European Open: European Tour Golf Pick, Odds, Preview, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/26/18
The 2018 European Open
European Open: Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Green Eagle Golf Courses) See the Latest Odds
We leave Scotland and head to Germany for the Porsche European Open, an event that debuted in 1978 and has seen back-to-back playoffs to decide the last two champions. We’re feeling rather good about ourselves at the moment after listing the winner in Francesco Molinari at +2800 odds. It would be nice to land another winner this week, as the bankroll needs to be padded with football season right around the corner.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
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Patrick Reed - Patrick Reed enters this event as the favorite with +900 odds, but that’s still a solid chance to make nine times your money. Reed has missed just one cut since February and has had top-30 finishes in 10 of his last 12 events. Reed had his moments last week at The Open and had a top-25 finish at the Scottish Open. In one career appearance at the European Open, which was last year, Reed finished 19th. The Masters winner is a nice play this week.
Charl Schwartzel - Charl Schwartzel isn’t playing well right now, as he’s missed the cut in three of his last four events and that one time making the cut was a 72nd place finish at the St. Jude. However, let’s not forget Schwartzel was red hot before these hiccups took place, as he had a top-three finish in New Orleans, a top-10 finish in the Wells Fargo and a runner-up finish at the Players Championship. Schwartzel also has top-20 finishes in his last two trips at the European Open. Give me Schwartzel and the +2500 odds.
Sam Horsfield - Sam Horsfield is a nice under the radar play you can get this week at +4000 odds. Horsfield has three top-25 finishes in his last six events, which includes back-to-back showings in the Irish Open and Scottish Open. Basically when Horsfield makes the cut, he’s in the running for a strong performance and has been knocking on the door for a victory for quite some time this season overall. In a wide open field, Horsfield stands a shot and brings value with these odds.
Paul Casey - This will be my second chalky play with Paul Casey at +1000, but there’s value to it when you consider the watered down field. Casey is possibly the best player in this field and has finished 20th or better in five of his six appearances at the European Open. Casey is always in the thick of things until the last hole and has top-20 finishes in eight of his last 10 events. A chance to make 10 times your money with a golfer as consistent as Casey along with the watered down field and his history at this event, it’s a play you can’t afford to pass up.
Jordan Smith - Of the four golfers who have won the European Open twice, two of them won it back-to-back years in Per-Ulrik Johansson and Lee Westwood. Smith does have a stretch of missed cuts recently, but he also had a top-10 finish at the Italian Open and a top-25 finish at the HNA Open de France. I’ll take a shot with Smith and the +3000 odds.