a T10 at the KLM Open). Ranks 6th GIR, 24th for Scoring average and 29th for Driving accuracy.
Matthias Schwab: 16/1
A T4 at last week's Italian Open was Schwab's fourth top 10s in his last six starts on the European Tour, and he feels close to a breakthrough victory. T37 on his debut here in 2018. Ranks 23rd scoring average and 27th GIR.
Thomas Pieters: 20/1
Pieters is another player with a good record on this course over the past few years, with a T13 ('17), T16 ('16) and T31 ('18). He picked up his first win in three years at the D+D Real Czech Masters, and followed it with three top 20s before a T37 at the BMW PGA Championship and T68 last week. Ranks 34th Scoring average, 15th Putts per GIR.
Jordan Smith: 22/1
Has gone T24 (BMW PGA Championship), T5 (Dunhill Links) and 24th (Italian Open) in his last three starts on the European Tour, and has two top 30s in his last two tips to Le Golf National. Ranks 3rd GIR, 25th for driving accuracy and 36th for Scoring average.
Marcus Kinhult: 25/1
Claimed his first win on the European Tour at the British Masters, and heads to France after a T18 in Italy - one of three top 20s in his last five starts. T5 on his debut here last year.
Matthew Southgate: 45/1
Southgate's form has been streaky of late, but he did finish T10 at the KLM Open and led the Dunhill Links during the final round before losing out by a single shot - followed by a MC last week. Was T11 on his debut here in 2016, and finished T5 here last year. Ranks 8th driving accuracy and 16th GIR.
Callum Shinkwin: 50/1
WD here last year and finished T66 in 2017, but was T9 on his debut and comes to Paris after back-to-back top 10s at both the KLM Open and Dunhill Links.
Jeunghun Wang: 66/1
Another player who looks on the verge of a victory after top 10s at the Dunhill Links and last week's Italian Open - with a missed cut in between at the Open de Espana. His last three trips here read MC - WD - T22.