There are regular events on the two main Tours this week but with the biggest championship of the year, the Open, fast approaching the OnParProfits service is bang in form. The golf tipping service managed through Winning Information Network was just one shot away from landing the Holy Grail of golf betting last Sunday, the Transatlantic Double which would have returned a massive 6766/1.
OnParProfits tipped Fabrizio Zanotti to win the BMW International at 100/1 and Charley Hoffman to win the Quicken Homes National at 66/1. Hoffman was just a shot out of a play-off in which Justin Rose beat Shawn Stefani. Zanotti had two rounds of 65 over the weekend and faced three other players over extra holes. It was only on his 77th hole of the tournament that he finally secured the win.
Zanotti became the first player from Paraguay to win on the European Tour after he beat players including Henrik Stenson. He had to regain his card this season but that has now been achieved after this win was confirmed when world number two Stenson found water with his tee shot on the fifth extra hole.
The champion from last week is in the field for the French Open (Open de France) but surely after such a momentous week mental letdown will be a problem. The focus of most of the leading player’s attention will be the Open Championship in two weeks time. However, the OnParProfits subscribers will be receiving tips for two tournaments this week. You can subscribe to the service through the following link:
There will be outright and 72 hole match tips for the rest of the regular season in Europe and the States. With the Open imminent now is the time to join as the number of markets featured increases for the majors and the Open is the major of all majors. The player formerly known as El Nino is my main fancy for Hoylake.
I firmly believe its now or never for Sergio as he must surely convert one of his opportunities before it becomes a mental problem. He played in the last group with Tiger Woods at Hoylake in 2006 but faded out of contention. When he almost beat the same player in the 1999 US PGA Championship as a teenager it would have seemed unlikely that 15 years later he had still not won a major.
Woods has just returned from an injury break of three months and he will find it hard to compete in the Open. Woods has not won a major since 2008 and his quest to overhaul Jack Nicklaus’s tally of 18 now seems likely to end in failure, though his haul of 14 majors make that a relative concept. Three of this year’s four majors are on the courses where he has won before but he missed the US Masters and US Open.
Martin Kaymer is currently the best golfer in the world and he will head to the Wirral peninsula in north-west England in a confident frame of mind. His eight shot win in the US Open is unprecedented for a championship that is often won by one or two shots. He has entered this week’s French Open but his objective must be to hone his game ahead of the annual challenge that is the Open and links golf.
The French Open has been played at the Le Golf National course in every year since 1991 except 1999 and 2001. It is an American style stadium course which became a par 71 in 2004 after the 18th was converted into a par 4. The course is mostly exposed with a lot of undulations and many water hazards. The average-width fairways lead to poa annua bentgrass greens. It is a course that favours accuracy more than distance.
Francesco Molinari is a player that combines course form, current form and a decent skills profile and he has the ability to win at this level. There is a good field in France this week including Kaymer and Graeme McDowell who have both won the US Open. However, after the top 10 in the betting there are very few contenders for the title. This could be the week in which Roman Wattel from France realises his potential.
Thomas Bjorn was involved in the last Ryder Cup as an assistant to the captain, Jose Maria Olazabal. He will almost certainly be at Gleneagles in September as a player though his place would have been confirmed if he had won the PGA Championship, the flagship event of the European Tour. He has a game well suited to the Le National course and he can win at this level as long as the mental scars from Wentworth are not too damaging. However, he would swap ten French Opens for the British equivalent.