Doc’s Top-5 Best Bets for the European Open

Donal 'Doc' Hughes

Xander Schauffele (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Tired of donating to PaddyPower? Sick of mounting bet-slips and unsightly bank statements? Then follow Doc’s tips, they won’t let you down* 

2019 Porsche European Open Betting Preview Tips
September 5th – 8th, 2019
Green Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, Germany
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,544
Purse: $2.25 million with $375,710 to the winner
Defending Champion: Richard McEvoy

Favourite Watch

Xander Schauffele, Pat Reed and Matt Kuchar all make the trip across the Atlantic to plump up the pillows in Hamburg this week and it’s Xander that heads the betting at 6/1. Of the favourites though, Paul Casey 7/1 is also on that jet and comes in off a solo 5th at the Tour Championship. He looks the most likely having played well here last year.

Doc’s Top-5 Each Way Bets

Thomas Pieters 16/1

Always a gamble within a gamble backing Thomas Pieters due to his incendiary tendencies but when he manages to keep his powder dry, he’s a top-quality player. T2 and T5 in greens in regulation for the Belgian in his last two outings resulted in a win in the Czech Republic and T12 in Switzerland last week. More suited to him here in Germany and if he putts even half decent, Pieters can contend again.

Adri Arnaus 33/1

Debut for Adri in Germany and while he’s been missing every second cut of late, the Spaniard has the greens in regulation stats to not just contend but finally get his maiden Tour win here. Since winning the Challenge Tour Grand Final in 2018, Arnaus has been T2 in Valderrama, solo 2nd in the Czech Masters and T6 in Switzerland. Great each way bet at 33/1.

Matthias Schwab 22/1

The Austrian has found his mojo of late after four missed cuts with a T5 at the Czech Masters and T8 at the Omega European Open last week. In total, Schwab has bagged 36 birdies and an eagle over the last two weeks and you have to think he can do even better than his T7 here last year.

Alex Levy 35/1

Yes, I know it’s hardcore picking a guy with 11 missed cuts but Levy seems to summon his best for this week every season. Winner in 2016 way down in Bad Griesbach and solo second a year later when the event moved north to Hamburg. Missed the cut last week in Crans but a T5 at the Scandinavian Invitational says he can contend. Won’t be found wanting for heart.

Renato Paratore 55/1

Top-20’s and improving through Sweden and Switzerland and Renato especially impressed with the putter last week. T2 here last year included an incredible shot on the final hole which is sure to evoke good memories.

Long Odds Glory Shots 

David Drysdale, Liam Johnston and Matthew Nixon are all 200/1. Drysdale and Nixon top-10’d here last year and Johnston played well at the Czech Masters.  See how they fare! 

*DISCLAIMER: Doc’s tips have occasionally let people down 

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